Day: August 3, 2022

  • Now for 99 cents on Amazon Prime Video: The film series with the most creative death scenes Hollywood has to offer – cinema news

    Perfect for Halloween movie night with friends – at least for all those who can do without the spooky atmosphere and instead just want to celebrate the craziest ways to bite the dust.

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    Halloween is just around the corner – and with it the agony of choosing which films this year should cause fear and terror or a little fun. While the streaming providers are showing the unfortunately low-zombie spin-off of Zack Snyder’s undead spectacle “Army Of The Dead”, “Army Of Thieves” (Netflix), or the uncompromising terror thriller “The Hills Have Eyes” (Disney+) in the program, Amazon Prime Video is once again enticing at the end of the month with a new 99-cent campaign – with a focus on horror.

    Up to and including Sunday (October 31), there are almost 40 films available to rent from Amazon at a bargain price of just 99 cents:

    ›› Movies for 99 cents on Amazon Prime Video*

    In addition to some current direct-to-video productions – from sci-fi to action to horror – the campaign also includes a very special film series that Gorehounds have always celebrated for their creativity: “Final Destination”.

    The “Final Destination” series – perfect for Halloween!

    In 2000, “X-Files” writer and producer James Wong used all his mystery experience to show death from a completely new angle in “Final Destination” – with success. The concept of a school class, which the Grim Reaper just jumps in front of the shovel before he still gets them one after the other, was immediately declared a cult – and continued until 2011 four times.

    And even if the films are quite atmospheric in places (genre legend Tony Todd alone makes sure of that with his gruesome performances), in the end it was of course about one thing above all: meaningful shots of all kinds of potential murder instruments, presented in a wonderfully creative, but sometimes also culminating in a pretty disgusting splatter festival. Because that’s exactly what the films are burned into memory with – for example the glass plate in “Final Destination 2”, the nail gun in “Final Destination 3”, the swimming pool in “Final Destination 4” or the gymnastics scene in “Final Destination 5”. You rarely see that in Hollywood movies.

    The series is perfect for a Halloween night out with friends, as its gross kills will scare some and excite others. And if you want to have a chat in between, you can do that. Once the initial slaughter is over, you usually always have a few minutes until the next kill. And since the whole thing is not too complex in terms of content, getting back into it is child’s play.

    Incidentally, only the four sequels are part of the campaign, the first part is available for 3.98 euros on Prime Video – and thus still for significantly less money than the long out of print German Blu-ray of the film, some of which are on eBay & Co changes hands at great expense.

    ›› “Final Destination” on Amazon Prime Video*

    Also for 99 cents: horror with the “Halloween Kills” star & more

    In addition to the martial arts drama “Embattled” (for all fans of “Warrior” & Co.), the sci-fi actioner “Battle Drone” and the Russian disaster drama “Chernobyl 1986” you can currently get all sorts of things that have only recently been released directly for home cinema Horror films for less than a euro – including “Son” with “Halloween Kills” star Andi Matichak, the telephone horror “One Last Call” or the visually appealing arthouse eco-horror “Gaia – Grüne Hölle”.

    The 99 cent promotion runs up to and including Sunday 31 October. Once rented, you have 30 days to see a film, as befits your status. Once you start it, you have 48 hours to finish it.

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  • Finally: One of the craziest & best sci-fi movies you’ve never heard of is coming to Germany for the first time – Kino News

    94 percent positive ratings on Rotten Tomatoes, 8.1/10 on IMDb – and yet “Kin-dza-dza!” did not find its way to Germany for almost 35 years. Now the legendary mix of “Mad Max” and Monty Python is available for home cinema for the first time.

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    Last but not least, the distributor Bildstör is known for giving a face to highlights of world cinema in Germany – whether right at the start of cinemas or only decades later. Doesn’t matter. Better late than never. And so, almost a year ago, the haunting, hard-to-digest anti-war film masterpiece “Komm und seh” was given a lavish special edition that truly deserves a place on every DVD and Blu-ray shelf. With “Kin-dza-dza!” the next Soviet or Russian jewel from the 80s follows.

