Just watched a movie I have not heard of before on Netflix.
Starring James Purofoy - Joe Carroll on Fox's The Following - as the title character, Solomon Kane is based on created in 1928 by Robert E. Howard...
I was expecting a typical Scyfy channel second rate action/horror epic. Instead this $40 million budget is great. Only released in Europe, the movie is as good as any epic in US theaters in past 10 years, including Lord of The Rings etc.
Solomon starts as a greedy pirate that tries to rob the wrong castle. The Devil himself and his demons break down the band and Solomon barely gets away.
A year later he is sent away form the monastery where he seeks sacred refuge.
Fate drags him out of his dedication to peace. A family that saves him is attacked by ghouls lead by a masked rider in service of Malicai (More on him later). Soloman Kane vows to honor the fathers dying wish to save the daughter taken into slavery.
Witches, Zombies, Demons, soldiers and thieves turned into Satan's army, and Lost souls looking for leadership... Solomon Kane is the anti hero of anti heroes that constantly has to fight the greatest villain of all - ourself...
FROM WIKI http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solomon_Kane_(film)
Solomon Kane is a 2009 epic action film written and directed by Michael J. Bassett based on the pulp magazine character Solomon Kane created in 1928 by Robert E. Howard. James Purefoy stars in the title role. Despite optioning the rights in 1997, filming did not begin until January 2008. The film is an origin story for the Kane character and intended to be the first of a trilogy. The plot follows a redemption story for Kane, from the end of his life as a privateer, through the salvation of his soul by rescuing a Puritan girl and the beginning of his life as the Puritan avenger of the source material. It was produced by a consortium of French, Czech, and British companies and mostly filmed in the Czech Republic. The film was first shown at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival. It went on general release in France, Spain, and the UK over the end of 2009 and the beginning of 2010. Reception was generally favourable, with a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 65% following the UK/US release; the film's atmosphere and Purefoy's acting attracted the most acclaim.
James Purefoy as Solomon Kane
Max von Sydow as Josiah Kane
Rachel Hurd-Wood as Meredith Crowthorn
Mackenzie Crook as Father Michael (Almost Human, Game of Thrones)
Pete Postlethwaite as William Crowthorn
Ian Whyte as The Devil's Reaper
Alice Krige as Katherine Crowthorn
Ben Steel as Fletcher
Anthony Wilks as Edward Crowthorn
Jason Flemyng as Malachi
Samuel Roukin as Marcus Kane
Philip Winchester as Telford
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solomon_Kane Solomon Kane is a fictional character created by the pulp-era writer Robert E. Howard. A late 16th/early 17th century Puritan, Solomon Kane is a somber-looking man who wanders the world with no apparent goal other than to vanquish evil in all its forms. His adventures, published mostly in the pulp magazine Weird Tales, often take him from Europe to the jungles of Africa and back. Howard described him as a sombre and gloomy man of pale face and cold eyes, all of it shadowed by a slouch hat. He is dressed entirely in black and his weaponry usually consists of a rapier, a dirk, and a brace of flintlock pistols. During one of his latter adventures his friend N'Longa, an African shaman, gave him a juju staff that served as a protection against evil, but could easily be wielded as an effective weapon. It is revealed in another story, "The Footfalls Within", that this is the mythical Staff of Solomon, a talisman older than the Earth and unimaginably powerful, much more so than even N'Longa knew. In the same adventure with N'Longa, Kane is seen using a musket as well.