Saturday, September 12, 2009

Solomon Kane (and Other Fall Films)

Best known as the creator of Conan the Barbarian, 1920's pulp fiction author Robert E. Howard also created the characters Red Sonja and Solomon Kane.

Solomon Kane is a 17th century Puritan who has been touched by evil and now travels the world putting a stop to it. He is a self-damned superhero fighting supernatural forces in a time when people still believed. Now, Solomon Kane has gotten his own movie adaptation, with a rather impressive cast.

The movie is directed by Michael J. Bassett (whose previous two films I've never heard of), but it features some top-notch talent, including James Purfoy ("Rome" and "The Philanthropist"); Pete Postlethwaite (In the Name of the Father: Darkwater); Max Von Sydow (The Exorcist; Minority Report) and Alice Krige.

I'm not familiar enough with the material to know how true this movie will be to its source, but the effects are pretty cool and there is a definitely a creepy air about it. It certainly can't be any worse than Van Helsing (but then, so few films are) though I suspect that the folks involved wouldn't do just about any old craptacular movie. Then again, Ben Kingsley is in an Uwe Boll movie... yikes! Now, I'm worried... Still, the trailer kicks ass:

September and October will find me at the movies quite a bit, I hope. Next week is the hotly anticipated horror movie Jennifer's Body from Juno scribe, Diablo Cody and Girl Fight director Karen Kusama. Also next week is Splice, a Sci-Fi thriller with Adrian Brody and Dawn of the Dead's Sarah Polley.

Then the 25th brings us Pandorum, Surrogates and The Crazies all at once (and in the order of my desire to see them).:

And then October 2nd is the movie I've most wanted to see this year: Zombieland (big surprise there, eh?):

A Texas church's surprisingly positive take on the gay marriage, anon.

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