All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…
Fight evil... With evil.
A nomadic 16th century warrior, condemned to hell for his brutal past, seeks redemption by renouncing violence, but finds some things are worth burning for as he fights to free a young Puritan woman from the grip of evil.
It's easy with this film to feel a great deal of good will toward writer/director Michael J. Bassett. It's a bloody fun adventure story set in a world of violence, evil, and magic, drumming along from scene to scene with an admirable pace as it retells the story of Solomon Kane, another creation from Conan writer Robert E. Howard. Bassett seems to have a really good feeling for the character, and I can see why Universal and Konami would hand the second Silent Hill film to him. I do feel that second film was a Too Many Cooks situation. But as much as I love Silent Hill, Silent Hill is not Solomon Kane. Back to Solomon Kane.
There's a lot…
Aunque un final que no acaba de estar a la altura del resto hace que el conjunto no esté todo lo "cuajado" que debería, 'Solomon Kane' es una gozada para los aficionados a la weird fiction o, en general, a la fantasía más oscura. Por lo menos es una gozada para mí: un estupendo personaje, buenas escenas de acción, un diseño de monstruos atrevido y con puntos geniales, y más hechicería y maldad por minuto que en cualquier otra película de fantasía. Todo esto a mí me vale.
With its collection of geek-fever dream elements, including pirates, barbarian raiders, devils, Puritans, witches, swordsmen, and twisted sibling rivalries, "Solomon Kane" swings for the fences in an attempt to be a contemporary, epic swashbuckler. In mant regards, the film is successful: it is quick-paced, fun, and its hodge-podge of story elements is entertaining at the least. Cinematically, it is nicely put together, and its graphic novel/historical amalgam imagery is striking.
In the end, however, this overwrought piece of entertainment strikes out in important areas: it is fun, but slightly empty. Its story is too pulpy to be taken seriously, and its production, albeit sturdy, revels too much in disparate elements. Still, the film succeeds as fresh-minded throwback to the swords and sorcery epics of yesteryear. "Solomon Kane" offers forgettable, but enjoyable, spectacle.
Evil and witches abound in a perfectly decent adaptation of Robert E. Howard's pulp puritan avenger.
After escaping a messenger from Hell come to collect his soul, privateer Solomon Kane (James Purefoy) retreats to a monastery and renounces all violence, hoping he can redeem himself from damnation. This being from the writer of Conan the Barbarian though, it's obvious that pacifism isn't going to quite do the trick, and sure enough our West Country crusader is soon on the vengeance trail after a kindly family who helped him are slaughtered and their daughter kidnapped.
The film is suitably fog-drenched and atmospheric, capturing the mood of the era perfectly. It's easy to believe that demons and witches could be roaming the…
I'm a sucker for dark fantasy. Especially when it comes to video games I spent countless hours in "Skyrim" and "Dragon Age" and naturally I'm always down for a similar big screen adaption.
"Solomon Kane" is based on the character created by Robert E. Howard who also brought us Conan the Barbarian and has everything I wanted to see: Witches, swordplay, leather armour, flintlock pistols, fire swords, wizards, beheadings, virgins and the Hound from "Game of Thrones" in a small role. Sure, the story leaves a lot to be desired and the last 10 minutes look like they're ripped straight from a video game, but wasn't that exactly what I came for? The rest of the movie is grim, dark…
I love me some dark dirty fantasy. Solomon Kane would have benefited from a heavy wizard metal soundtrack. It's not always interesting but there are a lot of great action sequences. I thought it was a great world and had lots of interesting settings. The dialogue and acting was pretty weak, but I forgive that because I love watching swords taking off heads. Blood splatter on the camera, so realistic.
Dem Charsima von James Purefoy und eine gute Optik stehen leider ziemliche Patzer in der Inszenierung und eine langweilige 08/15-Geschichte gegenüber und am Ende bleibt ein leicht unterdurchschnittliches Fantasy-Historien-Mischmasch.
Robert E Howard's swashbuckling medieval monster hunter does battle with the forces of evil in this good looking adventure film. With great actual UK locations, nice sets, a good cast, and a rousing score. Only hampered by the achilles heel these type of films - bad CGI effects. Fortunately they are kept to a minimum save for the silly climax.
This modestly-budgeted picture is based on the Robert E. Howard character of the same name, the Puritan adventurer fighting evil and the supernatural across Europe and Africa. This film plays as more of a prequel, showing the journey of Kane (played by James Purefoy of "Rome" fame) from English privateer on the run from Death itself to religious warrior, and ends at roughly where Howard's stories begin. Purefoy is good (Kane is a bit wooden emotionally in the stories, so it's appropriate here; he's even more aloof in the stories) and he does add shades to the character that you don't get from the various Kane stories. Jason Flemying, Pete Postelthwaite, Max von Sydow, Rachel Hurd-Wood and Alice Krige co-star.…
Steady pacing. Puritans in Seattle.
I was familiar with the name and iconic image of Solomon Kane from seeing the comics when I was a kid, but knew nothing of the character. Dark, wet, cold, and muddy throughout. No surprises in the story but entertaining and above average directing and photography.
This movie has an absurdly high average review on Amazon of 4/5 stars. I still set my expectations very low, expecting a silly B-movie to turn the brain off to, but it still disappointed.
A puritan Zorro battles witches and demons in the England of the early 1600's. Solomon Kane is in the family of films with Hanzel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, Vin Diesel's Last Witchhunter, Nicholas Cage's Season of the Witch, or Hugh Jackman's Van Helsing, although minus the camp and zaniness of some of those films. It takes itself quite seriously, and there's a lot of brutal killings and some tough crucifixions and scary creatures, lots of pathos and Christian agony going on. I tried to convince myself…
Michael J. Bassett is a director whom I have had my eye on since his first directorial debut, Deathwatch. He has a particular flair that I always look for in directors. Something that makes him stick out from every other guy out there trying to get his name heard.
From the get go this film looks like it could have been directed by Guillermo del Toro or Gore Verbinski. It just has that artistic style that tries to envelop the entire landscape. Unfortunately the budget didn't allow for that to happen so some aspects of the sets and settings do come off a little cheap.
Overall though the film was really good and the special effects weren't bad either. One scene in the beginning of the film looked really bad.. But other than that I was pleasantly surprised.
It has some problems. The CGI is occasionally wonky. There's a bit too much score (the score isn't bad, but sometimes less is more when it comes to music in film). And the dialog has a few clunky lines. But, "Solomon Kane" is a pretty good historical fantasy adventure movie and a surprisingly good cinematic introduction to one of Robert E. Howard's lesser known characters. James Purefoy does a good job as the taciturn, occasionally brooding, somewhat puritanical...Puritan. This is an origin story, something that I don't think Howard ever wrote (correct me if I'm wrong on that one), but it's not too bad as far as origin stories go. Unfortunately, for whatever reason, this never got a theatrical release…
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