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On TV today: In this monster horror, an extraordinary beast runs amok in the museum



Peter Hyams is the man for down-to-earth genre home cooking. This is also proven by his atmospheric horror film “The Relic”, which is shown on free TV this Saturday and introduces you to a very special monster…


Especially in the 1970s, Peter Hyams was a kind of auteur filmmaker in the genre film area. Because he not only directed films like “Operation Capricorn”, “The Deadly Triangle” or “Outland – Planet of the Damned”, but also wrote the screenplays. That should change a bit in the years that followed, but with “Ein Richter sucht Rot”, “Narrow Margin”, “Timecop” or “Sudden Death” the man later still put together plenty of respectable genre fare.

It was never quite enough for the first league, but that’s not a big deal, since his directing work has a wonderful B-movie charm that even nowadays you can hardly get enough of. This also applies to “Das Relikt”, which will be broadcast on Tele 5 today, May 14 at 8:15 p.m. Unfortunately, this is the cut FSK-12 version. If you want to see the film uncut, you can do so via Amazon Prime Video, where the monster horror is currently included in the subscription:

» “The Relic” on Amazon Prime Video*

That’s what “The Relic” is about

A ship full of corpses from which the brains have been removed arrives in the port of Chicago. FBI agent Vincent D’Agosta (Tom Sizemore) and his assistant Hollingsworth (Clayton Rohner) take over the investigation. When the murder of a security guard marries the forthcoming new exhibition on superstition at the Natural History Museum, D’Agosta is puzzled.

The corpse of the security guard is also notable for the fact that the brain has been torn from the skull. The agents work with evolutionary biologist Dr. Margo Green (Penelope Ann Miller). In the process, they uncover an ancient legend that could have something to do with the mysterious and extremely horrific deaths. The horror spreads more and more in the Natural History Museum – and here of all places an opening gala with many guests is soon to take place…

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The Relic Trailer DF

This unique monster loves brains to eat

The fact that Peter Hyams is a real all-rounder is not only characterized by the fact that he has taken on both the direction and the screenplay for many of his films. Hyams also directed the camera for the novel adaptation The Relic – and did a great job. In the FILMSTARTS review, which gave the horror film a solid 3 out of 5 stars, the class of craftsmanship was praised as follows:

The setting in the museum in particular creates a spooky atmosphere. The narrow corridors in the basement, the dark, empty exhibition rooms at night, all work well as a catalyst for fear. Hyams also managed the rest of the implementation quite well and you can tell that he has a solid command of his craft.

Even if the computer tricks can no longer keep up with today’s standards, the digitally animated monster is still impressive – and that’s what it’s all about! When the monster, which you only get to see in full size relatively late in the film, goes into bloody action, then you may well be surprised that “The Relic” did not receive the red FSK 18 seal in the 1990s Has.

Beyond that, though, the $40 million production isn’t a milestone. On the one hand, this is because “The Relic” takes a little too much time in between to step on the gas again and, on the other hand, because Tom Sizemore just doesn’t have the necessary charisma to pull off his leading role. However, if you approach the film with a bit of forbearance, then the good sides outweigh the bad and you get a rock-solid monster flick that will appeal to genre lovers in particular.

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After Netflix hit: Stylish Mads Mikkelsen actioner à la “John Wick” continues – but it’s not a sequel or prequel!



Netflix had a real hit in 2019 with the stylish action film Polar. As has now been announced, a next part awaits us, for which Mads Mikkelsen will also return. The project still causes confusion…


If you will, Jonas Akerlund’s Polar is the over-the-top version of John Wick. Just as brutal and stylish as Keanu Reeves’ professional killer, Mads Mikkelsen takes action as “Black Kaiser” and turns hordes of opponents into pieces. The whole thing is staged in garish, overexposed images and, in addition to all the bloody violence, is also enriched with humor that is often quite vulgar to cynical, which can certainly (and perhaps should) alienate viewers.

