Beyond Fest 2023
Manhunter Manhunter
Manhunter and Raging Grace
The Abyss (Country: US; Year: 1989; Director: James Cameron; Writer: James Cameron; Stars: Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Michael Biehn, Leo Burmester, Todd Graff, John Bedford Lloyd, J.C. Quinn, Kimberly Scott, Captain Kidd Brewer Jr., George Robert Klek)
Action-packed underwater rescue thriller, with nuclear warheads, explosive relationships and extra-terrestrials.
Adam Chaplin (Country: Italy; Year: 2011; Director: Emanuele De Santi, Giulio De Santi)
A vengeful Adam Chaplin is on the warpath; in order to avenge the murder of his wife, by mafia boss Denny, he strikes a deal with a demon.
All Of Us Strangers (Country: US, UK; Year: 2023; Director: Andrew Haigh; Writer: Andrew Haigh, Taichi Yamada; Stars: Jamie Bell, Paul Mescal, Andrew Scott, Claire Foy, Cameron Ashplant, Guy Robbins, Zachary Timmis, Jack Cronin, Christian Di Sciullo, Jack Pallister, Victoria Walker, Oliver Franks, Carolina Van Wyhe, Lincoln R. Beckett, Gsus Lopez)
A screenwriter embarks on a relationship with a neighbour at the same time as making a journey into his troubled past.
All You Need Is Death (Year: 2023; Director: Paul Duane)
A young couple records and collects folk songs in rural Ireland, selling them to a mysterious, rich buyer. When rumours of a song never-before-heard reach the couple, they find themselves in an uneasy alliance with a music professor to discover an ancient song, a song that may end up unlocking some dark truth from the past which will alter all their lives.
Anatomy Of A Fall (Anatomie D'une Chute) (Country: France; Year: 2023; Director: Justine Triet; Writer: Arthur Harari, Justine Triet; Stars: Sandra Hüller, Samuel Theis, Swann Arlaud, Jehnny Beth, Milo Machado Graner, Antoine Reinartz)
A woman is accused of her husband's murder.
The Seeding The Seeding
The Seeding and Pacific Rim
The Becomers (Country: US; Year: 2023; Director: Zach Clark)
A romantic tale of two body-swapping aliens trying to find their place.
Caligula (Caligola, Caligula, My Son) (Country: Italy, US; Year: 1979; Director: Tinto Brass, Bob Guccione, Giancarlo Lui; Writer: Gore Vidal, Bob Guccione, Giancarlo Lui, Franco Rossellini; Stars: Malcolm McDowell, Peter O'Toole, Teresa Ann Savoy, Helen Mirren, Guido Mannari, John Gielgud, Giancarlo Badessi, Bruno Brive, Adriana Asti, Leopoldo Trieste, Paolo Bonacelli, John Steiner)
Graphic retelling of the story of the Roman emperor.
The Cassandra Cat (Country: Czech Republic; Year: 1963; Director: Vojtech Jasný)
A village in Czechoslovakia is thrown into chaos following the arrival of a travelling circus, whose star attraction - a magic cat with sunglasses - exposes the hypocritical townspeople's true colours after his shades are tipped.
Cemetery Man (Dellamorte Dellamore) (Year: 1994; Director: Michele Soavi; Writer: Tiziano Sclavio; Stars: Rupert Everett, Anna Falchi)
A cemetery undertaker, beyond taking care of burials, funerals, and the cemetery, is also responsible for making sure the dead who return are disposed of. His life is further complicated when he falls for a young woman whose husband has recently died.
The Church (Year: 1989; Director: Michele Soavi)
An old Gothic cathedral built over a mass grave develops strange powers that trap a number of people inside with ghosts from a 12th Century massacre seeking to resurrect an ancient demon from the bowels of the Earth.
Mancunian Man: The Legendary Life Of Cliff Twemlow Mancunian Man: The Legendary Life Of Cliff Twemlow
Mancunian Man: The Legendary Life Of Cliff Twemlow and The Iron Giant
Crash (Country: Canada, UK; Year: 1996; Director: David Cronenberg; Writer: David Cronenberg, based on the book by JG Ballard.; Stars: James Spader, Holly Hunter, Elias Koteas, Deborah Kara Unger, Rosanna Arquette), Trailer
After being caught up in a violent crash, a quiet man with a struggling marriage discovers a cult of car crash sex fetishists.
The Creator (Country: US; Year: 2023; Director: Gareth Edwards; Writer: Gareth Edwards, Chris Weitz; Stars: John David Washington, Madeleine Yuna Voyles, Gemma Chan, Allison Janney, Ken Watanabe)
A post-apocalyptic thriller involving a future impacted by a war between humans and AI.
