Taglines: Live forever. Hunt forever.
The modern world holds many secrets, but the most astounding secret of all is that witches still live amongst us; vicious supernatural creatures intent on unleashing the Black Death upon the world. Armies of witch hunters battled the unnatural enemy across the globe for centuries, including Kaulder, a valiant warrior who managed to slay the all-powerful Queen Witch, decimating her followers in the process. In the moments right before her death, the Queen curses Kaulder with her own immortality, forever separating him from his beloved wife and daughter in the afterlife.
Today Kaulder is the only one of his kind remaining, and has spent centuries hunting down rogue witches, all the while yearning for his long-lost loved ones. However, unbeknownst to Kaulder, the Queen Witch is resurrected and seeks revenge on her killer causing an epic battle that will determine the survival of the human race.
The Last Witch Hunter is an American dark fantasy action thriller film directed by Breck Eisner and written by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless. The film stars Vin Diesel as an immortal witch-hunter who must stop a plague from ravaging New York City. The film was released on October 23, 2015 and received negative reviews from critics and underperformed at the box office.
About the Story
Kaulder is a witch-hunter who was cursed with eternal life in the Middle Ages by the Witch Queen. The Witch Queen had unleashed the Black Plague to wipe out humanity and killed Kaulder’s family, but Kaulder was able to defeat her. Prior to seemingly dying the Witch Queen cursed him with eternal life as punishment.
800 years later, Kaulder is still working as a witch hunter for an organization called The Axe and Cross, which aims to keep the truce between humans and witches and executes or imprisons witches who break the law. Ever since he was made immortal by the Witch Queen, Kaulder is accompanied by a priest called a “Dolan” whose main purpose is to record the achievements of Kaulder and to be his keeper. The 36th Dolan is retiring from his duties and has chosen a new Dolan to work alongside Kaulder and the very same night he dies in his sleep.
While investigating his apartment, Kaulder and the 37th Dolan discover traces of magic and deduce that the 36th Dolan was murdered by a witch. While tracking down the witch responsible, Kaulder finds traces of old dark magic, not seen since before he killed the Witch Queen. Using clues the 36th Dolan left behind, Kaulder goes to a witch bar owned by Chloe to buy a memory spell to “Remember his death”.
While in the process of reliving his memory, the bar is attacked by Baltasar Ketola, better known as Belial, the witch that killed the 36th Dolan. After attacking Kaulder he proceeds to burn down the bar, and attack Chloe at her apartment later in the evening, though Kaulder saves her. After Chloe’s friend Miranda is killed by Belial, she agrees to help Kaulder get what he needs to kill him.
In order to get the ingredients to create another memory spell, they visit Danique, an old and powerful witch who runs the fashion scene. However, Danique drugs Kaulder with an endless dream, and intends to lock him away forever. Chloe is able to enter his mind as a dream walker and convinces him to break free from the hold of the spell, and the two escape together.
Using Chloe’s dream walking abilities, she enters his mind and guides him to the memory of his death, where Kaulder discovers that though the Witch Queen’s body burned to ash her heart never stopped beating. Kaulder’s immortality is tied to the Witch Queen’s heart, and if it were to die, so would he. The 36th Dolan was attacked because he knew of where the heart was hidden.
The Last Witch Hunter
Directed by: Breck Eisner
Starring: Vin Diesel, Rose Leslie, Elijah Wood, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Rena Owen, Julie Engelbrecht, Joseph Gilgun
Screenplay by: Cory Goodman, D.W. Harper, Melisa Wallack
Production Design by: Julie Berghoff
Cinematography by: Dean Semler
Film Editing by: Chris Lebenzon, Dean Zimmerman
Costume Design by: Luca Mosca
Music by: Steve Jablonsky
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sequences of fantasy violence and frightening images.
Studio: Lionsgate Films
Release Date: October 23, 2015