MY FRIEND DAHMER
Oct
9
9:45 PM21:45

MY FRIEND DAHMER

At Beyond Fest...

Filled with pathos and melancholy, MY FRIEND DAHMER is a year spent in the company of Jeffrey Dahmer, a high-school loner who would go on to become one of the most nefarious serial killers in the annals of crime.

This is the story of a lonely boy named Jeffrey whose parents are divorcing, whose dad forces him to change his hobbies in order to avoid the pitfalls he fell into, whose friends only hang out with him to force him to do dares and who is full of conflicting emotions, desires and feelings that he is unable to communicate.

Featuring an incredible, mesmerising and heart-breaking performance by Ross Lynch, MY FRIEND DAHMER is an incredible adaptation of the comic book of the same name. Rather than trying to focus on Dahmer’s violent crimes, the film tries to dig deeper under the skin of the man who would become one of America’s worst boogeymen.

By looking at a character for whom a lot could have been different, MY FRIEND DAHMER reminds us that monsters are not born but shaped through endless encounters with the world around them. The rest of the cast gamely match up to Lynch’s performance including a brilliant Anne Heche as Dahmer’s equally lost-in-the-world mother.

Using serial killer film tropes but turning them on their head to get an increasing sense of sad inevitability, MY FRIEND DAHMER is elegant character study at its best. Capturing a sense of small town America that resonates with every frame, the film ambles through the heartbreaking story of a boy who ended up becoming a vicious violent murderer while never resorting to cheap answers or pop psychology.

By holding up a mirror to society at large, MY FRIEND DAHMER asks difficult questions of us all and perhaps makes us give some answers that cause discomfort by suggesting the truths we’d rather avoid. (Evrim Ersoy)

Director: Marc Meyers
Country: United States
Runtime: 107 minutes
Format: DCP
Year: 2017

Free Screening in the Shudder Theatre @Egyptian

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CAR CHASES, COLLISIONS & CONVERSATION: AN EVENING WITH EDGAR WRIGHT & WALTER HILL
Oct
8
7:00 PM19:00

CAR CHASES, COLLISIONS & CONVERSATION: AN EVENING WITH EDGAR WRIGHT & WALTER HILL

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Filmmaker Edgar Wright brings his hit summer film BABY DRIVER to Beyond Fest for the ultimate double bill, enlisting the help of legendary filmmaker Walter Hill and his seminal car-noir, THE DRIVER.

It’s no secret that Wright’s film draws inspiration from Hill’s previous work going so far as to say that his film “couldn’t even exist without The Driver.”

In honor of the 4K Ultra HD™/Blu-ray release of BABY DRIVER (available 10.10), the two directors will sit between features for a moderated dialog bridging 40 years of filmmaking and vehicular obsession. Both films will be presented in 35mm exclusively at this very special event.

 

BABY DRIVER

The breakout hit of the year, Edgar Wright’s BABY DRIVER is the heist film we’ve long dreamed of.

Effortlessly paying homage to its revered predecessors while magnificently catapulting the genre forward, BABY DRIVER is a true stick of cinematic dynamite, unlike anything we’ve seen before.

BABY DRIVER tells the story of the best getaway driver in the business, the always cool, music encyclopedia, Baby. After being coerced into working for a notorious crime boss Baby is partnered with a rogue’s gallery of professional criminals as they embark on a doomed heist.

In order to survive, Baby must draw on every driving skill at his disposal – and his ever-present iPod.

With a cast to die for, BABY DRIVER is a technical marvel that is crisply shot & masterfully edited, it also contains one of the greatest soundtracks committed to film.

The result is a pulsating revelation and a reminder how brilliant cinema can be when it’s so effortlessly executed – BABY DRIVER is an exhilarating joyride from start to finish.

 

THE DRIVER

Criminally underrated and overlooked upon its initial release Walter Hill’s auto-noir, THE DRIVER, has justifiably built a cult following over the past decade from filmmakers, cinephiles and academics alike.

Created in homage to Jean-Pierre Melville and Euro crime cinema, Hill pits existential getaway driver Ryan O’Neal against pit-bull detective Bruce Dern for a cat-and-mouse pursuit across the wasted underbelly of ’70s Los Angeles.

THE DRIVER is lean, mean and underpinned by a masterful cast that delivers sardonic wit and bitter brilliance on par with the very best film noir. Making her Hollywood debut, Isabelle Adjani has never been cooler in this twilight world where names are eschewed for actions. Where Hill most notably deviates from his peers and predecessors are the truly electric chase sequences.

