Of all of author Robert E. Howard's characters (Conan, Kull) my favorite was always Solomon Kane. He was always such a sanctimonious bastard whose religious hypocrisy seemed to put him in the path of vampires, werewolves and witches. He also had that specific kind of self hatred and ennui that even as a ten year old I found delicious.
The movie begins with Kane and crew invading a castle in search of treasure. There he meets a demons who claims that he will be taking Kane's soul, something Solomon is not yet prepared to part with. He knows the rules and has made no such trade one would make in exchange for the loss of his soul. Europe in the 1700s was a gloomy place.
We meet up with Solomon one year later as he has moved from abbey to abbey, still haunted by that night and the horrific dreams that follow him. The head monk has a vision that requires Kane to leave the only peace he has found and urges him to return to his home in the west - again, something that is not on the top of Kane's 'To Do' list.
But walk he does, finding much death and plague along the way. When he is set upon by thieves, his vow to never take a life is severely tested. It is at this point that we see how stubborn a child Solomon was. Rather than become a priest as it was his lot in life as the 'second son' he left it all behind. A confrontation with his older brother changed everything - forcing Kane to go to sea to seek his fortune. As he tells the family he meets in forest - for him, fighting and killing was the place he always felt most comfortable.
He joins the small group as they attempt to make their way to the new world. They know of his past as an evil man but a man who seeks redemption. I can imagine they have about ten minutes left to live.
One evening the family is set upon by what can best be described as demon men and the youngest daughter is kidnapped. The girl's father makes Solomon swear on his redemption to find the girl and thus begins his search.
I have a soft spot for these revenge movies complete with the scene when our hero gathers up his weapons and pulls his cape over his shoulder. There is nothing more dangerous than a holy man with god on his side and Solomon is both dangerous and holy.
The setting is both stark and grim and you can almost feel the wet and the cold. Everyone looks like they could use a bar of soap and a round of penicillin. Once they started with the cruxifictions I knew the happy time was over but the ass whopping had begun.
I like these kind of historical revenge pictures so I can take the slow build-up and the suffereing of the main character because I know that evil is going to get what's coming to it and the young girl will be saved.
Cal's Canadian Cave of Coolness
I forever stand vigilant to protect this planet from the myriad of forces that are always against us. Be it the octopus, zombies, aliens or the robots my team of human agents, and our feline allies, circle the globe in a never ending struggle for human freedom.
I learn all I can on every subject that interests me. I especially enjoy ancient history because in the past there are valuable lessons to be found. Also, if I ever get my time machine to work properly, it would be good to know a bit about possible destinations and what to expect when I get there.
I greatly appreciate beautiful design. Be it manufactured or found naturally I am fascinated by the process of invention. I am attracted to the unique, the strange, the haunted. I like to share what I find on this blog.
And not let us forget the 'Cephalopod Menace' who, if allowed to, would wrap their tentacles around all that is good and pure in this life and crush it until it remained no more. They are creatures of pure spite. Hate is all they know. Death is all they do. They are our most ruthless and determined enemy.
So we fight. Selena has the celebrity contacts, the cat is ruthless and without pity, Roosevelt's ghost has the experience and I do the wetwork.
Fighting for the future of the planet doesn't have to be a chore, however. We can take the time to appreciate all that is cool in this world even as we cut the octopus into bite sized chunks.
This is the reason there has always been and must forever be, a Cave of Cool. Be sure to wipe your feet before you enter.