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6 thrilling sci-fi shows and movies coming to Amazon Prime in December 2021

“We need something to give us a reason to hope.”

6. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

December 1

The premise of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is undeniably goofy — unfortunately, the movie plays it a bit too straight. Still, it’s a fun-enough, stylish vampire-slaying flick when you want something light to watch.

5. Edward Scissorhands

December 1

The Tim Burton classic Edward Scissorhands is only lightly sci-fi, using its Frankenstein-esque premise to tell a very human story of loneliness and love.

4. Halloween 3: Season of the Witch

December 1

Halloween 3 is a wild detour for the series, replacing Michael Myers with microchipped masks that somehow turn kids into piles of bugs. It has no interest in making sense, focusing instead on scares and (probably unintentional) silliness.

3. Encounter

December 10

Encounter follows a family through what may be an alien invasion or a father’s deteriorating mental state. It may not stick the landing, but a lead performance by Riz Ahmed never gets old.

2. The Expanse Season 6

December 10

The Expanse book series is set to end with the ninth entry next year, but the TV show is wrapping up with Season 6. Here’s hoping it’s a worthwhile sendoff to one of the best sci-fi shows on TV.

1. The Theory of Everything

December 16

If you want a break from science fiction, how about a story about an actual scientist? The Theory of Everything works as a Stephen Hawking biopic and a love story but doesn’t have much time for Hawking’s work itself.

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