Breathless even by today’s standards, Hill repeatedly throws the viewer against his bumpers as he perilously races across LA’s unforgiving asphalt – an astonishing accomplishment considering the now-antiquated state of cars in 1978.

An influence on almost every heist film that followed, THE DRIVER represents a highlight of Hill’s stellar career and a stone cold, tough-as-nails masterpiece.

Archival print courtesy of 20th Century Fox Archive. (Christian Parkes / Evrim Ersoy)

BABY DRIVER (7:00 PM)
Director: Edgar Wright
Country: United States
Runtime: 102 minutes
Format: 35mm
Year: 2017

THE DRIVER (9:45 PM)
Director: Walter Hill
Country: United States
Runtime: 90 minutes
Format: 35mm archival print
Year: 1978

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ALL-NIGHT HORROR SHOW
Oct
7
7:30 PM19:30

ALL-NIGHT HORROR SHOW

At The New Beverly Cinema...

Join us for a New Beverly tradition, our annual “All–Night Horror Show” featuring six rare feature films along with an incredible assortment of trailers, cartoons and shorts for a 12-hour marathon of the most mindblowing horror ever released on film! All titles will remain secret until they unspool on screen to surprise, shock and amaze the audience.

Spooky concessions! Bone-chilling surprises!

Will you make it until the end when the survivors exit into the daylight?

Special giveaways for the fright fiends brave enough to make it through the ENTIRE NIGHT!

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TRIPLE THREAT: A NIGHT WITH JACKIE CHAN W/JACKIE IN PERSON
Oct
6
7:00 PM19:00

TRIPLE THREAT: A NIGHT WITH JACKIE CHAN W/JACKIE IN PERSON

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Beyond Fest, STXfilms and SR Media are proud to announce Triple Threat: A Night with Jackie Chan on Friday, October 6th at the Egyptian Theatre.

In honor of Jackie Chan’s epic return to the big screen on Friday, October 13th in STXfilms’ THE FOREIGNER, Beyond Fest have partnered with STXfilms, a division of STX Entertainment, and SR Media, to present a very special triple bill featuring an uber-rare, in-person Q&A with the legend himself, the Cannonball, Jackie Chan.

Triple Threat: A Night with Jackie Chanconsists of three films personally selected by Jackie Chan and opens with the rarely screened opulence of MIRACLES – MR. CANTON AND THE LADY ROSE. Immediately following MIRACLES, Jackie will join us for a moderated Q&A that will then be followed by
35mm screenings of POLICE STORY 3: SUPERCOP and POLICE STORY.

Doors will open at 6 PM with MIRACLES beginning at 7 PM.

MIRACLES – MR. CANTON AND LADY ROSE (QI JI)

Jackie Chan assumes triple duty as director, star and stunt coordinator in his exhilarating take on Frank Capra’s POCKETFUL OF MIRACLES. Set in 1930s
Hong Kong, Chan plays “Charlie” (Kuo Chen Wah), a country boy who credits the lucky roses he buys from Madame Kao (Gua Ah-leh) for his ascension as he
rises through the ranks to become a powerful gang boss. Winner of Best Action Choreography at the Hong Kong Film Awards, MIRACLES is often cited by Chan
as one of his most personal and favorite directorial features. Complete an all-star cast of Hong Kong movie veterans, lavish sets, and stunning cinematography, MIRACLES is a visual feast in every sense.

POLICE STORY 3: SUPERCOP (GING CHAAT GOO SI 3: CHIU KUP GING CHAAT)

The third installment of the wildly popular Hong Kong franchise pairs supercop “Kevin” Chan Ka-Kui (Jackie Chan) with Interpol inspector Jessica Yang (Michelle Yeoh from (CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON) as they aim take down a ruthless drug lord, Khun Chiabat (Kenneth Tsang). Quentin Tarantino called POLICE STORY 3’s action set pieces the “greatest stunts ever filmed in any movie ever,” and filming them wasn’t without risk as Chan dislocated his cheekbone during shooting. English dubbed version.

POLICE STORY (GING CHAAT GOO SI)

Following the disappointing reception of THE PROTECTOR in the US, Chan went back to Hong Kong and began working on what would be both a seminal
moment in action cinema and the start of wildly successful franchise Acknowledged by Jackie Chan as his best action film, POLICE STORY introduced the world to Chan on a whole new level as police Inspector “Kevin” / Chan Ka-Kui, a relentless cop intent on smashing Chu Tao (Chor Yuen) crime syndicate at any cost. With Brigitte Lin and Maggie Cheung rounding out a stellar cast, POLICE STORY reigns supreme as a watershed moment in global action cinema and instantly cemented Chan’s place as a legend.

Discussion after the first feature with star Jackie Chan. No vouchers.

