The Overlook Film Festival Brings Horror Films and Events to New Orleans June 2-5 | Film


After two years of alternating scheduled online events, the Overlook Film Festival returns to New Orleans, where horror fans can gather again for movies, podcasts, live music and events June 2-5. But many will take a virtual trip to Norco.

Overlook organizers have always incorporated immersive experiences into the festival. Covid precautions have affected how immersive these experiences will be this year, and one of them is the inclusion of point-and-click adventure play “NORCO”, which took home the top prize at the inaugural Tribeca Gaming Awards last year.

In the game, players control a character who returns to his home in St. Charles Parish and the mix of swamp and chemical industry extends just up the river. She discovers that her mother is dead and goes in search of her brother. The story finally arrives in New Orleans and includes an android, murderous creatures, swamp mini-quests and more.

“I think some of the best horror stories are being told in gaming right now,” says Overlook co-founder Landon Zakheim. “I fell in love with ‘NORCO.’ It touched on everything I love about this kind of experience: there’s a lot going on. It’s a very explicit metaphor for the destruction that oil and gas companies inflict on the environment and on people. It’s a sci-fi Android adventure about memory. And it uses old LucasArts point-and-click mechanics, like the games that hit immersive fans when they were growing up. It’s got a filmmaker’s voice but in-game. “

Festival Pass holders can play the demo version of the game.

Overlook begins with another New Orleans highlight. The opening night screening is the North American premiere of Ana Lily Amirpour’s “Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon.” In it, Jeon Jong-seo plays Mona, who escapes from a mental health facility outside of New Orleans. She dodges the police and tries to blend in with the misfits and the residents of the city’s toughest neighborhoods. One of them is a Bourbon Street stripper played by Kate Hudson. It’s not an easy environment, but Mona has supernatural powers.

The closing film is “The Black Phone,” starring Ethan Hawke, who plays a deranged kidnapper and killer. He locks Taylor, a 13-year-old boy, in his basement, where a black phone with a dead line occasionally rings. When Taylor responds, he finds himself talking to former victims.

The festival includes 24 features spread across an array of horror niches, as well as multiple shorts lists. Most films are released in 2022 and there are several world premieres. Many filmmakers will attend screenings of their films. All screenings take place at the Prytania Theaters at Canal Place, except for “Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon”, which is screened both there and at the Uptown Prytania Theater.

The festival’s flagship film is “Resurrection,” a psychological thriller that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Rebecca Hall is a successful businesswoman whose life is turned upside down by the arrival of a man connected to secrets from her past. Winona Ryder stars in “The Cow,” in which a couple visits an Airbnb in Redwoods, California and finds the place booked doubles with a strange couple.

The fest hits many niches, including gore in the movie “Deadstream” and slasher movie “Sissy,” in which a bachelorette party gets ugly. “Swallowed” is a queer body horror film about best friends caught up in a drug deal gone wrong.

There are several foreign films. In the South African film “Good Madam”, a woman is haunted by supernatural echoes of the apartheid era when she moves in with her mother, who is a housekeeper in Cape Town. The Iranian film “Zalava” explores the ambiguous boundary between religion and paranoia. A group of mercenaries find themselves in over their heads when they find themselves stranded on a remote mission in the Senegalese film “Saloum.”

There is also an atrocious film. Bela Lugosi is famous for playing Dracula and acting in many horror movies. But “Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla” wasn’t one of his best films, and the festival is throwing the box office bomb on the 70th anniversary of its release.

“Haxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages” is also re-released. The 1922 silent film explored witchcraft and Satanism, and it was banned in some places due to re-enactments featuring nudity and torture.

The historic 1922 Dracula film “Nosferatu” was often screened with bands providing a new live score. Overlook presents “Nosfera2”, a vaporwave video and musical remix of the original film.

The festival also includes a Halloween party in June, a horror trivia game, and “The Pumpkin Pie Show,” featuring narration by author Clay McLeod. Local musician Quintron provides haunting organ music for a performance at the Théâtre de Toulouse. Overlook usually operates in an immersive storytelling adventure, and this year’s experience is “Accursed Arrangement: The Overlook Immersive Game,” created by Escape My Room.

“The festival was founded to be a gathering space,” says Zakheim. “It was never market driven, it was always community driven. Overlook is a group of like-minded individuals, be they filmmakers, industry people or fans, telling ghost stories around a campfire.

For a festival pass, individual tickets and a schedule, visit

Crescent City Sounds will launch this summer.

The film

The Endurance sat under 10,000 feet of water, at the bottom of the Weddell Sea off Antarctica, for 107 years.


Comments are closed.