Noob Reviews: Black Death
Updated: Jun 14
Please be advised that during the review, I have tried to avoid a lot of spoilers. However, there may still be a few included helping explain specific points.
What is Black Death?
Black Death is a 2010 horror film set in medieval England during the bubonic plague outbreak in 1348. The film itself follows the exploits of a daring band of soldiers, working for the church, who are on the hunt for a powerful necromancer who they seek to deliver to their bishop (who is responsible for dispatching them) for trial and execution. Said necromancer is rumoured to keep their village free from all outside disease by not only turning from God but performing unholy human sacrifices to appease a darker lord. With this being medieval England, this can not be allowed to stand as it is a blatant affront to God and the church.
Quite an interesting plot twist is that when we first meet the soldiers, they are looking for a guide and take a respite at a local monastery close to the location of their target. However, just as they seek rest and a guide for the local area, they come across Osmund, a young novice monk who yearns to be free from the confines of the monastery. A decision that will, unfortunately, see him exposed to horrors and sights beyond his wildest imagination.
Do you have a trailer to show us?
- Official trailer from Magnolia Pictures & Magnet Releasing -
You can also find the listing on Amazon here.
When did it come out?
Black Death was released in June 2010.
Who are some of the actors and actresses that we might know?
Carice van Houten (Langiva)
David Warner (The Abbot)
Eddie Redmayne (Osmund)
Sean Bean (Ulric)
Tim McInnerny (Hob)
What did you think of Black Death?
Admittedly I am a huge horror nerd. Whether it be the older Horror Hammers, the go-to franchises like Nightmare on Elm Street, Wishmaster, Hellraiser and the like. Or more modern horrors like The Collector and Rogue. I will watch any and all horror.
Black Death, although an interesting concept, in my opinion, was a mediocre watch. With a low budget, heavy script editing and a brand new ending added in by a new writer before releasing in the hopes of saving the film - being but a few of its more obvious problems. The cast that had been brought together for the film was a fantastic and varied one. But they were not used to their full potential. Dialogue seemed stiff, and actors at times were rigid.
Don’t get me wrong there were a few good elements such as the vast roaming forests, countryside and the set pieces that were used (and/or built) for the scenes. These were fantastic, and the cinematography was handled really well. But unfortunately, these were but a small part of the overall experience. And I didn’t find much immersion in the story.
Overall I would say a sweet little horror that is only ninety minutes long, but overall something that will be easily forgotten. Although cheap enough to pick up these days for a few pounds, it also appears on many streaming platforms so can most likely be watched as part of a subscription pack if you are not wanting to spend any money but still give it a looksie.
What rating would you give Black Death?
I would give Black Death a rating of 2 out of 5 bananas.
What sounds like an exciting concept with a great cast fails to deliver any genuinely memorable or engaging moments. Although worth a watch if you have time to spare, there are a lot better titles out there that take similar stories and execute them in a more polished manner.
Thank you very much for checking out the review, and if you are interested in Black Death and would like to check it out for yourself, to form your own opinion, you can check it out here.