I’m just as anti-Christian as they come. But when it comes to having actual faith (there’s a diffrence) It’s good to have something to fall back on.
Soloman Kane, based on the pulp comics of the same name, takes place in the 1600’s with Kane, a merciless mercenary for Queen Elisabeth I. The Devil’s Reaper, he realizes he must seek redemption or have his soul damned to Hell. He returns to England and lives a life of peace, converting to puritanism. But this does him jack shit good. After the abbot has some evil visions of Solomon, he’s expelled and returns to the land of his birth, where he had also be expelled many years ago.
On his way, he notices the land is under attack from the spawn of Satan(witches, etc) and upon the murder of a close friend, he realises the only way to redeem himself is the set said murder right.
The movie looks and feels like Van Helsing… only good. The landscape (shot in central Europe) fits the setting perfectly and costuming is wonderful… because it is after all, a period piece.
This IS a low budget film… and there are times when that shit shines though. But those times are freuqently covered up by a flashing fight scene or some decent dialouge.
As far as comic book movies with a totally unknown cast… well… this is EXACTLY how you do it. Without the star power, you’re forced to create something engaueing… and this is just that.