Solomon Kane is a formidable warrior, brutal and unrelenting destroying anything and everything that stands in his way. However, one day, his decision to pillage a castle with his ruthless army ends up with all except Solomon being easily slaughtered by demons. It is only when he narrowly escapes his soul being taken by the Devil's reaper that he realises that he's doomed to hell unless he renounces his violent ways in exchange for a life of peace. It is not a long lasting decision, however, as he soon finds himself facing another challenge; when mankind is threatened by an invasion of Crowthorns he must choose whether to fight or let the creatures pick of the people of the world one by one - killing some, turning the weak into slaves and the strong into murderers. His choice is easily made when he witnesses the slaughter of a family of puritans he has become close to and the kidnap of their daughter. He will lay down his soul to fight for the right reasons, even when that leads him to face hell for a second time.
'Solomon Kane' is the hellish 16th century based fantasy adventure from the 1896 to 1950s Pulp magazine character created by Robert E. Howard in 1928; a man who is better known for creating the character Conan the Barbarian. It has been adapted and directed by Michael J. Bassett ('Deathwatch', 'Wilderness') and has only just reached US movie theaters.
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