Genre powerhouse Neil Marshall returns to the big screen with a tale so kinetic and entertaining that only he could tell. Starring Charlotte Kirk, THE RECKONING is sure to satisfy genre fans looking for a horror-adventure featuring swords, stabs and Sean Pertwee as an evil inquisitor.
Set during the witch trials of Great Britain in 1665, Kirk stars as Grace, a young woman whose husbands commits suicide after contracting the plague. Alone and vulnerable, she becomes the target of the unsavoury advances of landlord Pendleton who, upon being rejected, accuses her of witchcraft and calls in the authorities. Grace is then taken prisoner by the inquisitors and her fight for survival begins at the hands of the torturous Moorcroft and his cronies, including the mysterious Ursula who hides her burnt features under a cloak.
Alternating between Grace’s torture and her ever-evolving visions that may or may not be caused by her suffering, THE RECKONING delivers visual terrors to test the mettle; Marshall spares no detail in exploring the horrors the accused suffered and the action set-pieces really sing with the precision of his direction. Meanwhile, Kirk’s journey from housewife to powerhouse rebel is astonishing to experience, giving the actress time and space to flex her repertoire impressively.
Handsomely shot, visually arresting and above all endlessly entertaining, THE RECKONING proves once again that Neil Marshall is inimitable and unparalleled when it comes to crafting unique, brilliant, and exciting genre fare.
Director: Neil Marshall
Mission Tiki Drive-In Theatre