Film Festival News: BEYOND FEST



LEGEND, THE ASSASSIN, BONE TOMAHAWK, YAKUZA APOCALYPSE, THE INVITATION, THE MIND’S EYE, and SOUTHBOUND join Bruce Campbell, Edgar Wright, Al Pacino, Brett Ratner, Henry Rollins, Shepard Fairey, Fabio Frizzi, Die Antwoord’s Ninja and The Meltdown’s Jonah & Kumail for a slate featuring 16 West Coast Premieres, iconic repertory titles, and live musical performances! 



Source: Shudder/Beyond Fest

Los Angeles, CA – Thursday, September 3, 2015- 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.”


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









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

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



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

Italy, 1981

35mm, 87 min

Director – Lucio Fulci



United States, 2015

West Coast Premiere, 133 min

Director – S. Craig Zahler

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



United States, 2015

35mm, 125 min

Director – Sidney Lumet

wi. actor Al Pacino and director Brett Ratner in person



Original US X-rated cut on 35mm

England, 1971

35mm, 111 min

Director – Ken Russell

wi. introduction by director Bernard Rose


Ninja Presents ERASERHEAD: A Night of Zef Absurdia

United States, 1977

35mm, 89 min

Director – David Lynch

wi. Ninja and friends in person



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

United States, 1983

35mm, 87 min

Director – Sam Raimi

wi. Bruce Campbell and Edgar Wright in person



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

United States, 1987

35mm, 84 min

Director – Sam Raimi

wi. Bruce Campbell and Edgar Wright in person



Italy, 2015

West Coast Premiere, 100 min

wi. Fabio Frizzi and 8-piece orchestra performing live



United States, 2015

West Coast Premiere, 99 min

Director – Jason Krawczyk

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



United States, 1978

115 min

Director – Philip Kaufman



United States, 2015

Special Screening, 97 min

Director – Karyn Kusama

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



United States, 2015

West Coast Premiere, 131 min

Director – Brian Hegeland

wi. director / writer Brian Hegeland in person



United States, 2015

US Premiere, 87 min

Director – Joe Begos

wi. live performance by Steve Moore before screening

wi. director / writer Joe Begos, editor Josh Ethier and actors Graham Skipper, Noah Segan in person



United States, 1925

16mm, 101 min (1925 original release)

Director – Rupert Julian

wi. live score performance of the original 1925 composition 

wi. Ron Chaney in person



Co-presented with Spectrefest

United States, 2015

West Coast Premiere, 87 min

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

wi. live performance by I Speak Machine before screening

wi. cast and crew in person


TOO LATE (free screening)

United States, 2015

35mm, 107 min

Director – Dennis Hauck

wi. director / writer Dennis Hauck in person



Japan, 2015

West Coast Premiere, 115 min

Director – Takashi Miike






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

wi. 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



Attend Beyond Fest:


Tickets for Beyond Fest 2015 are will be made available for purchase through Fandango and the American Cinematheque on 9/3/15. EVIL DEAD tickets will be available through Brown Paper Tickets on 9/5/15 at noon pt.


For the latest developments, visit the Beyond Fest official site and follow us on Facebook & Twitter.


We are now accepting press credential applications for Beyond Fest 2015.  To apply, please send your name and outlet as well as a letter of assignment from your editor or a business card to the FONS PR team at for consideration.  The deadline to apply for press credentials is Wednesday, September 16th.  Please note all applications are subject to approval.


Beyond Fest

Beyond Fest is the highest attended genre film festival in the U.S. and exists to build the genre community in Los Angeles. Based out of Hollywood’s legendary Egyptian Theatre, Beyond Fest is built in partnership with the American Cinematheque, Meltdown Comics, Death Waltz Recording Co. and the Alamo Drafthouse’s, Fantastic Fest. A not-for-profit entity, Beyond Fest raises funds for the 501C3 non-profit film institution, American Cinematheque. Its favorite film is JAWS.


American Cinematheque

Established in 1981, the American Cinematheque is a 501C3 non-profit viewer-supported film exhibition and cultural organization dedicated to the celebration of the Moving Picture in all of its forms. The American Cinematheque renovated and reopened (on Dec. 4, 1998) the historic 1922 Hollywood Egyptian Theatre. This includes a state-of-the-art 616-seat theatre housed within Sid Grauman’s first grand movie palace on Hollywood Boulevard. The exotic courtyard is fully restored to its 1922 grandeur. The Egyptian was the home of the very first Hollywood movie premiere in 1922. In January 2005 the American Cinematheque expanded its programming to the 1940 Aero Theatre on Montana Avenue in Santa Monica.


Death Waltz Recording Co.

FOUNDED in 2011 by music industry veteran Spencer Hickman, Death Waltz Recording Co. have been at the forefront of the vinyl soundtrack resurgence. Working with directors & composers such as David Lynch, Richard Kelly, John Carpenter, Fabio Frizzi & Steve Moore to produce definitive versions of classic soundtracks to films both old and new. Recently venturing into both digital and CD territory DWRC remain the leading lights of the soundtrack scene . In 2015 DWRC joined Mondo Tees and Hickman now runs both The Mondo Music Label and DWRC.


Meltdown Comics

Located in the heart of Hollywood on Sunset Blvd, Meltdown opened in 1993 and has since become one the most respected comic book stores in the world. Taking a sophisticated approach to merchandise and operations, the 14,000 sq ft giant has garnered a reputation for hosting successful gallery openings, award winning comedy including the Comedy Central’s The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, live shows and  podcasting events in their collaborative space with Nerdist and the NerdMelt Showroom.

Not content with LA Weekly naming us one of the “Top 50 things why LA kicks ass,” Hef’s Playboy Magazine named us a “top 10 store you must visit before you die.” Oh, and “Husbands and Knives,” the 7th episode of The Simpsons’ 19th season… The lead segment is based on us. (Google it.) ‘Nuff Said!



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