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THE OVERLOOK FILM FESTIVAL REIGNS THIS APRIL

By Mo Moshaty  March 6, 2024

From April 4th - 7th, the Big Easy prepares for mayhem, monsters, and mini-ballerinas as The Overlook Film Festival promises international horror heavy-hitters alongside much adored restorations.

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OPENING FILM

Cuckoo - Written and Directed by Tilman Singer

On a trip to the German Alps with her father and stepmother, Gretchen discovers that the resort town where they’re staying hides sinister secrets, as she’s plagued by strange noises and frightening visions of a woman pursuing her. Soon, Gretchen finds herself pulled into a conspiracy involving bizarre experiments by the resort’s owner that echo back generations.

Starring: Hunter Schafer, Dan Stevens, Jessica Henwick, Marton Csókás, Jan Bluthardt

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All You Need Is Death  Written and Directed by Paul Duane

Set in the world of Irish folk ballads and brimming with lore, this creepy tale follows a young couple who collect rare songs. Hired by a mysterious man to track down and translate an ancient, taboo tune, they unlock something that was best left undisturbed.

Starring: Simone Collins, Charlie Maher, Olwen Fouéré, Gary Whelan

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Azrael   Written by Simon Barrett and Directed by E.L. Katz

A mute cult pursues Azrael, a young woman who escaped captivity in a post-apocalyptic era. Recaptured, she faces sacrifice to appease an ancient evil. Determined to survive, Azrael launches a fierce bid for freedom, leading to a revenge-fueled showdown

Samara thrilled us in Ready or Not and had us screaming at the screen in Scream VI. We love a Samara under pressure. 

Starring: Samara Weaving, Vic Carmen Sonne, Katariina Unt, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Sebastian Bull Sarning

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Birdeater Written by Jack Clark and Directed by Jack Clark, Jim Weir 

A bride-to-be is invited to join her own fiancé’s bachelor party on a remote property in the Australian outback. But as the festivities spiral into beer-soaked chaos, uncomfortable details about their relationship are exposed, and the celebration soon becomes a feral nightmare. 

This looks like a case of "girl, don't go out there!".

Starring: Shabana Azeez, Mackenzie Fearnley, Ben Hunter, Jack Bannister, Clementine Anderson, Alfie Gledhill, Harley Wilson, Caroline McQuade

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World Premiere of 4K Restoration

The Beyond (1981) - Written by Dardano Sacchetti, Giorgio MariuzzoLucio, and Lucio Fulci and Directed by Lucio Fulci

On a trip to the German Alps with her father and stepmother, Gretchen discovers that the resort town where they’re staying hides sinister secrets, as she’s plagued by strange noises and frightening visions of a woman pursuing her. Soon, Gretchen finds herself pulled into a conspiracy involving bizarre experiments by the resort’s owner that echo back generations.

Starring: Catriona MacColl, David Warbeck, Cinzia Monreale

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Blackout Written and Directed by Larry Fessenden

Not your typical werewolf story, Blackout follows a painter, haunted by guilt, who becomes convinced that he is transforming at night and wreaking havoc in his small town.

Starring: Marshall Bell, Michael Buscemi, and Joseph Castillo-Midyett

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70th Anniversary, in 35mm

Creature from the Black Lagoon  - Written by Harry Essex, Arthur A. Ross Maurice Zimm and Directed by Jack Arnold

A strange prehistoric beast lurks in the depths of the Amazonian jungle. A group of scientists try to capture the animal and bring it back to civilization for study.

Starring: Richard Carlson, Julie Adams, Richard Denning, Antonio Morano, Nestor Paiva

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100th Anniversary

With New Live Score By Think Less, Hear More

The Hands of Orlac - Written by Louis Nerz and Maurice Renard and Directed by Robert Wiene

A world-famous pianist loses both hands in an accident. When new hands are grafted on, he doesn't know they once belonged to a murderer.

Starring: Conrad Veidt, Alexandra Sorina, Fritz Kortner, Carmen Cartellieri

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Humanist Vampire Seeking Consenting Suicidal Person Written by
Christine Doyon and Ariane Louis-Seize and Directed by Ariane Louis-Seize

A young woman vampire is unable to kill to meet her need for blood, but may have found a solution in a young man with suicidal tendencies.

