Special Pre-festival ActionFest Event

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A free screening of Christopher Smith’s Black Death takes place at 10 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 28, at Carolina Asheville (1640 Hendersonville Road). A limited number of double passes will be available at the retailers listed below on Tuesday, Jan. 25. To claim your free double pass, simply go to the counter of the store you visit and say the secret password: “ActionFest 2011” and collect your two free tickets. (Not, as we accidentally claimed in the paper, to be a two-for-one offer.) Offer valid while supplies last.

Harvest Records, 415 Haywood Road # B www.harvest-records.com
Pastimes, 175 Weaverville Road # Y
Orbit DVD, 781 Haywood Road www.orbitdvd.com
TV Eye Video Emporium, 108 North Lexington Ave. www.orbitdvd.com
Comic Envy, 1 Kenilworth Knolls # 4 www.comicenvy.com
For more information, contact: info@actionfest.com.

So, what is Black Death?

The press notes say: “Despite its supernatural atmosphere, Black Death (2010) is a horror movie that trades on a very human kind of evil. With Medieval England consumed by the black plague, a monastery is perturbed by reports of an isolated pagan village that remains untouched by the disease. Suspecting the work of witchcraft, a young monk (Eddie Redmayne) is ordered by his superiors to guide a detachment of mercenaries to this pagan community on a mission to beat God back into them. Led by Ulric (Sean Bean, Lord of the Rings), a famed and feared witch-hunter, the monk soon finds himself on a perilous journey that will test not only his faith and moral compass, but the audience’s as well.” (Peter Kuplowsky, ActionFest). The press release does not note the presence of the great David Warner (the very essence of evil itself in Time Bandits), nor that of Carice van Houten (Black Book).

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Head film critic for Mountain Xpress since December 2000. Author of books "Ken Russell's Films," "Charlie Chan at the Movies," "A Critical Guide to Horror Film Series," "Tim Burton: An Unauthorized Biography of the Filmmaker."

9 thoughts on “Special Pre-festival ActionFest Event

  1. Chip Kaufmann

    This sounds like a combination of SEASON OF THE WITCH and WITCHFINDER GENERAL with a little WICKER MAN thrown in for good measure.

  2. Ken Hanke

    This sounds like a combination of SEASON OF THE WITCH and WITCHFINDER GENERAL with a little WICKER MAN thrown in for good measure

    I believe you’re right on the first two. I am hoping you’re wrong on the third, since, in my book, there can be nothing good about even a little measure of The Wicker Man.

  3. in my book, there can be nothing good about even a little measure of The Wicker Man.
    Killing me won’t bring back your god damn honey!

  4. These are going fast at both Orbit DVD and TV Eye. They are replenishing them, but I expect them to be gone by Friday.

    What I’ve heard of the Actionfest lineup already sounds like a winner.

  5. Chip Kaufmann

    “Killing me won’t bring back your god damn honey”

    …It was apples in the original 1973 film and being a true Christian, the Edward Woodward character doesn’t say “God damn”.

  6. Ken Hanke

    …It was apples in the original 1973 film and being a true Christian, the Edward Woodward character doesn’t say “God damn”.

    Yeah, but the original is boring and doesn’t have Nic Cage in a bear suit.

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