September 25 - October 4 - Egyptian Theatre
15 Los Angeles Premieres! Special Guests Including John Carpenter, Jamie Lee Curtis, Nicolas Winding Refn, Chuck Palahniuk & More!
Presented in association with the American Cinematheque, Amity, Death Waltz Recording Company and Meltdown Comics
BEYOND FEST is Los Angeles’ premier genre film festival, delivering the best horror, sci-fi, fantasy and badass cinema. The programming is globally sourced and composed of a diverse mix of gala premieres, rare repertory screenings, live performances, podcasts, Q&As and special events. Last year’s festival drew more than 7,000 film fans to 18 programs, including screenings with guests such as Clive Barker, Bryan Singer and Richard Donner, and musical performances by Goblin and composer Alan Howarth, and this year’s is going to be even bigger.
This year’s programming by creative collective Amity and the American Cinematheque offers more than 30 different programs, including an appearance by director John Carpenter and star Jamie Lee Curtis with their classic 1978 shocker HALLOWEEN (sold out). The new documentary MY LIFE DIRECTED BY NICOLAS WINDING REFN screens with Refn’s ONLY GOD FORGIVES; a discussion follows with the directors of both films. The Meltdown With Josh and Kumail serves up THE MONSTER SQUAD with director Fred Dekker in person. THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN is a sleepy little burg in Texarkana terrorized by a serial killer; Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s horror reboot is one of several Los Angeles premieres. Dan Gilroy will be on hand to screen and talk about his directorial debut, NIGHTCRAWLER (sold out), while SNOWPIERCER creator Jean-Marc Rochette talks about turning his graphic novel into a dazzling big-screen vision of our dystopian future. Tetsuya Nakashima’s gritty THE WORLD OF KANAKO and Sion Sono’s blood-soaked TOKYO TRIBE are both set in the Japanese underworld. The crime drama HYENA is set in London and screens for free in “The People’s Network Theatre” / Spielberg Theatre, as does horror-comedy SHHHH and documentary FUTURE SHOCK! THE STORY OF 2000AD.
Series also includes HORNS, THE EDITOR, NIGHTCRAWLER, THE CANAL, ABCS OF DEATH 2, THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE, THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL, V/H/S: VIRAL, NORWAY, STARRY EYES, POSSESSION, LOST SOUL: THE DOOMED JOURNEY OF RICHARD STANLEY’S ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU, FIGHT CLUB (sold out) and R100.
Get your tickets now as screenings are selling out. A screening of the original HALLOWEEN (1978) with Jamie Lee Curtis and John Carpenter in person as well as FIGHT CLUB (1999) with author Chuck Palahniuk and screenwriter Jim Uhls in person sold out fast.
Tickets for the free screenings will be available the day of each show on a first come, first serve basis. Box Office opens 90 minutes before the first program of the day. No vouchers accepted for paid programs.
Series programmed by Amity, Death Waltz Recording Company, Evrim Ersoy, Jeff Goldsmith and Grant Moninger. Program notes by John Hagelston
I’m only going to make it to Horns this year, but it’s a great lineup. Folks in the area should definitely try for some of the free screenings.