Day: August 4, 2022

  • “Midnight Mass” on Netflix: The horror series is full of hidden Stephen King references – Serie News

    It’s no secret that Mike Flanagan is a huge Stephen King fan. It is therefore not surprising that many references to the extensive work of the Master of Horror can be found in the Netflix hit “Midnight Mass”.


    With The Game and Doctor Sleep’s Awakening, Mike Flanagan has already proven twice that he’s not just a Stephen King devotee. He is also one of those filmmakers who are able to translate his literary models into successful feature film adaptations. Mike Flanagan’s new Netflix horror series, Midnight Mass, also uncovers some Stephen King connections that you might have missed…

    “Midnight Mass” is quoted from the work of Stephen King

    It takes a little knowledge of the Stephen King universe to spot all of the references and allusions Mike Flanagan incorporated into Midnight Mass. Mainly because these are not pushed into the foreground, but are an organic part of the plot. At this point, however, a warning to all those who have not yet seen the series: Spoilers follow.

    If you are already oriented towards Stephen King, then of course “Shining” should not be missing. Mike Flanagan has already directed a sequel to Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 masterpiece, Doctor Sleep. In “Midnight Mass” he now quotes the end of “The Shining”: When Father Paul Hill (Hamish Linklater) is revealed to be the rejuvenated version of Monsignor Pruitt, he does so through an old photo showing young Paul/Pruitt – exactly the same process as in The Shining.

    Here, in the last shot, the camera also zooms in on an old image that shows us Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson), who has always been a part of the Overlook Hotel, just as Paul Hill is not a newcomer to Crockett Island, but always feels like one had a place in the community. That Jack Torrance was in The Shining, as was Riley (Zach Gilford) in Midnight Mass, and finally Danny Torrance (Ewan McGregor) in Doctor Sleep are all alcoholics is probably one of the obvious connections between the characters.

    ›› “Shining” on Blu-ray on Amazon*
    ›› “Doctor Sleeps Awakening” on 4K Ultra HD at Amazon*

    Meanwhile, Stephen King’s 2014 novel Revival is about a small-town preacher who claims he can miraculously cure any disease, until the clergyman’s true nature is revealed and the story is thrown in a mad HP Lovecraft direction. “Midnight Mass” features a very similarly constructed character in Father Paul, whose true nature ultimately leads to another Stephen King work…

    In “Midnight Mass,” an island community finds itself caught up in its dark secrets…

    “Midnight Mass” has a very similar premise to Stephen King’s “Salem Must Burn”, about a deranged anti-hero who returns to his hometown to find a vampire on the loose. Riley has a similar situation in “Midnight Mass”, where Father Paul brought an alleged “messenger of God” from a cave in Jerusalem, who in the course of the story turns out to be not an angel but a vampire.

    ›› “Salem Must Burn” on Blu-ray at Amazon*
    ›› “The Mist” on Blu-ray at Amazon*

    If you tie in with this religious madness, which not only haunts Father Paul on Crockett Island, but also the fanatical sexton Beverly Keane (Samantha Sloyan), then this finally leads us to “The Mist”. Beverly is inevitably reminiscent of Ms. Carmody, who increasingly appoints herself as the moral authority in the novel and film adaptation and wants to end the threat posed by the weather phenomenon and the interdimensional monsters lurking within by offering a human sacrifice to God. Ms. Carmody from “The Mist” acts just as cruel and hypocritical as Bev in “Midnight Mass”.

    Noticed in “Midnight Mass”? This ‘Haunted Hill House’ star has a cameo in the new Netflix horror series

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  • Home cinema highlight: One of the biggest cult films of the 2000s gets its long overdue new edition – in 4K – Kino News

    In Germany it wasn’t even shown regularly in cinemas, and the DVD had poor picture quality. Nevertheless, “Donnie Darko” became a cult that still makes heads smoke today. Now the mystery is finally available in appropriate quality for home cinema.

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    In the early 2000s, one film dominated animated discussions among film fans. Be it in internet forums, in the schoolyard, on campus or in the canteen: eager attempts were made to decode the deeper meaning, to sound out existing theories and to make mindfuck palatable to others. And the film was never officially shown in cinemas in this country until recently. We’re talking about “Donnie Darko”.