    The philosophical science fiction comedy was a hit in its home country in 1986, but only achieved its unique cult status over the years – as Mixture of “Mad Max” and Monty Python, as Andrej Tarkovsky would probably have staged it. After the film got a small theatrical release in German cinemas last year, the home cinema premiere of “Kin-dza-dza!” finally follows over 35 years after it originally appeared.

    ›› “Kin-dza-dza!” DVD & Blu-ray on Amazon*

    As befits its status, Bild Stör is releasing the film today, October 29th, as a special edition – both on DVD and on Blu-ray –which not only contains the unabridged original version of the film, but also a bonus disc including extensive extras that illuminate the background of this extraordinary classic.

    This is “Kin-dza-dza!”

    At the center of the intergalactic adventure is Vladimir (Stanislav Lyubshin), who actually just wanted to buy pasta quickly after work when the young student Gedewan (Levan Gabriadze) approaches him on the street: “There is a man there who says he is an alien.”

    Willing to help the (confused) stranger, the two finally try to talk to the supposed alien, who explains to them that he only needs his current coordinates – then he can use his mysterious device to beam himself home at the push of a button . What nonsense, Vladimir thinks – and just for fun presses the button himself. With devastating consequences. Because suddenly he and Gedewan are on the planet Plük, in the middle of nowhere…

    An influential cult film

    The film by Georgiy Daneliya, of which there has also been an animated new edition for several years, is considered one of the greatest and last classics of Soviet cinema – the aftermath of which can still be felt today.

    “Kin-dza-dza!” is not only a favorite of critics and audiences – this is underlined by ratings such as 94 positive votes Rotten Tomatoes or 8.1 out of 10 points IMDB – but also managed the feat of establishing himself in everyday Russian. Similar to James Cameron in “Avatar – Aufbruch nach Pandora” the “Kin-dza-dza!” makers developed their own language for their film – that of the people of the planet Plük.

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    For example, terms such as “chatl” (money) or “pepelaz” (spaceship) were once developed for socially critical satire in the guise of a fun sci-fi trip before they were actually adopted into the language in Russian-speaking regions. And to this day. “Kin-dza-dza!” not only uses the content of the culture of his homeland, but also gave something back to it. And that alone gives the film an extraordinary cult status that only a few others enjoy.

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  • Locke & Key on Netflix: Season 2 ending explained – and what it means for Season 3 – Serie News

    The second season of the fantasy series Locke and Key, based on the comic books by Stephen King’s son Joe Hill, is now available on Netflix. We take a close look at the action-packed season finale and season 3 – spoiler alert!


    It took Locke siblings Tyler (Connor Jessup), Kinsey (Emilia Jones) and Bode (Jackson Robert Scott) a long time in Season 2 of the Netflix series Locke & Key to realize that they were demon Dodge in Season 1 had not defeated at all, but then drove them into mischief in the body of Gabe (Griffin Gluck).

    At the end of Season 2, however, it now seems like the Lockes have finally defeated the main villain of Seasons 1 and 2. In the final battle, Dodge left Gabe’s form and reverted to her original form (Laysla De Oliveira). But then Tyler used the newly forged Alpha Key on Dodge, separating the demon from the actual host she came to this world through – Lucas Caravaggio (Felix Mallard)!

    Dodge, Lucas and the Alpha Key

    But why did Lucas survive the use of the alpha key when Tyler’s friend Jackie (Genevieve Kang) was freed from her demon in the process and then died? The simple answer: Lucas is not a normal human, but the brought back echo of a deceased. So the key should have a different effect on him. In the end, it looks like Lucas is staying with the Lockes for now – so there could be a reunion in Season 3.

    “Locke & Key” Explained: These are all the keys from seasons 1 and 2 and their functions

    Dodge really seems to have been defeated this time – but of course a small back door always remains open. After all, Dodge came into this world as an echo, not through the demon portal – maybe different rules apply then? But she’s not needed as a villain for season 2 for now: the season finale puts a different demon in position here. But who is this Captain Frederick Gideon (Kevin Durand) or the demon that inhabits him?

    Villain for Season 3: Captain Frederick Gideon

    We saw the sadistic Captain Gideon, an ancestor of teacher Josh Bennett (Brendan Hines), in several flashbacks in Season 2. Already a human sadist who terrorized the Locke family and killed the blacksmith Peter Locke, things got even worse when he intentionally (!) allowed himself to be infected by a demon in the sea cave at the portal to the demon dimension. Gideon was later hanged.


    Screenshot from “Locke & Key” season 2: Captain Gideon in front of the demon portal.

    But we do know that dead people can be brought back to the Locke’s well house with the echo key – just as an echo. So does Eden (Hallea Jones), who hopes for an obedient henchman at her side in the demon-possessed, brutal soldier who once opened the portal. But Eden made a huge miscalculation:

    Captain Gideon is not possessed by any demon, but apparently by a very high animal from the demon world. Eden is surprised to recognize him in the returned captain and greets him with the words “I can’t believe it, it’s you. I was only expecting an obsessed military grandfather. And then YOU stick it inside him.” She mistakenly believes that the Gideon demon doesn’t have the same power in the human world as it does in her world, and that she, as the one who brought him back, could control him.

    ›› Locke & Key Comic Template: Master Edition Volume 1 at Amazon*

    But the power of this demon clearly exceeds hers: he does not have to obey her. Instead, he chokes Eden and drops her into the well – so it’s an open question whether we’ll see Eden again in season three. It is possible that she is still alive and will be freed from the well.

    Bigger, more dangerous – and equipped with the everywhere key

    But who we will definitely see in Season 3 of “Locke & Key”: Captain Gideon as the new villain. With the Everywhere Key – the only way for an Echo to leave the Well House – he escapes his prison. And it will turn out not only to be more brutal, but also far more dangerous than Dodge. This was confirmed by showrunner Meredith Averill decider:

    “You’ll see that there’s a bigger, badder demon than Dodge coming from the other side.” Tyler actor Connor Jessup added in the same interview, “He makes Dodge look like a cheap imitation villain. This one is really not to be trifled with.”

    Tyler, Nina and the memories

    Speaking of Tyler, in the Season 2 finale, he and his mother, Nina (Darby Stanchfield), make important decisions that should have a major impact on Season 3. Tyler is approaching his 18th birthday, the point at which he will no longer remember magic as an adult. And he refuses to use the memory key – he wants to lead a normal life. After this decision, he embarks on a great journey.

    So will we have to do without Connor Jessup as Tyler in Season 3? The clear answer is: no. Season 3 of “Locke & Key” has already been filmed and Jessup was in front of the camera for it, as his Instagram post at the end of the third season proves:

    The big question for Season 3 now is whether he will eventually decide to use the memory key after all. We think that’s very likely – maybe not right away, but at the latest when he sees that his siblings are in distress and makes it clear to him that he could help them if he engages in the use of the key. And that things will soon get very dicey again for the Lockes, Captain Gideon will take care of that.

    Another Locke family member is likely to be actively involved in this battle in Season 3: Because mother Nina also made an important decision in the finale of season 2. She wants to remember when something magical happens and not forget it after a few seconds. So Bode announces that he will use the memory key on her – so now there is another adult in the Locke house who is familiar with magic in addition to Uncle Duncan (Aaron Ashmore).

    When Season 3 of “Locke & Key” will start on Netflix is ​​not yet known. However, since the third season has already been filmed, we expect a release in mid/late 2022.

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  • Why is “Halloween Kills” so brutal and how does “Halloween Ends” continue? We asked director David Gordon Green – Kino News

    Halloween Kills is big slaughter because director David Gordon Green just couldn’t contain himself. He told us that in an interview. And we also asked about “Halloween Ends”.

