This Halloween, those in the Los Angeles area are in for an unbridled treat: the inaugural BEYOND FEST, organized by the amazing folks at American Cinematheque and Amity. The event features a wonderful spread of horror movies, both classic and new, replete with a fangtastic guest list, live music, prizes, and parties!
From October 9th all the way through this Halloween October 31st, the fabled Aero Theatre (in Santa Monica) and the classic Egyptian Theatre (in Hollywood) are the places to be for a slew of fang-tastic horror screenings. To buy tickets, go forth to Fandango.
- The festivities kick off TONIGHT at 7:30 PM with John Carpenter’s ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 (with composer Alan Howarth performing live!) followed by a discussion with actor Austin Stoker.
- Friday October 11th delivers THE OMEN with Richard Donner in person to talk about the film!
- Saturday October 12th is Disco Inferno Night, featuring a triple feature of wacky films, including PROM NIGHT with Jamie Lee Curtis, PIECES accompanied by a live score by Umberto and the new film DISCOPATH. That night comes with a complimentary beer reception afterwards, which sounds reason enough to flock to the Egyptian.
- Monday October 14th delivers a Kaneto Shindo double feature of acclaimed Japanese horror including ONIBABA and KURONEKO.
- Saturday October 19th is a big one: a werewolf double feature with Joe Dante and Dana Gould that includes THE HOWLING and THE WOLF MAN.
- Sunday October 20th brings THE MUMMY hosted by the folks with the Thrilling Adventure Hour.
- The next three days, over October 21st-23rd, Goblin performs giallo music for the first time in LA alongside some of Dario Argento’s classics.
- Friday October 25th brings the acclaimed new horror film compared to the best of Cronenberg and Carpenter in ALMOST HUMAN, along with TALES FROM THE CRYPT: DEMON KNIGHT, a helluva double feature.
- Saturday October 26th is an exciting day, starting with the full, unadulterated “Cabal Cut” of Clive Barker’s NIGHTBREED with the esteemed author and filmmaker present for a rambunctious night that includes a Costumed Ball and monster costume contest.
- If you don’t want to party and just want a slumber party full of horror, then instead on Saturday October 26th, head down to Aero Theatre starting at 7:30 for a DUSK till DAWN horror-thon with food, giveaways and all sorts of contests and surprises.
- The festival culminates with a special Halloween screening of the legendary silent film NOSFERATU with live piano accompaniment, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg, with prizes and special guests sprinkled throughout the best month of the year.
If you can’t make it to any or all of these events, be sure to follow me on Twitter @FMWolfmandy for live updates and observations about the screenings and Q&A’s. I won’t be at all of them, but I’ll be making noise when I am!
Below is the press release, followed by a list of the scheduled screenings with more details on each event. Let us know which nights you’ll make it out to, you’ll likely bump into one or more of us from FM! For a more detailed and updated list, check this out.
The best in horror, sci-fi, fantasy and badass cinema comes to Los Angeles in the inaugural Beyond Fest. A partnership of the American Cinematheque and creative collective Amity, Beyond Fest offers an eclectic mix of premieres, rare repertory screenings and special events programmed by genre fans for genre fans. With films drawn from all over the world, Beyond Fest brings many firsts to Southern California.
Legendary progressive rockers Goblin play their first-ever Los Angeles shows on three consecutive nights before rare 35mm screenings of Dario Argento films scored by the band. Seminal London label Death Waltz Recording Co. celebrates its latest release, the new soundtrack to ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13, with a screening of the John Carpenter classic, followed by a live performance by legendary composer Alan Howarth. Enjoy a live-scoring of 1982 slasher fave PIECES by recording artist Umberto. Renowned artist, writer and director Clive Barker makes an incredibly rare appearance to screen and discuss the holy grail of lost fantasy epics, NIGHTBREED: THE CABAL CUT.Notorious German director Jörg Buttgereit joins us with his unique shockers NEKROMANTIK and SCHRAMM: INTO THE MIND OF A SERIAL KILLER. Japanese auteur Sion Sono slashes crimson across the screen in his latest masterpiece, the outrageous WHY DON’T YOU PLAY IN HELL? A pair of ’60s horror classics from director Kaneto Shindô, ONIBABA and KURONEKO screen, plus, two of the most striking films of the year, both from the U.K.: Ben Wheatley’s acid trip, A FIELD IN ENGLAND, and the sonic-scream fest THE BORDERLANDS.
Sneak previews include the sci fi thriller THE LAST DAYS ON MARS, starring Liev Schreiber, and the alien abduction shocker ALMOST HUMAN, fresh from Fantastic Fest. The newDISCOPATH and 1980 favorite PROM NIGHT display the deadly power of dance music. Plus more surprises to be announced!
Director Richard Donner joins us for a very rare screening of his terrifying ode to Satan’s spawn, THE OMEN. The popular podcast/stage show “The Thrilling Adventure Hour” presents a live radio broadcast followed by a screening of THE MUMMY. Joe Dante, theNerdist Writers Panel and the Trailers From Hell team present a hair-raising double feature of THE HOWLING and Universal’s original THE WOLF MAN, hosted byThe Nerdist Writers Panel. The greatest horror film of the silent era gets the treatment it deserves in a new DCP of F.W. Murnau’s vampiric classic, NOSFERATU. And the 8th annual Dusk-to-Dawn Horrorthon will bring you lethal cars, sentient spiders, neighbors from Hell and enough free coffee to keep your eyes open until morning – when they’re not clamped shut with terror!
Death Waltz Records Presents 1976′s ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 & New Soundtrack Release – Alan Howarth Live!
Thursday, October 10 – 7:30 PM, Egyptian Theatre
Live Performance by Alan Howarth after the Screening:ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13, 1976, CKK Corp., 90 min. John Carpenter’s stark homage to Howard Hawks’ RIO BRAVO stars Austin Stoker as a policeman defending a defunct police station against criminals in blighted South Central L.A.Discussion following with actor Austin Stoker. Death Waltz’s latest edition, the new soundtrack to ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13, will be available on-site.Contest prizes throughout the night courtesy of Death Waltz Recording Company and Scream Factory. Plus, live performance by Alan Howarth!One of the most influential composers in the history of genre cinema, Alan Howarth has worked closely with director John Carpenter to craft the scores of some of Carpenter’s most formidable films. ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK, BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA, PRINCE OF DARKNESS, THEY LIVE and CHRISTINE are classics of Howarth’s oeuvre, all comprising of his landmark synth sonics. Making an incredibly rare appearance, Howarth will perform a live set of his most celebrated and popular compositions, in addition to collection of loved rarities.Archival 35mm Print of THE OMEN with Director Richard Donner In PersonFriday, October 11 – 7:30 PM, Egyptian TheatreArchival 35mm Print! THE OMEN, 1976, 20th Century Fox., 111 min. Dir. Richard Donner. A blend of studio respectability (with a cast that includes Gregory Peck and Lee Remick) and exploitation gusto, this story of a couple’s discovery that their cute little boy is the Antichrist still has the power to shock.Discussion following with director Richard Donner, moderated by Geoff Boucher.Disco Inferno Presented by Death Waltz Records: Premiere of DISCOPATH, 1982′s PIECES with Umberto Performing a Live Score of His Own Creation, & 1980′s PROM NIGHTSaturday, October 12 – 7:30 PM, Egyptian TheatreTriple Feature: U.S. Premiere! DISCOPATH, 2013, 81 min. Dirs. Renaud Gauthier, Marie-Claire Lalonde. This salute to Italian giallo movies and retro slasher flicks follows Duane Lewis, a New York fry cook driven mad by disco. After he kills a woman in a club, Duane flees to Montreal – but there’s no escaping the music that drives him insane.UMBERTO To Perform Live Score! PIECES (MIL GRITOS TIENE LA NOCHE), 1982, Grindhouse Releasing, 89 min. Dir. Juan Piquer Simón. Synth soundtrack superstar Umberto performs a live score to accompany this infamous grindhouse thriller. A young boy with twisted ideas about sexuality grows into a serial killer, collecting body parts to assemble his jigsaw puzzle of the ideal woman.The PIECES soundtrack will be performed live by UmbertoPROM NIGHT, 1980, AVCO Embassy, 89 min. Dir. Paul Lynch. A group of kids complicit in a horrible accident get picked off one by one years later on the night of their prom; among them is scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis.Reception following the program sponsored by Tiger Beer, plus contest prizes throughout the night courtesy of Death Waltz Recording Company and Scream Factory.Los Angeles Premiere of Sion Sono’s WHY DON’T YOU PLAY IN HELL?Hosted by David Choe
Sunday, October 13 – 8:00 PM, Egyptian TheatreLos Angeles Premiere! WHY DON’T YOU PLAY IN HELL? (JIGOKU DE NAZE WARUI), 2013, Drafthouse Films, 126 min. Dir. Sion Sono. Winner of the Toronto International Film Festival’s People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award! A violent confrontation with a rival yakuza clan leaves a mob boss’s wife in prison and his daughter’s performing career derailed. Some down-on-their-luck moviemakers may be able to give the aspiring actress a boost – but they are walking into a bloodbath. In Japanese with English subtitles.Hosted by David Choe, who will produce his DVDASA podcast on-site from 7:30 – 8:00 PM.Double Feature of Kaneto Shindô’s ONIBABA and KURONEKOMonday, October 14 – 7:30 PM, Aero TheatreDouble Feature: ONIBABA, 1964, Janus Films, 103 min. Dir. Kaneto Shindô. In this chilling Japanese folk tale, a poverty-stricken mother and daughter-in-law make a meager living killing off samurai and selling their belongings. When a neighbor returns from war and becomes a part of their lives, they find themselves joined in a fate as horrific as it is beautiful. In Japanese with English subtitles.KURONEKO (YABU NO NAKA NO KURONEKO), 1968, Janus Films, 99 min. Another spectacularly creepy film from director Kaneto Shindô, who once again finds horror in a medieval Japan plagued by war. This time an evil ghost is tearing out the throats of roaming samurai; when a soldier sets off in search of the spirit, he finds himself confronting internal as well as external demons. In Japanese with English subtitles.Los Angeles Premiere of THE LAST DAYS ON MARS Starring Liev SchrieberThursday, October 17 – 7:30 PM, Aero TheatreLos Angeles Premiere! THE LAST DAYS ON MARS, 2013, Magnet Releasing, Dir. Ruairi Robinson. On the first manned mission to Mars, an astronaut discovers fossilized evidence of bacterial life. But when crew members begin to vanish, the rest of the team wonders if the lifeform they have discovered is not yet dead, and the group falls apart as it awaits a relief ship. Starring Liev Schrieber, Elias Koteas, Romola Garai and Olivia Williams.“British Invasion” Double Feature of New Premieres, Presented by FangoriaFriday, October 18 – 7:30 PM, Aero TheatreFangoria Presents: Double Feature: Los Angeles Premiere! A FIELD IN ENGLAND, 2013, Drafthouse Films, 90 min. In 1648, a group of deserters from the English civil war take refuge from battle in an overgrown field, crossing paths with an alchemist’s assistant and treasure hunter. Treasure proves elusive, but something much more ominous may be hiding in the field in this enigmatic mind-bender from director Ben Wheatley (KILL LIST).U.S. Premiere! THE BORDERLANDS, 2013, Metrodome Distribution, 90 min. Dir. Elliot Goldner. An English priest believes miracles are occurring at his rural church; in response, the Vatican sends Deacon (Gordon Kennedy) and Gray (Robin Hill) to investigate. Skeptical, the men set up cameras to record any unusual activity, and discover that the church hides some ancient mysteries.Discussion between films with actor Gordon Kennedy and producer Jennifer Handorf (THE BORDERLANDS), moderated by Fright Fest curator Paul McEvoy. Surprise gifts courtesy of Death Waltz Recording Company!The Nerdist Writers Panel & Trailers From Hell Present Werewolf Double Feature On the Night of October’s Full Moon – Joe Dante In PersonSaturday, October 19 – 7:30 PM, Aero TheatreThe Nerdist Writers Panel is an informal chat about the process and business of writing with a focus on genre; it is consistently a top TV/Film podcast on iTunes. Trailers From Hell is the premier showcase for an amazing assortment of classic horror, science fiction and exploitation movie trailers, accompanied by commentary from contemporary filmmakers.Nerdist Writers Panel: Trailers From Hell Werewolf Edition on the Night of October’s Full Moon!Double Feature:THE HOWLING,1981, Rialto Pictures, 91 min. Dir. Joe Dante. TV anchorwoman Dee Wallace, traumatized after acting as bait for a Hollywood serial killer’s bloody demise, takes a sojourn in an Esalen-type retreat – only to find the entire New Age community is made up of werewolves!THE WOLF MAN, 1941, Universal, 70 min. Dir. George Waggner. Lon Chaney Jr. achieves cinematic immortality in the title role, one of Universal’s great movie monsters. Bitten by a werewolf (Bela Lugosi) while visiting a gypsy camp, Larry Talbot (Chaney) is cursed to become a hairy beast “when the wolfbane blooms and the autumn moon is bright.”The Nerdist Writers Panel between films with Joe Dante and others moderated by Ben Blacker.Sunday, October 20 – 7:30 PM, Egyptian Theatre“The Thrilling Adventure Hour” podcast boasts approximately 300,000 downloads every month from rabid fans, who make the monthly show at Largo at the Coronet the hottest ticket in Los Angeles.“The Thrilling Adventure Hour: Beyond Belief,” 30 min. Paul F. Tompkins and Paget Brewster star as Frank and Sadie Doyle, headliners on the society pages, the toast of the upper crust – and, oh yes, they see ghosts. Join these bon vivants of the non vivants and their special-guest-star friends in this episode spinning out of the hit stage show and podcast “The Thrilling Adventure Hour.”Live performance by Paul F. Tompkins and Paget Brewster presented with live musical accompaniment.Followed by:THE MUMMY, 1932, Universal, 73 min. Dir. Karl Freund. Boris Karloff gives one of his finest performances as the 3,000-year-old Egyptian who returns from the dead to reclaim reincarnated love Zita Johann.Discussion following with TAH creators Ben Acker & Ben Blacker and other guests to be announced.Goblin Performs Live - A limited number of tickets for these events will be released on Brown Paper TicketsOctober 21, 22, 23 – 8:00 PM, Egyptian TheatrePlaying Los Angeles for the first time in their 40-year history, Goblin will perform a full, live set pulled from their most iconic scores, including Dario Argento’s giallo classics SUSPIRIA, TENEBRAE and DEEP RED, and George A. Romero’s seminal DAWN OF THE DEAD. The lineup for this tour will include original members since 1975 Claudio Simonetti and Maurizio Guarini (keyboards) and Massimo Morante (guitar), plus 2010 additions Titta Tani (drums) and Bruno Previtali (bass). Cash bar in the Courtyard from 6:00-8:00 PM. Doors open at 7:30 PM.Following the concert the following films will screen:Monday, October 21 – 8:00 PMSUSPIRIA, 1977, 20th Century Fox, 100 min. Dir. Dario Argento.Tuesday, October 22 – 8:00 PM
DEEP RED (PROFONDO ROSSO), 1975, 106 min. Dir. Dario Argento.Wednesday, October 23 – 8:00 PMTENEBRAE, 1982, 110 min. Dir. Dario ArgentoJörg Buttgereit In Person With NEKROMANTIK and SCHRAMM:INTO THE MIND OF A SERIAL KILLER
Thursday, October 24 – 7:30 PM, Egyptian TheatreDouble Feature: Only Existing 35mm Print!NEKROMANTIK, 1987, Werkstattkino, 75 min. Dir. Jörg Buttgereit. Rob Schmadtke has the perfect job for a necrophiliac: cleaning up places where people have been killed. His girlfriend Betty has a similar fetish, and when Rob brings his work home with him one day, he has a rotting rival for her affections. In German with English subtitles.Only Existing 35mm Print! SCHRAMM: INTO THE MIND OF A SERIAL KILLER, 1994, Werkstattkino, 65 min. Dir. Jörg Buttgereit. A loner who drives a taxi, “Lipstick Killer” Lothar Schramm is attracted to a prostitute who lives next door but is unable to initiate a relationship with her – and works out his kinks on random victims. In German with English subtitles.Discussion between films with director Jörg Buttgereit.Due to extreme sexual and graphic violence, no one under 18 will be admitted.Los Angeles Premiere of ALMOST HUMAN with Director Joe Begos In PersonFriday, October 25 – 7:30 PM, Egyptian TheatreLLos Angeles Premiere! ALMOST HUMAN, 2013, 80 min. With key events set in the 1980s, the feature debut of director Joe Begos recalls some of John Carpenter’s and David Cronenberg’s best work from that decade. Years after he vanished in a flash of light, Mark (Josh Ethier) returns to his Maine hometown – but old friend Seth (Graham Skipper) suspects the mysterious absence has turned Mark into a killer.Discussion following with director Joe Begos.Clive Barker In Person with NIGHTBREED: THE CABAL CUT and Monster’s BallSaturday, October 26 – 7:30 PM, Egyptian TheatreNIGHTBREED: THE CABAL CUT, 2012, Morgan Creek, 144 min. When Clive Barker adapted his novel Cabal as 1990′s NIGHTBREED, he created an epic monster fantasy that was lush in scope – and misunderstood by a studio that hacked 45 minutes from it. Now Barker, producer Mark Miller and restoration director Russell Cherrington have recovered plotlines, characters and scenes that put this ambitious tale in an entirely new light.Come in costume and join us for a Monster Costume Contest!Discussion following with director Clive Barker and producer Mark Miller, moderated by Geoff Boucher. Evening concludes with a Monster’s Ball in the Egyptian Courtyard.Special Ticket Prices: $20 General Admission, $17 American Cinematheque Members.8th Annual Dusk-to-Dawn HorrorthonSaturday, October 26 – 7:30 PM, Aero TheatreSpend all night at the Aero Theatre’s eighth annual Horrorthon! Complete with between-film free food, giveaways, trailers, crazy shorts and surprises! Coffee courtesy of Pete’s Coffee, Monster Energy Drink courtesy of Hansen’s Beverage and prizes and giveaways courtesy of 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment and more.6 Films Back-to-Back!AMITYVILLE II: THE POSSESSION, 1982, Orion Pictures, 104 min. Dir. Damiano Damiani. The Montelli family’s dream home turns out to be a nightmare: It was on an Indian burial ground. An evil spirit resides in the house, and eventually takes possession of oldest boy Sonny.KINGDOM OF THE SPIDERS, 1977, Dimension Pictures, 97 min. Dir. John “Bud” Cardos. Horrorthon vet William Shatner stars as a veterinarian who sounds the first note of alarm when animals begin dying from spider venom; soon the entire population of Verde Valley, Arizona is under attack by thousands of tarantulas.THE FLY, 1986, 20th Century Fox, 100 min. In director David Cronenberg’s reimagining of the 1958 sci-fi hit, an inventor (Jeff Goldblum) inadvertently mixes his genes with a housefly’s when he decides to use himself as test subject.HELL HIGH, 1989, JGM Enterprises, 84 min. Dir. Douglas Grossman. A biology teacher (Maureen Mooney) is tormented by four students – who have no idea that the woman has a homicidal past.THE CAR, 1977, Universal, 98 min. Dir. Elliott Silverstein. Wildly deranged shocker about a mysterious black car given to mowing down anyone in its path. It soon dawns on desert town sheriff James Brolin that the homicidal car has no driver and may, in fact, be a satanic entity!THE SENTINEL, 1977, Universal, 92 min. Dir. Michael Winner. A troubled model moves into a New York apartment building that gives new meaning to the phrase “neighbors from Hell.” The all-star cast includes Ava Gardner, Burgess Meredith, John Carradine and Christopher Walken.Special Horrorthon prices: General $20, Student/Senior $18, Members $15 – includes all-night snacks and coffee.F.W. Murnau’s Silent Classic NOSFERATU with Live Musical AccompanimentThursday, October 31 – 7:30 PM, Aero TheatreNOSFERATU (NOSFERATU, EINE SYMPHONIE DES GRAUENS), 1922, Kino, 94 min. Director F.W. Murnau reinvents the story of Dracula as a silent German Expressionist fable, and the result is one of the greatest horror films ever made. With English title cards.Live piano accompaniment by Cliff Retallick.Get an early start on your trick-or-treating at the Montana Avenue Halloween Hop from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM!