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Ah, Dark Horse…making dreams real for all the Whedon geeks around the world daily. We are well aware that DC’s “New 52” are still making headlines across the globe, but the release of Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 9, Issue 1 and Angel & Faith, Issue 1 should also be cause for celebration! Here’s what you can look forward to…

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9: Issue 1 (click here to order from TFAW)

The Word from Dark Horse:
Season 8 ended with a bang when Buffy cut the world off from the hell dimensions and all supernatural influence. Great, right? Except Buffy has left her best friend, Willow, powerless and ended the long line of vampire slayers, leaving her hated by the hundreds of girls who recently stood behind her. Newly relocated to San Francisco, Buffy can count on a fresh start and focus on what she’s good at–slaying.

Writer: Joss Whedon, Andrew Chambliss
Penciller: Georges Jeanty
Inker: Dexter Vines
Cover Artists: Jo Chen / Steve Morris

The Word from Dread:
Season 8 was one insane ride. Some of it was over-the-top ridiculousness, but most of it was vintage Buffy…as in it was like the show had never ended. Season 9 continues that streak of awesome with Buffy now confronting a world made all the more real ever since she cut us free of our magical tether. So, what does Buffy do when she no longer has to lead an army of slayers against the forces of darkness? The same thing we all do every day…work a crap job and drink until we can’t feel feelings anymore! WOO!

This book also hints at oncoming evils, some familiar and some new and more horrible than reruns of “Smallville” (like if they showed that episode where they are stuck in the Matrix over and over…oh man…hellish.) Issue 1 is everything you could want. It’s offbeat and quirky, constantly hysterical and very true to the show, as you would expect when Joss Whedon is at the wheel. For Buffy fans it is perfection. Snap it up TODAY! Click here for preview pages courtesy of Dark Horse.

Our First Impressions of the Buffy Season 9 and Angel & Faith Comics from Dark Horse

Our First Impressions of the Buffy Season 9 and Angel & Faith Comics from Dark Horse

Our First Impressions of the Buffy Season 9 and Angel & Faith Comics from Dark Horse

Angel & Faith, Issue 1 (click here to order from TFAW)

The Word from Dark Horse:
Left in a near-catatonic state following the events in Buffy Season 8, Angel will need a seriously rude awakening if he’s to make amends for his ill-conceived deeds. Enter rebel slayer with a cause–Faith Lehane. Together they’ll have full access to the Watcher files and opportunities to make amends for all they’ve done…and will do.

Writer: Christos Gage
Artist: Rebekah Isaacs
Colorist: Dan Jackson
Cover Artist: Steve Morris / Jo Chen / Georges Jeanty (25th Anniversary Variant)
Executive Producer: Joss Whedon

The Word from Dread:
I’m reluctant to say what Angel did that was so earth-shatteringly bad, but I will say it happens in Buffy Season 8 and may be worse than anything the vampire with a soul ever did as Angelus. I challenge you to read that and NOT run out to get the trades for Season 8! Now, Angel is more broody than ever before (maybe like 120% more broodiness in every issue), and only a newfound sense of purpose and dire need to atone for his sins will see him back in battle against evil. Luckily, the slayer named Faith knows a little something about atoning and will be sticking around to see that Angel gets all the backup he needs. One catch, though…the entire planet just might want to see Angel dead. SUSPENSE!

Issue 1 plays out like a creepy little horror movie. Ghosts of the past prod Angel into action with the Watcher Files in hand to point the way toward unfinished business. The tone is way heavier than Buffy, as it should be (and if you read Season 8, you know why), but it is still highly entertaining to watch Angel and Faith in action. The banter isn’t all doom and gloom as that just wouldn’t be a Whedon book, would it? Issue 1 is serious but light where it should be and, shockingly, way bloodier than 6 issues of Buffy combined! I’d absolutely love it if Buffy kept things light and full of action while Angel kept a black sense of humor amid beheadings and such! The perfect combo for a diehard horror fan. I wasn’t a big fan of Angel: After the Fall, but this incarnation seems just my speed. Click here for preview pages courtesy of Dark Horse.

Our First Impressions of the Buffy Season 9 and Angel & Faith Comics from Dark Horse

Our First Impressions of the Buffy Season 9 and Angel & Faith Comics from Dark Horse

Our First Impressions of the Buffy Season 9 and Angel & Faith Comics from Dark Horse

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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!

Synopsis:
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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