'Bad Times at El Royale,' 'Halloween,' 'Widows' to Screen at Beyond Fest

The festival runs Sept. 26 to Oct. 9.
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Drew Goddard’s Bad Times at El Royale, David Gordon Green’s Halloween and Gaspar Noe’s Climax are among the major offerings at this year’s Beyond Fest, one of the bigger genre film festivals in the country.

Climax, which stars Sofia Boutella, will open the festival Sept. 26, while crime thriller Dragged Across Concrete, directed by S. Craig Zahler and starring Vince Vaughn, will close the festival Oct. 9.

In between, Beyond Fest’s base at Hollywood’s Egyptian Theatre will offer West Coast premieres, retrospectives, double and triple bills and special guests galore.

Halloween Day will not only feature Green’s Halloween sequel but a screening of the original as well as horror flick Black Christmas, flash tattoo parlor, Mondo/Death Waltz pop-up featuring exclusive products, and a live, in-theater recording of the Shock Waves podcast featuring original Michael Myers, aka "The Shape," Nick Castle.

The cast and crew of 1987’s Monster Squad will reunite for a screening followed by a screening of documentary Wolfman’s Got Nards. Sam Jones and Melody Anderson will reunite for a 35mm screening of 1980’s Flash Gordon and documentary Life After Flash.

Among other titles playing are Steve McQueen’s Widows, martial arts movie Shadow, Lords of Chaos, An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn, and the premiere of Best F(r)iends: Volume 2, the new movie from Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero, who made cult classic The Room.

Luca Guadagnino’s remake of Suspiria will also be screened, albeit out of the official Beyond Fest program. The Amazon Studio release will screen twice for free Oct. 22 at the Cinerama Dome.

The lineup joins the previously announced David Cronenberg tribute screenings.