Sean Bean straps on his Boromir beard and chainmail for a bit of men-on-a-medieval mission action.
He’s leader of an elite band of ex-army hardmen in the service of the church, investigating rumours of necromancy in a village mysteriously free from plague.
It’s big-fisted genre fun, with piles of mud, bodies and filth lending the film a terrifically pestilent feel.
Hefty debts to The Wicker Man and Witchfinder General mean it lacks freshness, but director Christopher Smith pushes his heroes’ religious zealotry into provocative places.
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