MIRACLES
Director: Jackie Chan
Country: Hong Kong
Runtime: 139 minutes
Year: 1989     

POLICE STORY
Director: Jackie Chan, Chi-Hwa Chen
Country: Hong Kong
Runtime: 101 minutes
Year: 1985  

POLICE STORY 3: SUPERCOP
Director: Stanley Tong
Country: Hong Kong
Runtime: 91 minutes
Year: 1993   

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PREDATOR & THE RUNNING MAN W/ARNOLD IN PERSON (30th Anniversary)
Oct
5
7:30 PM19:30

PREDATOR & THE RUNNING MAN W/ARNOLD IN PERSON (30th Anniversary)

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PREDATOR

“If it bleeds…we can kill it.”

Mr. Olympia-turned-actor Arnold Schwarzenegger had already made cinematic splashes with John Milius’ “Conan the Barbarian” and James Cameron’s “The Terminator.” but 1987’s “Predator” would solidify The Austrian Oak’s leading man status. 
As Special Forces commando Dutch Schaeffer, Arnold leads one of cinema’s all time most macho casts (Carl Weathers, Jesse Ventura, Bill Duke, Sonny Landham along with comic relief Shane Black) into the jungles of Val Verde on a rescue mission that turns into a battle for survival as they’re picked off one at a time by a mysterious, otherworldly hunter.

Allegedly the brainchild of a joke about Sylvester Stallone fighting everyone but E.T. in the Rocky films, screenwriting brothers Jim and John Thomas crafted a half-throwback 50’s alien invasion film meets full-on 80’s testosterone fest with glistening muscles, guns, explosions and primal battle all under the classy eye of director John McTiernan.

Filming in the jungles of Mexico proved difficult for cast and crew as they braced heat, bugs, mud, food poisoning and a creature (played by an unknown Jean-Claude Van Damme) that was as uncooperative as it was visually underwhelming. Creature f/x wizard Stan Winston and team jumped in last minute to create the iconic space warrior with mandibles featured in the finished film and multiple sequels, spinoffs, comic-books and video games.

Celebrating its 30th anniversary, “Predator” remains a true classic with its practical and exciting action, tense pacing, Alan Silvestri’s classic score, top notch cast, one liners and a handful of NSFW jokes. Archival print courtesy of 20th Century Fox Archive. (Duvien Ho)

Special Thanks to 20th Century Fox Archive

Director: John McTiernan
Country: United States
Runtime: 107 minutes
Format: 35mm
Year: 1987

Arnold Schwarzenegger in Person

Double Feature with THE RUNNING MAN

 

THE RUNNING MAN

“I’m not into politics, I’m into survival.”

Hot off the summer smash success of “Predator,” Arnold Schwarzenegger ended 1987 with “The Running Man,” a futuristic thriller based on Stephen King’s novel.

Set in a future of martial law and a government that dictates what to watch and read, the hottest thing going is The Running Man, a game show where convicts are hunted down by well-armed, modern day gladiators.

Arnie is Ben Richards, a former police officer framed for mass murder during a food riot. Working with the underground resistance, he escapes and tries to go back to normal life, but is soon captured along with spunky civilian Amber Mendez (Maria Conchita Alonso) and they’re both thrown into the barbaric reality show.

Working loosely off of King’s novel, “48 Hours” and “Commando” screenwriter Steven E. de Souza ups the black humor to match the outlandish action of the 2017-set tale.

TV’s Paul Michael Glaser replaced Andrew Davis early in production after budget and schedule concerns but managed to create an entertaining and funny film ahead of its time.

Turning 30, “The Running Man” has experienced a bit of a resurgence in recent years due to phenomenon “The Hunger Games” bearing many similarities, along with our current political state and rise of media influenced narratives, for better or worse. (Duvien Ho)

Director: Paul Michael Glaser
Country: United States
Runtime: 101 minutes
Format: 35mm
Year: 1987

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REVENGE (West Coast Premiere)
Oct
4
9:45 PM21:45

REVENGE (West Coast Premiere)

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The setup is familiar – Jennifer is on a weekend getaway with her lover at an incredible summer house right on the edge of the desert. He is married & rich, she is beautiful, alluring and fun.

Just as they settle into the house, his friends turn up unexpectedly. They’re rich men too, taking a weekend out at the house they share to enjoy some hunting. At first everything is wonderful: the group eat, drink & be merry. However it’s not long before the men turn on Jennifer: they have…expectations. When she doesn’t satisfactorily meet them, they simply kill her.

But this is not that movie.

