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Captain’s Log
Two new Dalek adventures on TV in the same month? Russell T Davies has returned to Doctor Who? What’s going on? You’ll just have to indulge me, I’m afraid, as I explore an alternate universe – hey, everyone loves a multiverse now, right? – and featur
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Vampira
Maila Nurmi got her big break in TV via Hollywood’s “Bal Caribe”, an annual Halloween costume ball, in 1953. Her winning outfit drew inspiration from the same source that The Addams Family later did… “There was a hugely successful show on at the time
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Teenage Kicks Right Through The Nightmare
WHEN EFFECTS SUPERVISOR turned director Oliver Milburn first envisioned School’s Out Forever as a film, his ambition was to make “Mad Max in the home counties”: a muscular, action-driven post-apocalyptic tale about a bunch of school kids in a world r
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The Debate Team
Asked how Lucas was as a note-giver, Moore admits, “George had a few here and there. But he wasn’t into giving notes. I think he didn’t want to be that kind of executive. When you were breaking the story and figuring out who the characters were, that
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Batman: Soul Of The Dragon
EXTRAS RELEASED 15 FEBRUARY (download out now) 2021 | 15 | Blu-ray/DVD/download Director Sam Liu Cast David Giuntoli, Mark Dacascos, Michael Jai White, Credit is due to Picard’s Kelly Hu DC’s animated movies have benefitted by shaking things up since
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The Cannibal Club
EXTRAS RELEASED OUT NOW! 2019 | 18 | DVD This blackly comic Brazilian thriller takes aim at the 1%. Gilda and Otavio are part of a society of cannibals that prey on the poor, but when they accidentally uncover a secret, their peers turn against them.
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The Library Of The Dead
RELEASED 4 FEBRUARY 336 pages | Hardback/ebook/audiobook Author TL Huchu Publisher Tor The first book in this new series from TL Huchu features one of the strangest and most compelling fantasy worlds you’ll see all year. Set in Edinburgh on a world t
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Tl Huchu
THE WORLD IS SURPRISINGLY FULL OF novels where you find yourself quietly admiring the writer’s mastery of craft. Rarer are those novels that pull you along with a sense that the book’s creator is having huge fun and, moreover, has the technical chops
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Star Wars: I Love You. I Know.
RELEASED OUT NOW! 63 pages | Hardback/ebook Author Amy Richau Publisher DK • This little book of “relationship wisdom” from a writer for StarWars.com should sell well in the lead-up to Valentine’s Day. •I t’s not just concerned with romantic relation
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Bliss
RELEASED 5 FEBRUARY 2020 | SVOD Director Mike Cahill Cast Owen Wilson, Salma Hayek, Nesta Cooper, Jorge Lendeborg Jr AMAZON How’s your day going? Not so good? Hey, at least you haven’t just got sacked, accidentally killed your boss, then legged it af
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Eternal Warrior
MANY OF KEANU REEVES’S FILMS BOAST A COMIC BOOK quality. Now the Hollywood star has taken that one step further with BZRKR, his very own comic series for BOOM! Studios. “When I wrote the first draft of issue one, Keanu was like, ‘It needs to be more
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First Contact
Paul Castell, email After just binging the excellent and mind-boggling German series Dark, I thought I would then take on Ridley Scott’s Raised By Wolves. Well, that’s 10 hours I won’t get back. What on Earth (or Kepler-22B) was it all about really?
