After persuading his secret lover to flee their plague-ravaged town, doubting novice monk Osmund (Redmayne) joins the bishop’s devout military envoy, Ulric (Bean) on an expedition to a remote village. This village has mysteriously been spared the pestilence and is rumoured to be a hotbed of pagan beliefs and necromancy. Dragging behind them a huge wooden torture device, Ulric and his men are guided by Osmund through the woods and marshes, encountering bandits and witch-burning locals en route. Beneath the village’s placid surface is a roiling pit of religious duplicity and moral decay.
The ruthless Ulric represents the official church, yet his zealotry prompts the Abbot (Warner) to remark: ‘That man is more dangerous than the pestilence itself.’
|Genre:||Adventure, Drama, Horror|
|Stars:||Sean Bean, Eddie Redmayne, Carice van Houten, David Warner, Kimberley Nixon, Johnny Harris, John Lynch, Tim McInnerny, Andy Nyman|