This is the story of Jennifer, the smart and vicious woman who will survive, no matter the odds. This is the story of men whose masculinity pushes them to seek revenge on a woman who will not play their games. There will be blood, oh yes, but it will not be Jennifer’s.

Flipping the entire trope of the ‘rape-revenge’ movie on its head, Coralie Fargeat’s subversive feature debut is everything the genre needs: a re-invention not only of the setting, the characters & the language, but also a condemnation of the tropes we have all tolerated up to this point.

Blessed with eye-popping visuals that owe more than a debt to 70’s cinema and a killer soundtracks, “Revenge” is a thrill ride that builds to a climax so incredibly over-the-top that you will be helplessly screaming straight down through the denouement!

Don’t miss this white-knuckled brutality ride at Beyond Fest under any circumstances! (Evrim Ersoy)

Director: Coralie Fargeat
Country: France
Runtime: 108 minutes
Format: DCP
Year: 2017

Free Screening in the Shudder Theatre @Egyptian

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SLEEPAWAY CAMP
Feb
25
11:58 PM23:58

SLEEPAWAY CAMP

At The New Beverly Cinema... 

From the golden era of the slasher comes a summer camp stab-a-thon stacked with creatively gruesome kills, deliciously devilish dialogue and an eye-bulging collection of short shorts, half shirts and feathered hair. Following a childhood trauma, shy Angela Baker is shipped off to camp to get a new lease on life. But when her introverted demeanor invites ridicule, her fellow campers begin to die one by one in a violent trail of terror leading to the most jaw-dropping, mind-shattering finale in the grand history of shock cinema.

“The slasher era’s most bizarre and wondrous footnote… There’s an animating intelligence to Sleepaway Camp, too, or at least the brio to push the slasher subgenre into unexpected, outrageous new territory. There are great films and then there are magical films, glorious oddities that pop up sui generis out of nowhere. Sleepaway Camp falls squarely into the latter category.” – Scott Tobias, The Dissolve

DIRECTOR: Robert Hiltzik

STARRING: Felissa Rose, Jonathan Tiersten, Karen Fields, Christopher Collet

YEAR: 1983

RATED: R

COUNTRY: USA

FORMAT: 35mm

RUNNING TIME: 84 minutes

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Eraserhead / Raising Arizona
Feb
18
7:30 PM19:30

Eraserhead / Raising Arizona

At The Egyptian Theater...

ERASERHEAD! 35 mm! 40th Anniversary!

Filmmaker and artist David Lynch burst on the scene in the late ’70s with this disturbing avant-garde masterpiece. Put-upon Everyman Henry (Jack Nance) – he with the Brillo hairdo – shambles resignedly through a dark, industrial urban landscape. When he joins Mary X (Charlotte Stewart) in a nightmare parody of working-class connubial bliss, and she subsequently gives birth to their mutant calf child, we realize there is no return ticket from this descent down the rabbit hole. “May be the greatest debut by an American director after CITIZEN KANE.” - Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid; “Nerds in space. Mutant babies. Domestic derangement. Radiator ladies. Inexplicable seizures. Enigmatic orifices. Weird routines. The hardcore bizarre and ineffably beautiful. … Awesome. … One must also hear it … the soundscape of ERASERHEAD opened a vast new dimension.” - Nathan Lee, The Village Voice. 

1977, Janus Films, 89 min, USA, Dir: David Lynch

RAISING ARIZONA! 30th Anniversary!

This staggeringly hilarious chronicle of the romance between inept bad boy Nicolas Cage and straight-arrow cop Holly Hunter was an unexpected follow up to the Coen brothers’ chilling BLOOD SIMPLE. The kidnap scheme that follows when the loving couple learn they can’t conceive kids is guaranteed to provoke more laughs per minute than any American comedy since the heyday of 1930s screwball cinema. With John Goodman and William Forsythe.

1987, 20th Century Fox, 94 min, USA, Dir: Joel Coen

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A Cure For Wellness
Feb
16
7:30 PM19:30

A Cure For Wellness

At The Aero Theater...

In this psychological thriller from director Gore Verbinski (THE RING), the ambitious Mr. Lockhart (Dane DeHaan) is dispatched to a "wellness center" in the Swiss Alps to retrieve his company's CEO, only to discover that the spa's miraculous treatments are not what they seem. As he begins to unravel the center’s terrifying secrets, Lockhart’s sanity is tested when he is diagnosed with the same strange illness that holds all the other guests in thrall. Costarring Jason Isaacs and Mia Goth.

*****Discussion following with director Gore Verbinski. This program is free with RSVP to Members, who will receive an invitation.*****

2017, 20th Century Fox, 146 min, Dir: Gore Verbinski

 

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Dario Argento All-Nighter
Jan
13
to Jan 14

Dario Argento All-Nighter

At The New Beverly Cinema...