The fact that “Polar” is getting a sequel is not so surprising at this point, because the crazy action thriller has been a real success on Netflix. As has been confirmed by various industry magazines, the next part awaits us with The Black Kaiser. However, the project causes confusion even before its release, because the film is said to be neither a sequel nor a prequel…

Here’s what we know so far about “The Black Kaiser”

Like Polar, The Black Kaiser will be based on Victor Santos’ graphic novel Polar. Jonas Akerlund will direct the film again, while Mads Mikkelsen returns to the lead role. As with Polar, Constantin Film and JB Pictures are responsible for the production. It remains to be seen whether The Black Kaiser will then be returned to the Netflix streaming service in the same way or whether it will actually be shown in the cinema this time.

Mads Mikkelsen, who plays the world’s deadliest hitman with Duncan Vizla aka “The Black Kaiser”, uncovers a conspiracy with serious consequences that is protected by a powerful syndicate – which Duncan wants to get rid of as quickly as possible. One can assume that this is a kind of reboot that doesn’t refer to “Polar”, but tells its own story – with the exception that we have just met the black emperor.

Mikkelsen himself co-wrote the screenplay for The Black Kaiser with Polar writer Jayson Rothwell. Commenting on the project, Jeremy Bolt, one of the film’s co-producers, said: “We are thrilled to be working with the brilliant Mads Mikkelsen and visionary Jonas Akerlund on this explosive, action-packed, funny, surprising and slightly wacky emotional journey.”

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Netflix is ​​throwing the best witch horror of recent years out of the program – and replacing it with cheap trash!



You should use the weekend to quickly watch the strong witch horror “The Witch” by “The Northman” director Robert Eggers on Netflix. Starting today, there’s a weak replacement with “Curse Of The Witching Tree – Evil Never Dies”.

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Attention witch horror fans! Netflix has a new and an expiring film on this topic this weekend – and you should definitely watch the expiring one, because Robert Eggers’ The Witch, available on Netflix through May 15, is an abysmal disturbing horror film with an extra dose of pretense and probably the best witch horror in recent years.

Judging by the trailer, the horror film Curse Of The Witching Tree – The Evil Never Dies, which was released on DVD in 2016 and will now find its way to Netflix on May 14, 2022, seems rather undemanding. Especially compared to the critically acclaimed and beautifully photographed The Witch, Curse Of The Witching Tree feels like cheap trash about the centuries-old curse of an executed witch. Also the 4.10 out of 10 points in the IMDB-User ratings do not suggest anything good – if you like, you can at least take a look at the trailer.

Curse Of The Witching Tree - Evil Never Dies Trailer OV

Curse Of The Witching Tree – Evil Never Dies Trailer OV

But since “Curse Of The Witching Tree” definitely seems like the worse alternative when it comes to witch horror, we want to put our focus on “The Witch” again and strongly recommend you to use the narrow window of time and the horror drama to watch until Sunday evening. In order to be able to appreciate the film sufficiently, however, expectations are also important – otherwise disappointment sets in quickly. Anyone who expects classic horror with jump scares, lots of special effects and liters of blood will be left in the dark. Because “The Witch” is kept in grey-brown, gloomy images and unfolds its terror mainly through the increasingly unpleasant atmosphere.

Why grey-brown? Because the world of the Christian settlers in New England around 1630, in which “The Witch” takes place, was not exactly colorful – in the literal as well as in the figurative sense. The deeply religious couple William (Ralph Ineson) and Katherine (Kate Dickie) live with their five children on the edge of a forest, everyday life is characterized by fear of God and austerity. But then strange events unfold, leading to daughter Thomasin (Anya Taylor-Joy) being accused of witchcraft, and the family spiraling into a whirlwind of accusations and superstition.

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The Witch Trailer DF

Visually, the no-frills, atmospheric film is a real feast, says our FILMSTARTS review, and offers horror with an extra pinch of sophistication. And even without blatant shock effects, “The Witch” is not harmless at all, but abysmal disturbing – for that it gets a strong four out of five stars.

