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Witches, plagues, swordplay, medieval tortures…BLACK DEATH has it all. Today Fangoria.com concludes its exclusive video chat (see below the jump) with acclaimed British director Christopher Smith (CREEP, SEVERANCE, TRIANGLE), previewing BLACK DEATH, his latest movie. The 14th-century-set horror-thriller opens tomorrow in New York, LA and Minnesota from Magnet Releasing and is currently available on demand. In the final installment of our four-part interview (see part one here, the second one here and third here), Smith talks with Fango’s Tony Timpone about the movie’s video-on-demand distribution, why he directs horror, what his genre future holds and growing up with FANGORIA.
BLACK DEATH takes place in 1348. Europe has fallen under the shadow of the Bubonic Plague. As the deadly epidemic decimates all in its path, fear and superstition run rampant. In this apocalyptic environment, the church is losing its grip on the people. There are rumors of a village, hidden in marshland, which the Black Death cannot reach. There is even talk of a necromancer who leads the village and is able to bring the dead back to life. Fearsome knight Ulric (LORD OF THE RINGS’ Sean Bean) is charged by the church to investigate these rumors. He enlists the guidance of a novice monk, Osmund (Eddie Redmayne), to lead him and his band of mercenary soldiers to the marshland, but Osmund has other motives for leaving his monastery. Their journey to the village and events that unfold take them into the heart of darkness and to horrors that will put Osmund’s faith in himself and his love for God to the ultimate test.
BLACK DEATH co-stars genre great David Warner (THE OMEN, WAXWORK, TIME AFTER TIME), REPO MEN’s Carice van Houten and Kimberly Nixon. See our early review here and read our feature story on the film in Fango #301, on sale now.
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