One of the films we supplied the extras late last year is set for a UK Premiere at Frightfest in August, Hammer of the Gods brings the fight to the audience as superstition and violence reign supreme in an unexpected tale of family, betrayal and survival.
Set in Viking Britain in 871 AD, Hammer of the Gods is a visceral, intense tale set in a world whose only language is violence. A young Viking warrior, Steinar (Charlie Bewley), is sent by his father the king on a quest to find his estranged brother, who was banished from the kingdom many years before. Steinar’s epic journey across terrifyingly hostile territory gradually sees him emerge as the man his father wants him to be — the ruthless and unforgiving successor to his throne.
At first glance Hammer of the Gods looks like yet another low budget gore fest with men fighting in local car parks trying to make things seem grander than they actually are on a pretty tight budget but that’s all part of the game for Hammer of the Gods as it slowly begins to unravel an intricate set of characters that all have their place on the screen.
The low budget atmosphere slowly begins to add to the charm as director Farren Blackburn finds his feet and begins to realise that his cast isn’t just a bunch of blokes looking for their next pay day, they’re a cast of good looking men with up and coming careers in the film industry.
Charlie Bewley leaves behind the trappings of ‘Twilight’ and ‘The Vampire Diaries’ in order to bare his nipples to audiences around the world as he snarls and fights his way towards a truly twisted conclusion. Bewley isn’t just a man, he’s a maaaaaaaaaaaan… *insert wolf whistles here*. He flexes, he curses, he slices throats open as though it was just another day in the office.
Add to this James Cosmo and star of hit show ‘Da Vinci’s Demons’ Elliot Cowan and you’ve got a whole host of talent on your hands. Each member of the cast excluding Cosmo are finding their feet in the industry and in ‘Hammer of the Gods’ they truly shine.
Whilst the film does start off very slowly, Bewley manages to command his way through the first half to a conquering finale that’s so uniquely twisted that you’ll find yourself telling yourself it’s just a movie… it’s just a movie but we must remember that these things happened and they happened more often than you might think.
Some might dismiss ‘Hammer of the Gods’ as just another flick featuring bare chested man cutting a bloody path through the country side but it’s so much more than that. Hammer of the Gods takes the opportunity to challenge the audience and place them on edge as things become somewhat uncomfortable during a drinking game. You’ll laugh out loud with one character in particular and then mourn the loss of another moments later, when this film really gets going it doesn’t allow any room to take a breath.
‘Hammer of the Gods’ is a challenging leap into the fray, making a viking debut that puts the likes of Neil Marshall’s Centurion to shame. An action packed massacre that’s thirsty for blood. Check it out at Frightfest or on the big screen when it arrives September 30th in a number of cinemas around the UK.
It was a pleasure to work with Director Blackburn, the crew from Cockneys vs Zombies again and the first time that I had worked with Vertigo Films who brought you ‘The Sweeney’ ‘The Business’ ‘The Football Factory’ ‘Bronson’ to name a few of the titles.
Enjoy the trailer which as already collected over 4 million hits on YouTube..