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A mathematics savant (Ben Affleck) becomes embroiled in the criminal underground before resorting to extreme measures to escape in Gavin O’Connor’s muscular thriller.

Oscar winner Ben Affleck (ARGO, BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE) stars in the title role of THE ACCOUNTANT from director Gavin O’Connor (MIRACLE, PRIDE AND GLORY, WARRIOR).

Christian Wolff (Affleck) is a math savant with more affinity for numbers than people. Behind the cover of a small-town CPA office, he works as a freelance accountant for some of the world’s most dangerous criminal organizations. With the Treasury Department’s Crime Enforcement Division, run by Ray King (J.K. Simmons), starting to close in, Christian takes on a legitimate client: a state-of-the-art robotics company where an accounting clerk (Anna Kendrick) has discovered a discrepancy involving millions of dollars. But as Christian uncooks the books and gets closer to the truth, it is the body count that starts to rise.

THE ACCOUNTANT also stars Oscar nominee Anna Kendrick (UP IN THE AIR), Oscar winner J.K. Simmons (WHIPLASH), Jon Bernthal (THE WALKING DEAD, THE WOLF OF WALL STREET), Jeffrey Tambor (TV’s Transparent) and two-time Oscar nominee John Lithgow (INTERSTELLAR, TERMS OF ENDEARMENT).

In keeping with his previous films, O’Connor brings a rugged muscularity to THE ACCOUNTANT and has found the most effective physical AND thoughtful muse in his lead – Coming hot on the heels of his acclaimed turn as Gotham’s Cape Crusader, Affleck again shows his finely tuned skill in balancing the tension of dark and light. Like the film’s lead character, THE ACCOUNTANT hits with precision and incredibly hard.

Special Thanks to Warner Bros.

Guests: Director Gavin O’Connor in Person

Presented in Partnership with Alamo Drafthouse LA

Director: Gavin O’Connor
Country: United States
Runtime: 128 minutes
Year: 2016

The Monster

 FREE Screening / No Advance Tickets: Tickets available from Egyptian Theatre box office day of show starting at 6pm; 2 tix per person max.

West Coast Premiere

On a dark and dreary evening, a divorced mother is taking her headstrong daughter to see her father however a broken down car on a deserted road will see them facing a greater threat than each other: something evil and hungry…

Bryan Bertino’s brilliant foray into monster movies is the kind of tense madness that genre fans can only dream of. Blessed with stellar camerawork, excellent acting and a scary as hell monster, this is the film to make you look under your car before you ride!

Kathy is a divorced mother with an alcohol problem. She loves her daughter but has lost her connection with her due to one too many drunk nights and missed school events. When she is forced to drive Lizzy to her father, the two find themselves in a car, simmering with anger. It’s not long before a wrong turn finds them traversing the deserted country roads and as luck would have it, their car breaks down. As they wait for help to arrive, the two are blissfully unaware of the evil lurking deep within the wood: The Monster is hungry and it will eat!

Set almost exclusively in one location, Bertino’s tight, tense exercise in monster horror scores real emotional points with its two excellent leads: Zoe Kazan and Ella Ballentine excel as the mother and daughter who love each other but can no longer tolerate the other and it’s through the clever use of flashbacks showing the deterioration  of their relationship that Bertino creates the emotional impact needed for when the threat of the monster arrives.

It’d be foolish to not mention the titular monster: a beautiful, mainly practical creation that is sure to make those sfx-nuts in the audience drool at its’ frightening beauty. A ferocious beast whose motivations turn out to be more complex than you might think, it is as important a character as the mother & daughter duo and acts as a gnarling frightening heart of the film.

Monster movies never go out of fashion and Bertino’s effort is a stark reminder as to why: clever, frightening creations always lurk on the edges of celluloid, ready jump at us from the big screen and tear our faces off – the very reason why Beyond Fest is proud to present this original terror.

