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Fears & Beers Recap: An Evening With Brian Yuzna

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This past Saturday, May 6, Screamfest hosted our most recent Fears & Beers screening, a series of events and screenings sponsored by Shock Top where guests can enjoy a movie and a beer included in their ticket, often with special guest Q&As. This week, we enjoyed a double feature of Brian Yuzna’s cult classics Society and Bride of Re-Animator. In case you missed it, here is a rundown of the evening.

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Upon arrival, guests had the opportunity to take a Society themed “Butt-head” photo. If you would like to vote on the best one, you can see the full gallery here. Here’s is my own contribution:

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Director Brian Yuzna and Society star, Devin Devasquez even got in on the fun.

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Yuzna arrived a bit before the movie began, opting to be present for the screening itself. Lending a sometimes-rare opportunity to witness a film, especially a reaction-inducing flick such as Society, alongside its source.

Before the film, he casually socialized with the Screamfest crew and guests alike. I got the opportunity to spend some time with him before the show and can easily say he is one of the most sincere and warm humans I have ever met. After I finished my gushing, he humbly thanked me and told me how much he enjoyed the article I had written about him a couple of weeks prior (yay!). We chatted for quite a while, mostly about his recent road trip across the country and mutual acquaintances (his friend and collaborator, John Penney, writer of Return of the Living Dead III, was a teacher of mine in school).

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Devin Devasquez arrived a short time after, as stunning as ever. The pair caught up briefly before the show.

Before each film, Brian Collins led a brief trivia session, awarding the winners a Screamfest t-shirt and a blu ray (I talked my friend out of his victory copy of Witchboard).

As I was chatting with the guests beforehand, I learned that this would be the first time seeing these films for a good percentage of the audience.
Seeing a film like Society, larger than life interjected with synchronized reactions from the crowd is what I consider an ideal communal viewing experience. It is a film that, although benefits from repeat viewing, can only be an unpleasantly wacky surprise the first time around. With that being said, it was especially fun witnessing Brian Yuzna soaking in every laugh and collective cringe.

After the absurd onslaught of Society, Brian Collins of Birth.Movies.Death hosted an intimate Q&A with Yuzna and Devin Devasquez.

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The pair shared anecdotes and answered Brian Collins’s questions with enthusiasm. Yuzna gave a bit of history about how the film came about (which you can read more about in my article) and Devasquez recalls how she landed the part after another actress left the production.

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Since most of the Q&A was wrought with spoilers, I don’t want to go too far into it, however Brian Yuzna was kind enough to answer a question of my own. I asked him to elaborate on a character that I have long since wondered about in Society: Clarissa’s mother. Devasquez also seemed curious about her mother’s role in the film. (Warning: slight spoiler) Yuzna explained that Mrs. Carlyn was intended to be a shunting addict, which caused her to have some strange mental issues. This answer, although simple, was the piece of the puzzle I was looking for. Yuzna admits that this was not conveyed very well in the film but I was grateful for the answer nonetheless. For the most part, Yuzna’s intention for Society was for it to be a very fun film, using more comedy than horror to highlight the social commentary.

After we wrapped up the Q&A and our next round of trivia, the crowd settled back in with their beers and geared up for Bride of Re-Animator.

Although I had just revisited this film a few weeks previously, I still found myself picking up new things and found it to be even more fun in a theater. Jeffery Combs led a balanced performance, skillfully balancing humor with intensity. Yuzna himself mentioned that this film was much more of a horror film than Society and is quite proud of his work. He describes several sequences in the film as “operatic” and I am inclined to agree.

Even though double features can be a bit tiring, Yuzna stuck around afterwards to hang out with the Screamfest crew and any lingering audience members.

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Don’t miss out on any of our future events by keeping an eye on our website (specifically the blog!) and Facebook page.

All photos were taken by the lovely Angelica Ulloa. More of her work can be found Here.

