Beyond Fest announces world premieres and a salute to David Lynch

Touted as the highest attended genre film festival in America, Beyond Fest has just released the roster for their 2020 event.

Beyond Fest will be presenting its film screenings at the Mission Tiki Drive-In in Montclair, California, which co-founder Christian Parkes describes as giving COVID-19 “a resilient middle finger.” It’s their way of expressing belief that movies are best seen on the big screen.

The event will open on October 2 with a double feature, which will include the world premiere of The Wolf of Snow Hollow and The ‘Burbs, a Joe Dante film from 1989. The ‘Burbs has developed a bit of a cult following over the years, so many fans will likely be chomping at the bit to see it on a movie screen.

This year’s festival will end with another double feature: the world premiere of Blumhouse’s highly anticipated body-swap horror film Freaky alongside the bloody, hilarious Tucker & Dale VS Evil. Other featured films include double features of Synchronic and Bad Hair (October 5), Archenemy and Psycho Goreman (October 7), Saint Maud and Misery (October 4) and The Dark and the Wicked and The Reckoning (October 6).

On October 3, surrealist director David Lynch will be saluted with a triple feature of Lost Highway, Mullholland Drive and Blue Velvet. That’s a ticket I would love to have!

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MONTCLAIR, CALIFORNIA – Mark Isham and Dean Parisot (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images for Orion Pictures)

As if all of these genre films aren’t enough, there will be a pre-festival West Coast premiere screening of Brandon Cronenberg’s Possessor Uncut, alongside John Frakenheimer’s Seconds. This kick-off event is scheduled for Thursday, September 24.

Mission Tiki is an iconic drive-in theatre, which originally opened with a single screen in 1956. It expanded to four screens in 1975, and received a full, lavish refurbishment in 2006. As so many drive-in theaters used to do, Mission Tiki hosts a Swap Meet on the weekends.

Recently, film goers attending a screening of Bill and Ted Face the Music were surprised by a visit from Alex Winters, one of the stars of the movie.

For tickets and more information regarding Beyond Fest, visit the website.

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