The plague that decimated Europe's population in the 14th century provided plenty of support for the notion of a higher power — and a lower one. God's wrath and the devil's malice seemed plausible explanations for such widespread loss of life.
In Black Death, director Christopher Smith uses desperation-fueled religious fervor to examine the relationship between fear and faith. Of course he also uses it to inspire some truly gory battles and cringeworthy punishments; here, "going medieval" on your enemies isn't just a figure of speech.
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