Film Festival

Beyond Fest in LA October 1st-12th

The largest genre film festival in Los Angeles BEYOND FEST returns this October with a full slate of great films. Movies like LEGEND, THE ASSASSIN, BONE TOMAHAWK and more will all be on display at the world famous Egyptian Theater. Bruce Campbell, Edgar Wright, Al Pacino and Henry Rollins are just a few of the names you can expect to see at BEYOND FEST that will showcase more than 16 West Coast premieres. There will also be musical acts and tons of great events surrounding the festival so look ahead on the release of the first wave of programming.

Beyond Fest, the highest attended genre film festival in the US, is excited to announce its full slate of 2015 programming featuring 25 events of mind-bending, movie madness. Presented by Shudder, Beyond Fest returns to Hollywood’s famed Egyptian Theatre for 11 days of movies, music and mayhem spanning Thursday, October 1st – Monday, October 12th to generate funds for co-presenter, the nonprofit American Cinematheque.  

With a diverse slate that includes films from all corners of the globe Beyond Fest is proud to present 18 West Coast premieres including Brian Hegeland’s masterful LEGEND as opening night film and Hsiao-hsien Hou’s breathtaking martial arts ballet THE ASSASSIN, to close. Other hotly-anticipated titles include Kurt Russell’s existential western shocker BONE TOMAHAWK, Miike Takeshi’s gloriously outrageous YAKUZA APOCALYPSE and Karyn Kusama’s terrifying thriller THE INVITATION.

“We’re just relieved that a film institution as revered as the American Cinematheque let us come back,” said Beyond Fest Co-Founder, Christian Parkes. “Last year, guests were whipped, they vomited and snorted snuff en masse, it was bedlam. With this lineup I’m proud to say it’s going to be even bigger.”

The legend Bruce Campbell takes center stage with Edgar Wright for an EVIL DEAD double bill for the ages featuring both films projected on glorious 35mm. Tickets will be made available to purchase on Saturday, September 5th at noon PST, however, the most die-hard Deadites will be rewarded early as 25 pairs of tickets will be gifted free to those sporting an EVIL DEAD tattoo. Maintaining the theme and commemorating the night Studio City Tattoo will be on-site providing free EVIL DEAD tattoos for the most hardcore fans.

Two wildly different anniversary screenings celebrate two wildly iconic films with Al Pacino sitting in conversation with Brett Ratner for the 40th anniversary of DOG DAY AFTERNOON, while The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail host an epic 30th anniversary reunion screening of BETTER OFF DEAD with director Savage Steve Holland, Curtis Armstrong, Diane Franklin and more.

Once again, music features prominently in Beyond Fest’s charter with some of the most influential and innovative artists participating. Die Antwoord’s Ninja will be joined by friends as he hosts a rare 35mm screening of ERASERHEAD for ‘A Night of Zef Absurdia.’ Punk icon Henry Rollins is celebrated with the West Coast premiere of his existential cannibal shocker HE NEVER DIED. Post screening, Rollins will be joined by director Jason Krawczyk in a wide ranging conversation moderated by agent provocateur Shepard Fairey. Legendary composer Fabio Frizzi is performing in Los Angeles for the first time in his illustrious 40 year career. Complete with his 8-piece orchestra, the Maestro will perform FRIZZI 2 FULCI LIVE: his magnificent musical-opus highlighting his work with Lucio Fulci. FRIZZI 2 FULCI LIVE will also feature a rare screening of the Fulci’s gothic masterpiece THE BEYOND uncut, uncensored and in scope on 35mm. The original 1925 version of Lon Chaney’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA gets the live score treatment courtesy of his grandson Ron Chaney who is screening the masterpiece on 16mm. The 1925 score has remained in possession of the Chaney family since the film’s release and will be performed for one of the first times in 90 years. Ron Chaney will be in attendance to discuss the impact of Cheney’s work. Premiering live, synth superstar Steve Moore will perform his score to horror wunderkind Joe Begos’ THE MIND’S EYE before the telekinetic shocker receives its hometown throwdown premiere. Moore’s performance will be complemented by the release of a limited 7″ courtesy of Death Waltz Records, produced exclusively for the screening.

“Music has been an integral part of Beyond Fest from the very beginning,” said Spencer Hickman, Mondo / Death Waltz Recording Co. Label Head. “The first show we ever booked was Goblin and we’re incredibly proud to build on that foundation with this phenomenal and unique line up.”

Celebrating LA filmmaking remains a priority for Beyond Fest with Karyn Kusama receiving this year’s ‘LA Spotlight’ for her shocking thriller, THE INVITATION. As part of her Spotlight screening, Kusama selected Philip Kaufman’s INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS to accompany her film citing its malevolent corresponding elements and themes. LA represents en masse with SOUTHBOUND, a wild and insanely gory reinvention of the horror anthology model from the team behind the V/H/S series. SOUTHBOUND is co-presented with fellow LA-conspirators, Spectrefest, and features a live performance by I Speak Machine for the premiere of their new short, ZOMBIES 1985.

Beyond Fest welcomes the horror streaming platform Shudder as its Presenting Sponsor, a partnership that provides 10 screenings (9 West Coast premieres) absolutely free to film fans. Every night, the 100-seat ‘Shudder Theatre’ will feature a brand new film selected from across the world including a demented Mads Mikkelsen’s in Anders Thomas Jensen’s unbelievably black comedy, MEN AND CHICKEN, manga favorite / insanely-mental-live-action-madness of ASSASSINATION CLASSROOM, the hyper-violent remake of Mario Bava’s Euro-crime nasty, RABID DOGS, the creepy debut shocker from Oz Perkins, FEBRUARY, Majid Al Ansari’s electrifying cat and mouse thriller, ZINZANA and the over-the-top martial arts sequel, SPL 2.

