☀It is loosely based on the novel The Spook's Apprentice (titled The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch in the US) by Joseph Delaney. The story centers on Thomas Ward, a seventh son of a seventh son, and his adventures as the apprentice of the Spook.
For years, the local spook (Jeff Bridges) has been keeping the County safe from evil. Now his time is coming to an end, but who will take over? Many apprentices have tried... Some floundered, some fled, some failed to stay alive. Just one boy is left. Thomas Ward (Ben Barnes). He is the last hope. But does he stand a chance against Mother Malkin (Julianne Moore), the most dangerous witch in the County?"
The story is actually based in part on the old folklore idea that the seventh son of a seventh son would have special powers (magic powers, healing powers or more)if he comes from an unbroken line with no female children born between, and be, in turn, born to such a seventh son.
Another Take on the plot is also here:
In a time long past, an evil is about to be unleashed that will reignite the war between the forces of the supernatural and humankind once more. Master Gregory (Jeff Bridges) is a knight who had imprisoned the malevolently powerful witch, Mother Malkin (Julianne Moore), centuries ago. But now she has escaped and is seeking vengeance. Summoning her followers of every incarnation, Mother Malkin is preparing to unleash her terrible wrath on an unsuspecting world. Only one thing stands in her way: Master Gregory.
In a deadly reunion, Gregory comes face to face with the evil he always feared would someday return. Now he has only until the next full moon to do what usually takes years: train his new apprentice, Tom Ward (Ben Barnes) to fight a dark magic unlike any other. Man’s only hope lies in the seventh son of a seventh son.
- Ben Barnes as Thomas James Ward
- Alicia Vikander as Alice Deane
- Jeff Bridges as Spook
- Julianne Moore as Mother Malkin
- Kit Harington as Billy Bradley
- Antje Traue as Bony Lizzie
- Djimon Hounsou as Radu
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