RED ALERT

Red hot news from the epi­cen­tre of sci- fi.

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Contents - edited by Jor­dan Far­ley

In 1977 po­lice were called to the home of sin­gle par­ent Peggy Hodg­son, a mother of four whose daugh­ters, Mar­garet and Janet, wit­nessed some­thing in­ex­pli­ca­ble in their bed­room – and we’re not talk­ing about the abun­dance of tar­tan on their Bay City Rollers poster. Ob­jects fly­ing around the room, strange noises em­a­nat­ing from the walls… and that was only the be­gin­ning. Two years of head­line- grab­bing haunt­ings fol­lowed in the most un­likely of lo­ca­tions – a coun­cil house in the North Lon­don bor­ough of En­field. Now the tale of lo­cal ter­ror is head­ing to TV as three- part drama The En­field Haunt­ing.

The real- life in­ci­dent re­mains one of the best doc­u­mented cases of poltergeist ac­tiv­ity on record and went on to in­spire a wave of Hol­ly­wood films, from Tobe Hooper’s Poltergeist to this year’s Con­jur­ing se­quel ( subti­tled The En­field Poltergeist). For writer Joshua St John­ston it was the op­por­tu­nity to tell an au­then­tic home- grown hor­ror story that ini­tially ap­pealed. “What’s in­cred­i­bly ex­cit­ing is that we’re tak­ing back own­er­ship of this very Bri­tish ghost story,” St John­ston tells Red Alert. “One of the break­through mo­ments in terms of get­ting my head around the mood and how to tell the story was see­ing a floor plan of the house and that the bath­room was on the ground floor at the back, next to the gar­den. There’s some­thing so ’ 70s and so Bri­tish about that kind of house and so po­ten­tially the stuff of hor­ror. This is a cel­e­bra­tion of a par­tic­u­lar way of living at a par­tic­u­lar time.”

The orig­i­nal Bri­tish pro­duc­tion made by Sky Living boasts a direc­tor from Scandi-sen­sa­tion The Killing, Kristof­fer Ny­holm,

12 Suits Shoe, Sir Adam San­dler gets a shoe- based su­per­power ( sort of ) in The Cob­bler.

10 SIR TERY PRAT CHET A trib­ute to the Discworld cre­ator, who passed away in March.

15 Man The Forte

Satur­day Night Live alum Will

Forte is The Last Man On Earth.

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