2015 Beyond Fest Lineup Includes Bone Tomahawk, The Invitation, Legend, Evil Dead Double Feature, and Lots More!


Beyond Fest, the highest attended genre film festival in the US, has announced its full slate of 2015 programming, and it features 25 events of mind-bending, movie madness. Curious as to what’s in store for attendees? Then read on for the lineup and more details!

From the Press Release:
Presented by Shudder, Beyond Fest returns to Hollywood’s famed Egyptian Theatre for 11 days of movies, music, and mayhem spanning Thursday, October 1st, to Monday, October 12th, to generate funds for its 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 the 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, Takashi Miike‘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 12:00 noon PT; 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 onsite 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” hosts 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 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 lineup.”

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.

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 in Anders Thomas Jensen’s unbelievably black comedy MEN & CHICKEN; the 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
w/ 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
w/ director S. Craig Zahler and actor Matthew Fox in person

United States, 2015
35mm, 125 min
Director – Sidney Lumet
w/ actor Al Pacino and director Brett Ratner in person

Original US X-rated cut on 35mm
England, 1971
35mm, 111 min
Director – Ken Russell
w/ introduction by director Bernard Rose

Ninja Presents ERASERHEAD: A Night of Zef Absurdia
United States, 1977
35mm, 89 min
Director – David Lynch
w/ Ninja and friends in person

Co-presented with Starz and Ash vs. The Evil Dead
United States, 1983
35mm, 87 min
Director – Sam Raimi
w/ 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
w/ Bruce Campbell and Edgar Wright in person

Italy, 2015
West Coast Premiere, 100 min
w/ Fabio Frizzi and 8-piece orchestra performing live

United States, 2015
West Coast Premiere, 99 min
Director – Jason Krawczyk
w/ 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
w/ director Karyn Kusama, writers Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi, and actor Logan Marshall-Green in person

United States, 2015
West Coast Premiere, 131 min
Director – Brian Hegeland
w/ director/writer Brian Hegeland in person

United States, 2015
US Premiere, 87 min
Director – Joe Begos
w/ live performance by Steve Moore before screening
w/ director/writer Joe Begos, editor Josh Ethier, and actors Graham Skipper and Noah Segan in person

United States, 1925
16mm, 101 min (1925 original release)
Director – Rupert Julian
w/ live score performance of the original 1925 composition
w/ Ron Chaney in person

TOO LATE (free screening)
United States, 2015
35mm, 107 min
Director – Dennis Hauck
w/ 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
w/ 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

Tickets for Beyond Fest 2015 are made available for purchase through Fandango and the American Cinematheque. EVIL DEAD tickets will be available through Brown Paper Tickets beginning September 5th at 12:00 noon PT.

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