    Richard Kelly’s atmospheric mixture of mystery thriller, science fiction and youth drama not only fueled lively speculative film debates, but above all the careers of Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal. Now, for the 20th anniversary of Donnie Darko, StudioCanal is bringing the cult film back to home theaters with a new edition – with a new one 4K transfer, lots of bonus material and two edited versions!

    » “Donnie Darko” Limited 4K Edition on Amazon*

    This is Donnie Darko

    The mentally unstable teenager Donnie Darko narrowly escapes an outrageously bizarre death: A plane engine crashes through the roof of his parents’ house and lands in the middle of his room when, for once, he is not at home. The reason for this was Donnie’s vision of a strange man in a scary rabbit costume, who then advises the boy to do more and more absurd things…

    The meaning of the symbolism in “Donnie Darko”, questions about what is meant symbolically in the film at all, even numerous detailed questions about the plot mechanics, how the whole thing actually works within the film logic and what it is supposed to mean at all: Richard Kelly’s dark, melancholic film left 2001 and the following years with the discussions that he triggered, the heads smoke properly. And now, 20 years later, it continues to spark heated debates. And if only because fans don’t agree whether the theatrical version or the director’s cut is better.

    Donnie Darko fans and curious uninitiated alike can breathe a sigh of relief. Because the Studiocanal re-release of the cult film contains two cut versions on Blu-ray and UHD disc: The version that started the cult around “Donnie Darko” in US cinemas and in Germany on video and DVD, and the longer Director’s Cut with more character depth, but also less ambiguity. So if you’ve rushed past “Donnie Darko” so far and want to empathize with the guesswork from back then, you should probably save the latter for the second viewing…

    Why “Donnie Darko” is still a masterpiece with cult status for over 20 years, whether it might even be the best superhero film of all time and what actually makes the film so special – this is what the screen love presenter Sebastian Gerdshikow, FILMSTARTS editor Björn Becher and FILMSTARTS editor Annemarie Havran recently in our podcast:

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  • You haven’t seen such a bloody vampire horror: Trailer for “Chuck Steel: Night of the Trampires” – cinema news

    Chuck Steel: Night of the Trampires pits a cop against a special form of vampire in a gory, brutal stop-motion comedy. Have fun with the trailer:

    Usually stop motion films are suitable for the whole family, we think of “Shaun the Sheep” for example. However, there is a tendency towards the morbid and obscene in the genre. Tim Burton, for example, invites us into the realm of the dead in “Corpse Bride” and the creators of “South Park” etch rough against the USA in “Team America”. Chuck Steel: Night Of The Trampires is an offbeat stop-motion horror comedy that sits somewhere between Lethal Weapon, The Lost Boys and the Duke Nukem video game.

    The Story of Chuck Steel: Night of the Trampires

    Cop Chuck Steel (original voice: Mike Mort) is the walking decal of an ’80s action hero: with a steady, latent aggressiveness, he springs into action, most of which consists of shooting down enemies or blowing them up. True to style, “Chuck Steel: Night Of The Trampires” is set in 1986, the decade of action films in which this type of man became popular. The shooting cop has to compete against “trampires”, i.e. tramp vampires (“tramp” = tramps).

    Chuck Steel: Night of the Trampires opens in UK cinemas on October 29, 2021. There is no start date for Germany yet, but we will keep our eyes open for you. If you don’t want to miss this and other important restarts, whether cinema, streaming or home cinema, then subscribe to our free newsletter, which is published every Thursday.

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  • Home cinema hit: One of the best films of 2021 and over 100 other highlights at a bargain price [Anzeige] – Cinema News

    From October 7th to 11th, 2021, film fans will get a lot for very little: Whether modern classics like “Lord of the Rings” and “Harry Potter” or brand new cinema hits like “Wonder Woman 1984” – the Warner Autumn Special is full of highlights .

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    For almost 100 years now, Warner Bros. has stood for great cinema. And some of the biggest highlights that have been created over the years are now available for little money: From October 7th to 11th, 2021, the Warner Autumn Special will give you well over 100 films to download or rent from 99 cents – some of the best and most famous films the studio has ever produced!

