What do you think of the newlook SFX?
The Llama God, Twitter My favourite thing about the revamp: seeing Nick Setchfield’s face peeking out from above the Development Hell title. My least favourite thing: being reminded that time has passed by the updated contributor photos at the front. SFX How do you think we feel?
John Mangan, Twitter LOVE the new look to SFX ( my copy of # 265 just arrived). Much clearer, easier to read and better organised. I can even read Rants & Raves without employing an electron microscope. Well done. SFX Oh no, we’ll have to be careful what we say in them now!
BartLockhorst, Twitter The Doctor’s had 12 regenerations, how many has SFX had now? Does it experience a period of instability too? SFX We don’t like to talk about it.
Ittatto23, Twitter Great job on the redesign. And I’m glad the letters title has been changed! Less gloomy than Post Apocalypse! SFX We are now post- Post Apocalypse.
MrFraig, Twitter Oh, you’ve redecorated?! I don’t like it... ;)
SharkOfLargo, Twitter Love the new look. Always nice to have a freshen up once in a while. SFX That’s why I’ve just had my first shower in a month.
MattSaysThings, Twitter Lunchtime reading @ SFXmagazine what a great new look inside! Well done chaps and fine ladies of the team!
Ttatto23, Twitter Great job on the redesign of the magazine guys! Very ’ 60s retro sci-fi- ish!
Steenschapiro, gamesradar Nice design, but the letters page is especially short. The letters page is almost unreadable now, with its new, short Twitter- like statements. Might as well surf the internet for that kind of superficiality.
John Porter, Facebook Bloody good read as per usual – liking the new design too. Not too far removed from its predecessor :-)
Marc Ofner, Facebook Got the latest copy today (# 265). New look is a definite improvement. Much clearer and easier to read. However, why have such a crisp, fresh
I love the new look. Always nice to have a freshen up once in a while
new look on the inside yet keep the same logo that you’ve had for the last 10 years? Still looks like the same tired mag on the outside! SFX Why mess with a classic?
SharkOfLogo, Twitter Just finished reading issue 265, love the new look inside, glad you kept the same logo, brilliant stuff.
Donnako1, Twitter Is the visible “f ” & hidden “x” a feature of the regeneration or just a one- off ? # curious
NobbyNobody, Twitter The new look is like a homage to vintage Reader’s Digest but I like it! SFX How very dare you?!
Trevorbaxendale, Twitter Love a cover photo that’s so sharp you can cut your eyes just looking at it. Nice one.
WhoOrDie, Twitter How Pertwee does Capaldi look on this month’s @ SFXmagazine ? SFX But does he know Venusian karate?
Sourdust, Twitter “Capaldi Coleman Moffat” sounds like the most badass firm of solicitors in the universe.
# RIP WES CRAVEN
Pete Gillespie, email Wes Craven made so many staggering contributions to horror, and shook up this genre so many times, few words will do him justice.
The “video shop”, that treasure trove of illicit covers and taglines, with its blood- splattered imagery and myriad titles, was a shrine to my younger self. If I’m honest, my mum gave me a slap if I even suggested half the films I so craved, but still I longed to know what eyes the hills had, or what fate befell anyone living in left- sided houses.
Having dreamt about sampling these forbidden cinematic fruits it was obvious which one came first... 1, 2 Freddy’s coming for you!
A Nightmare On Elm Street brought us Freddy Krueger, truly my first “hero”. The hat, the jumper and oh, those fingernails. Terrifying in the shadows, though he would soon be a pin- up boy, Wes Craven’s demonic child- killer was breaking down fourth walls and setting up Scream decades before that series broke new ground itself.
Funny, scary, satirical and confrontational, Wes Craven made great films that challenged the establishment, the predictable, and scared the crap out of millions.
# MULTIPLE UNIVERSES
Matt Hankinson, email I am a humble man. I work, I rest, I play. When I rest I like nothing more than watching films and TV, and reading your splendid magazine.
