Fear spreads like the plague, are the words you’d use to describe Neil Marshall’s new film The Reckoning.
Neil Marshall is known for directing The Descent and episodes of HBO fan favourite series Game of Thrones, which has starred great actors such as Emilia Clarke, Maisie Williams and Welsh actor Iwan Rheon.
The Reckoning takes place amidst 1665, the same year which saw the outbreak of the Bubonic plague, evidence indicates that up to 50 percent of Europe’s population perished and that as the film is taking place during this time there will be many indicators of this throughout the dialogue.
One hopes that The Reckoning will span over a period of time so that we get to encounter scenes from The Great Fire Of London in 1666. As disastrous as the fire was, it did help kill the rats that carried the plague bacillus, who knows there may be a silver lining to this story.
Putting that aside though the trailer would indicate otherwise, we see a clip of a hanged individual, many witch doctors, bodies laying on the streets and witch trials including some very tortuous scenes.
The official synopsis for The Reckoning shares with us the following “ After losing her husband during the Great Plague, Grace Haverstock (Charlotte Kirk) is unjustly accused of being a witch and placed in the custody of England’s most ruthless witch-hunter, Judge Moorcroft (Sean Pertwee).
Forced to endure physical and emotional torture while steadfastly maintaining her innocence, Grace must face “her own inner demons as the Devil himself starts to work his way into her mind“.
A clip to the trailer can be seen below:
The film will also star Joe Anderson (The Ruins), Steven Waddington (The Imitation Game), Ian Whyte (Game Of Thrones), Rick Warden (Rome), Emma Holzer (Spring Breakers), Cal MacAninch (Downton Abbey), Mark Ryan (Transformers:The Last Knight), Leon Ockenden (Waterloo Road), Indianna Ryan (The A List) and Jordan Long (Kingsman:The Secret Service) among others.
The wait for the official release won’t be long as The Reckoning will debut in select theatres, On Demand and Digital HD on February 5. Fun fact of the day – the day of the release marks 68 years since sweet rationing ended. Turn down the lights and watch this wonderfully frightening film in style with a sweet tub of popcorn.