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We Are What We Are Advance Screening

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INVITES YOU AND A GUEST TO A SPECIAL ADVANCE SCREENING

Story: In WE ARE WHAT WE ARE, a seemingly wholesome and benevolent family, the Parkers, have always kept to themselves, and for good reason. Behind closed doors, patriarch, Frank (Bill Sage, “Boardwalk Empire”) rules his family with a rigorous fervor, determined to keep his ancestral customs intact at any cost. As a torrential rainstorm moves into the area, tragedy strikes and his daughters Iris (Ambyr Childers, THE MASTER) and Rose (Julia Garner, MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE, SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR) are forced to assume responsibilities that extend beyond those of a typical family. As the unrelenting downpour continues to flood their small town, the local authorities begin to uncover clues that bring them closer to the secret that the Parkers have held closely for so many years. WE ARE WHAT WE ARE also stars Michael Parks (DJANGO UNCHAINED), Golden Globe Nominee Kelly McGillis (WITNESS), Nick Damici (STAKELAND), Wyatt Russell (THIS IS $)) and newcomer Jack Gore. WE ARE WHAT WE ARE was written by Jim Mickle and Nick Damici. The two previously collaborated on the screenplays for Mickle’s first two features, MULBERRY STREET and STAKELAND (winner of the “Midnight Madness” Audience Award at the 2010 Toronto Film Festival). A re-imagining of the 2010 Mexican film of the same name, director Jim Mickle paints a gripping portrait of an introverted family struggling to keep their macabre traditions alive.

WE ARE WHAT WE ARE in Theaters September 27.

WE ARE WHAT WE ARE


Tuesday, SEPTEMBER 24, 2013
7:30 PM
ARCLIGHT HOLLYWOOD
6360 West Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028


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PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY.

Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis. THIS TICKET DOES NOT GUARANTEE YOU A SEAT. THEATER IS OVERBOOKED TO ENSURE A FULL HOUSE. THEATRE IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR OVERBOOKING. NO ADMITTANCE ONCE SCREENING HAS BEGUN.

This pass is the property of Entertainment One who reserve the right to admit or refuse access to the theater at the discretion of an authorized representative. NO RECORDING. This screening will be monitored for unauthorized recording. By attending, you agree not to bring any recording device into the theatre and you consent to physical search of your belongings and person for recording devices. If you attempt to enter with a recording device, you will be denied admission. If you attempt to use a recording device, you consent to your immediate removal from the theatre and forfeiture of the device and its contents. Unauthorized recording will be reported to law enforcement and may subject you to criminal and civil liability.

OCULUS Pass Giveaway!

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Ten years ago, tragedy struck the Russell family, leaving the lives of teenage siblings Tim and Kaylie forever changed when Tim was convicted of the brutal murder of their parents. Now in his 20s, Tim is newly released from protective custody and only wants to move on with his life; but Kaylie, still haunted by that fateful night, is convinced her parents’ deaths were caused by something else altogether: a malevolent supernatural force unleashed through the Lasser Glass, an antique mirror in their childhood home. Determined to prove Tim’s innocence, Kaylie tracks down the mirror, only to learn similar deaths have befallen previous owners over the past century. With the mysterious entity now back in their hands, Tim and Kaylie soon find their hold on reality shattered by terrifying hallucinations, and realize, too late, that their childhood nightmare is beginning again...

OCULUS
April 9th
7:30PM

AMC Century City 15
10250 Santa Monica Blvd., 2000
Los Angeles, CA 90067
888-262-4386

GOOD TIMES! Fears & Beers-Bride of Chucky Screening

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What a wonderful evening we had at the FEARS & BEERS screening of Bride of Chucky with special guest Jennifer Tilly, Brad Dourif & Alexis Arquette, held at the sleek MGN Five Star Cinema in Glendale on April 24th.

This was a sold out screening! with fears, glasses of Shocktop beer! & Free popcorn all night. A terrific Q & A moderated by Fred Topel of CRAVEONLINE with our special guest Jennifer Tilly, Brad Dourif & Alexis Arquette followed the screening. Check out some of our fan photos in the gallery below that were taken after the Q & A with our special guest.

