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Beyond Fest Returns to Los Angeles! Film Lineup Announced!The second annual Beyond Fest is coming back to Los Angeles’ Egyptian Theatre (6712 Hollywood Boulevard) and will be running from September 25 through October 4, 2014. Tickets are available through Fandango NOW.

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Beyond Fest Returns to Los Angeles! Film Lineup Announced!The second annual Beyond Fest is coming back to Los Angeles’ Egyptian Theatre (6712 Hollywood Boulevard) and will be running from September 25 through October 4, 2014. Tickets are available through Fandango NOW.

From the Press Release
Dedicated to delivering the elite in horror, sci-fi, fantasy, and badass cinema, this year’s Beyond Fest programming reflects a globally diverse and eclectic mix of premieres, rare repertory screenings, and special events, all of which are anchored in bringing firsts to the community of genre fans in Los Angeles.

Beyond Fest has also partnered with Robert Rodriguez’s El Rey Network as its presenting sponsor, a partnership that will make much of the festival’s programming free to creative makers and film fans alike.

“The response was so great last year that we knew we had to bring Beyond Fest back, so much so that we immediately started planning this installment,” said Christian Parkes, co-founder of Beyond Fest. “We challenged ourselves to build on the foundation we laid and to create something that is a celebration for the audience as much as the films on the screen. Our partnership with El Rey Network is indicative of this as it allows us to share a brave, new generation of filmmakers with the film community of Los Angeles.”

L.A. premieres are integral to Beyond Fest as the festival opens with HORNS, Alexandre Aja’s (HAUTE TENSION, HILLS HAVE EYES) wonderfully dark take on Joe Hill’s explosive book, complete with a revelatory turn by Daniel Radcliffe.

Blumhouse Productions and Shock Till You Drop have joined forces to deliver a free screening of the terrifying meta-remake of THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (“AMERICAN HORROR STORY”) and produced by Jason Blum and Ryan Murphy, while anthology fans are rewarded with first looks at the shock-rides ABCs OF DEATH 2 and V/H/S VIRAL, complete with cast and crew and favorite V/H/S shorts.

Jeff Goldsmith brings his wildly popular Q&A / Backstory empire to Beyond Fest for two evenings of deep discussion, first with Dan Gilroy in support of his masterful directorial debut, NIGHTCRAWLER, and then it’s a night of mischief, mayhem, and soap as he talks to FIGHT CLUB author Chuck Palahniuk and screenwriter Jim Uhls exploring the transition of an apocalyptic masterpiece to pitch-perfect screenplay. Preceding the discussion is a screening of David Fincher’s brilliantly caustic adaptation.

Japanese cinema plays a prominent role with three of its finest exports taking center stage. Following last year’s fan-favorite, WHY DON’T YOU PLAY IN HELL?, auteur Sion Sono returns with his deliriously over-the-top adaptation of Santa Inoue’s seminal manga series TOKYO TRIBE. Hot on the heels of its highly controversial domestic release, Tetsuya Nakashima’s thoroughly groundbreaking THE WORLD OF KANAKO plays a special free screening, while Hitoshi Matsumoto’s quasi-sex-comedy R100 closes out the axis of anarchy with lead dominatrix Lindsay Kay Hayward onsite to whip the audience into shape.

This year’s L.A. Spotlight shines on directors Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch, who bring their black tale of fame-at-all-costs to the Egyptian’s apt Hollywood locale for STARRY EYES. Joined by the film’s cast and crew, Dennis and Kevin will follow this local bow with the film they cite as a heavy influence: Andrzaj Zulawski’s masterpiece of nuanced terror, POSSESSION.

Integral to Beyond Fest’s slate is the partnership with El Rey Network. As Presenting Sponsor, El Rey Network is making the 80-seat Spielberg Theatre accessible to all under the banner of “El Rey’s ‘The People’s Network’ Theatre” and screening eight films from the most original directors in the world of genre film including: HYENA (UK – LA premiere), THE EDITOR (Canada – LA premiere), NORWAY (Greece – LA premiere), FUTURE SHOCK! THE STORY OF 2000AD (UK – LA premiere), and THE CANAL (Ireland – LA premiere)

“These screenings are free of charge because we believe in the filmmakers behind them. These are brilliant films from all across the world, and we want to expose audiences to them,” said Grant Moninger, American Cinematheque programmer. “It’s important to share bold, unique talent on the big screen; it’s where a filmmaker’s craft shines the most.”

