Overlook Film Festival Announces First Wave of Programming

And this is only the first wave!

The Overlook Film Festival is proud to announce its closing film and the first wave of the 2022 festival lineup. The festival will close with Universal Pictures and Blumhouse’s The black phone. Based on an award-winning short story from Joe Hill’s hit 2005 collection, 20th Century Ghosts, this new horror-thriller from the filmmakers of Claim stars four-time Oscar nominee Ethan Hawke and marks the triumphant return to the genre from screenwriter C. Robert Cargill and screenwriter-director Scott Derrickson.

Other highlights of this wave include two world premieres, including Swallowed by director Carter Smith (The ruins) with Jena Malone as well as Duncan Birmingham’s first film Who invited them?. Also included in the initial program are festival favorites Resurrectionwith Rebecca Hall and Tim Roth, Observer with Maika Monroe, Deadstream, jethica, and that of Peter Strickland Gourmet Feed.

The Overlook’s live and special event lineup is back with a vengeance in the festival’s first in-person event since 2019. This wave features a one-of-a-kind performance from a local impresario quintronthe return of festival favorite THE PUMPKIN PIE SHOW, alternative media art collective Dream Video Division‘s NOSFERA2, a free remixed and reimagined presentation in honor of the 100th anniversary of FW Murnau’s horror masterpiece, and a live presentation of THE KINGCAST presented by FANGORIA. Since 2020, podcast hosts Eric Vespe and Scott Wampler brought together some of pop culture’s greatest filmmakers, authors, comedians and commentators to discuss the work of Stephen King.

The headquarters for this year’s Overlook Festival will be located in the new Prytania Theaters at Canal Place, located in downtown New Orleans. A portion of the proceeds from all pass and ticket sales will be donated to the Hurricane Ida Relief and Recovery Fund, a Mutual Aid Response Network project led by Imagine Water Works.

Overlook is also thrilled to partner with fandom apparel powerhouse Super Yaki to produce limited-edition festival-exclusive merchandise. Pre-orders will be available from Tuesday May 3, with availability open until Sunday May 8.

“2022 has already proven to be a banner year for cinema, so it’s fitting that this is the year the festival returns to the big screen,” said festival co-director Michael Lerman. “The genre keeps expanding creatively, and The black phone is a perfect example of the quality of contemporary horror cinema.

Festival co-director Landon Zakheim added, “It’s a testament to the resilience and spirit of this community, the trust of our partners and our team’s dedication to safety, that we are able to Rise from the dead once again to unleash this spooky carnival for all.

Please find details on the first wave of feature film presentations and special events below. An additional wave of titles will be announced on May 3.


The black phone
Director: Scott Derrickson
Starring: Mason Thames, Madeleine McGraw, Jeremy Davies, James Ransone, Ethan Hawke
United States, 2022
The minds behind Sinister and Dr. Strange return to horror with this terrifying tale of a shy 13-year-old boy (Mason Thames), kidnapped and trapped in a soundproof basement by a sadistic killer (Ethan Hawke), which begins receiving mysterious calls, on a dead phone, from the killer’s previous victims.


Directors: Joseph Winter, Vanessa Winter
Starring: Joseph Winter, Melanie Stone
United States, 2022
This go-for-broke gorefest sees a cocky, stunt video blogger on the brink of social undoing who gets exactly what he bargained for when he faces his craziest challenge yet – spending a night in a real haunted house.

Gourmet Feed
Director: Peter Strickland
With: Asa Butterfield, Gwendoline Christie
UK/US/Hungary, 2022
Peter Strickland (In Fabric, The Duke of Burgundy), the master of oddities, returns with his latest tale, a portrait of an institute devoted to culinary and food performance where power struggles, bizarre fetishes, gastrointestinal problems and revenge abound.

Director: Pete Ohs
Starring: Callie Hernandez, Will Madden, Ashley Denise Robinson, Andy Faulkner
United States, 2022
When Jessica’s stalker follows her to a remote area of ​​New Mexico, she and her high school friend must call on spectral assistance in this thoughtful and often comedic ghost story that confuses toxic masculinity in modern dating.