Enter The Clones Of Bruce Lee (Country: US; Year: 2023; Director: David Gregory; Stars: Bruce Li, Bruce Le, Bruce Lo, Bruce Liang)
A documentary about the men drafted in to fill the gap and keep audiences happy after the death of cinema's greatest martial arts star.
Femme (Country: UK; Year: 2023; Director: Sam H Freeman, Ng Choon Ping; Stars: George MacKay, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett)
Jules is a drag artist in London. After a performance, he is brutally attacked and, traumatised, withdraws into himself. Months later, he recognises his assailant in a gay sauna and begins an affair with him, incognito. A revenge thriller.
Foe (Country: US, Australia, UK; Year: 2023; Director: Garth Davis; Writer: Garth Davis, Iain Reid; Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Paul Mescal, Aaron Pierre, Goran D. Kleut, Jeriya Benn, JJ Pantano, Yesse Spence, Tanith Martin, Michael M. Foster, Kwame N. Kamara, Nick Downing, Shamita Siva, Jordan Chodziesner, William Freeman)
A stranger makes a surprising proposal to a couple, offering them the chance to change their own futures and perhaps alter the course of human existence.
True Romance True Romance
True Romance and Hostile Dimensions
The Funeral (Country: Turkey; Year: 2023; Director: Orcun Behram)
A lonely hearse driver falls in love with his passenger after she wakes up and starts moving around - taking her hunger for human flesh in his stride.
Final Destination (Country: US; Year: 1999; Director: James Wong; Writer: Glen Morgan, Jeffrey Reddick, James Wong; Stars: Devon Sawa, Ali Larter, Kerr Smith, Tony Todd, Kristen Cloke, Seann William Scott, Daniel Roebuck, Roger Guenveur Smith, Chad Donella, Amanda Detmer, Brendan Fehr)
Teens take on death after escaping a plane crash.
La Haine (Country: France; Year: 1995; Director: Mathieu Kassovitz; Stars: Vincent Cassel, Hubert Koundé, Said Taghamaoui)
A gritty, unsettling, and visually explosive look at the racial and cultural volatility in modern-day France, specifically the low-income banlieue districts on Paris’s outskirts.
History Of Evil (Year: 2023; Director: Bo Mirhosseni; Stars: Paul Wesley, Jackie Cruz)
A family on the run from a corrupt state in the near-future takes refuge in a farmhouse, unaware that the evil past of the place may be more dangerous than they could ever think.
Hostile Dimensions (Country: UK; Year: 2023; Director: Graham Hughes; Stars: Graham Hughes, Stephen Beavis, Annabel Logan, Andy Stewart)
Two documentary filmmakers traverse alternate dimensions, confronting nightmares to uncover the truth behind a graffiti artist’s disappearance who seems to have vanished into thin air. These dimensions mix the ordinary with the bizarre - a hilly idyll is thrown off kilter by whales floating across the skies.
Enter The Clones Of Bruce Lee Enter The Clones Of Bruce Lee
Enter The Clones Of Bruce Lee and Caligula
The Iron Giant (Country: US; Year: 1999; Director: Brad Bird; Writer: Tim McCanlies; Stars: Jennifer Aniston, Harry Connick Jr., Vin Diesel, James Gammon, Cloris Leachman, Christopher McDonald, John Mahoney, Eli Marienthal, M. Emmet Walsh, Mary Kay Bergman, Ollie Johnston)
A boy forms a bond with an alien giant.
It's A Wonderful Knife (Country: US; Year: 2023; Director: Tyler MacIntyre; Writer: Michael Kennedy; Stars: Jane Widdop, Justin Long)
A troubled young woman finds her life even more complicated when she stops the rampage of a local serial killer, but that's just the start of a very strange experience.
Kill (Country: India; Year: 2023; Director: Nikhil Nagesh Bhat; Writer: Ritesh Shah; Stars: Tanya Maniktala, Laksh Lalwani, Raghav Juyal)
A train to New Delhi becomes a battleground as a pair of commandos faces an army of invading bandits.
Last Straw (Country: US; Year: 2023; Director: Alan Scott Neal)
Miscommunication and a lack of empathy cause events to spiral out of control as a young waitress finds herself in the centre of a murder spree.
Lovely, Dark, And Deep (Country: Portugal; Year: 2023; Director: Teresa Sutherland; Writer: Teresa Sutherland; Stars: Georgina Campbell, Nick Blood, Wai Ching Ho, Edgar Morais, Ana Sofia Martins, Paul S Tracey, Soren Hellerup)
A new back-country ranger travels alone through the dangerous wilderness, hoping to uncover the origins of a tragedy which has haunted her since she was a child.