Starring: Sara Montpetit, Félix-Antoine Bénard, Steve Laplante

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I Saw the TV Glow - Written and Directed by Jane Schoenbrun

Teenager Owen is just trying to make it through life in the suburbs when his classmate introduces him to a mysterious late-night TV show — a vision of a supernatural world beneath their own. In the pale glow of the television, Owen’s view of reality begins to crack.

    
Starring: Justice Smith, Brigette Lundy-Paine, Ian Foreman, Helena Howard, Lindsey Jordan, Danielle Deadwyler, Fred Durst

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In A Violent Nature  - Written and Directed by Chris Nash

An ambient horror slasher that methodically depicts the enigmatic resurrection, rampage, and retribution of an undead monster in a remote wilderness.

Starring: Ry Barrett, Andrea Pavlovic, Cameron Love, Reece Presley, Liam Leone, Charlotte Creaghan, Lea Rose Sebastianis, Sam Roulston, Alexander Oliver, Lauren Taylor

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Infested - Story by Sébastien Vanicek, Written by Florent Bernard and Directed by Sébastien Vanicek

Residents of a rundown French apartment building battle against an army of deadly, rapidly reproducing spiders.

This had us shrieking in Venice. We CANNOT wait to be terrified all over again!

Starring: Théo Christine, Sofia Lesaffre, Jérôme Niel, Lisa Nyarko, Finnegan Oldfield, Marie-Philomène Nga, Mahamadou Sangaré, Abdellah Moundy

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Kill Your Lover Written and Directed by Alix Austin and Keir Siewert

Breaking up is hard to do, but when Dakota finally decides to end her relationship with Axel, the toxicity she is trying to escape begins to manifest in insidious ways, threatening to consume her as well, in this devastatingly relatable monster movie that highlights the struggle between love and destruction.

Starring: Paige Gilmour, Shane Quigley Murphy, May Kelly, Chloe Wigmore, Joshua Whincup

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Look Into My EyesWritten and Directed by Lana Wilson

A documentary through a series of intimate sessions with psychics and their clients.

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New Life Written and Directed by John Rosman

A mysterious woman on the run, and the resourceful fixer assigned to bring her in. Their two unique stories inextricably link, as the stakes of the pursuit rise to apocalyptic proportions.

Starring: Sonya Walger, Hayley Erin, Tony Amendola

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10th Anniversary
Filmmaker Mike Flanagan In Person

OculusWritten and Directed by Joe DeBoer, Kyle McConaghy 

A recently released inmate from a mental asylum learns from his sister that the murders he was convicted of committing were actually orchestrated by a supernatural entity, the Lasser Glass mirror.

Starring: Karen Gillan, Brenton Thwaites, Katee Sackhoff, Rory Chochrane

Preceding the Screening, Mike Flanagan will receive the Master of Horror Award.

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Oddity - Written and Directed by Michael Felker

A Blind Medium begins uncovering the truth behind sister's death with the help of wooden mannequin.

Starring: Gwilym Lee, Carolyn Bracken, Tadhg Murphy, Caroline Menton, Steve Wall, Johnny French, Joe Rooney, Shane Whisker, Ivan de Wergifosse

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50th Anniversary
Star and Composer Paul Williams in person

Hosted by The Swan Archives, Presented by FANGORIA

Phantom of Paradise - Written and Directed by Brian de Palma

A disfigured composer sells his soul for the woman he loves so that she will perform his music. However, an evil record tycoon betrays him and steals his music to open his rock palace, The Paradise.

    
Starring: Paul Williams, William Finley, Jessica Harper

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Red Rooms - Written and Directed by Pascal Plante

The high-profile case of serial killer Ludovic Chevalier has just gone to trial, and Kelly-Anne is obsessed. When reality blurs with her morbid fantasies, she goes down a dark path to seek the final piece of the puzzle: the missing video of a murdered 13-year-old girl, to whom Kelly-Anne bears a disturbing resemblance.

