Black Death (2010)

2013 #13
Christopher Smith | 97 mins | TV (HD) | 2.35:1 | UK & Germany / English | 15 / R

Black DeathSean Bean and his ragtag band of knights investigate an unaffected village during Ye plague-adled Olden Days in this folk horror from the director of Creep, Severance and Triangle.

Though not entirely devoid of gore or jumps, this is more a creeping horror; a tale of the supernatural where an uncanny mood is more important than visceral thrills. I don’t think it’s too lofty to suggest comparison to The Wicker Man rather than an historical Saw.

Still not for the faint-hearted, Black Death is the kind of eerie experience that can weave a spell over viewers who aren’t genre aficionados.

4 out of 5

This review is part of the 100 Films Advent Calendar 2013. Read more here.

In the interests of completing my ever-growing backlog, I decided to post ‘drabble reviews’ of some films. For those unfamiliar with the concept, a drabble is a complete piece of writing exactly 100 words long.

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4 thoughts on “Black Death (2010)

  1. I really liked this film, it was a very pleasant surprise. I’d like to see more of this kind of thing; fairly low-profile, b-picture film-making that just, well, tells a story without banging me over the head with ‘wow’ visuals or cgi. Old-fashioned storytelling. Yep, fully deserving of four stars this one.

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