Evrim Ersoy

Plays in the Shudder Theatre @Egyptian

Director: Bryan Bertino
Country: United States
Runtime: 92 minutes
Year: 2016

The Void

 FREE Screening / No Advance Tickets: Tickets available from Egyptian Theatre box office day of show starting at 6pm; 2 tix per person max.

West Coast Premiere 

During a routine patrol, officer Daniel Carter runs into a blood soaked figure in the woods. However rushing the young man to the hospital only unleashes an otherworldly horror which threatens everything he stands for.

Welcome to the world of …. The Void! A Carpenter-esque nightmare that has everything in it from practical effects to Cronenberg body-morph monsters, it is the brilliant distillation of every genre film we’ve ever loved.

Daniel Carter is a police officer who likes the humdrum nature of his life. However; a chance encounter with a bloodied figure in the woods sees him rushing to the hospital to save the injured man’s life – what he doesn’t know is that he’s not alone. As strange figures from a cult slowly surround the hospital and lay siege to the unfortunate inhabitants , there’s an ever bigger threat growing inside: the dead patients are turning into something inhuman and Carter finds himself leading a desperate band of survivors deeper and deeper into the subterranean depths of the hospital to find a way to escape the nightmare.

It’s a joy to witness Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski collaborating again after their work on ‘Father’s Day’ and it’s great to see that not only have they not lost any their exploitation edge but also have found even more gruesome depths to mine.

Boasting stellar practical effects and fantastic creature design, ‘The Void’ is the bastard child of the old masters of horror cinema – it’s both an homage to the brilliant horrors we enjoyed visiting but also an entirely new beast in its own right. The setting is familiar but it’s what the duo with to subvert all we’re expecting that takes ‘The Void’ to the next level – low-grade unease quickly leaves way to full-blown madness and people are torn asunder, turn into grotesque and beautiful monsters and the cult slowly lay waste to any that dare defy them – this is 80’s Carpenter gone full blast and you world will not be the same again once you’ve witnessed it.

Boasting a killer score, some terrific camerawork and the best depiction of Hell since Fulci ever laid eyes on the Beyond, ‘The Void’ will take you, shake you and make sure you’re never ever the same again.

Evrim Ersoy

Director: Jeremy Gillespie, Steven Kostanski
Country: United States
Runtime: 90 minutes
Year: 2016

The Dwarves Must Be Crazy

 FREE Screening / No Advance Tickets: Tickets available from Egyptian Theatre box office day of show starting at 6pm; 2 tix per person max.
 A Village of Little people are attacked . possessed & generally terrorised by a group of Krause spirts in this incredible and jaw dropping Thai slapstick horror film.

Sometimes when you watch a film it’s like the filmmaker got inside your head to deliver you the perfect film you’ve longed for your entire life. The Dwarves Must Be Crazy is such a film!

Picture if you will a floating village in Thailand entirely populated by little people, whilst in the woods hunting for food they discover a strange mound of glowing bugs , several of the more curious villagers decide to eat the bugs, of course this is obviously a bad move because before you know it their heads have detached their bodies with only their guts as company , did I also mention that the heads can fly where they please ?

What follows can only be described as completely off the wall as these headless bodies fly around the jungle trying to bite the other dwarves on the ass (there is more ass biting in this flick than any other ever committed to celluloid). Unlike any other film playing this year (obviously) this could well be the perfect Beyond Fest film , it’s juvenile , puerile, offensive , gross & yet strangely touching. Hilarious , unconventional & with not one care given for the normal narrative tropes found in genre films (midway through the film just stops for a pointless yet AMAZING song and dance routine.

This is a film that NEEDS to be experienced with an appreciative audience that demands the wierdest in world cinema and we know that Beyond Fest is that audience.

Spencer Hickman

Plays in the Shudder Theatre @Egyptian

Director: Bhin Banloerit
Country: Thailand
Runtime: 92 minutes
Year: 2016

Sadako vs Kayako

 FREE Screening / No Advance Tickets: Tickets available from Egyptian Theatre box office day of show starting at 6pm; 2 tix per person max.

