Beyond Fest 2017: Modern Hits And Bold Classics Mix it up in Los Angeles This Fall
Oh Los Angeles, what have you done to deserve this? Beyond Fest announced their lineup of films today for this year's edition and it is a cornucopia of genre goodness, a mix of old gems and new highlights from the festival circuit.
First there is an amazing lineup of double bills. They include Predator and The Running Man with Schwarzenegger in attendance, Dario Argento will be in town for screenings of the 4K restoration and the 35mm Italian print of his cult hit Susperia. And horror authority Mick Garris will preside over screenings of Romero's Night of the Living Dead 4K and Hooper's Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
And if you are a down on your luck actor of filmmaker and do not have two pennies to rub together never fear because our friends at Shudder are also hosting a number of free screenings of current festival standouts including the Psycho shower scene doc 78/52, the Cambodian slugfest Jailbreak, and TIFF Midnight Madness buzz title Revenge.
There is a lot to get through so have a look at the full press release below. Tickets go on sale tomorrow.
BEYOND FEST ANNOUNCES ITS FULL SLATE FOR THE RETURN OF LA’S BIGGEST GENRE FILM FESTIVALArnold Schwarzenegger, Vince Vaughn, Dario Argento, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Edgar Wright, Tommy Wiseau and Paul Williams headline a star studded roster of guests and a slate featuring 23 West Coast Premieres including BRAWL IN CELL BLOCK 99, THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER, and BEST F(R)IENDS.Los Angeles, CA - Thursday, September 7, 2017 - Beyond Fest, the highest-attended genre film festival in the US, is excited to announce its full slate of 2017 programming featuring 32 events and 23 West Coast premieres of cinematic excess. Co-presented by Shudder, Beyond Fest returns to Hollywood’s famed Egyptian Theatre for 12 days of movies, music and mayhem spanning Friday, September 29th - Tuesday, October 10th to generate funds for the nonprofit 501c3 American Cinematheque.With a diverse slate that includes films from all corners of the globe Beyond Fest is proud to open with BRAWL IN CELL BLOCK 99 with director S.Craig Zahler returning with Vince Vaughn and Udo Kier in person, while closing night honors are bestowed upon Yorgos Lanthimos’ ferociously-twisted follow-up to THE LOBSTER, THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER. Other hotly-anticipated titles making their debuts include the World Premiere of Justin MacGregor’s BEST F(R)IENDS with Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero reunited and in person, Joe Lynch’s blissfully violent MAYHEM, and, courtesy of Amazon Prime Video, a very special theatrical premiere of JEAN-CLAUDE VAN JOHNSON with the Muscles from Brussels himself, Jean-Claude Van Damme, in person with the show’s cast and creators.“While the two worst manbaby haircuts on the planet prepared for nuclear destruction, we prepped cinematic armageddon,” said Beyond Fest Co-Founder, Christian Parkes. “We’re immigrants and we saw DR. STRANGELOVE - we know how this ends - but at least we get to watch some great films with our heroes and friends and go out with a real bang.”The most beloved genre films are highlighted with a series of special event screenings throughout the festival. Arnold Schwarzenegger takes center stage for an explosive 30th anniversary one-two punch of PREDATOR and THE RUNNING MAN. The Master, Dario Argento, will be in attendance to celebrate the 40th anniversary of SUSPIRIA with screenings of Synapse Film’s 4K restoration AND the recently unearthed 35mm print. ‘Car Chases, Collisions & Conversation: An Evening with Edgar Wright and Walter Hill' covers four decades of filmmaking and the interrelated nature of the pulsating smash BABY DRIVER and the seminal THE DRIVER in one epic