    In addition to cinema milestones such as “The Wizard of Oz”, “Gone with the Wind” or “The Invisible Third” there are also legendary film series such as the “Harry Potter” saga, Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth epic consisting of the three “Lord of the Rings” and the three “Hobbit” films as well as “Matrix 1-3” are included – perfect for preparing for the forthcoming theatrical release of “Matrix: Resurrections”.

    ›› Warner Fall Special on Amazon Prime Video

    The campaign runs on Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, Apple TV, Google, YouTube and the Sky Store. You’ll also find plenty of cult films and masterpieces there, from suspense cinema highlights like Seven and Martin Scorsese’s mafia epic GoodFellas, to family-friendly adventures like Pokémon Detective Pikachu, to some of the most visually stunning films of all time like Gravity. and Mad Max: Fury Road.

    But above all, you can look forward to a lot of brand new and top-class films from the cinema year 2021.


    The Warner Fall Special is the perfect opportunity to catch up on some of the biggest and best Hollywood movies of the year. Among them, for example, “Wonder Woman 1984”, which convinces with a harmonious mixture of drama, humor and action and develops the character of Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) in an equally gripping and harmonious way. With four out of five possible stars in the FILMSTARTS review, Patty Jenkins’ sequel is one of the best comic book adaptations of recent history.

    We liked even more Judas And The Black Messiah, one of the best films of the year, which at 4.5 stars out of 5 just barely misses the top rating. The story of the Black Panther movement in the USA in the 1960s is still a red-hot piece of American history that captivates and dismays – and thanks to outstanding performances by Daniel Kaluuya and LaKeith Stanfield, is told in a gripping way like never before.

    Not ready to face the onset of fall yet? Then you can simply bring a bit of summer home with “In The Heights”. The musical highlight penned by “Hamilton” mastermind Lin-Manuel Miranda is a colorful, lively and charming spectacle that lets New York shine in a very special light.

    And while the younger audience is served with the animal adventure “Cats & Dogs 3: Paws United!” and the cult sequel “Space Jam 2: A New Legacy”, there is also great ensemble cinema for little money – and in a pack of three! Also part of the Warner campaign are the bestselling film adaptation “They Want Me Dead” by “Sicario” author Taylor Sheridan, in which Angelina Jolie as a firefighter not only has to deal with an inferno of flames, but also with two killers, Steven Soderbergh’s neo-noir No Sudden Move and serial killer thriller The Little Things, which features three Oscar winners: Denzel Washington, Rami Malek and Jared Leto.

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  • It’s finally here: The brand new Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max can do that – cinema news

    The Amazon Fire TV Stick is the most popular gadget to enhance the home streaming experience. The new 4K Max model will be available from October 7, 2021 – including new features such as live picture-in-picture function and Wi-Fi 6.


    For years, the Amazon Fire TV Stick the A panacea for subscribers to various streaming services who are dissatisfied with the handling of Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, Disney+ and Co. on their TV set – because it is often unnecessarily complicated or deadly slow.

    The streaming helper is now even available in various versions – for every budget and every requirement. And with the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max, there is now a new, improved version: The Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max will be available in stores starting today, October 7th – and aims to make streaming even easier, faster and better than ever before.

    ›› Fire TV Stick 4K Max on Amazon*

    The new edition of the bestseller is not only more powerful than its predecessors, but also comes with some brand new features. Accordingly, the 4K Max is also in the upper price segment: At a price of 64.99 euros, the high-end device is between the well-known 4K model (59.99 euros) and the Fire TV Cube (119.99 euros). The older models are of course still available:

    ›› Fire TV Stick 4K on Amazon*
    ›› Fire TV Stick on Amazon*
    ›› Fire TV Stick Lite on Amazon*
    ›› Fire TV Cube on Amazon*

    Newer, stronger, better

    Of course, the 4K Max brings all the well-known features that have distinguished the Amazon Fire TV Stick in the past and that users have sworn by for many years. That means you have access to Thousands of films and series that you can access across platforms in no time at all. In addition to the content of the popular streaming giants, you also have an overview of the product range from YouTube and Sky Ticket, the ARD media library or Live Sport (DAZN) – whatever services you have subscribed to.

    The whole thing is controlled simply via the included remote control – optionally using Alexa voice control – and of course it is output in maximum picture and sound quality (in 4K Ultra HD with Dolby Vision and HDR as well as in Dolby Atmos).

    The current best 4K TVs for film fans – ultra high definition and with a strong price-performance ratio

    New on board is Wi-Fi 6, with a performance increase of 40 percent for even smoother streaming and shorter loading times. Of course, you can also use the stick to control your smart home and dim compatible lamps, for example.

    As a special extra, there is also the new picture-in-picture live function. For example, if you have installed a surveillance camera on your front door, you can have your TV picture show you who is ringing the doorbell – and jump up directly if it’s the postman with a long-awaited package, or just stay seated if it’s the annoying one neighbor on the mat that you just don’t feel like doing.


    New: The picture-in-picture live function

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  • There’s another Netflix horror series coming from the creators of “Midnight Mass” – and it sounds even more exciting than “Midnight Club” – series news

    Horror expert Mike Flanagan is on a roll at Netflix right now. After the two “Spuk” mini-series and his acclaimed latest project “Midnight Mass”, he is now working on two more new horror series for the streaming service.


    “Haunted Hill House”, “Haunted Bly Manor” and recently “Midnight Mass”: Mike Flanagan has already put together three successful mini-series for Netflix, which have been celebrated by audiences and critics (including us) alike. So it’s no wonder that the streaming provider continues to rely on the experienced genre specialist. We recently reported that the Doctor Sleep director already has his next Netflix horror project in the pipeline with coming-of-age horror series The Midnight Club – and now he’s adding another .

    As deadline Flanagan is also currently developing the miniseries The Fall Of The House Of Usher for Netflix. – and that sounds even more exciting to us than “The Midnight Club”, since one of the currently best horror directors meets one of THE pioneers of horror literature…

    Mike Flanagan meets Edgar Allan Poe

    The Fall Of The House Of Usher is based on the seminal works of horror pioneer Edgar Allan Poe. Noisy deadline several of his works should flow into the plot at the same time. The main source of inspiration, however, is likely to be the eponymous short story “The Fall of the House of Usher”, first published in 1839 – which sounds very much like material for Flanagan, the once again comforting and strongly staged goose bumps author with a catchy character drama and big questions about family, life, death and could connect to life after death.

    » “The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Tales” (book) on Amazon*

    In the story, a nameless man visits his childhood friend, the visibly battered last descendant of a deceased noble family, in his old property, through whose walls a strange crack runs. And as if that wasn’t spooky enough, the house is also located on a spooky lake, which is said to be inhabited by demonic powers that will draw anyone who stares at the water for too long. And indeed, strange occurrences soon begin to pile up in and around the Usher estate…

    Another completed story

    Like Mike Flanagan’s other Netflix projects, The Fall Of The House Of Usher is set to become a standalone, self-contained miniseries. Flanagan himself will co-write, produce and direct four of the eight episodes. Flanagan’s regular cinematographer and To All The Boys 2 & 3 director Michael Fimognari will be in charge of the other four.

    It is not yet known when “The Fall Of The House Of Usher” and “The Midnight Club” will make their way to Netflix. However, it is easy to imagine that one of the series will appear in 2022 and the other in 2023.

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    Mike Flanagan’s “Stranger Things”? This is The Midnight Club

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  • Today on TV: The second best action film of all time – cinema news

    This thoughtful, original and cool masterpiece takes an honorable second place behind Terminator 2 in our best action movie list. We’re talking about “Die Hard”, which is running on VOX this Thursday.

    Splendor Films

    It’s already clear: You can argue about the placements in top lists. In 2014, however, the FILMSTARTS editorial team decided on a list of the best action films, placing “Terminator 2 – Judgment Day” in first place and “Die Hard” in second place. And either way, one can agree that both films are outstanding, groundbreaking masterpieces.

    The class of Die Hard has to do with the elegant screenplay, where every moment is carefully prepared and the suspense doesn’t break until the end, it has to do with the excellent staging of battle scenes in the cramped quarters of the high-rise building, and with Bruce Willis , who played his very own type of action hero: the hard-working, sweaty, bleeding type who doesn’t really care for all this shit. But someone has to deal with the terrorists and he’s just the smartest man in the building.

