In the 90's and early 2000's, the classic fantasy films that sparkled with wonder and romance throughout the 80's took a turn for the dark and gothic, embracing a new era of werewolves, vampires (no -- not those vampires, not yet), and witches. Add a dash of high-octane action to that, along with a beard worth noting on any level, and you've got the intense trailer for The Last Witch Hunter hunter starring Vin Diesel.
In The Last Witch Hunter, Vin Diesel plays Kaulder, an witch hunter who, in a horrible turn of events, loses his family and is doomed to spend eternity as an immortal without them. The official description gives an in-depth look at the film, incorporating fantasy veterans such as The Lord of the Rings Franchise star Elijah Wood and Game of Thrones' Rose Leslie:
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.
It's not exactly clear whether Vin Diesel will be driving any horse-drawn carriages directly through a building in this film, but the trailer is practically bursting with stand-out incredible shots and peeks at the non-stop action that the film promises to deliver on top of it's lore.
Kaulder Takes A Stake Through The Hand
In a non-deliberate demonstration of his immortality (and possibly a display of how little he's affected by physical pain after losing so much in life), the film's hero takes on a shapeshifter who initially appears in the form of Kaulder's daughter. In a flash, the attacker springs into action in another form, driving a stake directly for Kaulder's head. Kaulder effectively gives him the hand, and the hand receives a piercing stake, leaving our hero to grit his teeth in the face of his assailant. Pretty freakin' badass, if you ask me.
Elijah Wood Gets Branded
The 37th Dolan (Elijah Wood) has seemingly been waiting his entire life to assist Kaulder in his quest, and his loyalty to whatever faith he commits to is put on full display as the young actor is branded with a symbol that scathes his skin red. Graphic, sure, but completely badass, considering that doctors can barely administer a routine shot to this writer's arm without a struggle.
Exterminating An Australian Spider-Monster
Okay, maybe this isn't a native arachnid to our friends across the pond, but this gigantic spider-monster gets what's coming to it after charging Kaulder head-on. The hero bounds forward fearlessly and drives a sword -- and himself -- directly through the horrible creature, causing it to explode in a mess that I highly doubt anyone would want to clean up. While the explosion might be strange in real life, this fight seems to take place in another world, which leads us to...
Rose Leslie's 'Chloe' has a very specific set of skills -- or at least a very specific ability. She can enter the dream world, where the primary battle in the film is apparently set to go down, and she's the only one who can get Kaulder there. Her powers are a little vague outside of that (for now), but she seems to have a keen understanding of how her powers work, which leads her to kicking the indestructible Kaulder directly in the chest in order to wake him up from a dream.
The Flaming Sword
Easily one of the coolest concepts in all fantasy tales, a flaming sword signifies a hero at the end of a battle; an ultimate weapon that can guide one, like a confident phoenix, to victory. Kaulder's sword is no exception, and he puts it to work almost immediately after we see it. Whether or not the sword itself comes with fantastical powers or not is yet to be seen, but it's definitely an element of fantasy that I appreciate being added into this film.
Beyond the expansive lore, the film is already such a shoe-in at the studio that Lionsgate has commenced planning for the sequel, and that might very well be due to the fact that the film seems to amplify the coolest things about old-school fantasy. Overall, the trailer felt like a flashback to some of my favorite dark fantasy films of the 80's and 90's, but with that impeccable Vin Diesel twist.
What were the highlights of this trailer for you? Let us know below in the comments and make sure to check out The Last Witch Hunter, hitting theaters on October 23rd, 2015.