Director: Andrew Semans
Starring: Rebecca Hall, Tim Roth
United States, 2022
Rebecca Hall and Tim Roth turn in career-defining performances in this searing tale of a successful businesswoman whose peaceful, disciplined life with her daughter takes a very, very dark turn when a man carrying the secrets of their past comes back to confront her.

Director: Jean-Luc Herbulot
With: Yann Gael, Evelyne Ily Juhen, Roger Sallah, Mentor Ba
Senegal, 2021
When a group of mercenaries carrying both a fugitive and a bounty they stole find themselves stranded in a remote region of Senegal, they begin to realize a far more powerful fear in the unknown in this jam-packed genre there. action and winding.

Swallowed (World Premiere)
Director: Carter Smith
Starring: Cooper Koch, Jose Colon, Jena Malone, Mark Patton
United States, 2022
From Carter Smith, director of The Ruins, comes a thrilling story of two best friends on what could be their last night together. A drug deal gone wrong puts them at the center of a chilling body horror full of shocking violations.

Director: Chloe Okuno
With: Maika Monroe, Karl Glusman, Ciubuciu Bogdan Alexandru
United States, 2022
One of the most exciting new voices in horror this year, Chloe Okuno, makes her solo debut with this homage to 70s paranoia tales about a young woman who moves to a foreign land with her fiancée. and cannot get rid of the feeling that she is being constantly watched by an invisible figure in an adjacent building.

Who invited them? (World Premiere)
Director: Duncan Birmingham
Starring: Ryan Hansen, Melissa Tang, Timothy Granaderos, Perry Mattfeld
United States, 2022
Reminiscent of Michael Haneke’s Funny Games, Duncan Birmingham’s feature debut follows a young married couple who, after a successful housewarming party, discover that their lovely new neighbors have crashed. Hoping to be hospitable, they run the drinks, only to realize that there might be sinister intent in the air.


Presented by the University of New Orleans

The Kingcast Presented by FANGORIA
Creators and hosts: Eric Vespe, Scott Wampler
Since 2020, FANGORIA Podcast Network’s THE KINGCAST has brought together some of pop culture’s greatest filmmakers, authors, comedians and commentators to obsess over the ever-expanding library of stories, novels, TV miniseries and feature film adaptations for a series. conversations that are as often hilarious as they are comforting and unexpected. Co-hosted by veteran film bloggers Eric Vespe and Scott Wampler, the boys of THE KINGCAST are honored and thrilled to bring their special horror podcasting skills to this year’s Overlook Film Festival, where they will screen a which deserves to be seen on a very big screen with a very rowdy crowd. Buckle up.

Free screening
Creators: Dream Video Division
One hundred years ago, FW Murnau created an unauthorized and unofficial adaptation of Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel Dracula. Today, alternative media art collective Dream Video Division is creating an unauthorized and unofficial adaptation of Nosferatu (1922). A mix of live screening and online streaming, be ready to chat as we bring this viewing experience into the 21st century. Join us for a once-in-a-century live event of a remixed, reinterpreted and remastered version of the original silent horror classic: Nosfera2.

The Pumpkin Pie Show presented by Quirk Books
Creator, screenwriter, performer: Clay McLeod Chapman
The Pumpkin Pie Show is resurrected once again! A festival staple since its inception, singer/songwriter Clay McLeod Chapman returns to the Overlook with his depraved brand of storytelling, offering an intimate look into the hearts of monsters, murderers and lunatics.

Quintron At The Chamberlain Presented by Crescent Canna
Performer: Quinton
Quintron (aka Robert Martin Greenfield) performs impressionistic instrumental organ music on a cache of classic keyboards combined with homemade electronics at his shop in the 9th Ward, New Orleans. Expect his patented Drum Buddy, a light-activated coffee drum machine, to be part of the setup. At the heart of this music are recorded orchestral loops, created for the Chamberlin company in Wisconsin in the 1940s. In Quintron’s hands, these distant sounds provide a soft bed for a bit of sour cream-light exotica. – preferably savored with your back turned; this is music made to be IGNORED!

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