‘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.
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…
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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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