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RIP Daniel EpsteinI got some very sad news today that’s been spreading out on the Web about a friend who passed away at a very young age this morning: Daniel Robert Epstein.

The name may not mean much, but if you’ve been doing this online journalism thing for more than a few years, there’s a good chance you’ve seen his work. A tireless interviewer (and one of the best), Epstein logged a ton of amazing interviews for sites like Film Stew and Suicide Girls in his time and made a good amount of friends along the way.

I met him when I visited the set of Wrong Turn 2 last year and have since run into him a few times, and I called him a friend. Now he’s passed away after only 31 years, far too soon for someone of his disposition and talent.

Devin over at CHUD did a great write-up about him, having been friends with him for years, and Wrong Turn 2 director Joe Lynch put up a very touching piece in his blog you should read here. Our thoughts go out to Daniel’s friends and family. He will be sorely missed.

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Contest: Find Bigfoot With a Primal Rage Double-Sided Mini-Poster!

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On February 27th, Fathom Events will be hosting a one-night theater event for Primal Rage, the Bigfoot horror film based on Native American mythology! Tickets for the event are already on sale through Fathom and we’re here to spice up the screening a little more by offering five lucky readers the chance to win a double-sided mini-poster! The back side includes behind-the-scenes images.

To enter, all you have to do is fill out the form below! If you want to see what the poster looks like, here are some images:

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Lost deep in the forest of the Pacific Northwest, Ashley and Max Carr are stalked by a terrifying creature that might be Bigfoot. Soon they find themselves embroiled in a strange land of Native American myth and legend turned real. Hopelessly trying to survive, with a handful of unsavory locals, they must fight back against this monster in a desperate battle of life or death.

Directed by Patrick Magee, who co-wrote the film with Jay Lee, Primal Rage stars Andrew Joseph Montgomery, Casey Gagliardi, Eloy Casados, Justin Rain and Marshal Hilton.

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All The Creatures Were Stirring Poster Will Make Fear Decorating Your Christmas Tree

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Later this year, the holidays will run red when FallBack Plan Productions and Evil Squared’s Christmas horror film All The Creatures Were Stirring is released! In anticipation of the feature, a poster illustrated by Devon Whitehead has made its way online and you can see it in all its glory by giving it a cheeky little click!

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When an awkward date on Christmas Eve leads a couple into a strange theater, they’re treated to a bizarre and frightening collection of Christmas stories, featuring a wide ensemble of characters doing their best to avoid the horrors of the holidays. From boring office parties and last-minute shopping, to vengeful stalkers and immortal demons, there’s plenty out there to fear this holiday season.

Written and directed by Rebekah and David Ian McKendry, All The Creatures Were Stirring stars Constance Wu, Jonathan Kite, Jocelin Donahue, Graham Skipper, Mark Kelly, Megan Duffy, Ashley Clements, Morgan Peter Brown, Matt Long, Stephanie Drake, Catherine Parker and Amanda Fuller.

All The Creatures Were Stirring has a planned release date of late 2018.

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Robert Pattinson Joins The Lighthouse From the Director of The Witch

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Robert Eggers made us all turn our heads with his directing debut The Witch a few years back, and so we are eagerly awaiting his new film The Lighthouse from RT Features and A24.

“I am extremely happy to be working with RT, A24, and Parts & Labor again,” Eggers says. “Along with New Regency, they are providing me and my collaborators with the support and freedom to make this film the way it needs to be made. It’s a privilege.”

Last week we learned that Willem Dafoe has joined the cast of Eggers’ new film and today we have word via Deadline that Robert Pattinson will be joining in on the spooky fun as well.

RT Features’ Teixeira called Pattinson “one of the most talented actors working today. We are excited to work with him and Eggers, a singular filmmaker whose unique vision we support. Our collaboration on The Witch was flawless, and we look forward to reuniting along with our partners at A24, Parts & Labor and New Regency.”

The film is being described as “a fantasy horror story set in the world of old sea-faring myths” and is all set to go into production in the spring.

A24 said in a statement that they are “beyond excited to be partnering again with Rob Eggers, a true visionary and one of the great filmmakers of his generation. This new script blew us away — it creates a totally unique and ambitious universe and manages to somehow feel scary, suspenseful, wondrous and beautiful all at the same time. We can’t wait to work with Rob and his team and our partners at RT Features, Parts & Labor and New Regency to help bring this story to life.”

A24 acquired worldwide rights and will distribute the film in the U.S. New Regency (The Revenant) has joined the project as a co-financier.

“I love that we’re getting the band back together again,” Parts & Labor’s Jay Van Hoy says. “This time with old friend and new star player Youree Henley. Like The Witch, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

We’ll let you know as soon as we hear more on Robert Eggers’ The Lighthouse, but until then let us know what you think thus far below!

The film is directed by Robert Eggers (The Witch) from a script by Eggers and Max Eggers. Rodrigo Teixeira and Lourenço Sant’ Anna are producing alongside Jay Van Hoy and Youree Henley and the film stars Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe.

The Lighthouse begins shooting this spring.

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