LITTLE MONSTERS
2019, 94 min, Dir: Abe Forsythe

Beyond Fest alumnus Abe Forsythe describes his all-killer, no-filler second feature as an “R-rated Pixar film.” Dave (Alexander England) is a washed-up millennial musician going nowhere fast after a vicious breakup. Desperate to impress his nephew’s kindergarten teacher, Miss Caroline (a stupendous Lupita Nyong'o), he agrees to help chaperone the kids on an excursion to the petting zoo. When zombies escape from the military base next door, Dave, Caroline and TV personality Teddy McGiggle (Josh Gad) must work together to keep the kids alive and survive the flesh-hungry hordes.


THE LODGE
2019, 100 min, Dir: Severin Fiala, Veronika Franz

With their second feature, the duo behind GOODNIGHT MOMMY take horror cinema to unfathomable new heights and delivers what may be the scariest film of the year. Riley Keough is Grace, a young woman in a relationship with a man (Richard Armitage) who has been reluctant to introduce her to his two kids due to the suicide of their mother. A planned bonding weekend trip goes horribly awry when Grace becomes isolated in the family’s winter cabin with the kids as stocks dwindle, nerves strain and strange occurrences begin. With razor-sharp performances and chilling visuals, THE LODGE is a jigsaw puzzle of a horror film whose scares intensify as it comes together, leaving in its wake a trail of uneasy and unforgettable climaxes.


COLOR OUT OF SPACE
2019, 111 min, Dir: Richard Stanley

Director Richard Stanley brings to the big screen his long-gestating adaptation of the H.P Lovecraft short story, starring Nicolas Cage and Joely Richardson. After Nathan Gardener (Cage), his wife (Richardson) and their three kids move to a rural farmstead once owned by Nathan’s father, their idyllic new life is shattered by a meteorite that crashes into their front yard, bringing with it an alien organism. The pathogen quickly begins to contaminate plant life, farm animals and, in time, the Gardeners themselves, filling the screen with beautiful, disturbing, hypnotic and hallucinatory images. This creeping, atmospheric tale envelops the viewer in dread and unease until everything finally erupts into an effects-laden, soul-shattering climax.


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