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    What do the stoner comedy “Your Highness – Swords, Joints and Hot Brides”, the political drama “Die Wahlkampferin” and the terror drama “Stronger” have in common? All three were directed by David Gordon Green and are anything but horror movies. Nonetheless, the indie director is now in the best of hands when it comes to blood, knives and screams:

    His 2018 film “Halloween,” which continued John Carpenter’s legendary original, became a hit. Now “Halloween Kills” has started in the cinemas and lives up to the film’s title: the trail of blood that the masked Michael Myers draws through the small town of Haddonfield has never been so long. But was this sequel really needed?

    MOVIE STARTS: David, after your 2018 Halloween movie, I had two thoughts. The first thought was: This is the best film of the year! The second thought was: That scene with the fire at the end is such a perfect ending to the story of Michael Myers and Laurie Strode. So why didn’t you stop after this film and instead do a whole trilogy?

    David Gordon Green: The motivation was: I had a lot of fun and it was commercially very successful. I hadn’t seen that very often before. I made a lot of films that I enjoyed but nobody watched. It’s been really frustrating in the 20 years of my career trying to get people to watch my films. Now I’ve finally reached a large audience. I won’t stop there!

    Imagine seeing people line up for your movie and then jump out of their seats during the screening. As an indie filmmaker, I’ve always wished that more people would be interested in my weird stories. Also, “Halloween” meant a lot to me growing up and I was able to work with iconic people who were inspirational to me. The first film was just a foretaste for me. So I wanted to expand the world of Haddonfield, bring back old characters, and do more Halloween movies before saying goodbye to that franchise.

    He just couldn’t hold back

    MOVIE STARTS: The murders in your 2018 “Halloween” movie and especially in “Halloween Kills” are much more gruesome than in John Carpenter’s original and in the old sequels. Why did you choose more violence?

    David Gordon Green: I actually tried not to do that and it didn’t work.


    David Gordon Green: I love John Carpenter’s film for the subtlety, restraint and suspense. The murders there are just brilliant without being gruesome and grotesque. Anyway, when we made the new film, there was master makeup and effects artist Chris Nelson on hand. Then you sit in the editing room and you think: We can’t just put someone’s eyes out, Jason would do that, but not Michael – but then I was just too fascinated by it.

    My editor and I were like, ok, this kill is going to be brutal, but we’re going to be more subtle on the next one… and before we knew it, the whole movie was brutal. And that just felt right. You shouldn’t think about it too much. I set a few ground rules and ended up breaking some of them. That’s just part of storytelling. I have an idea, pursue it, but the flow takes me somewhere else. And this film turned out to be a lot more brutal than I expected.

    MOVIE STARTS: You can say that…

    David Gordon Green: And the movie isn’t called “Halloween Kills” for nothing. With this title, everyone knows what to expect.

    MOVIE STARTS: How do you actually come up with the murder scenes? Are they described in the script or does something arise spontaneously on the set?

    David Gordon Green: They’re usually in the script and sometimes I’ve had the idea in my head for a long time beforehand, for example I’ve always wanted to have someone stabbed in the armpit in a film. As writers, we at least know which character should die and when. We then read the script with the art department and makeup team and figure out which kill would be fun. You usually only have a take or two on set to get it right. We have the makeup team to thank for making these scenes look so good in Halloween Kills.

    “Halloween Ends” will be different

    MOVIE STARTS: You’ve probably already been asked my next question: Can you tell me anything about “Halloween Ends”?

    David Gordon Green: The script is finished and in fact I just sent it to John Carpenter for his comments. What I can tell you about the story: The film takes place four years after “Halloween Kills”, i.e. in the year of its release, 2022. The characters will have processed the events of 1978 and 2018 and everything that has happened since then. The film is going to be a bit smaller ensemble wise, and I kind of see the film as a coming-of-age story in a weird way.

    MOVIE STARTS: But it won’t be the end, will it? I mean, the movie is called “Halloween Ends”, but this is about a horror franchise and as you know, they never end…

    David Gordon Green: John Carpenter said that very well just now: As long as the films make money, more of them will be made. (laughs)

    MOVIE STARTS: But “Halloween Ends” will be the end of your story, right?