If you were unfortunate enough to have missed this great event, please like us on Facebook to get updates on the next killer event we have in the works.

THE POSSESSION OF MICHAEL KING hosted by Fangoria

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 7th, 2014 @ 8 PM

POST FILM Q&A WITH
DIRECTOR DAVID JUNG AND TALENT SHANE JOHNSON

New Beverly Cinema
7165 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036

IN THEATERS AUGUST 22

RSVP HERE: http://bit.ly/UtXFyq Type in SCREAMFEST

COME HAVE YOUR OWN PARANORMAL EXPERIENCE AT THE QUEEN MARY!
Queen Mary’s Paranormal Investigator Matt Schulz
TICKETS.QUEENMARY.COM

The Guest Screening

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Want to attend a special screening of THE GUEST on August 10th?
Please fill out the form below to RSVP while space remains.

THE GUEST
Sunday, August 10th
4:00PM
The Theater at the Ace Hotel
929 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90015

There will be a post screening Q&A with the filmmakers moderated Nicolas Refn, Director of Drive.

A soldier introduces himself to the Peterson family, claiming to be a friend of their son who died in action. After the young man is welcomed into their home, a series of accidental deaths seem to be connected to his presence.

Entry Form: http://bit.ly/1pwjGI4

Insidious “Into the Further” 4D Experience

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Enter for your chance to RSVP for tickets to the INTO THE FURTHER 4D experience (while supplies last) in Los Angeles taking place Friday 5/15, Saturday 5/16, Sunday 5/17.

Experience the world of INSIDIOUS like you never have before. The “Into The Further 4D Experience” is a fully-immersive experience that will take you physically and virtually into the world of INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 3.

Lin Shaye will be your guide on an intense 4D experience that will bend your perception of what is ‘real’ and what is ‘the further.’ Think of this as the evolution of the haunted house experience – a place where analog meets digital.

INTO THE FURTHER is a walk-through haunted house with a unique virtual reality / oculus rift component, which creates a truly scary ‘ride’ that has never been done before. And just when you think the experience is over, you’ll realize it’s only just begun. www.intothefurther.me

INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 3 in theaters June 5

For your chance to RSVP for tickets to the INTO THE FURTHER 4D experience (while supplies last) go to www.intothefurther.eventbrite.com and use Promo Code: ISCREAM98481LA

-Click on desired date for Los Angeles – either Friday or Saturday or Sunday.
-Click on “Enter Promo Code” and insert promo code for access.
-Pick the time period to attend.
No purchase necessary. While Supplies last. Supplies are limited.

SCREAM Fears & Beers

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Boozing it up at bars is fun and all, but even that can get boring after awhile. The antidote is the Fears & Beers screening of SCREAM on Thursday December 8th at 7:30PM at the TCL Chinese Theatres 6 in Hollywood & Highland. Join us for a fun evening of SCREAM trivia with PRIZES!! A Q&A follows the screening.

FUN FACTS

The original title of the film was Scary Movie, but it was changed to Scream by the Weinstein brothers—then the heads of the film’s production company, Miramax—in the middle of production. They allegedly decided on the change because Harvey Weinstein was listening to the Michael Jackson song “Scream” in his car with his brother Bob. They both liked the title for a horror movie.

Screenwriter Kevin Williamson was partially inspired by a real life series of student murders in Gainesville, Florida in 1990, perpetrated by killer Danny Harold Rolling who was later dubbed “The Gainesville Ripper.” Williams was also inspired by John Carpenter’s 1978 horror classic, Halloween, his favorite movie.

The sleepy little town of Woodsboro just woke up screaming. There's a killer in their midst who's seen a few too many scary movies. Suddenly nobody is safe, as the psychopath stalks victims, taunts them with trivia questions, then rips them to bloody shreds. It could be anybody...

Tickets are $16.00 and includes a complimentary beer. Purchase your tickets by clicking the ticket link. Trivia game with Prizes! A Q&A will follow the screening. Let the SCREAMS begin!

SEE THE SCREAM EVENT PHOTOS HERE.