10 Things You Should Know About SOLOMON KANE - On Demand TodayAugust 24, 2012

10 Things You Should Know About SOLOMON KANE - On Demand Today

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SOLOMON KANE is available today (August 24th on VOD), a month before in theaters.



CAPTAIN SOLOMON KANE is a brutally efficient 16th Century killing machine. Armed with his signature pistols, cutlass and rapier, he and his men unleash their bloodlust as they fight for England in war after war on all continents.

 As the story opens, Kane and his band of pillagers are carving a bloody path through hordes of defenders in an exotic city in northern Africa. But, when Kane decides to attack a mysterious nearby castle to plunder its rumored riches, his mission takes a fateful turn. One by one, Kane’s men are picked off by demonic creatures until he alone is left to face the Devil’s own Reaper -- dispatched from the depths of Hell to lay claim to his hopelessly corrupt soul. Though Kane at last manages to escape, he knows that he now must redeem himself by renouncing violence and devoting himself wholly to a life of peace and purity.

 His newfound spirituality, however, is quickly put to the ultimate test when he begins his journey across an England ravaged by diabolical human Raiders controlled by a terrifying, masked Overlord. After Kane fails to thwart the brutal slaughter of the Crowthorns, a Puritan family that has befriended him, he vows to find and free their enslaved daughter Meredith -- even if it means jeopardizing his own soul by re-embracing his murderous talents for a higher cause. His determined search eventually brings him face to face with his family’s own deadly secrets as he attempts to save Meredith and all of England from the forces of evil.


10 Things You Should Know About SOLOMON KANE By Writer / Director Michael Bassett


Michael Basset


1. Solomon Kane was created by legendary fantasy author Robert E Howard when he was just 15 years old. He's appeared in comics over the years but started life in a series of short stories and poems.

2. James Purefoy who plays Solomon Kane was sliced across the forehead during a mistimed moment in a sword fight. He carried the scar through the movie which had to be painted out in certain scenes. He also damaged a knee that required fluid to be drained from it every day.

3. Much of the movie was shot the Czech Republic in winter for snow but it didn't snow once during the shoot, so all the snow had to be created artificially using organic materials that would biodegrade after the shoot. One entire valley was filled with potato peelings

4. There was no snow but it did get so cold that a lake what Solomon Kane was supposed to row across froze solid - so the director decided Kane should just walk across the ice instead.

5. The costume designer, John Bloomfield, design the costumes for Arnold Schwarzenneger's Conan the Barbarian in 1982. That movie also starred Max Von Sydow who appears in Kane.


James Purefoy, SOLOMON KANE (Radius)

 6. The jacket worn by Philip Winchester's character 'Henry Telford' is actually Sean Connery's King Richard jacket from Robin Hood; Prince of Thieves.

7. Philip Winchester is currently playing the lead in the HBO/Cinemax action series 'Strikeback' that Solomon Kane director Michael J Bassett also directs.

8. Rory McGann who plays 'McNess' - one of Kane's swordsmen at the end plays 'The Hound' in Game of Thrones.

9. The burning sword fight at the end of the movie is the longest fire stunt with swords ever shot. The stunt man could only see out of one eye hole in his mask and had to breath through a tube down his arm.

10. James Purefoy is an excellent horseman and rode at full gallop controlling the horse with only his legs whilst shooting two pistols behind a tracking vehicle - a stunt, even the experts were nervous about doing. 




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