Friday Night Flix: Black Death

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Welcome to Friday Night Flix, where there’s never a need to leave the couch or put on pants. Every week I’ll recommend an under-the-radar movie that’s currently available on one or more of the major streaming platforms. They won’t all be classics, but every one is guaranteed to be 100% watchable or your money back.

Black Death (available on Netflix & Amazon) takes us to jolly old England right around the time of the bubonic plague. Sean Bean and some other badass killers-for-Christ are on a mission to capture an alleged witch who has the patently evil audacity to keep her village plague-free while the rest of Europe suffers. FIENDISH.

BlackDeath2Wait a tick: black plague, witches, crusaders…isn’t this that movie with Nic Cage and Ron Pearlman, Season of the Witch? Fuck and no, it is not. That movie was so horrible I couldn’t get past the first ten minutes, and I made it all the way through Sharktopus. It’s a shame vaguely similar backdrops and proximate release dates make it seem like Black Death is a lower budget/non-studio version of Season of the Witch. Black Death is a serious drama wrapped in period horror trappings, complete with a constantly shifting moral compass, clever misdirection, and authentic looking production design. And never once do two characters laughingly bet a round of drinks on who can kill the most infidels.

BlackDeath3Perhaps a little surprising: while Boromir Stark’s presence obviously looms largest among the no-name cast,  he is not the central character. The focal point of the film is a lovelorn young monk, a character that would typically be not only useless and annoying but utterly unnecessary to the narrative. In this story, however, the monk’s emotional journey is engaging and even a little shocking. It’s drives a modest but effective movie. Too bad Sean Bean’s star isn’t bright enough to merit a wide release Stateside. If only he’d made a few really awful Ghost Rider movies first.

Added bonuses: well choreographed sword fights and plenty of hideous, weeping plague boils. You didn’t order pepperoni on that pizza, did you?

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One thought on “Friday Night Flix: Black Death

  1. I suggest “The Dark Traveller” by Cindy Wright.This book is really good and it is about the Black Death!It is well written and it has illustrations that can help enhance the reader’s experience. You will be shock to know how many pseudo-cures had been created to fight the Bubonic Plague. Some are sure to make one shudder.
    DO NOT MISS OUT this GOOD READ! Trust me,this book is really worth your money.

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