night. Musical maestro, Paul Williams, will share stories from behind the mask of PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE. Mick Garris and Masters of Horror preside over a reverential tribute to two of the greats - George A. Romero and Tobe Hooper - with a double bill featuring the West Coast premiere of MOMA and FIlm Foundation’s NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD 4K digital restoration and TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE. And the theatrical premiere of NAPOLEON DYNAMITE BOOTLEG EDITION pairs a totally gonzo WTF double bill with HOWARD THE DUCK on 70mm with Lea Thompson in person.Beyond Fest welcomes the return of genre streaming platform Shudder as its co-presenting sponsor, a partnership that provides 14 screenings (11 West Coast premieres) absolutely free to film fans. Every night, the 90-seat ‘Shudder Theatre’ will feature a brand new film selected from across the world including Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s triumphant return BEFORE WE VANISH, home invasion thrill ride BETTER WATCH OUT, the critically acclaimed Canadian zombie shocker LES AFFAMES (THE HUNGRY), Marc Meyers’ searing portrait of a serial-killer-in-the-making, MY FRIEND DAHMER, Alexandre O. Phillippe’s revelatory PSYCHO shower scene doc 78/52, and Ted Geoghegan’s sophomore scalper, MOHAWK.For Cinematic Void’s sidebar they have enlisted the help of like minds as they venture further into the unknown with a series of special screenings. Author and academic Kier La Janisse will be present for Jean Rollin’s THE GRAPES OF DEATH and the release of the book, Lost Girls: The Phantasmagorical Cinema of Jean Rollin which she is publishing. Friday Night Frights are co-presenting the west coast premiere of the 4K restoration of the thoroughly bugnuts RAWHEAD REX and the Death Waltz Records record release of HELLRAISER on 35mm. And filmmakers Amy Holden Jones and Deborah Brock will be present for a double bill of anniversary screenings of their films SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE and SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE II.Tickets go on sale starting noon on Friday, September 8th on Fandango. See below for the full lineup of Beyond Fest 2017.EGYPTIAN THEATREBABY DRIVERDirector: Edgar WrightCountry: USARuntime: 102 min.Year: 2017GUESTS: Edgar Wright & Walter Hill in PersonBAD BLACK (free screening)West Coast PremiereDirector: Isaac NawibanaCountry: UgandaRuntime: 60 minutes / Year: 2016BATMAN: MASK OF THE PHANTASMDirectors: Bruce Timm, Eric RadomskiCountry: USARuntime: 76 min.Year: 1993GUESTS: Andrea Romano plus voice actors TBA in PersonBEST F(R)IENDSWorld PremiereDirector: Justin MacGregorCountry: USARuntime: 95 min.Year: 2017GUESTS: Tommy Wiseau, Greg Sestero and Justin Macgregor in PersonBRAWL IN CELL BLOCK 99West Coast PremiereDirector: S. Craig ZahlerCountry: USARuntime: 132 min.Year: 2017GUESTS: S. Craig Zahler, Vince Vaughn and Udo Kier in PersonDOUBLE IMPACTDirector: Sheldon LettichCountry: USARuntime: 110 min.Year: 1991 / 35mmGUEST: Jean-Claude Van Damme and Sheldon Lettich in PersonTHE DRIVERDirector: Walter HillCountry: USARuntime: 90 min.Year: 1978 / 35mmGUESTS: Edgar Wright & Walter Hill in PersonHELLRAISERCo-presented with Death Waltz Records + Friday Night FrightsDirector: Clive BarkerCountry: USARuntime: 94 min.Year: 1987 / 35mmICHI THE KILLER - Digital RestorationWest Coast PremiereDirector: Takashi MiikeCountry: JapanRuntime: 129 min.Year: 2001HOWARD THE DUCK - 70mmDirector: Willard HuyckCountry: USARuntime: 110 min.Year: 1986GUESTS: Lea Thompson in PersonJEAN-CLAUDE VAN JOHNSON - Episodes 1 & 2Presented by AmazonWorld PremiereDirector: Peter AtencioCountry: USARuntime: 60 min.Year: 2016GUESTS: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Peter Atencio, Dave Callaham, Kat Foster, Moises