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Jeremy Bulloch 1945–2020
WITH MINIMAL SCREEN time but infinite screen presence, Boba Fett became an enduring icon of Star Wars. All gunslinger poise and faceless menace, he’s the most enigmatic and incontestably the coolest of the bounty hunters who were recruited in The Emp
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The Intergalactic Adventures Of Max Cloud
EXTRAS RELEASED OUT NOW! 2020 | 12 | Blu-ray/DVD/download There are echoes of The Last Starfighter, Tron and even Wreck-It Ralph in this low-budget comedy, as a ’90s teen becomes trapped in a 16-bit videogame. The sets have the DIY feel of a ’30s act
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Tomorrow I’ll Wake Up And Scald Myself With Tea
EXTRAS RELEASED OUT NOW! 1977 | 12 | Blu-ray Director Jindrich Polák Cast Petr Kostka, Jirí Sovák, Vladimír Menšík, Vlastimil Brodský BLU-RAY DEBUT This This Czechoslovakian time travel comedy is loopy in more ways than one. Directed by the man behin
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The Moonsteel Crown
RELEASED 9 FEBRUARY 384 pages | Paperback/ebook Author Stephen Deas Publisher Angry Robot On SFX’s off-duty evenings, a favourite non-SF film is The Good, The Bad And The Ugly. We’re fond of how the Civil War is quietly unfolding all around them–that
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Relic
EXTRAS RELEASED OUT NOW! 2020 | 15 | Blu-ray/DVD/download Director Natalie Erika James Cast Robyn Nevin, Emily Mortimer, Bella Heathcote, Chris Bunton Horror’s always been an authentically vampiric genre. It’s a symbiotic relationship as much as a pr
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The Crow Folk
RELEASED 4 FEBRUARY 352 pages | Paperback/ebook/audiobook Author Mark Stay Publisher Simon & Schuster In a book with witches and an army of living scarecrows, the cheerful, rose-tinted 1940 setting of Mark Stay’s new novel is perhaps its most unlikel
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Lx 2048
EXTRAS RELEASED OUT NOW! 2020 | 15 | Blu-ray/DVD/download There are oodles of thought-provoking, hot topic ideas in writer/director Guy Moshe’s dystopian drama, even if most of them have been well rinsed by other SF movies in recent years. Set 30 yea
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SWEET HOME Season One
UK/US Netflix, streaming now Directors Young-woo Jang, Eung-bok Lee Cast Song Kang, Lee Jin-wook, Lee Si-young, Lee Do-hyun EPISODES 1.01-1.10 What’s scarier: being attacked by a monster, or slowly transforming into one yourself? This 10-part Korean
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Alf
A fur-covered alien from the planet Melmac with a penchant for eating pussy–the household feline variety, of course–doesn’t necessarily scream Saturday night family viewing, yet it’s up there with Doctor Who for me. ALF always invokes waves of nostal
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Saint Maud
EXTRAS RELEASED 1 FEBRUARY 2019 | 15 | Blu-ray/DVD/download Director Rose Glass Cast Morfydd Clark, Jennifer Ehle, Lily Knight, Lily Frazer There’s a famous quote attributed to the late psychiatrist, Dr Thomas Szasz: “If you talk to God, you are pray
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Doctor Strange
How did you figure out how to play the physicality of an alien inhabiting a human body and trying to look human? When I play the character, there is a lot of discomfort going on inside of me, because you’re standing behind yourself, looking out, beca
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Star Wars: Light Of The Jedi
RELEASED OUT NOW! 384 pages | Hardback/ebook/audiobook Author Charles Soule Publisher Del Rey Every Star Wars movie and TV show so far has been set during the seven decades of the Skywalker era. That means a lot of galactic “history” remains unexplor
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All The World’s A Stage
What’s it like doing comedy with dramatic characters? EO: It felt like I was in musical theatre camp and I was eight years old again! I was playing for laughs. I’m so used to trying to make things smaller that it was all about pushing myself to make
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Tell Me Moore
As Benson and Moorhead acknowledge, the work of comics writer Alan Moore is a key influence on Synchronic. The movie’s haunting image of a man caught in a wall echoes Moore’s take on time in graphic novel From Hell “There’s a panel where Jack the Rip
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Regression Therapy
RUSSELL T DAVIES HAS returned to Doctor Who! And he’s brought the Daleks back! Except it’s in an alternative universe and it’s one scene in a much bigger, unmissable story. “He plays an actor in it and I had such fun with all his different jobs over
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Rants & Raves
Transformers: War For Cybertron continues to be excellent. The final three episodes of Star Trek: Discovery had me screaming at the telly, they were that good… …while the final episode of The Mandalorian felt like proper event television. I was reall
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