    David Gordon Green: Yes. It was important to me to be able to complete my trilogy. I was able to leave my fingerprint on a legacy I wanted to honor. After that, it’s up to other filmmakers to continue the mythology.

    MOVIE STARTS: How did you actually get Dr. Get Loomis in flashback? He looks a lot like Donald Pleasence, but he can’t be that, can he?

    David Gordon Green: It’s not Donald Pleasence, it’s our Construction Coordinator Tom Jones. He was the guy who built the sets and he just looks a lot like Donald Pleasence. You can resurrect someone on the computer these days, but for one thing we didn’t have enough money and for another we had a construction coordinator who just looks a lot like Donald Pleasence when he gets his hair cut and a little makeup.

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    FILM STARTS: Because you’re talking about the money: John Carpenter only had a very small budget for his film at the time. Did you have enough money on the whole or can you just never have enough money on a film?

    David Gordon Green: For me it’s not about the money, it’s about the time. We shot “Halloween Kills” through the night for seven weeks. Everyone was exhausted and the film was also very difficult logistically: there were so many extras and stunts and violence and fire and jumping out of buildings. All of these things are really hard to do. I always tell myself that I just have to hold back when writing, but on the other hand it would be a shame not to implement a good idea. Luckily I had a strong crew. Most of this film was shot in one or two takes. We filmed what we could, then moved on, which got us into some difficult situations in the editing room. But that’s all part of it.

    FILM STARTS: And there was another big problem with “Halloween Kills”: The film was supposed to be released in cinemas in 2020, but was postponed to 2021 because of Corona. Did that give you the opportunity to improve something on the film, or did you not touch it at all?

    David Gordon Green: I didn’t touch him anymore. The film premiered in Venice a few weeks ago – and that was the first time I’ve seen it in over a year. When I sat in interviews before the premiere, I sometimes couldn’t exactly remember the final version. I didn’t even have authority over my own film anymore. But I am happy that the cinemas are now open again and that people are going back to the cinemas. I love watching horror movies in front of a crowd, nothing can replace that.

    FILM STARTS: “Halloween” was your first horror film. How did you actually learn to make horror films?

    David Gordon Green: I’ve seen a lot of horror films in my life, studied them and tried again and again with great effort to make some myself. Working on Halloween was a real privilege that meant a lot to me. So I studied John Carpenter’s film and thought about how we could appeal to a contemporary audience. Tone, speed and dramaturgy are a bit different 40 years later, you can’t simply repeat what was done back then and I didn’t want to do that anyway, because they did it so masterfully back then.

    MOVIE STARTS: Your trilogy ignores the “Halloween” sequels, but are there any old “Halloween” sequels you like?

    David Gordon Green: I find something I like in every Halloween movie. I really like parts 2,3 and 4. They’re really different and we couldn’t include them in our story because they didn’t fit in, but as a lover of the franchise, I enjoy watching them.

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    Next project: A new “Exorcist” trilogy

    FILM STARTS: You will be shooting a new “Exorcist” next. What drew you to it now, almost 50 years after the iconic original?

    David Gordon Green: My fascination was the original film and the opportunity to work with the legendary Ellen Burstyn. It’s great to be able to continue to develop her character after such a long time. It’s my next big challenge. We’ll see what happens, but I’m looking forward to tackling it.

    MOVIE STARTS: I’m a big horror fan – but my girlfriend hates these movies, and she really hates them. Can you tell me how to convince them that there is no better genre than this?

    David Gordon Green: Oh ha, interesting question.

    MOVIE STARTS: Or should I just give up?

    David Gordon Green: I think it’s like roller coasters or skydiving. Some people love it, others just want to run away, and so do a lot of my close friends, by the way. They then say: I generally like what you do as a director, but I’ll skip your horror films. I have to respect that because I know not everyone is as fascinated by horror movies as I am. But good luck convincing your girlfriend.

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