Los Angeles’ inaugural Beyond Fest announces lineup; FANGORIA Presenting British Invasion Night!Movies/TV,News Samuel Zimmerman
Aiming to present the best in “horror, sci-fi and badass cinema” at L.A.’s American Cinematheque this October, Beyond Fest is something of an astounding lineup of top contemporary genre films curated alongside massive repertory titles and special events like concerts and an all-night horrorthon, all presented by collective Amity, Death Waltz Recording Co. and featuring a thrilling roster of filmmakers and artists including legendary prog-rockers and Argento collaborators Goblin, Clive Barker, NEKROMANTIK’s Jörg Buttgereit, Joe Dante, Richard Donner and more. What’s more, FANGORIA will be on hand for a special evening of British terror with Ben Wheatley’s highly anticipated A FIELD IN ENGLAND and the U.S. premiere of the acclaimed UK feature, THE BORDERLANDS.
THE OMEN, PIECES, Sion Sono’s brilliant new WHY DON’T YOU PLAY IN HELL, splatter throwback ALMOST HUMAN, three from Argento followed by Goblin sets and NIGHTBREED: THE CABAL CUT are just some of what Beyond Fest is attempting to melt your mind with. FANGORIA is proud to be a part of one of the most psychedelic evenings on hand with the aforementioned A FIELD IN ENGLAND and THE BORDERLANDS on Friday, October 18th. Our Rebekah McKendry will moderate a discussion between films featuring actor Gordon Kennedy, producer Jennifer Handorf (THE BORDERLANDS) and Fright Fest curator Paul McEvoy.
Please find the full release and lineup below. For much more, visit the Beyond Fest at American Cinematheque, as well as the official site and keep an eye on FANGORIA for much more leading up to our British Invasion, including ticket giveaways and mind expanding features.
• 1976’s ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 & New Soundtrack Release, and Alan Howarth Live
by Death Waltz Recording Company
Thursday, October 10 – 7:30 PM, Egyptian Theatre
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 Person
Friday, October 11 – 7:30 PM, Egyptian Theatre
Archival 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 Recording Company: Premiere of DISCOPATH, 1982’s PIECES with Live Score by Umberto, & 1980’s PROM NIGHT
Saturday, October 12 – 7:30 PM, Egyptian Theatre
Triple 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.
PROM 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 Theatre
Los 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 KURONEKO
Monday, October 14 – 7:30 PM, Aero Theatre
Double 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 Schrieber
Thursday, October 17 – 7:30 PM, Aero Theatre
Los 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 Fangoria
Friday, October 18 – 7:30 PM, Aero Theatre
Fangoria 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, producer Jennifer Handorf (THE BORDERLANDS) and Fright Fest curator Paul McEvoy, moderated by Fangoria’s Bekah McKendry. Surprise gifts courtesy of Death Waltz Recording Company!
• The Nerdist Writers Panel & Trailers From Hell Present Werewolf Double Feature – Enjoy the full moon with Joe Dante In Person
Saturday, October 19 – 7:30 PM, Aero Theatre
The 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!
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.
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
October 21, 22, 23 – 8:00 PM, Egyptian Theatre
Playing 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 PM
SUSPIRIA, 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 PM
TENEBRAE, 1982, 110 min. Dir. Dario Argento
• Jörg Buttgereit In Person With NEKROMANTIK and SCHRAMM:
INTO THE MIND OF A SERIAL KILLER
Thursday, October 24 – 7:30 PM, Egyptian Theatre
Double 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 Person
Friday, October 25 – 7:30 PM, Egyptian Theatre
Los 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 Ball
Saturday, October 26 – 7:30 PM, Egyptian Theatre
NIGHTBREED: 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 Horrorthon
Saturday, October 26 – 7:30 PM, Aero Theatre
Spend 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 Accompaniment
Thursday, October 31 – 7:30 PM, Aero Theatre
NOSFERATU (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!