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Fantasia Festival Review: ‘The Reckoning’

August 22, 2020Ben MK

After the box office disappointment that was last year's Hellboy reboot, director Neil Marshall is back and seeking redemption with The Reckoning, a historically based look at one woman's mental, emotional and physical suffering in the wake of her husband's death from the Great Plague.

The year is 1665 and new mother Grace (Charlotte Kirk) suddenly finds herself a widow after her husband (Joe Anderson) falls victim to the plague and hangs himself. Left alone to care for their baby, she becomes an easy target for the black-hearted Squire that governs the surrounding land — but when she rejects his advances, her fortune goes from bad to worse. Accused of the most heinous of crimes — witchcraft — she's soon taken into custody and left at the mercy of the ruthless witch finder Moorcroft (Sean Pertwee), who will stop at nothing to prove that Grace is indeed a willing participant in an unholy alliance with the the devil himself.

What follows will test Grace's resolve in every way imaginable, but viewers might find their patience tested as well. Suffice to say, The Reckoning may not reach the heights of Marshall's The Descent, but its brooding atmosphere and Kirk's engaging lead performance help pluck this supernatural horror from the depths of cinematic hell.

The Reckoning is a Special Advance Screening presentation of the 2020 Fantasia International Film Festival. Its runtime is 1 hr. 50 min.

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