Beyond Fest 2020 Drops Its Drive-In Schedule and Gives COVID-19 a ‘Resilient Middle Finger’

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Times have changed considerably in the wake of the pandemic. Theaters have been in limbo while the Drive-In cinema has regained its crown. Many festivals have opted to shift their scheduled programming from cities and theatrical screenings to virtual screenings online. While everyone and every venue has adjusted to these strange days in their own way, Los Angeles’ genre festival Beyond Fest has decided to keep the theatrical experience alive by bringing Beyond Fest to the drive-in this year!

After a successful Summer of sold out double features curated by Beyond Fest and the American Cinematheque at the Mission Tiki Drive-In Theater in Montclair, California, the organization decided to keep the cinemadness rolling with the annual celebration of all things genre.

 

From the press release:

“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.”

“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.”

Despite the ways the pandemic has caused chaos and uncertainty in the film and theater industries, Beyond Fest has gone above and beyond establishing a mind blowing slate of premieres, double features, triple features, retrospectives, and more for their latest event. Everything from Brandon Cronenberg’s Possessor, to a David Lynch marathon, to the Blumhouse horror comedy Freaky and beyond! The full slate and schedule is listed below for September and October. Tickets are now on-sale now and available through BeyondFest.com via EventBrite.

 

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BEYOND FEST 2020 PROGRAM

 

9.24 SPECIAL EVENT

POSSESSOR UNCUT

West Coast Premiere

Director: Brandon Cronenberg

Country: USA

Runtime: 103 minutes

Year: 2020

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SECONDS

Repertory Screening

Director: John Frankenheimer

Country: USA

Runtime: 106 minutes

Year: 1966

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10.2

THE WOLF OF SNOW HOLLOW

World Premiere

Director: Jim Cummings

Country: USA

Runtime: 83 minutes

Year: 2020

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THE BURBS

Repertory Screening

Director: Joe Dante

Country: USA

Runtime: 103 minutes

Year: 1989

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10.3

BLUE VELVET

Repertory Screening

Director: David Lynch

Country: USA

Runtime: 120 minutes

Year: 1986

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MULHOLLAND DRIVE

Repertory Screening

Director: David Lynch

Country: France, USA

Runtime: 147 minutes

Year: 2001

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LOST HIGHWAY

Repertory Screening

Director: David Lynch

Country:France, USA

Runtime: 134 minutes

Year: 1997

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10.4

SAINT MAUD

West Coast Premiere

Director: Rose Glass

Country: UK

Runtime: 84 minutes

Year: 2019

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MISERY

Repertory Screening

Director: Rob Reiner

Country: USA

Runtime: 107 minutes

Year: 1990

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10.5

SYNCHRONIC

West Coast Premiere

Directors: Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson

Country: USA

Runtime: 96 minutes

Year: 2019

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BAD HAIR

West Coast Premiere

Director: Justin Simien

Country: USA

Runtime: 115 minutes

Year: 2020

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10.6

THE DARK AND THE WICKED

US Premiere

Director: Bryan Bertino

Country: USA

Runtime: 95 minutes

Year: 2020

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THE RECKONING

US Premiere

Director: Neil Marshall

Country: UK

Runtime: 110 minutes

Year: 2020

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10.7

ARCHENEMY

World Premiere

Director: Adam Egypt Mortimer

Country: USA

Runtime: 90 minutes

Year: 2020

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PSYCHO GOREMAN

International Premiere

Director: Steven Kostanski

Country: Canada

Runtime: 92 minutes

Year: 2020

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10.8

FREAKY

World Premiere – Free screening

Director: Christopher Landon

Country: USA

Runtime: 101 minutes

Year: 2020

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TUCKER & DALE vs EVIL

Repertory Screening

Director: Eli Craig

Country: Canada

Runtime: 89 minutes

Year: 2010

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Jacob Davison is Los Angeles based horror writer, Eye On Horror co-host, and lover of all things genre. He collects nearly as many movies as he has watched.