These Awesome Horror Movie Death Montages Will Get You in the Halloween Spirit

I love clip reels. If you get the right editor and he or she combines it with the right rhythm and music, you have something highly entertaining, and possibly supremely gory (depending on the subject matter), on your hands.

That said, I wanted to bring your attention to a handful of awesome clip reels that were edited by James Branscome for Beyond Fest, which took place last month in Los Angeles. These themed montages played before select films and they usually brought the house down.

Branscome posted his most recent montage, An Eye for Horror, today. There’s also: Cannibal Chunk Blowers, In a Flash of the Blade, Dummy Drops, and Monster Mash.

Beyond Fest Video Highlights from The Monster Squad Q&A

Fred Dekker, Ashley Bank and Andre Gower came out to the Egyptian Theater for a 35mm screening of The Monster Squad in Hollywood last night. The event was put on by Beyond Fest and presented by The Meltdown With Jonah and Kumail. Below, you’ll find just a few snippets from the post-screening Q&A with Dekker and two of his cast members.

Here, Dekker explains how the Wolf Man make-up was supposed to be based on the visage of FX artist Stan Winston, Bank talks candidly about working with method actor Tom Noon (who plays the Frankenstein monster in the film) and Dekker recounts his dialogue with Universal when he approached them about utilizing the classic monsters. He takes a good jab at them; here’s a transcript of that bit…

Beyond Fest: Video Highlights from the Curtis and Carpenter Halloween Q&A

“I am Halloween,” Jamie Lee Curtis confessed to a packed Egyptian Theater. This was met with a roar of approval from the audience who had gathered last night (October 1st) for a special Halloween 4k screening presented by Beyond Fest.

The actress took part in a pre-screening Q&A – a rare public appearance to talk about the film with director John Carpenter and, needless to say, it was quite a treat for fans.

Carpenter was his usual honest, candid self and Curtis quickly warmed up to the crowd, got a little foul-mouthed and provided a lot of fun anecdotes.

L.A.! See Popcorn on 35mm This Saturday With Jill Schoelen in Person!

The Beyond Fest slate just added one more cool event! If you’re in Los Angeles this Saturday, treat yourself to the previously-announced free screening of The Town That Dreaded Sundown, then, stick around for a 35mm presentation of the 1991 horror film Popcorn. Star Jill Schoelen will be in attendance for a Q&A.

This screening is being put on by Secret Sixteen and the Jumpcut Cafe (which houses the monthly Dead Right Horror Trivia Night event I co-host with Fangoria’s Rebekah McKendry). You can get your tickets here.

Beyond Fest Review: Alexandre Aja Adapts Joe Hill’s Horns

Ignatius Perrish loved Merrin Williams from the moment the light of her cross necklace caught his eye from his church pew. They were just kids then, but their love lasted well into their adult years. It seemed that no force could break the bond they shared, until one dreadful night, when Merrin lost her life in the woods to a mysterious foe. Once her fate becomes public knowledge, Ig is instantaneously targeted as the main suspect. His motive as the boyfriend keeps his name in the papers, but the lack of evidence keeps him out of jail. For now. Just when it seems that Ig has been through hell and back, he wakes one morning to find that he has sprouted horns atop his head, and they may be helpful in recovering the truth about Merrin’s death.

Beyond Fest Photo Gallery: Get a Look at Death Waltz’s House of the Devil Vinyl

Death Waltz Records unleashes its The House of the Devil vinyl at Beyond Fest tonight and we were able to snap off a few shots of the package. It’s quite a work of art that would please Satan himself. Keep checking Death Waltz’s site and Twitter account to learn when the leftover stock will be available to everyone else. Tom Hodge provided the cover design. Director Ti West, composer Jeff Grace and others whipped up some liner notes.

