Sickened by the carnage of their Crusade, knights Behman (Nicolas Cage) and Felson (Ron Perlman) have deserted and returned to Europe, where they are shocked to find the Black Death ravaging the land.
In the town of Marburg they meet Cardinal D'Ambroise (Christopher Lee), who claims to know both the cause - a girl who's suspected of witchcraft (Claire Foy) - and the solution to the pestilence: a ceremony at a far distant monastery.
But there remains the tricky question of getting the girl there without her unleashing supernatural malevolence upon them (if witch she indeed be). Still, as deserters, they have little choice but to accept their mission and so off they set, on a journey that will prove much darker and more terrifying than they could possibly guess.
The movie definitely falls within the 'guilty pleasure' category - but if you're up for a bit of 14th-century silliness, with a few demonic scares thrown in for good measure, then you're in for a treat.
Directed by Dominic Sena (Whiteout, Gone in Sixty Seconds).
(2010) Cert: 15