The Abyss The Abyss
The Abyss and When Evil Lurks
The Magician (Year: 1958; Director: Ingmar Bergman; Stars: Max von Sydow)
A 19th Century traveling mesmerist and peddler of potions finds his magic put to the test in Stockholm by the cruel, eminently rational royal medical adviser Dr. Vergérus
Mancunian Man: The Legendary Life Of Cliff Twemlow (Country: UK; Year: 2023; Director: Jake West; Stars: Barry Twemlow, Oliver Tobias, Ginette Gray, John Saint Ryan)
Polymath Twemlow was a nightclub bouncer, novelist, composer, singer, screenwriter, producer and actor, who for a decade was the most prolific indie filmmaker in the UK! Witness how this 20th century Renaissance man created his own innovative micro-film industry in Manchester.
Manhunter (Country: US; Year: 1986; Director: Michael Mann; Writer: Thomas Harris, Michael Mann; Stars: William Petersen, Kim Greist, Joan Allen, Brian Cox, Dennis Farina, Tom Noonan, Stephen Lang, David Seaman, Benjamin Hendrickson, Michael Talbott, Dan Butler, Michele Shay, Robin Moseley, Paul Perri, Patricia Charbonneau)
A scarred FBI agent tracks a serial killer.
Night Of The Hunted (Year: 2023; Director: Franck Khlafoun)
Alice is at a complicated junction in her life—her relationship with her boyfriend is on the rocks and she’s having an affair with her colleague. On the way back from a tryst, the two stop at a remote gas station to fill the car up, but it isn’t long before Alice, all alone, is made the target of a psychotic sniper with a private vendetta.
Nowhere (Country: France, US; Year: 1997; Director: Gregg Araki; Writer: Gregg Araki; Stars: James Duval, Rachel True, Nathan Bexton, Chiara Mastroianni, Debi Mazar, Kathleen Robertson, Ryan Phillippe)
Follows a day in the lives of a group of Los Angeles high school students and the strange lives they lead.
Last Straw Last Straw
Last Straw and Lovely, Dark, And Deep
Omen (Augure) (Country: DRC; Year: 2023; Director: Baloji Tshiani; Writer: Baloji Tshiani)
When a man who was cast out as a child after being considered a sorceror returns home, he faces prejudice.
Pacific Rim (Country: US; Year: 2013; Director: Guillermo del Toro; Writer: Travis Beacham, Guillermo del Toro; Stars: Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Max Martini, Mana Ashida, Ron Perlman)
Men operating giant robot suits are the last line of defence against sea monsters from another dimension.
Raging Grace (Country: UK; Year: 2023; Director: Paris Zarcilla; Writer: Paris Zarcilla; Stars: Max Eigenman, Leanne Best, David Hayman)
An undocumented Filipina immigrant is struggling to do the best she can for her daughter when she secures the perfect job, taking care of an extremely wealthy but terminal old man. The new position pays well and guarantees a roof over their heads but very soon, she realise that something is amiss.
The Raid (Serbuan Maut) (Country: Indonesia; Year: 2011; Director: Gareth Evans; Writer: Gareth Evans; Stars: Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian, Joe Taslim, Doni Alamsyah), Official Site
An elite SWAT team try to clear out an apartment complex controlled by a drug dealer, but nothing goes to plan.
Ripple (Year: 2023; Director: Joey Moe; Stars: Ulrich Thomsen, Rasmus Hammerich, Ida Marie Nielsen)
A true-crime podcast investigation into the murder of a young woman has unexpected consequences.
Anatomy Of A Fall Anatomy Of A Fall
Anatomy Of A Fall and Suitable Flesh
The Royal Hotel (Country: Australia, UK; Year: 2023; Director: Kitty Green; Writer: Kitty Green, Oscar Redding; Stars: Julia Garner, Jessica Henwick, Hugo Weaving, James Frecheville, Toby Wallace, Daniel Henshall, Herbert Nordrum, Ursula Yovich)
US backpackers Hanna and Liv take a job in a remote Australian pub for some extra cash and are confronted with a bunch of unruly locals and a situation that grows rapidly out of their control.
The Seeding (Country: US; Year: 2023; Director: Barnaby Clay; Writer: Barnaby Clay; Stars: Scott Haze, Kate Lyn Sheil)
When a hiker gets lost in the desert, a gang of feral children propelled by haunting legacies traps him in a sadistic battle for survival with a frightening endgame.
Slashers (Year: 2001; Director: Maurice Devereaux)
Six random contestants appear on a Japanese game show where the only goal is to survive the Slashers, maniacs recruited to ensure the contestants never make it out alive.
So Unreal (Country: US; Year: 2023; Director: Amanda Kramer; Writer: Britt Brown, Amanda Kramer; Stars: Debbie Harry)
An exploration of film as a conduit for the anxiety, fear, exhilarating joy and obsession from humanity over emerging technology at the end of the millennium, all through the cyberspace cinema from 1981-2001.