Launch GalleryRead
Beyond Fest Review: Gory, Hilarious Giallo Parody ‘The Editor’ is for…

Horror has seen its fair share of parodies, but none have gone so deep and played to such a specific audience as The Editor. A consistently funny film from its blood-soaked opening to its bizarre end, the film is definitely guided by horror fans – in this case Adam Brooks and Matthew Kennedy (two parts of the filmmaking collective known as Astron-6) – and is for horror fans, particularly those who love the vivid, sometimes surreal world, of Italian giallo cinema. Concurrently, The Editor simply a good giallo throwback, hitting all of the right beats where so many have contemporary attempts have failed.

L.A.! Come See The Canal for Free at Beyond Fest TONIGHT!

Beyond Fest is underway here in Los Angeles and I just wanted to throw out a friendly reminder to our area readers that tonight Shock Till You Drop is hosting a free screening of The Canal. This is the film that was picked up under our distribution partnership with The Orchard. It’s hitting select theaters and VOD on October 10th, but this is your chance to check it out free and on the big screen.

It plays before the highly-anticipated Nightcrawler at Beyond Fest. So, if you have tickets for Nightcrawler, come see The Canal beforehand, or, if you missed out on getting tickets for that sold-out screening and still want to drop in on the fest, The Canal is a great option!

Shock’s Shorts Program at Beyond Fest Gets a Schedule!

On the eve of Beyond Fest here in Los Angeles, I’m proud to reveal the schedule for the short films line-up Shock Till You Drop programmed this year. Below, you’ll find the short film title and the feature it has been paired with. Tickets are now on sale for Beyond Fest, which runs September 24th – October 4th at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood. The event features a handful of free screenings – check out the full schedule here. Shock Till You Drop is presenting free screenings of The Canal and The Town That Dreaded Sundown.

Announcing the Shock Till You Drop Short Film Program at Beyond Fest!

This season, Beyond Fest was gracious enough to welcome Shock Till You Drop as a partner. Not only is Shock presenting The Canal and co-presenting The Town That Dreaded Sundown at the fest, which kicks off on September 25th, but I’m helping with programming the short films that will play before select features. After sorting through the shorts that have come our way since submissions opened last month, we’re happy to announce the 13 titles that made the cut.

Shock is Co-Hosting The Town That Dreaded Sundown! Free Screening & Special…

Shock Till You Drop is proud to be collaborating with Blumhouse Productions to bring you a FREE screening of The Town That Dreaded Sundown at Beyond Fest in Los Angeles next month. Now, since we announce this event a lot of you have been wondering: “How the hell do I get in?”

I’ve got a few new details to share with you. Let’s start with the exciting stuff first: Producer Jason Blum and director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (American Horror Story) will be in the house for a Q&A! I’ll be moderating but I’ll be sure to open the floor to audience questions, so come equipped with some good stuff.

Launch GalleryRead
Beyond Fest Full Line-Up Revealed, Shock to Present The Town That Dreaded Sundown

Beyond Fest and the American Cinematheque announced today that they are partnering for the return of the sophomore festival, Beyond Fest, featuring the best in world genre programming, September 25th – October 4th, 2014 at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. I’m very proud to say that ShockTillYouDrop has a small part in this year’s event. Not only are we collaborating on programming the short film selections, but Shock is co-presenting The Canal and The Town That Dreaded Sundown (both free screenings!).
Dedicated to delivering the elite in horror, sci-fi, fantasy, and badass cinema, this year’s Beyond Fest programming reflects a globally diverse and eclectic mix of premieres, rare repertory screenings and special events, all of which are anchored in bringing firsts to the community of genre fans in Los Angeles.

Exclusive: Beyond Fest to Host 4K Presentation of Halloween With John Carpenter,

Beyond Fest makes it return to Los Angeles this month, running September 25th to October 4th at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood. And while we’re waiting on the full programming reveal – which is coming soon (and I’ll tell you now, it’s amazing) – I’m going to share a morsel with you right now.
Pencil this date in on your calendar: Wednesday October 1st.