We've got an exclusive clip from Christopher Smith's Black Death that some pretty intense sword-play. We're particularly struck by how the beginning of this clip reminds us of the "Omar's coming, Omar's coming" street call from The Wire. Here's hoping the rest of this plague film is this intense — and if the film's deranged posters are anything to go by, it is.
Black Death shows what happens when the plague started turning people against each other, physically and mentally.
Here's an old trailer.
The year is 1348. Europe has fallen under the shadow of the Black Death. As the plague decimates all in its path, fear and superstition are rife. In this apocalyptic environment, the church is losing its grip on the people. There are rumors of a village, hidden in marshland that the plague cannot reach. There is even talk of a necromancer who leads the village and is able to bring the dead back to life. Ulric (Sean Bean), a fearsome knight, is charged by the church to investigate these rumors. He enlists the guidance of a novice monk, Osmund (Eddie Redmayne) to lead him and his band of mercenary soldiers to the marshland, but Osmund has other motives for leaving his monastery. Their journey to the village and events that unfold take them into the heart of darkness and to horrors that will put Osmund's faith in himself and his love for God to the ultimate test.
And finally here are two more exclusive images from the film which show a bit of insane Medieval torture going on. (Click to enlarge).
Black Death is available now through VOD, Amazon, iTunes, Xbox Marketplace and the Playstation Network with a theatrical run starting March 11.