Repertory titles play a prominent part of Beyond Fest, and this year is no exception with a handful of massive events:

Produced in partnership with the French Consulate, Meltdown Comics, and RADiUS, SNOWPIERCER creator Jean-Marc Rochette will discuss the process of translating creative vision from the comic book to the big screen before Bong Joon-ho’s stunning epic rolls overhead. Complementing SNOWPIERCER will be the world premiere of Jesus Castro-Ortega’s behind-the-scenes documentary.

ONLY GOD FORGIVES provides the inspiration for the LA premiere of MY LIFE DIRECTED BY NICOLAS WINDING REFN, an illuminating and intimate portrait of Danish auteur Nicolas Winding Refn, directed and shot by his wife, Liv Corfixen. Documenting Refn’s journey to bring ONLY GOD FORGIVES to the big screen, Corfixen is honest and unflinching with her lens, capturing Refn in a way previously unseen outside of his inner crew and, in many cases, outside of Corfixen herself. Liv Corfixen and Nicolas Winding Refn will sit in conversation between the two films.

Geoff Boucher’s Humans from Earth Nerdist podcast pairs together John Carpenter and Jamie Lee Curtis for the first time ever to discuss the making of the all-time classic HALLOWEEN. Complete with the brand-new, 4K re-master supervised by HALLOWEEN cinematographer Dean Cundy and a screening of El Rey’s “THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR” with John Carpenter and Robert Rodriguez, this is one for the ages.

The stars of Comedy Central’s late night stand-up smash “THE MELTDOWN WITH JONAH AND KUMAIL” bring their film-loving humor to Beyond Fest for “A Night at the Movies with THE MELTDOWN WITH JONAH AND KUMAIL featuring THE MONSTER SQUAD.” Before screening THE MONSTER SQUAD, Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani will grab the mics to share their deep and slightly twisted love of movies before being joined by THE MONSTER SQUAD director Fred Dekker, where they will discuss the size of The Wolfman’s nards amongst many other topics.

Seminal soundtrack label and Beyond Fest partner Death Waltz Recording Company returns with a double-bill event that was a year in the making. Opening the night is a screening and live re-score of THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE by musicians Umberto and Antoni Maiovvi, who have composed an 88-minute piece that plays alongside the film’s existing audio tracks. A limited double album will be made available exclusively at the screening. Not content with just one release, Death Waltz is also dropping the long-awaited score to Ti West’s breakout shocker THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL, complete with screening and cast and crew Q&A.

BEYOND FEST 2014 PROGRAM

EGYPTIAN THEATRE

NIGHTCRAWLER presented by Backstory
2014
dir. Dan Gilroy
United States
147 minutes
Dan Gilroy in person

THE WORLD OF KANAKO / KAWAKI – LA Premiere – FREE SCREENING
2014
dir. Tetsuya Nakashima
Japan
148 minutes

THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN presented by Shock Till You Drop and Blumhouse Productions – FREE SCREENING
2014
dir. Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
United States
60 minutes

FIGHT CLUB presented by Backstory
1999
dir. David Fincher
United States
179 minutes
FIGHT CLUB author Chuck Palahniuk and screenwriter Jim Uhls in person

STARRY EYES presented by Bloody Disgusting – LA Premiere
Dir. Kevin Kölsch, Dennis Widmyer
United States
98 minutes
Cast and crew in person

POSSESSION
1981
dir. Andrezj Zulawski
France / West Germany
124 minutes

V/H/S VIRAL + V/H/S Shorts presented by Bloody Disgusting – LA Premiere
dir. Todd Lincoln, Nacho Vigalondo, Marcel Sarmiento, Gregg Bishop, Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead
Multiple Countries
98 minutes
Cast and crew in person

20,000 DAYS ON EARTH
2014
dir. Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard
UK
97 minutes

TOKYO TRIBE – LA Premiere
2014
dir. Sion Sono
Japan
146 minutes

SNOWPIERCER – A Vis a Vis Event presented by the French Consulate, Meltdown Comics, and RADiUS
2017
dir. Bong Joon-ho
South Korea
126 minutes
Snowpiercer creator Jean-Marc Rochette