 

“These are some of the best and most provocative films of the year,” said American Cinematheque and Beyond Fest programmer, Grant Moninger. “That we can provide them completely free of charge is very important to us, we’re thankful to Shudder for being a part of our mission to bring great films to the great genre fans of this city.”

Trailer for BEYOND FEST:

See below for the full lineup of newly announced film titles for Beyond Fest 2015.

BEYOND FEST 2015 PROGRAM

 

EGYPTIAN THEATRE

THE ASSASSIN

China, 2015

LA Premiere, 105 min

Director – Hsiao-hsien Hou

BETTER OFF DEAD – 30th Anniversary Reunion Hosted by The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail

United States, 1985

97 min

Director – Savage Steve Holland

  1. Jonah Ray, Kumail Nanjiani, director Savage Steve Holland + cast in person

THE BEYOND

Uncut, uncensored director’s cut in scope on 35mm

Italy, 1981

35mm, 87 min

Director – Lucio Fulci

 

BONE TOMAHAWK

United States, 2015

West Coast Premiere, 133 min

Director – S. Craig Zahler

  1. director S. Craig Zahler and actor Matthew Fox in person

DOG DAY AFTERNOON

United States, 2015

35mm, 125 min

Director – Sidney Lumet

  1. actor Al Pacino and director Brett Ratner in person

THE DEVILS

Original US X-rated cut on 35mm

England, 1971

35mm, 111 min

Director – Ken Russell

  1. introduction by director Bernard Rose

 

Ninja Presents ERASERHEAD: A Night of Zef Absurdia

United States, 1977

35mm, 89 min

Director – David Lynch

  1. Ninja and friends in person

THE EVIL DEAD (wi. EVIL DEAD II)

Co-presented with Starz and Ash vs. The Evil Dead

United States, 1983

35mm, 87 min

Director – Sam Raimi

  1. Bruce Campbell and Edgar Wright in person

EVIL DEAD II (wi. THE EVIL DEAD)

Co-presented with Starz and Ash vs. The Evil Dead

United States, 1987

35mm, 84 min

Director – Sam Raimi

  1. Bruce Campbell and Edgar Wright in person

 

FRIZZI 2 FULCI LIVE (wi. THE BEYOND)

Italy, 2015

West Coast Premiere, 100 min

  1. Fabio Frizzi and 8-piece orchestra performing live

HE NEVER DIED

United States, 2015

West Coast Premiere, 99 min

Director – Jason Krawczyk

  1. director Jason Krawczyk and actor Henry Rollins, moderated by Shepard Fairey in person

INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (wi. THE INVITATION)

United States, 1978

115 min

Director – Philip Kaufman

THE INVITATION (wi. INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS)

United States, 2015

Special Screening, 97 min

Director – Karyn Kusama

  1. director Karyn Kusama, writers Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi and actor Logan Marshall-Green in person

 

LEGEND

United States, 2015

West Coast Premiere, 131 min

Director – Brian Hegeland

  1. director / writer Brian Hegeland in person

THE MIND’S EYE

United States, 2015

US Premiere, 87 min

Director – Joe Begos

  1. live performance by Steve Moore before screening
  2. director / writer Joe Begos, editor Josh Ethier and actors Graham Skipper, Noah Segan in person

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

United States, 1925

16mm, 101 min (1925 original release)

Director – Rupert Julian

  1. live score performance of the original 1925 composition
  2. Ron Chaney in person

SOUTHBOUND

Co-presented with Spectrefest

United States, 2015

West Coast Premiere, 87 min

Director – Roxanne Benjamin, David Bruckner, Patrick Horvath, Radio Silence

  1. live performance by I Speak Machine before screening
  2. cast and crew in person

 

TOO LATE (free screening)

United States, 2015

35mm, 107 min

Director – Dennis Hauck

  1. director / writer Dennis Hauck in person

YAKUZA APOCALYPSE  

Japan, 2015

West Coast Premiere, 115 min

Director – Takashi Miike

SHUDDER THEATRE

ASSASSINATION CLASSROOM (free screening)

Japan, 2015

West Coast Premiere, 110 min

Director – Eiichiro Hasumi

DER BUNKER (free screening)

Germany, 2015

West Coast Premiere, 85 min

Director – Nikias Chryssos

FEBRUARY (free screening)

United States/Canada, 2015

West Coast Premiere, 93 min

Director – Oz Perkins

  1. director / writer Oz Perkins in person

IN SEARCH OF ULTRA SEX (free screening)

France, 2015

West Coast Premiere, 60 min

Directors – Nicolas Charlet and Bruno Lavaine

MEN AND CHICKEN (free screening)

Denmark, 2015

West Coast Premiere, 100 min

Director – Anders Thomas Jensen

RABID DOGS (free screening)

France, 2015

West Coast Premiere,99 min

Director – Eric Hannezo

SPL 2 (free screening)

China, 2015

West Coast Premiere, 120 min

Director – Pou-Soi Cheang

 

ZINZANA (free screening)

United Arab Emirates, Jordan, 2015

West Coast Premiere, 91 min

Director – Majid Al Ansari

 

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