West Coast Premiere

The showdown of the century is about to begin and no one in Tokyo will be spared: THE RING’s Sadako vs THE GRUDGE’s Kayako in a fight to determine the future of humanity.

What we all thought to be an April Fool’s Joke turns out to be true! Sadako Vs Kayako brings together the two most famous vengeful spirits in Japan in a face-off that’s epic in scope and incredible in nature.

When a college student comes across the cursed videotape of Ring stuck in a VCR, she unwittingly unleashes the dreaded Sadako. With time fast running out, they turn to their university lecturer who specializes in urban legends. Meanwhile, a high-school student finds herself the target of Kayako after wandering into her domain. As the pair of victims are united in their plea for help, there remains only one solution: to pit spirit against spirit in order to rid the world of the evil of Sadako and Kayako for once and all.

Reminiscent of Scream in its unerring love for its nations horror history, Sadako Vs Kayako shows how what could be a one-note joke can turn rich, layered and riotously funny. Playing on the expectations of the audience with lead characters that are as aware as possible, the film ratchets up the tension in the first half, creating a real sense of creeping dread. However, with the introduction of the psychic Yuki and the exorcism sequences, Sadako Vs Kayako goes into overdrive, with showdown following showdown bringing wall-to-wall, eye-popping action to the screen.

An uproarious, brilliant journey, Sadako Vs Kayako is the kind of midnight movie that leaves the audience with a smile on their face. An unmissable chance to see the most violent match of the decade!

Evrim Ersoy

Special Thanks to Shudder

Director: Koji Shiraishi
Country: Japan
Runtime: 98 minutes
Year: 2016

“A love letter to J-horror…the curse of mediocrity has been broken: Sadako vs. Kayako is excellent.Bloody Disgusting

The Autopsy of Jane Doe

 FREE Screening / No Advance Tickets: Tickets available from Egyptian Theatre box office day of show starting at 6pm. Please note this film will be playing in the large screening room.

West Coast Premiere

Father-and-son coroners (Brian Cox & Emile Hirsch) unravel a horrific mystery wrapped in a terrifying riddle when the body of a murdered young woman arrives for a late-night examination.

At the scene of a grisly familial massacre, a small-town Virginia police crew realizes its seemingly open and shut case is anything but when the nude corpse of a mysterious woman is unearthed in the basement.

Seasoned coroner Tommy Tilden (Cox) and his adult son Austen (Hirsch) are about to call it a night at their family-owned morgue/crematorium when the Sheriff arrives with the Jane Doe in tow. In need of urgent answers by dawn, the Sheriff persuades the senior Tilden to drop everything and dig in to the mystery at hand. Compelled to assist, junior Tilden subsequently drops a date with his girlfriend, embarking on a late-night odyssey rife with medical and supernatural mystery with dad.

Layer by layer, their forensic examination reveals evidence of inhuman internal injury, belying Jane Doe’s eerily serene, undamaged exterior. Vicious scarring, burns, and dismemberment abound in the corpse’s viscera, raising endless questions and alarm as the duo cuts through flesh, bone, and a sinister case of the heebie-jeebies.

While a violent tempest rages outside, a metaphysical one quietly forms around them and this curious cadaver; the closer they get to the truth of her mortality, the closer they find themselves faced with their own.

Norwegian director André Øvredal (Troll Hunter) makes his highly anticipated English-language debut with a uniquely terrifying, enigmatic tale that will force deep pondering of the phrase “the ties that bind.” A not-to-be-missed chiller that cuts to the bone.

Nicole McControversy

Screening Made Possible with the Support of IFC Films

Guests: Co-producer Eric Garcia 

Director: André Øvredal
Country: United Kingdom
Runtime: 99 minutes
Year: 2016