By the way, if you like director Robert Eggers’ very own visual language, you can currently also watch his Viking epic “The Northman” with Alexander Skarsgård, Nicole Kidman and “The Witch” star Anya Taylor-Joy in the cinema. At the latest after “The Witch” you should be warned: Things are sometimes a bit different with Eggers, and so “The Northman” isn’t just the cinema version of pleasing Viking hits like “Vikings”, but a raw, blood-soaked, visually stunning epic that will offend some people.

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The Northman Trailer (2) DF

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Stream as a subscription now: One of the cinema highlights of 2021 – which revives what is perhaps the best series of all time



For many fans of the HBO cult series “The Sopranos”, it was the most awaited film of the previous year – and if we have our way, it has completely fulfilled expectations: The prequel “The Many Saints Of Newark” is now available as a streaming subscription .

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“The Sopranos” was awarded 21 (!) Emmys and countless other awards, in 2013 the Writers Guild Of America voted the undisputed masterpiece the best-written series of all time and TV Guide named it the best series ever anyway. And we too have fallen for the TV mafia epic, as the saga about gangster boss Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) takes second place in the official FILMSTARTS ranking of the best series of all time. Of course, the expectations of The Many Saints Of Newark were correspondingly astronomical, which the prequel could never really live up to. In fact.

The “Sopranos” prequel is not only a really well-rounded thing, but for us it is even one of the best films of 2021. So if you may have missed the film in the cinema and have not made up for it since then, there is nothing wrong with catching up on it now: “The Many Saints Of Newark” is now available as a subscription to Sky and Sky Ticket. And that fits perfectly, because that’s where you get the HBO mafia complete package. Because all “Sopranos” seasons are currently available as a stream.

» “The Many Saints Of Newark” on Sky Ticket*
» “The Sopranos” on Sky Ticket*

That’s what “The Many Saints Of Newark” is about

Newark in the 1960s: The New Jersey city is rocked by race riots. It comes to an argument between Italian-American and Afro-American criminals who leave a bloody trail through the country not far from New York. Right in the middle: gangster boss Dickie Moltisanti (Alessandro Nivola), who runs the affairs of the mafia and with Tony Soprano (Michael Gandolfini), takes an aspiring criminal genius under his wing.

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The Many Saints Of Newark Trailer DF

Fascinated by his Uncle Dickie and the power he enjoys, Tony quickly adapts to the ways of life in the underworld. And Moltisanti knows exactly how to use that respect for its dirty business. But what he doesn’t know: Tony is at least as unscrupulous as he is…

That’s why “The Many Saints Of Newark” is so good

“A feast for ‘Soprano’ fans”, writes author Nikolas Masin, among other things, in the official FILMSTARTS review of “The Many Saints Of Newark”, in which the prequel to the cult series with 4.5 out of 5 possible stars is only a hair’s breadth missed the top rating.

The film, for which “Sopranos” director Alan Taylor (“Thor”, “Game Of Thrones”) and author Lawrence Konner are returning, expands the series universe “in a masterfully organic way”. The film is full of cross-references without becoming a meaningless Easter egg scavenger hunt, skilfully brings well-known scenes and characters (in the form of new actors) to life and also scores with a framework story that brings a breath of fresh air into the “Sopranos” concept. In the conclusion to the prehistory, in which you also mafia film legend Ray Liotta (“GoodFellas”), Vera Farmiga (Conjuring”), Leslie Odom Jr. (“Hamilton”) and the Marvel stars Jon Bernthal (“The Punisher”) ) and Corey Stoll (“Ant-Man”) expect, it also says:

The expectations for a “Sopranos” movie on the big screen were obviously huge, although the chances of failure were great. But now the prequel really clears up every line. The Many Saints Of Newark’ is a nostalgia-soaked love letter to the fans – and at the same time quite on par with the best gangster films of recent years such as Martin Scorsese The Irishman.

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