REVIEW: KRABAT AND THE LEGEND OF THE SATANIC MILL (DVD)
Krabat, a German fantasy novel by Otfried Preußler, was first published in 1971 with an English translation, The Satanic Mill, available from 1972 before being republished in 2000 as The Curse Of The Darkling Mill. It’s also the basis of the popular 1978 animated feature The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (Karel Zeman). Thirty years passed before a live-action version saw the light of day, but now Krabat And The Legend Of The Satanic Mill is available in the United Kingdom. Will it cast a spell over its audience or be a master of hocus-pocus?
Medieval Europe has been devastated by the Thirty Years War. Krabat (David Kross), a 14-year-old orphan, travels from village to village, begging to survive. Life is relentlessly grim, until Krabat’s dreams lead him to a remote mill.
The master of the mill offers Krabat a deal he readily accepts, working for food and shelter, slowly being drawn into a world of magic and dark arts. His new found powers are intoxicating, but fellow apprentice Tonda (Daniel Bruhl) warns him to leave.
As more secrets are revealed, the mood becomes menacing and Krabat decides escape is the only answer. By enlisting the help of a girl unaware of the power of the dark mill can he elude the forces of Evil, or is it already too late? Will the power of love ever suppress the power of black magic?