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800 years ago, Kaulder (Vin Diesel) was a warrior and family man joining his clan on a mission to destroy the Witch Queen (Julie Engelbrecht), who’s responsible for the spread of the black plague. Striking at the heart of his enemy, Kaulder’s victory is tempered by a curse of immortality. Working through the years as a witch hunter for the secret society,Download The Last Witch Hunter On DVD, The Ax and Cross, Kaulder is managed by Dolan 36th (Michael Caine), who’s about to retire, helping to train Dolan 37th (Elijah Wood) on the ways of witch detection and hero support. When suspicious events begin to pop up around the city, Kaulder embarks on an investigation, meeting witch Chloe (Rose Leslie), who has the power to visit dreamscapes. Forming a tentative bond with his sworn enemy, Kaulder encounters a greater threat when powerful witch minions begin to clear a path for the Witch Queen’s return to the land of the living, altering everything former barbarian understands about his centuries-old quest.
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