Season of the Witch

Theatrical Release: January 7, 2011
Season of the Witch


In the supernatural thriller Season of the Witch, Nicolas Cage stars as a 14th century Crusader who returns with his comrade Felson (Ron Perlman) to a homeland devastated by the Black Plague. A beleaguered church, deeming sorcery the culprit of the plague, commands the two knights to transport an accused witch (Claire Foy) to a remote abbey, where monks will perform a ritual in hopes of ending the pestilence.

A priest (Stephen Campbell Moore), a grieving knight (Ulrich Thomsen), an itinerant swindler (Stephen Graham) and a headstrong youth who can only dream of becoming a knight (Robert Sheehan) join a mission troubled by mythically hostile wilderness and fierce contention over the fate of the girl.

When the embattled party arrives at the abbey, a horrific discovery jeopardizes the knight’s pledge to ensure the girl fair treatment, and pits them against an inexplicably powerful and destructive force.

Dove Review

This film is filled with action and is entertaining to watch but from a family point of view, it falls short. It is strong in the violence area, featuring a few scenes of witches being hanged and then dropped into the water to make sure they’re dead, along with some bloody sword battles and stabbings. The film is heavy on the supernatural side as well, with witches and demons being rather common. The movie does feature some nice cinematography and scenery of woods and mountains but in the family-friendly arena it doesn’t cut it.

Nicholas Cage plays Behmen, a 14h century Crusader who becomes disillusioned, along with his comrade Felson (Ron Perlman), when the church starts dictating they kill women and children too. Behmen states he will fight for God but not for the church.

He soon finds himself in a completely different battle arena when he is ordered to safely deliver a young woman to her trial to be tried for witchcraft. Behmen does not believe she is guilty until members of his traveling party start dying and unexplained occurrences continue to happen. What he learns about the girl is far more than he would have expected and he soon realizes he has a bigger battle on his hands then he ever would have dreamed. And the souls and lives of men are at stake. Unfortunately, due to the strong content in a few categories as listed below, we are unable to award our Dove Seal to this film.

Content Description

Sex: None
Language: G/OMG-1; For G Sake-1; B-2; A-2; H (as a place)-2; H-2; P-1; S-1
Violence: Blood is seen flying up in one sword battle; several people are wounded in the film with blood seen such as on a character's back and hand; a man is stabbed in the hand with a cross; a bloody battle with demons; Three women are graphically hung as witches and then dropped into the water to make sure they are dead; a character is consumed by fire.
Drugs: Several scenes of drinking including comments about drinking.
Nudity: A girl lies flat on her stomach nude and looks up and just the top of her rear can be brieflly seen.
Other: The occult and supernatural elements are strong in this film with men fighting demon spirits and women being hung as witches with one owning up to it and another telling a priest he will burn in H.


Company: Rogue Pictures
Director: Dominic Sena
Producer: Alex Gartner
Genre: Adventure
Runtime: 95 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter