Beyond Fest returns to Los Angeles with the best genre lineup you’ll see in 2016


It’s no secret the Cult Classics and Cult Following crew are a big fan of Los Angeles’ annual Beyond Fest genre film festival. Held annually every year at the American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theater , Beyond Fest is the non-profit festival brainchild of Death Waltz Records, American Cinematheque, Spectrefest, Meltdown Comics, Fantastic Fest and Shudder. 2016 stands to be the festival’s best year ever. With the LA premiere of Phantasm Remastered, the West Coast premiere of Phantasm Ravager, plus a 30th anniversary screening of Big Trouble in Little China with Kurt Russell live in person, and Fabio Frizzi and Wu Tang’s RZA BOTH doing a live film re-scores, this festival is the genre film event of the West Coast. Check out the full lineup after the jump! The Cult crew will be there catching many of these films and will let you know our thoughts on the festival!

Beyond Fest, the highest attended genre film festival in the US, is excited to announce its full slate of 2016 programming featuring 27 events and 23 West Coast premieres of mind-bending movie madness. Presented by Shudder, Beyond Fest returns to Hollywood’s famed Egyptian Theatre for 12 days of movies, music and mayhem spanning Friday, September 30th – Tuesday, October 11th 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 open with movie icon Paul Schrader presenting his new feature DOG EAT DOG and a special 40th anniversary screening of TAXI DRIVER. Other hotly-anticipated titles making their West Coast bows include the hyper-explosive coming-of-age cannibal drama RAW, Ana Lily Amipour’s much-anticipated follow up to her alt-cult debut, A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE, the stunning, sonic desert trip THE BAD BATCH, the terrifying adaptation of M.R Carey’s post-apocalyptic horror THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS, and the Mo Brothers’ outrageously hyper-violent action epic, HEADSHOT.

“We really wanted to focus on blending the iconic with the emerging this year” said Beyond Fest Co-Founder, Christian Parkes. “To champion brilliantly provocative films like Julia Ducourna’s RAW and Ana Lily Amipour’s THE BAD BATCH whilst celebrating established heroes like Paul Schrader and Kurt Russell is a primary reason for Beyond Fest’s existence.”

The most beloved genre films are highlighted with four event screenings over the course of this year’s festival. The legend himself Kurt Russell takes center stage with James Gunn moderating for a very special 30th anniversary screening of BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA projected on glorious 35mm. The “ultimate trip” receives the ultimate treatment as Stanley Kubrick’s existential epic 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY screens in 70mm with a 2001-scored Laserium cosmic laser concert and Q&A featuring the film’s two astronaut leads, Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood. The Tall Man returns with J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot meticulous restoration of Don Coscarelli’s cult classic PHANTASM: REMASTERED. Coscarelli will be joined with members of the original cast before the West Coast premiere of the series’ final entry PHANTASM RAVAGER. In keeping with the restoration theme, producer Richard P. Rubinstein will be on hand to present the U.S. Premiere of DAWN OF THE DEAD 3-D. Romero’s cult nightmare has never looked better and will be the first laser 3-D feature projected at the famed Egyptian Theatre.

Once again, music features prominently with two seismic re scores taking center stage. Furiously blurring the lines between music, film and art, Beyond Fest welcomes a new disciple and an old friend with two seismic re scores. Director, producer, actor, Wu Tang Clan founder and the all-together mythic RZA enters the fray with a roundhouse kick for his epic takedown of a martial arts masterpiece. 18 months in the making, RZA: LIVE FROM THE 36th CHAMBER OF SHAOLIN is a mammoth live re scoring of Lau Kar-leung’s Shaw Brothers classic featuring over 40+ tracks culled from RZA’s monumental catalog. Instrumental tracks, beats, samples and vocal tracks amplify the narrative and Gordon Liu’s revelatory performance.

Returning to Los Angeles is legendary composer Fabio Frizzi and his seven-piece orchestra to perform THE BEYOND: COMPOSER’S CUT. This bold, new take on Lucio Fulci’s gothic masterpiece features a live re score featuring a completely new composition and will play with all original dialog intact. THE BEYOND: COMPOSER’S CUT will be accompanied by an uncut 35mm screening of GATES OF HELL and a very special secret screening with surprise guests.

Celebrating LA filmmaking remains a priority for Beyond Fest with Ti West receiving this year’s ‘LA Spotlight’ for his transformative western, IN A VALLEY OF VIOLENCE. Beyond Fest alumni West will be joined by cast members Karen Gillan, Taissa Farmiga, Toby Huss, James Ransone, and the film’s four-legged star, Jumpy. LA also represents en masse with a midnight blast of animated anarchy as Chris Prynoski’s NERDLAND also gets its LA premiere. The first feature from Prynoski’s Titmouse Animation Studios is a wild descent into LA’s soul-destroying entertainment industry and will feature director Prynoski, writer Andrew Kevin Walker, actor Patton Oswalt, plus others in attendance.

Beyond Fest welcomes the return of genre streaming platform Shudder as its Presenting Sponsor, a partnership that provides 13 screenings (9 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

Emile Hirsch’s super creepy THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE, Japanese scare-fest SADAKO VS KAYAKO, Morgan Spurlock’s stomach-churning doc RATS, the revelatory Kubrick doc S IS FOR STANLEY, the hands down craziest film of the year THE DWARVES MUST BE CRAZY and two Cinematic Void double bills featuring a premiere screening of Arrow’s 4K restoration of Romero’s THE CRAZIES paired with MARTIN on 16mm and an American Genre Film Archive fundraiser featuring a 35mm monster mash up of NEON MANIACS and STREET TRASH.

If that wasn’t enough, virtual reality engulfs Beyond Fest for the first time with Dark Corner Studios showcasing three of their most terrifying experiences. Led by wunder-director Guy Shelmerdine, guests will be able to watch his breakout VR horror smash CATATONIC, in addition to his new film MULE and Justin Denton’s BURLAP. The Egyptian Theatre will be housing Dark Corner in the hidden reaches of its 90 year old architecture.

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



2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY on 70mm
United States, 1968
70mm, 161 min
Director – Stanley Kubrick
wi. actors Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood in person and Laserium laser concert before screening

Co-presented with Vice & Etheria
United States, 2016
West Coast Premiere, 115 min
Director – Ana Lily Amapour
wi. director / writer Ana Lily Amipour in person

Italy, 1981
West Coast Premiere, 89 min
Director – Lucio Fulci
wi. live re score by Fabio Frizzi + seven piece orchestra and special secret screening before performance

BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA – 30th Anniversary Screening on 35mm
United States, 1986
35mm, 99 min
Director – John Carpenter
wi. actor Kurt Russell, moderated by James Gunn in person

Hong Kong / China, 2016
West Coast Premiere, 120 min
Director – Benny Chan

United States, 1983
35mm, 93 min
Director – Lucio Fulci

United States, 2016
West Coast Premiere, 93 min
Director – Paul Schrader
wi. Paul Schrader in person

United States / United Kingdom, 2016
West Coast Premiere, 111 min
Director – Colm McCarthy

United States / South Korea, 1978 / 2016
West Coast Premiere, 127 min, Unrated, U.S. Theatrical Cut
Director – George A. Romero
wi. producer Richard P. Rubinstein in person

Indonesia, 2016
West Coast Premiere, 117 min
Directors – The Mo Brothers: Kimo Stamboel and Timo Tjahjanto

Mexico / United States, 1973
35mm, 115 min
Director – Alexandro Jodorowsky

United States, 2016
West Coast Premiere, 104 min
Director – Ti West
wi. director Ti West and actors Karen Gillan, Taissa Farmiga, Toby Huss, and James Ransone in person

United States, 2016
West Coast Premiere, 85 min
Director – Chris Prynoski
wi. Director Chris Prynoski, writer Andrew Kevin Walker, actor Patton and cast in person

4K Restoration
United States, 1979 / 2016
LA Premiere, 96 min
Director – Don Coscarelli
wi. director Don Coscarelli and cast in person

United States, 2016
West Coast Premiere, 87 min
Director – David Hartman
wi. director David Hartman and producer Don Coscarelli in person

Co-presented with Etheria
France, 2016
West Coast Premiere, 95 min
Director – Julia Ducournau

Hong Kong / United States, 1979 / 2016
West Coast Premiere, 119 min
Director – Lau Ker-leung
features live re score by RZA

TAXI DRIVER 40th Anniversary Screening (wi. DOG EAT DOG)
United States, 1976
114 min
Director – Martin Scorsese
wi. Paul Schrader in person

United States, 1941
71 min
Director – George Waggner
wi. Ron Chaney in person


United Kingdom, 2016
West Coast Premiere
Director – André Øvredal

BEYOND THE WALLS (Free Screening)
France 2016
West Coast Premiere
Director – Hervé Hadmar

THE CRAZIES – 4K Restoration (Free Screening)
United States 1973
US Premiere
Director – George Romero

DOWN UNDER (Free Screening)
Australia 2016
West Coast Premiere
Director – Abraham Forysthe
wi. director Abraham Forsythe in person

Thailand 2016
West Coast Premiere
Director – Bhin Banloerit

MARTIN (Free Screening)
16mm, United States 1977
Director – George Romero

MONSTER (Free Screening)
United States 2016
West Coast Premiere
Director – Bryan Bertino

NEON MANIACS (Free screening)
35mm, United States 1986
Director – Joseph Mangine

RATS (Free screening)
United States 2016
West Coast Premiere
Director – Morgan Spurlock

S IS FOR STANLEY (Free Screening)
Italy 2016
West Coast Premiere
Director – Alex Infascelli
wi. director Alex Infascelli in person

SADAKO VS KAYAKO (Free Screening)
Japan 2016
West Coast Premiere
Director – Kôji Shiraishi

STREET TRASH (free screening)
35mm, United States 1985
Director – J. Michael Muro

THE VOID (Free Screening)
Canada 2016
West Coast Premiere
Directors – Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski

Tickets for Beyond Fest 2016 are will be made available for purchase through Fandango and the American Cinematheque on September 8th.

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We are now accepting press credential applications for Beyond Fest 2016. To apply, please send your name and outlet as well as a letter of assignment from your editor or a business card to Ted Geoghegan for consideration. The deadline to apply for press credentials is Thursday, September 15th. Please note all applications are subject to approval.

For Beyond Fest Media Inquiries:
CONTACT: Ted Geoghegan, Publicist
PHONE: 406-531-7799

For Beyond Fest Requests to Cover Events:
CONTACT: Margot Gerber
PHONE: 323.461.2020 ext. 115

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 and composers such as David Lynch, Richard Kelly, John Carpenter, Fabio Frizzi, and 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!

Shudder is a diabolical new premium online video service, serving horror fans with curated worldwide programming ranging from hard-to-find independent fare to cult grindhouse classics to Hollywood blockbusters. Shudder has something for everyone, from the casual fan to the hardcore horror devotee. Backed by AMC Networks, Shudder is curated by horror aficionados with a deep love and respect for the many peculiar varieties and genres of horror.

Fantastic Fest
Fantastic Fest is the largest genre film festival in the U.S., specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action and just plain fantastic movies from all around the world. In years past the festival has been home to world premieres of JOHN WICK, FRANKENWEENIE, MACHETE KILLS, THERE WILL BE BLOOD, APOCALYPTO, ZOMBIELAND while the guest roster has included such talent as Tim Burton, Andy and Lana Wachowski, Robert Rodriguez, Rian Johnson, Mel Gibson, Bill Murray, Keanu Reeves, Edward Norton, Ryan Reynolds, Paul Rudd, Bill Pullman, Paul Thomas Anderson, Kevin Smith, Jon Favreau, George Romero, and Darren Aronofsky. Fantastic Fest is held each year at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Austin, Texas and was named “America’s wildest Film Festival” by The Guardian.