Arias.THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEERWest Coast PremiereDirector: Yorgos LanthimosCountry: UK, IrelandRuntime: 109 min.Year: 2017MAYHEMWest Coast PremiereDirector: Joe LynchCountry: USARuntime: 86 min.Year: 2017GUESTS: Joe Lynch and cast in personNAPOLEON DYNAMITE - THE BOOTLEGGED EDITIONTheatrical PremiereDirector: Jared HessCountry: USARuntime: 96 min.Year: 2004GUESTS: Cast and crew in personNIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD - 4K RestorationWest Coast PremiereDirector: George A. RomeroCountry: USARuntime: 96 min.Year: 1968GUESTS: Mick Garris & Masters of Horror in PersonOPERA (aka TERROR AT THE OPERA)Director: Dario ArgentoCountry: ItalyRuntime: 100 min.Year: 1987GUESTS: Dario Argento in PersonPHANTOM OF THE PARADISECo presented with Creature FeaturesDirector: Brian De PalmaCountry: USARuntime: 92 min.Year: 1974GUESTS: Paul Williams in PersonPREDATORDirector: John McTiernanCountry: USARuntime: 107 min.Year: 1987 / 35mmGUESTS: Arnold Schwarzenegger in PersonRAWHEAD REX 4K RestorationCo presented with Cinematic Void and Friday Night FrightsWest Coast PremiereDirector: George PavlouCountry: USARuntime: 89 min.Year: 1986THE ROOMDirector: Tommy WiseauCountry: USARuntime: 99 min.Year: 2003GUESTS: Tommy Wiseau, Greg Sestero and Guests in PersonTHE RUNNING MANDirector: Paul Michael GlaserCountry: USARuntime: 101 min.Year: 1987 / 35mmGUESTS: Arnold Schwarzenegger in PersonSUSPIRIA - 4K RestorationLA PremiereDirector: Dario ArgentoCountry: ItalyRuntime: 100 min.Year: 1977GUESTS: Dario Argento, Udo Kier, Barbara Magnolfi in PersonSUSPIRIA - 35mm Italian CutLA PremiereDirector: Dario ArgentoCountry: ItalyRuntime: 98 min.Year: 1977GUESTS: Dario Argento and Barbara Magnolfi in PersonTHE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACREDirector: Tobe HooperCountry: USARuntime: 83 min.Year: 197435mmGUESTS: Mick Garris & Masters of Horror in PersonSHUDDER THEATRE78/52 (Free Screening)West Coast PremiereDirector: Alexandre O. PhilippeCountry: USARuntime: 91 min.Year: 2017BEFORE WE VANISH (Free Screening)West Coast PremiereDirector: Kiyoshi KurosawaCountry: JapanRuntime: 129 min.Year: 2017BETTER WATCH OUT (Free Screening)West Coast PremiereDirector: Chris PeckoverCountry: Australia, USARuntime: 85 min.Year: 2016COLD HELL (Free Screening)West Coast PremiereDirector: Stefan RuzowitzkyCountry: AustriaRuntime: 92 min.Year: 2017THE GRAPES OF DEATH AKA Les Raisins de La Mort (Free Screening)Director: Jean RollinCountry: FranceRuntime: 90 min.Year: 1978HAUNTERS: THE ART OF THE SCARE (Free Screening)West Coast PremiereDirector: Jon SchnitzerCountry: USARuntime: 88 min.Year: 2017JAILBREAK (Free Screening)West Coast PremiereDirector: Jimmy HendersonCountry: CambodiaRuntime: 92 min.Year: 2017LES AFFAMES (Free Screening)West Coast PremiereDirector: Robin AubertCountry: CanadaRuntime: 100 min.Year: 2017MOHAWK (Free Screening)West Coast PremiereDirector: Ted GeogheganCountry: USARuntime: 91 min.Year: 2017MY FRIEND DAHMER (Free Screening)West Coast PremiereDirector: Marc MeyersCountry: USARuntime: 107 min.Year: 2017REVENGE (Free Screening)West Coast PremiereDirector: Coralie FargeatCountry: FranceRuntime: 108 minYear: 2017SEQUENCE BREAK (Free Screening)West Coast PremiereDirector: Graham SkipperCountry: USARuntime: 108 minYear: 2017GUESTS: Graham Skipper, Cast and Crew in PersonTHE SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE (Free Screening)Co-presented by Etheria and Cinematic VoidDirector: Amy Holden JonesCountry: USARuntime: 77 min.Year: 1982GUESTS: Amy Holden Jones in PersonDouble Feature with SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE IITHE SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE IICo-presented by Etheria and Cinematic VoidDirector: Deborah BrockCountry: USARuntime: 77 min.Year: 1987GUESTS: Deborah Brock in PersonDouble Feature with SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE