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Solomon Kane


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Scarab Sages

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Saw this on the Scifi Channel Website:

ScifFi Channel wrote:

Max Von Sydow and Pete Postlethwaite are joining star James Purefoy in the cast of Solomon Kane, a film based on the pulp novels of Robert E. Howard, Variety reported.

Rachel Hurd-Wood, Alice Krige and Mackenzie Crook have also been cast, according to Paris-based producer-distributor Samuel Hadida, head of Davis Films, the trade paper reported.

Planned as the first in a trilogy, Solomon Kane is an epic tale of a 16th-century soldier tormented by his past evil deeds, seeking redemption by battling a sinister power threatening the kingdom.

The movie will be adapted from the books by Howard, author of Conan the Barbarian. The Kane books were first serialized in the 1920s and '30s.

Michael J. Bassett (Deathwatch) will direct from his own script for co-producers Hadida and Paul Berrow, head of Epic Tales. Shooting is due to begin in Prague this month.

Considering the disparity between Howard's writing and the Conan movies, I am worried. At least it has Max Von Sydow in it. He kicks ass.

Dark Archive

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Solomon Kane rules!

But I, too, am skeptical about how he will be portrayed in the film. The first reason to fear is that Kane is referred to as a "soldier", not a "Puritan."


Excellent casting though. Sydow is pretty much exactly as how I would picture a Puritan adventurer.

Scarab Sages

Pathfinder Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Companion Subscriber

Actually James Purefoy is going to play Solomon Kane according to the entry at IMDb.

Purefoy played Marc Antony in HBO's Rome. He did a very good job in my opinion.


Pathfinder Tales Subscriber

Rise...RISE!

It's ridiculous that we can't get a US release for this.

Paizo Employee Developer

I had to get the PAL DVD from England to see this. Good thing I have a PAL converting region free DVD player.

Too bad the movie wasn't really worth the effort.


I'll drink the wormwood cocktail you just poured me like a man...but I won't like it!
:(

Pathfinder Creative Director, Frog God Games

Von Sydow's in it for about 7 minutes and Kane is some kind of reformed pirate. The plot is circular and doesn't exactly explain itself

Spoiler:
is the Devil owed Kane's soul because Kane was bad, is he owed it simply because his father bargained it, is Kane bad because his soul was sold, would he have been bad anyway, if he had stayed good would his father been able to bargain it, his only real crime on the path to badness was accidentally "killing" his brother while trying to defend a helpless girl and refusing to join the clergy, is that what got him in hot water with the Devil to begin with, blah, blah, blah.
Unfortunately, Mark is right and the more I think about the movie the less I like it. It's almost like if David Lynch was going to make a movie of some big time book and cast Von Sydow in it in a bit part--like, say, Dune perhaps...but with less whispering. The greatest disappointment is how good it could have been if they had just used one of Howard's stories or combined a few together.


Pathfinder Tales Subscriber

Ugh.
So...you're saying even if I liked DL's Dune, I still won't like this.

Liberty's Edge

Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

I saw this two years ago with the director present for a Q&A. He wanted to do a Howard story (and the sequel if he had gotten to make one would have been one of the Africa stories), but the producers wouldn't go for anything less than an "origin" story. Given the choice of origin story or not at all, he went for origin story, just to be able to make the film.


Movie wasn't bad per say, but it was good in the same way the Star Trek remake was good, if it wasn't a Solomon Kane story I feel I would be able to have enjoyed it more, as it is, it's serviceable.

The Exchange

SwnyNerdgasm wrote:
Movie wasn't bad per say, but it was good in the same way the Star Trek remake was good, if it wasn't a Solomon Kane story I feel I would be able to have enjoyed it more, as it is, it's serviceable.

How did you like 'the hall of mirrors' at the beginning of the film and the BBEG?

