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SciFi Now Issue 163

Written by fans for fans SciFiNow is the first new science fiction, horror, cult TV and fantasy magazine in the last 12 years – a high quality title that celebrates the explosion of new scifi TV shows, films and culture, past present and future. From Doctor Who to Buck Rogers. Star Wars to American Horror Story,D81 Buffy to Battlestar Galactica. SciFi Now loves them all, and there’s no better magazine if you want in-depth interviews, lavish features, trustworthy reviews and detailed scifi TV listings. The future is Now.

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2 min.
get excited about underwater

The fact that Kristen Stewart was starring in a sci-fi set in an ocean-floor facility where things go horrifically wrong had somehow escaped our notice until the trailer was released last month and we are very much here for it. Leaving aside the fact that we’re always on board for ‘something is going wrong in this facility’ movies, especially when they star Kristen Stewart, Underwater is directed by William Eubank, who gave us the underseen SF The Signal. It’s been a big year for polarising movies. Every year has one or two pure Marmite films, but 2019 feels like we’ve pretty much had one a month. Maybe it’s the terrifying times we live in, but they’re everywhere. Ari Aster’s Midsommar was either a folk horror modern classic or an overlong mess…

3 min.
welcome back , mr torrance

IN THE HISTORY of haunted houses, there are two that loom the largest. The first, and the most influential, is Shirley Jackson’s Hill House, that rambling mansion that was ‘born bad’. The second, and directly inspired by the first, is the Overlook Hotel. Stephen King’s Colorado getaway is memorable and terrifying in the book, and became an icon in Stanley Kubrick’s film The Shining. The long, winding corridors, the elevator, Room 237… Although the former informed the latter, there is now an even more direct link between them: filmmaker Mike Flanagan. The writer-director who made his name with horror films Absentia, Oculus and the King adaptation Gerald’s Game had his biggest hit with his Netflix adaptation of The Haunting Of Hill House, and he followed that success by packing his bags…

2 min.
casting call

The Haunting Of Bly Manor EXPECTED RELEASE 2020 ROLES DANI: Female, 20-30 years old, Caucasian. A governess who takes care of two unusual children. The Haunting Of Hill House experience is necessary, which we admit greatly limits the pickings. PETER: Male, 30-40 years old, Caucasian. A charming fellow. Experience as above. MILES: Male, under ten years old, Caucasian. A child who is both charming and weirdly creepy. FLORA: Female, under ten years old, Caucasian. Also charming but creepy. ENSEMBLE: Any gender, any age, any ethnicity. We’ll round out the cast with whoever’s left. CONTACT casting@netflix.com REPLIES Victoria Pedretti, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Benjamin Ainsworth, Amelie Smith, Henry Thomas, Catherine Parker, T’Nia Miller, Rahul Kohli, Amelia Eve, Kate Siegel Candyman EXPECTED RELEASE 12 June 2020 ROLES UNNAMED MAN: Male, 40-50 years old, Black. Must have seen the original Candyman. UNNAMED MAN: Male, 20-30 years old, Black. Looking for a face famous…

2 min.
bfi london film festival 2019

The BFI London Film Festival is back and genre fans are in for a treat this year. For everyone who’s watched with envious eyes as reports on SF, fantasy and horror movies have made their way back from Cannes, Venice and TIFF, booking time off to head to London this October is essential. The Witch writer-director Robert Eggers returns with his gleefully odd black and white chiller The Lighthouse, starring Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe, while this year’s Thrill Gala is the ferocious, Carpenter-inspired Brazilian near-future culture shock Bacurau (which got a five star review from us earlier in the year, so don’t miss it). Of course, the always-excellent Cult Strand is where you’ll find most of the genre movies you need to see. Top of our list is Richard Stanley’s long-awaited…

5 min.
space lamb

Aardman Studios has always been into its sci-fi – Wallace and Gromit’s first outing took them to the moon for A Grand Day Out, there’s the Terminator homage in A Close Shave, not to mention that pesky Were-Rabbit. In its next film, though, Aardman us bringing us aliens for the first time. The follow-up to 2015’s global hit Shaun The Sheep: The Movie, Farmageddon sees a cute alien called Lu-La crash land near Mossy Bottom Farm, an event which causes an outbreak of alien fever amongst the local folk and leads the farmer to stage the titular extra-terrestrial festival. Shaun must get Lu-La home safely, whilst avoiding the shady Men In Black types out to capture her. “The [first] film itself, in movie terms, was quite low concept,” says producer Paul Kewley.…

4 min.
your guide to the new marvel tv shows

MS MARVEL The first of the new shows to be announced at D23 Expo, Ms Marvel might be the newest of the characters to be getting their own show, but she’s also potentially the most high-profile. A Pakistani-American teenage girl, Kamala Khan, gains the power to change her size, shape and relative strength at will (or ‘embiggening’, as she likes to call it) and names herself in honour of her idol, Captain Marvel. Her solo series centres around her family and her school friends, as she balances her conservative parents’ wishes with her own desire to fight crime. Done right, a Ms Marvel show would be funny, lively and full of heart. CREATED IN: 2014 CREATED BY: G Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona, with character design by Jamie McKelvie (the guy behind Captain…