Lionsgate has released a deluge of promotional materials for their upcoming thriller Season of the Witch, which follows Nicolas Cage as a 14th Century knight sent to bring a suspected witch to a remote monastery. Over the past month, Lionsgate has released one clip, followed by three more, then followed by another four clips.
The marketing push is understandable, since Season of the Witch was supposed to be released in March until the movie was postponed in February. Eventually Witch was scheduled for January this past Fall.
The latest batch of promotional videos have come in the form of two behind-the-scenes featurettes, with a third being released this week. This featurette includes an interview with Cage as he discusses his director, Dominic Sena, whom Cage also worked with in 2000's Gone in Sixty Seconds. watch the video >> Posted 12.29.10 by Ryan
As more and more preview clips from director Dominic Sena's (Whiteout) long-delayed Season of the Witch are released, it's becoming increasingly more difficult to tell what the tone of the movie is supposed to be. While the costumes, makeup and set decorations are those of a dead-serious gothic horror movie, the dialogue between the main characters, Behman and Felson (Academy Award winner Nicolas Cage and Ron Perlman) is right out of some slapstick buddy-cop movie of the '80s. Watch these four new clips and decide for yourself whether the one-liners help to alleviate the oppressive medieval atmosphere of the movie or if they are just out-of-place enough to spoil the facade that this is a period horror thriller. watch four new clips >> Posted 12.20.10 by BrentJS
We recently got an exclusive look at the first trailer for director Dominic Sena's (Whiteout) long-delayed supernatural thriller, Season of the Witch, and now a creepy new clip has been released that reveals the plot's quest. Academy Award–winner Nicolas Cage stars as Behman, a 14th-century knight who returns from the Crusades to find his homeland wracked with disease and death. In this new clip, Behman and his stalwart companion, Felson (Ron Perlman), are summoned before Cardinal D'Ambroise (Chrisopher Lee) and told that the plague is caused by the foul magic of a witch (Claire Foy) who practices the black arts. The two Crusaders must transport her to a a distant abbey, where monks will attempt to use an ancient tome to destroy the witch's powers and end the plague once and for all. watch the new, creepy clip >> Posted 12.10.10 by BrentJS
Lionsgate has released a large selection of new still images from its long-delayed supernatural period thriller, Season of the Witch. Directed by Dominic Sena (Whiteout), the movie stars Academy Award-winner Nicolas Cage as Behman, a 14th century knight who returns from the Crusades with his comrade-in-arms, Felson (Ron Perlman), to find that their homeland has been devastated by the Black Plague. The church, believing black magic is behind the plague, commands the Crusaders to transport a woman (Claire Foy) accused of witchcraft to a remote abbey, where monks will use the woman in rituals designed to end the pestilence. Joined by four traveling companions, the Crusaders set out on their dangerous journey, but soon realize that the cunning woman is more than she seems and that their mission will pit them against a terrifyingly powerful evil force. Ulrich Thomsen, Robert Sheehan, Stephen Graham, Stephen Campbell Moore, and award-winning acting legend Chrisopher Lee also star. Posted 12.05.10 by BrentJS
The marketing campaign for Lionsgate's Season of the Witch started last November with TV spots that proclaimed, "Halloween is for amateurs; see you next spring." Spring came and with the movie's March 19 release date looming, Lionsgate postponed it, without giving an alternative release date or a reason for the delay. Speculation suggested Lionsgate was trying to avoid a packed March 19 weekend and proximity with the April opening of Kick-Ass, which shared star Nicolas Cage. Eight months later, Season of the Witch finally has its release date. When is the movie coming out? >> Posted 10.08.10 by Ryan
Lionsgate started the publicity campaign for Season of the Witch in November, premiering a couple trailers for the upcoming movie, which was set for release in March. Now the movie has no release date at all. Variety reports that Lionsgate has pulled the movie from its March 19 release date without giving an explanation or another release date.
Directed by Dominic Sena, Season of the Witch is not a clever reworking of the 1982 Halloween sequel Halloween III: Season of the Witch. The movie stars Nicolas Cage as a 14-century knight with an American accent who must transport a suspected witch to a monastery. Cage's reunion with his Gone in 60 Seconds director was to open just a month before Cage appeared in the comic book adaptation Kick-Ass, and it is possible that Lionsgate wanted to wait until Kick-Ass opened before releasing Season of the Witch.
Another reason for the move may have been the crowded competition Season of the Witch faced: the popular kids book adaptation Diary of a Wimpy Kid, the rock and roll bio pic The Runaways (starring Kristen Stewart), the romantic comedy The Bounty Hunter (starring Gerard Butler and Jennifer Aniston), and the movie most likely in conflict, the sci-fi actioner Repo Men (with Jude Law), all open on March 19. Posted 02.19.10 by Ryan
Spring will be a busy time for Nicolas Cage. His reunion with Gone in 60 Seconds director Dominic Sena, Season of the Witch, opens just a month before Cage stars as Big Daddy in the comic book adaptation Kick-Ass.
Season of the Witch is a departure for both the actor and director. Cage plays an American-accented crusader in the Black Plague-affected 14th century who is tasked with transporting a suspected witch to a monastery, along with Ron Perlman. Lionsgate has just released the trailer and a TV spot for Season of the Witch, both of which have Cage proclaiming, "cut off the head." Cleary they're trying to give Witch a horror edge, but considering Sena's resume, the movie will likely be more action than horror. Check out both below.
Posted 11.24.09 by Ryan