A 100' long, 50' wide hall with a 50' high ceiling.
Description: This long Hall has 999 full height free standing mirrors in heavy frames. Each Mirror is a Permanent Gate to one of the lower planes.


yellowdingo wrote:
SwnyNerdgasm wrote:
Movie wasn't bad per say, but it was good in the same way the Star Trek remake was good, if it wasn't a Solomon Kane story I feel I would be able to have enjoyed it more, as it is, it's serviceable.

How did you like 'the hall of mirrors' at the beginning of the film and the BBEG?

A 100' long, 50' wide hall with a 50' high ceiling.
Description: This long Hall has 999 full height free standing mirrors in heavy frames. Each Mirror is a Permanent Gate to one of the lower planes.

Honestly? I thought the mirror room was awesome and will probably steal that for my campaign at some point.

Grand Lodge

I'd recommend this flick. Watched it recently.

It's great inspiration for that new Inquisitor you've always wanted to roll up.

Sovereign Court

I have it on an original DVD got it about a year ago on region 0 on Ebay.

I and my BF both really like the movie. it is fun and feels about right. It is sad the US never released it because I think a lot of gamers and other would have like it I think.

Grand Lodge

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sveden wrote:

I'd recommend this flick. Watched it recently.

It's great inspiration for that new Inquisitor you've always wanted to roll up.

I've got Van Helsing for that! Alchemist too if you're willing to stretch a bit.


I am trying to unload a like new copy of SOLOMON KANE (Blu-ray) which was ordered overseas with Dutch subtitles.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/141020094201?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid= p3984.m1555.l2649


Finally saw this the other night. It was about as REH as the recent Momoa Conan remake: OK star, but nothing special; lame plot with no similarity to any of the actual stories; and an awful lot of CGI, even when there's not much need for it. Oh, and the "climactic" ending scene is predictable and lame.

I hate to say it, but The Vikings was made in 1958 and is still about a hundred times better than any of these recent fantasy movies.

The Exchange Marathon Voter 2013, Marathon Voter 2014, Dedicated Voter 2015

I liked it slightly better than the new Conan. At least I think so. I'll give it another month or three and see if I remember any specific scenes from the movie. I saw Conan when it hit Netflix, and I can't recall any specific lines or scenes at all...just a general blur of muscles, steel, and blood.


Well, Netflix now has the Kane movie to stream.

I watched it. Not horrible, on fact I did kinda enjoy it. As mentioned up-thread, doesn't really follow the REH stories.

Liberty's Edge

Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Companion Subscriber

I rather liked Solomon Kane. I'd say it captures the feel of Howard's stories, but I don't think it's anything he would have written himself. For one, there wasn't nearly enough casual racism ^_^

Seriously though. It reminded me of The Hills of the Dead, the story where Solomon Kane goes to Africa and battles a sorcerer who creates an army of zombies. It's almost like they took that story, set it in England and then added a few liberties with bits of Kane's life Howard never wrote about.

As far as the new Conan thing goes, I thought Solomon Kane was 1000% better. I thought Jason Momoa was pretty dull as Conan and he doesn't have a fraction of the presence or charisma Schwarzenegger brought to the role. Also, he looks like a monkey.


I saw it on Netflix a few days ago. As someone who has read all the Kane stories I thought it was great. It might not have been adapted from any specific story but it captured the atmosphere and character of Solomon Kane wonderfully.


Despite the lack of REH content I enjoyed this movie for what it was. As I'm running Carrion Crown I mentioned this to my group as pretty good representation of D&D brand horror. Worth the watch, shame there are not likely to be any sequels that might actually use some REH material though.


Backfromthedeadguy wrote:
I saw it on Netflix a few days ago. As someone who has read all the Kane stories I thought it was great. It might not have been adapted from any specific story but it captured the atmosphere and character of Solomon Kane wonderfully.

I agree. It "felt" like I was watching a movie about Solomon Kane...

Sovereign Court Star Voter 2015

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Just Netflixed it... wow

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