2/10/11

SEASON OF THE WITCH - REVIEW


Oddball genius Nic Cage returns with yet another supernatural effort and although we're not getting the delightfully madcap Cage of Bad Lieutenant or Vampire's Kiss, this is restrained but silly NC. Always entertaining.

He stars alongside Ron Perlman in this adventure which sees both knights/crusaders escort a witch to some castle. From the offset we get bad hair, silly helmets, dumb one-liners, American accents and epic slo-mo: all the ingredients of a true epic fail. And yet, from the genuinely very good opening sequence, this is a really fun ride from start to finish.  In what other film can you see Ron Perlman headbutting a demon repeatedly in the face? Well, perhaps Hellboy... But still, it's awesome!

The whole thing feels very Hammer from the start and this feeling is confirmed when Christopher Lee himself shows up for a creepy but effective cameo. Everyone seems to be having a ball and although the ending relies way too much on CGI, it's well worth sticking around.

Overall, if you're a fan of Cage, Hammer horror or just general cinematic sillliness, then I definitely recommend Season of the Witch. You won't be disappointed. Pickier viewers better lay low though, Gladiator this is not.

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