    
Starring: Juliette Gariépy, Laurie Babin, Elisabeth Locas, 

Maxwell McCabe-Lokos

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Sleep Written and Directed by Jason Yu

A young, expectant wife must figure out how to stop her husband's nightmarish sleepwalking habits before he harms himself or his family.

    
Starring: Lee Sun-kyun, Jung Yu-mi, Yoon Kyung-ho

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Things Will Be Different Written and Directed by Michael Felker

In order to escape police after a robbery, two estranged siblings lay low in a farmhouse that hides them away in a different time. There they reckon with a mysterious force that pushes their familial bonds to unnatural breaking points.

    
Starring: Adam David Thompson, Riley Dandy, Chloe Skoczen, Justin Benson, Sarah Bolger

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CLOSING FILM

Abigail Written by Guy Busick and Stephen Shields and Directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett

After a group of criminals kidnap the ballerina daughter of a powerful underworld figure, they retreat to an isolated mansion, unaware that they're locked inside with no normal little girl.

    
Starring: Kathryn Newton, Dan Stevens, Giancarlo Esposito, Kevin Durand, Melissa Barrera

Shorts Blocks

Rise and Grind: 92 Minutes - 
Sometimes the secret to success is winning the battle for survival.

HYPOXIA Dir. Brian Imakura  - 2023  -  USA

THE RED ROOM Dir. Alex Liu  -  2023  -  New Zealand 

KOMBUCHA! Dir. Jake Myers  -  2023  -  USA

ZIT Dir. Amber Neukum  - 2024  -  USA 

CHOMP Dir. Cricket Arrison & Suki-Rose  -  2023  -  USA

NAP Dir. Alicia Albares - - 2023  -  Spain

MLM Dir. Brea Grant  -  2024  -  USA

THE INFLUENCER Dir. Lael Rogers  - 2023  -  USA

Haunted: 92 Minutes - 
Malevolent entities and energies revealing the unsettling interplay between the living and the dead.

DREAM FACTORY Dir. Alex Matraxia  - 2023 -UK

BOOKWORM Dir. Javier Yanez Sanz  -  2023  -  Spain 

POWDER Dir. Ham Tran -  2023 -  Vietnam

THREE BATHS Dir. Rafael De Leon Jr. - 2023 -  USA 

HEVEL Dir. David Grace -  2023  - USA 

BENEDICTION Dir. Zandashé Brown -  2022 -  USA

SOULING Dir. Jacquelyn Ferguson -  2023 -  USA

THE LOOMING Dir. Masha Ko - 2023 -  USA

Midnight Snacks: 104 Minutes - 

Cinematic eccentricity and subversive storytelling are the watchwords for this incredible block of shorts.

DARK MOMMY Dir. Courtney Eck -  2023 -  USA

SPOOKY CREW Dir. Erin Broussard -  2023 -  USA

DREAM CREEP Dir. Carlos A.F. Lopez -  2024 -  USA

I COULD JUST DIE, AND THAT WOULD BE ALL RIGHT Dir. A.K. Espada - 2023 - USA 

BITS Dir. Lilliya Scarlett Reid - 2023 - USA 

SOME DAY ALL THIS WILL BE YOURS Dir. Cricket Arrison - 2023 -  USA

MOSQUITO LADY Dir. Kristine Gerolaga - 2023 - USA (See our interview with Kristine Gerolaga on her journey to Mosquito Lady!)

Check out our daily coverage from Overlook in April!

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Mo Moshaty is a horror writer, lecturer and producer. As a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist and life long horror fan, Mo has lectured with Prairie View A&M Film & TV Program as a Keynote, BAFSS Horror Studies Sig  and The University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom. Mo has partnered with horror giant, Shudder Channel, to co-produce the 13 Minutes of Horror Film Festival 2021 and 2022 with Nyx Horror Collective and her literary work "Love the Sinner" was published with Brigid's Gate Press in July of 2023 and her two volume collection, "Clairviolence: Tales of Tarot and Torment Vol. One and Two" will be published with Spooky House Press in the Spring of 2024

Mo is the creator and Editor-in-Chief of NightTide Magazine

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