Spooktacular! (Country: US; Year: 2023; Director: Quinn Monahan; Writer: Gail Jorden; Stars: Tom Savin, iAlice Cooper, Jay Leno, Bill Maher, Linda Blair, Dee Wallace, Kane Hodder)
David Bertolino's journey from whoopee cushion salesman in dad and brother's Boston joke shop, meteoric rise in the Halloween products industry and the creation of the Boston Costume iconic superstore, industry expert witness for New Line Cinema and the creation of Spookyworld, America's first Halloween Themepark.
The Royal Hotel The Royal Hotel
The Royal Hotel and Femme
Suitable Flesh (Country: US; Year: 2023; Director: Joe Lynch; Writer: Dennis Paoli, based on a book by HP Lovecraft; Stars: Heather Graham, Judah Lewis, Barbara Crampton, Bruce Davison, Johnathon Schaech)
A psychiatrist becomes obsessed by a young patient who seems to have multiple personalities.
True Romance (Country: US; Year: 1993; Director: Tony Scott; Writer: Quentin Tarantino; Stars: Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette, Dennis Hopper, Christopher Walken, Brad Pitt, Val Kilmer, Michael Rapaport, Samuel L Jackson, James Gandolfini, Gary Oldman)
An earnest young comics geek goes on the run with an inexperienced hooker and an accidentally acquired suitcase full of cocaine - Christopher Walken's cocaine...
Totally Killer (Country: US; Year: 2023; Director: Nahnatchka Khan; Writer: David Matalon, Sasha Perl-Raver, Jen D'Angelo; Stars: Kiernan Shipka, Olivia Holt, Charlie Gillespie, Lochlyn Munro, Troy Leigh-Anne Johnson)
When the infamous Sweet Sixteen Killer returns 35 years after his first murder spree to claim another victim, 17-year-old Jamie accidentally travels back in time to 1987, where she becomes determined to stop the killer before he can start.
To Fire You Come At Last (Country: UK; Year: 2023; Director: Sean Hogan; Stars: Mark Carlisle, James Swanton, Harry Roebuck, Richard Rowden)
In rural 17th century England, a group of men gather to carry a coffin on the long walk to the local graveyard for burial. A great deal of ancient folklore and superstition surrounds the pathway to the church, and several of the party are afraid to walk it after dark.
V/H/S/85 (Country: US; Year: 2023; Director: David Bruckner, Scott Derrickson, Natasha Kermani, Mike P Nelson, Gigi Saul Guerrero; Writer: C Robert Cargill, Zoe Cooper, Scott Derrickson, Evan Dickson, Mike P Nelson, Gigi Saul Guerrero; Stars: Freddy Rodríguez, James Ransone, Jordan Belfi, Rolando Davila-Beltran, Dani Deetté, Alex Galick, Justen Jones, Tyler Noble)
An ominous mixtape blends never before seen snuff footage with nightmarish newscasts and disturbing home video to create a surreal, analogue mashup of the forgotten Eighties.
The Wicker Man The Wicker Man
The Wicker Man and The Creator
Vincent Must Die (Vincent Doit Mourir) (Country: France, Belgium; Year: 2023; Director: Stéphan Castang; Writer: Mathieu Naert; Stars: Karim Leklou, Vimala Pons, François Chattot, Karoline Rose Sun, Emmanuel Vérité)
Vincent finds himself under attack for no apparent reason overnight. When the phenomenon intensifies, he must run and change his way of life completely.
Welcome Space Brothera (Country: US; Year: 2023; Director: Jodi Wille)
The true story of The Unarius Academy of Science, a long-running extraterrestrial-channelling spiritual school in El Cajon, California that in the late 1970s became a wildly prolific filmmaking and art collective.
When Evil Lurks (Country: Argentina, US; Year: 2023; Director: Demián Rugna; Writer: Demián Rugna; Stars: Ezequiel Rodríguez, Luis Ziembrowski, Demián Salomón, Marcelo Michianaux, Federico Liss)
In a remote village, two brothers find a demon-infected man just about to give birth to evil itself. They decide to get rid of the man but merely succeed in helping him to deliver the inferno.
The Wicker Man (Country: UK; Year: 1973; Director: Robin Hardy; Writer: Anthony Shaffer; Stars: Edward Woodward, Christopher Lee, Diane Cilento, Britt Ekland, Ingrid Pitt, Lindsay Kemp, Russell Waters, Aubrey Morris, Irene Sunters, Walter Carr, Ian Campbell, Leslie Blackater, Roy Boyd, Peter Brewis, Barbara Rafferty)
A policeman gets more than he bargained for on a remote Scottish isle.

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