Opinion in the HCF office was divided on Neil Marshall’s Hellboy reboot, but even though I thought it was rather lousy I’ll probably always forgive Marshall for whatever rubbish he churns out because of Dog Soldiers and The Descent. And his next does look decent:
The Reckoning is set around the witch hunts and the great plague in England in 1665 and follows Evelyn Haverstock, a young widow, haunted by the recent suicide of her husband Joseph, who is falsely accused of being a witch by her jealous Landlord, Squire Pendleton, after she rejects his unwanted advances. Grace must endure physical persecution at the hands of England’s most ruthless witch-hunter Judge Moorcroft and face her own inner demons as the Devil himself starts to work his way into her mind.
There was a cycle of films in the late ’60s/early ’70s, but witch hunt movies have tended to be thin on the ground since then. Let’s hope that Marshall’s film is more Witchfinder General and less The Bloody Judge.
Marshall co-writes alongside Edward Evers-Swindell and Charlotte Kirk, while Kirk, Sean Pertwee, Steven Waddington and Joe Anderson star.