Terror goes mondo Italiano on Friday the 13th with a full night dedicated to the dark visions, kaleidoscopic nightmares and gloved killers of macabre maestro Dario Argento. Thrill to a diabolical collection of beautifully staged murders, neon-hued dreamscapes, crimson-soaked mysteries and jaw-dropping finales, all backed by a relentless, pulse-pounding beat. The lineup will remain top secret until the films unspool on screen during our descent into the singular mind of a true horror master.

DIRECTOR: Dario Argento

COUNTRY: Italy

FORMAT: 35mm & 16mm

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Reefer Madness
Jan
7
to Jan 8

Reefer Madness

At The New Beverly Cinema...

The best known of all “drug scare” films, Reefer Madness was originally financed by a church group as a cautionary morality tale titled Tell Your Children. Soon after the initial release it was acquired by notorious B-movie producer Dwain Esper and retitled for the exploitation market, and then revived again in the early 1970s when its ridiculously over-the-top depictions of the dangers of marijuana use made it a cult hit on the midnight movie and college circuit.

DIRECTOR: Louis J. Gasnier

STARRING: Dorothy Short, Kenneth Craig, Lillian Miles, Dave O'Brien, Thelma White

YEAR: 1936

COUNTRY: USA

FORMAT: 35mm

RUNNING TIME: 64 minutes

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Beyond The Door & Snow Beast
Jan
3
7:30 PM19:30

Beyond The Door & Snow Beast

At The New Beverly Cinema...

BEYOND THE DOOR

Following William Friedkin’s The Exorcist there was a surfeit of demonic possession knock-offs flooding local cinemas, some from the USA but most from Europe. Italy unleashed dozens, highlighted by director Ovidio (The Visitor) Assonitis’ Beyond the Door. Juliet Mills (Hayley’s sister), a young housewife living with her husband (Gabriele Lavia) in San Francisco, is possessed by the devil and impregnated with what may be Satan’s son. A mysterious, bearded Richard Johnson (The Haunting) shows up from Juliet’s past to help deal with the nefarious goings-on. Surely he will get to the bottom of things… or will he? The film did boffo box office.

“In the later stages… when Jessica begins to turn green and talk like the Big Bopper, the movie’s just conventionally disgusting. We get green vomit, brown vomit, blood, levitations and other manifestations of the devil… It’s all trash, but it’s scary trash.” – Roger Ebert

DIRECTOR: Ovidio G. Assonitis

STARRING: Juliet Mills, Richard Johnson, Elizabeth Turner, David Colin Jr.

YEAR: 1974

RATED: R

COUNTRY: Italy/USA

FORMAT: 35mm

RUNNING TIME: 99 minutes

SNOW BEAST (BO SVENSON IN PERSON!!!)

Owners of a Colorado ski resort attempt to minimize the impact when several skiers go missing. Sheriff Paraday (Clint Walker) has an uneasy feeling. When a bitterly disillusioned former gold medalist skier (Bo Svenson, Walking Tall 2) and his fed-up TV reporter wife (Yvette Mimieux) arrive, the crisis really escalates, especially when the town’s Winter Carnival is attacked by the hungry snowman. Something’s got to be done about this Snowbeast! Writer Joseph Stefano (Psycho, the original “Outer Limits”) does what he can with a familiar premise in this Jaws-on-the-ski-slopes programmer.

“This particular Bigfooted one is quite perturbed, wrenching faces, eating people, and taking names.” – Bleeding Skull!

DIRECTOR: Herb Wallerstein

STARRING: Bo Svenson, Yvette Mimieux, Robert Logan, Clint Walker, Sylvia Sidney

YEAR: 1977

COUNTRY: USA

FORMAT: 16mm

RUNNING TIME: 89 minutes

 

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New Year's Evil (1980)
Dec
31
12:59 PM12:59

New Year's Evil (1980)

AT THE NEW BEVERLY CINEMA...

Ring in the New Year with Cannon Films’ sleazy slasher classic! As a new wave tv special rocks the airwaves, a deranged maniac makes obscene phone calls to the disc jockey host, threatening a murder as the clock hits twelve in each time zone. As the body count rises in this deliriously entertaining holiday bloodbath, our punk rock heroine may be next on the killer’s grisly midnight hit list.

 

DIRECTOR

Emmett Alston

STARRING

Roz Kelly, Kip Niven, Chris Wallace, Grant Cramer

YEAR

1980

RATED

R

COUNTRY

USA

FORMAT

35mm

RUNNING TIME

85 minutes

 

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