Season of the Witch Reviews
Upon their arrival, the identities of Cage and Perlman is revealed and they are swiftly imprisoned before being recruited by Christopher Lee, heavily deformed by the plague whilst still delivering the best performance of the entire movie, to escort a priest and the imprisoned witch to take part in a trial on the other side of a haunted forest, which nobody except for Stephen Graham, the swindler/merchant, knows how to traverse. And Sting comes along for the ride too.
Upon entering the forest, Stephen Graham loses all sense of direction within the forest and for his characters role in the troupe and Robert Sheehan comes along for the ride. Fighting through packs of wolves and the occasional hallucination, Perlman, Cage, Sheehan and the witch(Claire Foy) arrive at the monastery to discover not only that the priests are all dead from the pestilence but also that the witch is in fact a badly rendered demon.
Even when faced with wall crawling, possessed priests and flying badly animated demons, Cage and Perlman can barely force out any emotion even when being burned alive in hellfire. Using his last breath, Cage sacrifices himself to allow Sheehan to finish off an incantation/prayer which banished the demon and released Foy's now-naked and lubricated body from the grips of the devil, allowing her and Sheehan to ride off into the horizon while a voice over declares the Black Death over, with no explanation of how or what the woman was possessed by, and ignoring the glaring omission of anything witch related in the entire film.
This film seems to be an overly edited, cheaply animated, poorly acted and boring attempt to see various famous faces trying to encapsulate what films like Black Death and Kingdom of Heaven managed to capture so well.
I wouldn't give the film a complete miss, but I would advise people to not have any expectations when going in to Season of the Witch.
Nicholas Cage, usually known for over acting gives one of the most tired performances of his life, whilst Perlman seems to give the impression that he's in direct competition with cage to give the most listless performances in the entire film. All other big names are shoe horned in with no real story, background or effort to keep the viewer engaged.
This movie isn't even entertaining from a "bad movie" standpoint except for maybe the CGI wolves and some of the wicked special effects throughout the movie. Cage doesn't even get any freakout moments.
Oh and SPOILER ALERT.
They spend most of the movie wondering if this girl is truly a witch or not and the twist is that... she's a demon. ...what?
It gets half a star for a cool opening scene. That's IT.
Cage and Perlman, by the way, are introduced to us as fighters in the Crusade slaughtering people in the name of Jesus. They're the good guys.