HORNS presented with Fantastic Fest – LA Premiere
2017
dir. Alexandre Aja
United States / Canada
127 minutes

A Night at the Movies with THE MELTDOWN WITH JONAH AND KUMAIL featuring THE MONSTER SQUAD
1987
dir. Fred Dekker
United States
82 minutes
Jonah Ray, Kumail Nanjiani, Fred Dekker and guests in person

THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE presented by Death Waltz Recording Company with live re-score by Antoni Maiovvi & Umberto
1974
dir. Tobe Hooper
United States
88 minutes

THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL presented by Death Waltz Recording Company
2009
dir. Ti West
United States
95 minutes
Cast and crew in person

HALLOWEEN 4K REMASTER presented by Humans From Earth
1978
dir. John Carpenter
United States
90 minutes
John Carpenter and Jamie Lee Curtis in person

ONLY GOD FORGIVES
2017
dir. Nicolas Winding Refn
Denmark / France
90 minutes
Nicolas Winding Refn in person

MY LIFE DIRECTED BY NICOLAS WINDING REFN – LA Premiere
2014
dir. Liv Corfixen
United States
58 minutes
Liv Corfixen and Nicolas Winding Refn in person

EL REY’S ‘THE PEOPLE’S NETWORK’ THEATRE / SPIELBERG THEATRE

ABCs OF DEATH 2 – LA Premiere – Free screening
2014
dir. Larry Fessenden, Marvin Kren, Todd Rohal, Jim Hosking, Julien Maury & Alexandre Bustillo, Julien Gibney, Soichi Umezawa, Lancelot Imasuen, Jerome Sable, Robert Boocheck, Aharon Keshales & Navot Papushado, Bill Plympton, Rodney Ascher, Erik Matti, Juan Moreno, Steven Kostanski, Alejandro Brugues, E.L. Katz, Julian Barratt, Hajime Ohata, Vincenzo Natali, Chris Nash, Jen & Sylvia Soska, Dennisison Ramalho, Robert Morgan, Kristina Buozyte and Bruno Samper
Multiple Countries
125 minutes
Cast and crew in person

THE EDITOR – Free Screening – LA Premiere
2014
dir. Matthew Kennedy, Adam Brooks
Canada
102 minutes

HYENA – Free Screening – LA Premiere
2014
dir. Gerard Johnson
United Kingdom
142 min

FUTURE SHOCK! THE STORY OF 2000AD – Free Screening – LA Premiere
2014
dir. Paul Goodwin
United Kingdom
100 min

LOST SOUL – THE DOOMED JOURNEY OF RICHARD STANLEY’S ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU – Free Screening – LA Premiere
2014
dir. David Gregory
United Kingdom
97 min

R100 – Free Screening
2017
dir. Hitoshi Matsumoto
Japan
100 minutes
Lindsay Kay Hayward in person

NORWAY – Free Screening – LA Premiere
2014
dir. Yannis Veslemes
Greece
77 minutes

THE CANAL presented by Shock Till You Drop – Free Screening – LA Premiere –
2014
dir. Ivan Kavanagh
Ireland
92 minutes

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Attention, ALL readers of Dread Central! Yes, that’s right… every one of you across the globe! We’re helping our pals over at Blue Underground with a contest where they will be giving a Blu-ray copy of Death Line and Deathdream to one of you! To enter, all you have to do is use the form below; and you’re all set!

Also, to learn more about the titles, simply click on the names, and you’ll be taken to Blue Underground’s website, where you can see specifics about each film!

To reiterate, this contest is open to people across the globe. Anyone, anywhere, can enter. However, the contest ends next Tuesday, May 1st, at 12 midnight ET, so make sure you enter before then!

Death Line:
When a prominent politician and a beautiful young woman vanish inside a London subway station, Scotland Yard’s Inspector Calhoun (Donald Pleasence of Halloween) investigates and makes a horrifying discovery. Not only did a group of 19th century tunnel workers survive a cave-in, but they lived for years in a secret underground enclave by consuming the flesh of their own dead. Now the lone descendant of this grisly tribe has surfaced, prowling the streets for fresh victims… and a new mate.

