1968, Paramount, 136 min, USA, Dir: Roman Polanski
A young New York couple (Mia Farrow and John Cassavetes) move into a new apartment building, where they’re quickly befriended by lovable Ruth Gordon and husband Sidney Blackmer.
All is not as it seems, though, and Farrow soon comes to suspect that her neighbors have truly sinister plans in store for her and her unborn baby. This eerie supernatural thriller builds shivery atmosphere through each successive scene, right up until the shattering climax. Playing as a double feature with PROXY.
2013, IFC Midnight, 120 min, USA, Dir: Zack Parker
Expectant mother Esther (Alexia Rasmussen) withdraws from the world after she is assaulted by a hooded stranger.A friendly neighbor (Alexa Havins) coaxes her back to normalcy – until Esther makes a shocking discovery.
Packed with plot twists and characters that are never quite what you think them to be, PROXY is a thrill ride through “… a sadistically unstable world, one in which you feel anything could happen at any moment. And it does.” – Michael Lerman, Fantastic Fest
Discussion following with PROXY director Zack Parker and actress Alexa Havins.
Children of Baphomet, it is time to reclaim the night!
Beyond Fest is proud to announce its closing gala, From the Ruins of Midian: a Night with Clive Barker featuring Nightbreed: The Cabal Cut.
Released in 1990 to an awaiting legion of fans, Clive Barker’s Nightbreed was wrought with studio interference before it ever reached the screen.
Originally written as a fantastical love story occupied by monsters, Nightbreed was hacked and packaged as slasher fare by the time it opened in theaters. The result was a film that disappointed audiences, but most importantly negated the epic grandeur of its creator.
As rumors of found footage circulated, Nighbreed achieved a mythic status with a restored version quickly becoming the holy grail of genre film. A dedicated team surrounded Barker and, with his direct involvement, painstakingly inserted footage sourced from his original shoot.
Nightbreed is presented at Beyond Fest in the version that best represents Barker’s defining intent: The Cabal Cut.
Discussion following the film with Clive Barker and CABAL CUT producer Mark Miller, moderated by Geoff Boucher. Join us after the film and Q&A for a Monster’s Ball Gala in the Courtyard with music from Death Waltz Recording Company!
From writer / director Clive Barker:
“For two decades there has been a rumour that if the missing forty five minutes of material that was shot when the movie was thought to be a viable tale to tell, could be found and reinstated then perhaps the tribes of the moon would walk again.
“Two men – Russell Cherrington and Mark Miller – pursued the impossible. They found the missing pieces and using my original screenplay as a map, took the raw footage, found passages from Danny Elfman’s sublime score which would carry the emotional life of the escalating narrative, and brought the epic back to life.
“Now it has been seen in special screenings all around the world, and the Nightbreed have finally found their real home: in the dreams of audiences who had wanted to keep the company of monsters since they’d first heard of Midian.”
Nightbreed has been the film that refused to die, and rightfully so. The Cabal Cut represents not just the purest articulation of Barker’s vision but the realization and preservation of a true artist’s grand design.
Immediately post screening, Clive Barker and Cabal Cut producer Mark Miller, will be joined on stage with Geoff Boucher to discuss the remarkable journey of this important film. The night’s festivities continue past the Q&A as the famed courtyard of the Egyptian Theatre will house a Monster’s Ball with sounds provided courtesy of Death Waltz Records.
1995, Universal, 92 min, USA, Dir: Ernest R. Dickerson
The popular HBO horror series brings its distinctive mix of thrills and laughs to the big screen (along with plenty of gore). William Sadler stars as a man who stumbles into a remote town one step ahead of The Collector (Billy Zane, simply amazing), a demonic entity trying to lay hands on a key possessing universal power. With Jada Pinkett Smith and Thomas Haden Church.
Plays as a double feature with ALMOST HUMAN.
Discussion between films with ALMOST HUMAN director Joe Begos.
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. Begos wears his heart-felt inspirations on his sleeve, taking us all to a much beloved place that shaped our collective genre-consciousness.
Almost Human tells the story of a small town in Maine where one night in October 1987 Mark Fisher (Josh Ethier) disappears in a blue flash of light and leaves his best pal Seth (Graham Skipper) and girlfriend Jen (Vanessa Leigh) in a state of disarray.
Two years later, a string of murders start to make their waves in the quiet, woodsy town and Seth and Jen’s lives are upset once again with the return of Mark. What is he? What happened that fateful night? And why does Seth keep getting nosebleeds?It’s still early to call, but with the passion and promise that Begos and Ethier pour in ALMOST HUMAN, watching it harkens back to the first time you watched Bruce Campbell and Sam Raimi battle THE EVIL DEAD.
Immediately following Almost Human Evan Dickson of Bloody Disgusting will host a Q&A with the cast and crew of the film. This film screens as a double feature with TALES FROM THE CRYPT: DEMON KNIGHT.
As “Lipstick Killer” Lothar Scramm (Florian Koerner von Gustorf) lies dying, his life flashes before his eyes – and it’s pretty grim. A loner who drives a taxi, Schramm is attracted to a prostitute who lives next door, but is unable to initiate a real relationship with her – and so works out his kinks on random victims. Bizarre and disturbing, with a sense of the mental anguish underlying the (sometimes quite graphic) violence.
In German with English subtitles. Discussion between films with director Jörg Buttgereit. Double feature with NEKROMANTIK. Due to extreme sexual and graphic violence, no one under 18 will be admitted.
Beyond Fest is proud to welcome Jorg to Los Angeles and screen two of his most important films on the only 35mm prints in existence.