The Last Witch Hunter (2015)

The Last Witch Hunter
Director: Breck Eisner
Writer: Cory Goodman, Matt Sazama, Burk Sharpless
Cast: Vin Diesel, Rose Leslie, Elijah Wood, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Rena Owen, Julie Engelbrecht, Michael Caine, Joseph Gilgun, Isaach De Bankolé
Seen on: 4.11.2015

Many, many, many years ago Kaulder (Vin Diesel) killed the Witch Queen (Julie Engelbrecht) who cursed him with immortality in the process. Ever since Kaulder has worked as a witch hunter. Now he is the last of his kind and most of the remaining witches live normal lives and stick to the rules. But then things start to go very wrong, starting with the murder of Kaulder’s scribe, advisor and friend, the 36th Dolan (Michael Caine). It appears that the Witch Queen isn’t quite as dead as Kaulder thought. Together with witch Chloe (Rose Leslie) and the 37th Dolan (Elijah Wood), Kaulder takes up the fight again.

I didn’t expect The Last Witch Hunter to actually be a good film, but I thought it would be an entertaining schlockfest. Unfortunately, the film aimed higher than that and ends up in the boring, disappointing middleground: not really bad, but not much good either.

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Honeymoon (2014)

Director: Leigh Janiak
Writer: Phil Graziadei, Leigh Janiak
Cast: Rose Leslie, Harry Treadaway, Ben Huber, Hanna Brown
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
[Reviews by cornholio and Maynard Morrissey.]

Bea (Rose Leslie) and Paul (Harry Treadaway) just got married and want to spend their honeymoon in the cabin of Bea’s family. When they arrive there, things seem to be perfect. But already on the second day things start to get weird when Paul wakes in the middle of the night to find that Bea is gone. In panic he looks for her and finally finds her in the middle of the woods, apparently sleepwalking. But Paul doubts that this is all that there is to it, especially when Bea’s behavior continues to be off.

Honeymoon has many strengths but in the end it didn’t manage to convince me. I just couldn’t really find my way into the film and was kept at too much of a distance for it to really work.

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