Now this is where it becomes tricky. Despite my many hours of various SF viewing, I am yet to invent a money- printing machine, grow a money tree, or even crap out a £ 20 note. So why oh why are all the great new programmes like Daredevil, Fear The Walking Dead etc on all these pay- your- way channels. Netflix, Amazon and now even BT are airing these shows, but I simply cannot keep forking out for all these add ons. For the love of Thor please stop it and put these programmes in one, simple place, like on my telly. SFX As sport fans have realised for years, the days of cheap, simple access to all you want to watch are long gone. On the plus side, the vast quantity of channels and media means we have more sci- fi to watch than ever before.
Don’t base it on a comic with largerthan- life characters
# MORE FOUR
Cameron Garner, email What a pile of bollocks Fantastic Four is. How has that happened? They had two films to work out what works and what doesn’t and they seem to have looked at the “doesn’t” file, and thought “let’s try and rectify those”. It’s soulless and joyless. I understand an earnest film but don’t base it on a comic book that has larger- than- life characters. Hell, if they wanted to do a serious and bleak take they should have chosen the Reed goes bad era.
You can play a drinking game while watching the film though – have a drink every time someone sits behind a computer. Guaranteed to get pissed! Only plus side to that film. SFX That has to be one of the best and most succinct first lines of a letter I’ve ever read.
# HAVING A LAUGH
Mike Garner, email Where’s the love for Yonderland? A show that proves once and for all that the UK knows how to do comedy. It’s funny on a lot of different levels. The puppets, especially the red devils, are the stars. It’s awesome, so where’s the love? Where’s the news of a third season or an insight into the thinking behind the show? SFX Did you see our celebration of the show in Viewscreen in SFX 266? No shortage of love for Yonderland here...
# STAR TREK: THE NEXT NEXT GENERATION
Rob Graham, email Could Star Trek ever return to TV? While a TV series with the movie cast isn’t likely to happen, it could perhaps come back in a new century with a new Enterprise and crew, as it did with The Next Generation. Star Trek did the whole shared universe thing in the ’ 90s with various spin offs and movies all set in the same continuity. I can’t help feeling that Hollywood is missing something by not creating a new shared Star Trek universe. SFX We’re with you. Hollywood, make it so!
# We also heard from
Daniel O’Mahony, email I was disappointed to pick up your latest issue and find that there was no review of Hard To Be A God, Alexei German’s astonishing adaptation of the Strugatski brothers’ classic science fiction
novel, which was released to cinemas on 7 August. What was especially galling was that of four pages of cinema reviews, a whole two- and- a- half were dedicated to the only very marginally- SF The Man From UNCLE and Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation. SFX Well, we’ve traditionally covered James Bond and they’re not a million miles away from those. But you’ll be glad to see we got round to reviewing Hard To Be A God on DVD last issue, albeit giving it just two stars.
Robert Macdonald, email In the Viewscreen review of Penny Dreadful Dorian’s relationship with a transsexual was mentioned. I feel it appropriate to point out that transsexuals usually have issues with the body they were born in. I believe the character Dorian had a relationship with before offing him was a transvestite or a “drag queen”, in modern- day parlance.
James Kinsley, email Dave Golder’s review of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell suggests that the marvellous adaptation of that masterpiece failed by being too reliant on previous knowledge of the book, the argument being that was just too unfriendly to the casual viewer. Anecdotally, I have to disagree. My wife ticks none of those boxes, and yet was a huge fan of Strange & Norrell. SFX If only there’d been another four million viewers like your wife then the Beeb might have been happy!
Harold Okafor- Withers, email The red band trailer for Deadpool makes this film look awesome. Was pissing myself the whole way through, and is that not the best damned cinematic version of Colossus we’ve seen yet? SFX Not so keen myself ! Reynolds seems smug and supercilious, tone looks nasty and facetious.
Fear The Walking Dead – but not on normal telly. SFX For me Craven’s best films were his early ones – love The Last House On The Left, The Hills Have Eyes and the first Nightmare On Elm Street. TV movie Chiller wasn’t bad either. Thanks for the scares, Wes.
A selection of the pages you perused last month!
Greyness and blackness – pretty much Josh Trank’s film.
Yonderland: devilishly funny.