    Unfortunately, VOX shows “Die Hard” from 8:15 p.m. and is therefore shortened, since FSK 16 films are usually not allowed to run at this time. However, you can find the unabridged version on Sky Ticket and in the Star section of Disney+:

    ›› “Die Hard” on Sky Ticket*
    ›› “Die Hard” on Disney+*

    This is what Die Hard is about

    New York police officer John McClane (Bruce Willis) flies to his estranged wife Holly (Bonnie Bedelia) in Los Angeles to spend Christmas with their two children. But a group of German terrorists, led by Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman), screw up this plan. The men take over the Nakatomi Plaza, which is also where John and Holly are located. In his undershirt and in a very bad mood, the cop sets out to eliminate the terrorists…

    “Die Hard” crush on the podcast

    If you want to hear us rave about Die Hard, check out the podcast episode we released on December 24th, 2020 (you can find our movie podcast Screen Love on any podcast app).

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  • TV tip: Today is a terrific, atmospheric horror thriller that you should know as little as possible about in advance! – Cinema News

    In the horror insider tip “It Comes At Night”, which can be seen on Thursday night on Tele 5, Paul (Joel Edgerton) and his family are faced with a difficult moral decision after a pandemic.

    Studio Canal

    +++ Opinion +++

    First things first: If you’re just looking for quick horror based on a tried and tested pattern, you don’t need to read any further at this point, because It Comes At Night, which airs tonight at 12.10am on Tele 5, is one of those movies like The Witch, Hereditary, Midsommar or The Lighthouse, which regularly blow away critics and fans, but at the same time leave a part of the (mainstream) audience completely cold. But the doomsday horror thriller from indie hopeful Trey Edward Shults is definitely worth a try…

    That’s what “It Comes At Night” is about

    As a pandemic wipes out much of the world’s population, Paul (Joel Edgerton) hides in a remote house in the woods with his wife Sarah (Carmen Ejogo) and their 17-year-old son. Although the family avoids anything that might draw attention to them, one night a strange man breaks into their home.

    While Paul is able to subdue the intruder (Christopher Abbott), things aren’t as black and white as they first appear. The stranger says that he assumed an empty house and that his wife and a small child would be waiting for him starving. Paul must answer the tough moral question of trusting the man and possibly putting his own family at risk…

    That’s why “It Comes At Night” is worth it

    “It Comes At Night” comes up with the first twists so early that it is best to know as little as possible about the plot beforehand. However, the title does not refer to any monsters, but instead alludes to a Bible quote that says in German: “You yourselves know well that the day of the Lord comes like a thief in the night.” Trey Edward Shults leaves it is not primarily about an obviously real horror, but rather a much deeper, metaphorical horror.

    In barren, atmospheric episodes, the director, together with his fantastic cameraman Drew Daniels, creates the disturbing portrait of supposedly good people, behind whom the specter of paranoia constantly lurks in this exceptional situation. It probably doesn’t have to be said that “It Comes At Night” feels incredibly up-to-date in its statements in Corona times.

    A man of format(s)

    As in his later indie superhit “Waves” Trey Edward Shults also switches back and forth between different image formats in “It Comes At Night”: When Paul is once again plagued by horrible nightmares, the film switches to the much broader Cinemascope format in order to properly shake up the audience in these scenes with the classic means of the horror genre. A fascinating stylistic device that is probably even more noticeable on television than in the cinema (as long as Tele 5 does not “cut” the film, which would be really unforgivable).

    As the tension builds slowly but consistently as the film progresses, the finale, which defies expectations, sets the most fitting conclusion to a narrative where the horror – like the pandemic that started it all – comes from within and then unstoppably outward path breaks…

    Missed “It Comes At Night” on TV? No problem!

    If you’re curious now, but discovered this article too late or generally don’t feel like watching linear television with commercial breaks, then you can of course also rent “It Comes At Night” for streaming from Amazon Prime Video or get the physical DVD / Buy Blu-ray:

    » “It Comes At Night” on Amazon Prime Video*

    » “It Comes At Night” on DVD/Blu-ray at Amazon*

    And if you’re still looking for other great horror films or secret scary tips after “It Comes At Night”, I would also be happy to recommend the following article, in which the FILMSTARTS editors have put together what we think are the best horror films of all time . Have fun with it:

    The best horror movies of all time

    This is a re-release of an article previously published on FILMSTARTS.

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