Hey folks,
Even though I don’t normally put out Press Releases, I wanted to get the word out to folks about this year’s awesome Beyond Fest which will be socially distancing itself at the drive-in! The slate is always good at the Beyond Fest, but this year is a rock solid doozy! Here’s the information below, straight from the horse’s mouth!
Beyond Fest, the highest-attended genre film festival in the US, is excited to announce its complete slate of 2020 programming comprising of seven nights of double-bill features including three world premieres, one North American Premiere, and two US premieres of unadulterated cinematic excess. Following a sold-out Summer residence with the American Cinematheque at the Mission Tiki Drive-In, Beyond Fest returns to the socially-distanced safety of the drive-in Friday, October 2nd – Thursday, October 8th to generate funds for the 501c3 non-profit film institution.

With a diverse slate celebrating all corners of genre cinema, Beyond Fest is proud to open with a double-barreled-double-bill curated by director Jim Cummings including the World Premiere of his electric werewolf tale, THE WOLF OF SNOW HOLLOW, paired with Joe Dante’s classic, THE BURBS. Closing night honors are bestowed upon Blumhouse and Beyond Fest alumni Christopher Landon for the World Premiere of their gloriously outrageous body-swap-slasher FREAKY, billed with a special rep screening of TUCKER & DALE VS. EVIL selected by the director himself.

Festival alumni are celebrated as agitator-extraordinaire Adam Egypt Mortimer returns to conquer Beyond Fest with the World Premiere of his newest Spectrevision mindmelt, ARCHENEMY, Steven Kostanski blasts his OTT midnight vibes with the North American Premiere of PSYCHO GOREMAN, and Bryan Bertino brings the terror, unleashing THE DARK AND THE WICKED for its US theatrical bow.

“We covet the theatrical experience above all and following the overwhelming success of our drive-in program we never hesitated in keeping Beyond Fest a physical experience” said Beyond Fest Co-Founder, Christian Parkes. “We specifically wanted to give COVID-19 a resilient middle finger and provide a safe, communal respite for filmmakers and film fans to celebrate the best genre cinema on the biggest screens possible.”

Other hotly anticipated titles making their West Coast debuts include Rose Glass’ stunning first feature SAINT MAUD, alongside her selection of Rob Reiner’s MISERY, Moorhead and Benson’s latest genre-melting, time-bending, head trip SYNCHRONIC, Justin Simien’s satirical Sundance stunner BAD HAIR, and the US Premiere of medieval-gothic-horror, THE RECKONING, from longtime agent provocateur, Neil Marshall.

A timely dissolution of the American Dream is given center stage as the Maestro David Lynch is saluted with a triple bill consisting of three of his finest features: BLUE VELVET, LOST HIGHWAY, and MULHOLLAND DRIVE.

“In a year that has seen the world turn upside-down, it’s good to see some things never change” Head Programmer Evrim Ersoy added. “Beyond Fest stands tall with an eclectic slate of programming that will challenge audiences and transform the drive-in experience into something never before done.”

Finally, Beyond Fest celebrates Brandon Cronenberg with a special pre-festival event featuring the West Coast Premiere of his stunning body-horror, POSSESSOR UNCUT, paired with John Frakenheimer’s sci-fi classic SECONDS as picked by Brandon himself. This special warm-up event is scheduled the week before the festival opens on Thursday September 24th, 2020.

See below for the full lineup of newly announced feature film titles for Beyond Fest 2020. Tickets will be on sale via Eventbrite on September 18th at 9 AM PST. Visit BeyondFest.com and the American Cinematheque for details.

And here’s the official line-up!

BEYOND FEST 2020 PROGRAM
9.24
SPECIAL EVENT – POSSESSOR UNCUT
West Coast Premiere
Director: Brandon Cronenberg
Country: USA
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SECONDS
Repertory Screening
Director: John Frankenheimer
Country: USA
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10.2
THE WOLF OF SNOW HOLLOW
World Premiere
Director: Jim Cummings
Country: USA
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THE BURBS
Repertory Screening
Director: Joe Dante
Country: USA
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10.3
BLUE VELVET
Repertory Screening
Director: David Lynch
Country: USA
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MULHOLLAND DRIVE
Repertory Screening
Director: David Lynch
Country: France, USA
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LOST HIGHWAY
Repertory Screening
Director: David Lynch
Country:France, USA
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10.4
SAINT MAUD
West Coast Premiere
Director: Rose Glass
Country: UK
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MISERY
Repertory Screening
Director: Rob Reiner
Country: USA
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10.5
SYNCHRONIC
West Coast Premiere
Directors: Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson
Country: USA
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BAD HAIR
West Coast Premiere
Director: Justin Simien
Country: USA
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10.6
THE DARK AND THE WICKED
US Premiere
Director: Bryan Bertino
Country: USA
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THE RECKONING
US Premiere
Director: Neil Marshall
Country: UK
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10.7
ARCHENEMY
World Premiere
Director: Adam Egypt Mortimer
Country: USA
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PSYCHO GOREMAN
International Premiere
Director: Steven Kostanski
Country: Canada
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10.8
FREAKY
World Premiere – Free screening
Director: Christopher Landon
Country: USA
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TUCKER & DALE vs EVIL
Repertory Screening
Director: Eli Craig
Country: Canada

Again, you can pick up tickets to Beyond Fest at BeyondFest.com and the American Cinematheque. I hope to be covering quite a few of these films here at MLMillerFrights, so stay tuned if you can’t make it to the event!