Black Death Reviews

March 12, 2011
"Going medieval" on your enemies isn't just a figure of speech in Christopher Smith's stylish spatter-horror exercise, which uses desperation-fueled religious fervor to interrogate the intersection of fear and faith.
March 11, 2011
There's something here for just about everyone, or at least for everyone who looks back fondly on the similarly themed Wicker Man from 1973.
March 11, 2011
Slams Christians against pagans with little love for either.
March 11, 2011
Though deadly serious, Christopher Smith's European-made bubonic- plague melodrama provides good value with lots of blood and guts, as well as a solid cast.
March 10, 2011
Early on "Black Death" falls victim to its own sluggish sickness, its narrative drive proving no match for the aggressively rotted pallor, dour acting and tiresomely handheld you-are-there aesthetics.
March 10, 2011
Smith effectively recreates the chaos of the medieval era, where the educated and ignorant alike make life-and-death decisions based on superstition.
Top Critic
March 9, 2011
Smith keeps the fog, mist and rain machines working overtime, but to such little purpose that Black Death often looks like outtakes from Fiddler on the Roof.
March 9, 2011
When your bubonic-plague movie manages to avoid the specter of Monty Python's Flying Circus ("Bring out'cha dead!"), it's definitely doing something right.
March 8, 2011
Religion and morality are both found wanting in this medieval horror-drama devoid of good guys.
March 8, 2011
The movie's real coup is in how it repeatedly shifts our allegiance from Christians to pagans, interrogating the unfathomably still-popular notion that barbarism is best countered with more of the same.
July 6, 2010
Black Death is a nasty, brutish film that is far too long.
June 10, 2010
I was agnostic about horror director Chris Smith's first film, Creep, but this has an insistent, dour darkness and narrative energy that is very watchable indeed.
June 10, 2010
Dark and dirty entertainment.
June 9, 2010
Like the recent Valhalla Rising, this journey-allegory involving a band of warrior Christians trekking to a promised land is filmed in stripped colours and scarified textures and scored to electronic music.
June 9, 2010
This is bracing, often brutal stuff, set in a world where, as Ulric says, 'God has slipped over the horizon.'
January 1, 1800
There aren't many British horror films you could call Bergmanesque with even slim justification, but Christopher Smith's Black Death is out of the ordinary.