Deathdream:
In this shattering variation on The Monkey’s Paw, grief-stricken suburban parents (Academy Award nominees John Marley of The Godfather and Lynn Carlin of Faces) refuse to accept the news that their son, Andy (Richard Backus), has been killed in Vietnam. But when Andy returns home soon after, something may be horribly wrong: Andy is alive and well… or is he? Produced and directed by Bob Clark (Black Christmas) and written by Alan Ormsby (Deranged), Deathdream was one of the very first films to confront the domestic ravages of the Vietnam War. More than forty years later, it remains one of the most chilling horror films of all time.

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ALTERED PERCEPTION Opens in Theaters and on VOD/Digital in May

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We’ve been telling you about Altered Perception, from Blanc/Biehn Productions, for a while now; and today we have some exciting news to share.  The film is heading to limited theaters and will also be hitting VOD/Digital early next month. The full list of theaters, several stills, and more details can be found below.  In addition, you can watch the trailer at the top of the page.

The cast includes Jon Huertas, Jade Tailor, Nichola Fynn, Jennifer Blanc, Matthew Ziff, Mark Burnham, Hallie Jordan, and Ehmrys Cooper. The producers are Danielle Artigo and Dylan Matlock with executive producers Michael Biehn, Jennifer Blanc, Jon Huertas, Hallie Jordan, Steve Romano (who also served as Director of Photography), and Lony Ruhmann.

Altered Perception was written by Travis Romero, creator of the USA series White Collar, with Jon Huertas and Jennifer Blanc (story by Romero). SKD acquired all U.S. distribution rights to the psychological thriller, which was directed by Kate Rees Davies in her feature-length debut, and Cinedigm will release the picture theatrically and on Digital and TV VOD on May 4th with a DVD release to follow in June 2018.

Here are the Altered Perception theater locations:

  • Laemmle Music Hall – Los Angeles
  • AMC Woodridge 18 – Chicago
  • Studio Movie Grill Spring Valley – Dallas
  • Studio Movie Grill Pearland – Houston
  • AMC Aventura Mall – Miami
  • AMC Southfield – Detroit
  • AMC Arizona Center – Phoenix
  • Emagine Lakeville 21 – Minneapolis
  • Studio Movie Grill – Tampa
  • Tower City Cinemas – Cleveland

Synopsis:
When the government attempts to produce a designer drug aimed at correcting the false perceptions that people develop during trauma and stress, the implications are deadly. Advertised as a cure for socio-political tensions, four couples volunteer but end up with far more than they bargained for as their past and present are examined while taking variations of the new drug. However, this causes them to doubt their own memory, perceptions – and even their own sanity in this thriller in the vein of Disturbing Behavior and The Faculty.

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I don’t know about you but I went ahead and skipped Eli Roth’s Death Wish remake starring Bruce Willis in theaters. But I do plan to check it out on Blu-ray.

And speaking of which today we have word that the film will be hitting 4K Ultra HD May 22 and Blu-ray, DVD and Video on Demand June 5.

You can check out the cover art to the right and the full list of special features below and then let us know if you plan to own the film on Blu-ray in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

The film is a remake of the Charles Bronson-led 1974 film of the same name, which itself was based on Brian Garfield’s original novel. This film is directed by Eli Roth from a script written by Joe Carnahan and stars Bruce Willis, Vincent D’Onofrio, Dean Norris, Elisabeth Shue, Camila Morrone, and Kimberly Elise.

It hits 4K Ultra HD May 22 and Blu-ray, DVD and Video on Demand June 5.

Special Features:

  • Commentary w/ Eli Roth & Roger Birnbaum
  • Deleted scenes with optional commentary w/ Eli Roth & Roger Birnbaum
  • Mancow Morning Show Extended Scenes
  • Sway in the Morning Extended Scene
  • Vengeance and Vision: Directing Death Wish
  • Grindhouse Trailer

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Synopsis:

Dr. Paul Kersey is a surgeon who often sees the consequences of the city’s violence in the emergency room. When home intruders brutally attack his wife and young daughter, Kersey becomes obsessed with delivering vigilante justice to the perpetrators. As the anonymous slayings grab the media’s attention, the public begins to wonder if the deadly avenger is a guardian angel — or the Grim Reaper itself.

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