Solomon Kane (2009 film)
"Fight evil... with evil." A ruthless mercenary renounces violence after learning his soul is bound for hell. When a young girl is kidnapped and her family slain by a sorcerer's murderous cult, he is forced to fight and seek his redemption slaying evil.
- Release Date: 2009
- Country/Language: France/Britain/Czech, English
- Genres/Technical: Fantasy, Adventure, Action, Horror
- Runtime: 1 hr 44 min
- Starring: James Purefoy, Max von Sydow, Rachel Hurd-Wood
- Director: Michael J. Bassett
- Writer: Michael J. Bassett, Robert E. Howard (character)
- Producer/Production Co: Davis-Films, Czech Anglo Productions, Wandering Star Pictures
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- Rated: R (Violence and mild Profanity)
A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:
- S____ (One Tentacle: Debateably Lovecraftian; has almost no direct connection to Lovecraft's work)
Of peripheral "Lovecraftian" interest, as a creation of one of Lovecraft's closest friends and fellow members of the "Lovecraft Circle", Robert E. Howard; Howard would be known for his own contributions to "Lovecraftian" fiction, but his Solomon Kane stories (like his Conan the Barbarian and Bran Mak Morn stories) were more their own animal, with their own swashbuckling, blood-and-thunder, larger-than-life tone (Howard's most famous protagonists were much more likely to hack-and-thew their way out of a "Lovecraftian" plot, than to merely endure it or go mad from the revelation as in a typical Lovecraft story). The planned Solomon Kane film franchise appears to have put even less of a "Lovecraftian" spin on its material, though this dark fantasy film might still be of some interest to fans of Lovecraftian cinema.
Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.
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A ruthless mercenary renounces violence after learning his soul is bound for hell. When a young girl is kidnapped and her family slain by a sorcerer's murderous cult, he is forced to fight and seek his redemption slaying evil.
Comments, Trivia, Dedication
- Director Michael J. Bassett and the film's producers intended to make two further Solomon Kane movies to complete a planned trilogy, one set primarily in Africa and the other at least partially in colonial North America. The first film failed to gain enough traction with audiences, and the sequels were abandoned.
Associated Mythos Elements
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- fiction: Robert E. Howard's Solomon Kane stories
- race: Sorceror
- race: Demons
- race: Ghouls / Deadites