YMMV / Solomon Kane

The Robert E. Howard Stories:

  • Complete Monster: "The Moon of Skulls" features Queen Nakari, "The Vampire Queen of Negari" and the worst member of "a people with whom blood is cheaper than water." A brutal tyrant and Dark Messiah, Nakari overthrew the legitimate ruler and made herself Queen. Then she turned on the priests (having them killed or tortured until the last one was left slowly dying from her torment), leaving her the only one who knew how to perform the ceremonies, thus assuring her dominion. Nakari turned their already brutal religion into one where they only worshiped the god of death, with Nakari personally sacrificing a kidnapped virgin each full moon. During her reign she became known and feared throughout much of Africa for her cruelty, regularly sending her warriors to raid and attack the nearby tribes. Nakari first appears having one of her loyal followers brutally executed simply for following her orders to kill anyone who arrives in her domain without any tributes (she wanted to see a white man), taking obvious pleasure out of watching the man die. Such executions occur so often that the floor of her throne room is covered with bloodstains. Nakari also enjoys horribly abusing her slave Marylin Taferal, having her hung by her arms naked then whipped until unconsciousness for even the slightest disobedience, all the while waiting until Marylin is old enough to be sacrificed. Nakari also harbors ambitions for greater power, planning to conquer all of Africa, and then the rest of the world. Tyrannical, wantonly violent, and possessing an unquenchable thirst for power, even in such a dark series Nakari stood out as the very worst thing Solomon Kane ever faced.
  • Fair for Its Day: For a 1920's pulp series with stories set in Africa, it manages to be less malicious than most. The nasty stereotypes are there, yes, but they are not used exclusively. There are several black characters who are well-rounded and sympathetic, not least N'Longa.

The 2010 Film:

  • Complete Monster: Malachi is an Evil Sorcerer who becomes a Sorcerous Overlord in Solomon Kane. Considering himself the Devil's servant, Malachi ingratiated himself to Josiah Kane to bring Josiah's dead son Marcus back to life, but restored him as an undead abomination bound to Malachi's will to serve as his Dragon. Malachi took over the lands and has the innocent kidnapped for slavery, or simply murdered. Others he just turns into flesh eating abominations. Malachi later has the leaders of the resistance against him crucified and when Solomon Kane confronts him, Malachi tries to sacrifice the innocent Meredith to open the gates of hell and send Solomon to eternal torture-as well as the rest of the world.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: When Solomon finally begins his Roaring Rampage Of Revenge.
  • Cult Classic
  • Narm
    • "Solomoon!", "Merediith!"
    • The scene where the bandit gets initiated into Marcus' army, being corrupted by evil, saying that it feels "GOOOOD!"
  • Older Than They Think: People have said this looks like Van Helsing and/or Vampire Hunter D, but Robert E. Howard was probably the first to use the black clothes / Nice Hat / Badass Cape (or Longcoat) combo for a monster-hunter character — way back in the 1920s.
  • The Untwist: It didn't take any audience very long to guess that The Dragon was Kane's older brother Marcus behind the mask.
  • Vindicated by Cable: While the film isnít as well known as Conan the Barbarian (1982), Solomon Kane has gotten good reception over the years, has a sizeable fanbase and is considered a pretty good adaptation of itís source material even if, or perhaps because, of itís reliance on So Cool, It's Awesome.
  • What An Idiot: Sure, Josiah Kane, give your lands and wealth to an evil sorcerer in order to heal your badly injured eldest son. Because we all know Faustian pacts have a long history of NOT backfiring. Oh, I'm sure all those thousands of people on your lands won't suffer under his rule and even if they do, what's the suffering of hundreds next to one Jerkass son's health? What could go wrong?