The Reckoning (2020) preview

 
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‘Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live’

The Reckoning is a 2020 British horror feature film about a widowed, grieving young woman accused of being a witch who also has own personal demons.

Directed by Neil Marshall (Hellboy; The Descent; Dog Soldiers) from a screenplay co-written with Edward Evers-Swindell and Charlotte Kirk. The latter stars alongside Sean Pertwee, Joe Anderson, Steven Waddington, Mark Ryan, Ian Whyte, Emma Holzer and Emma Campbell-Jones.

Plot:

England, 1665: Against the backdrop of the Great Plague and subsequent witch-hunts against women, Grace Haverstock must grapple with the tragic untimely death of her husband Joseph in a society completely consumed by fear and death. Because she rejects her landlord Squire Pendleton’s advances, she is falsely accused of being a witch and thrown in jail for a crime she didn’t commit.

Grace must endure physical persecution at the hands of England’s most ruthless witch-hunter Judge Moorcroft and face her own inner demons as the Devil himself starts to work his way into her mind…

Release:

The Reckoning will premiere as part of the 2020 virtual-to-Canada-only Fantasia festival, where screenings will be geo-restricted to the home country and tickets will only be sold to those with Canadian IP addresses.

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Background:

Director Neil Marshall discussed the project At The Sun, where he explained actress Charlotte Kirk’s challenges working on set: “She’s literally being doused in water and tied up to torture devices and persecuted on a daily basis.” Marshall also mentioned the reality of the film, saying “It’s an amazing story based on true events… and survival with a very, very dark horror story around it.”

Cast and characters:

• Charlotte Kirk … Grace Haverstock
• Sean Pertwee … Moorcroft
• Joe Anderson … Joseph
• Ian Whyte … The Devil
• Steven Waddington … Pendleton
• Cal MacAninch … Ben Tuttle
• Mark Ryan … Peck
• Emma Holzer … Leonora
• Rick Warden … Rev. Malcolm
• Leon Ockenden … Morton
• Emma Campbell-Jones … Jane Hawthorne
• Jordan Long … Watkins
• Bill Fellows … Sutter
• Oliver Trevena … Crowley
• Indianna Ryan … Astrid

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