[Dream Creep, Overlook Film Festival]

The Overlook Film Festival Announces its Initial 2024 Lineup

07:00 March 11, 2024
By: Audrey Campisi

The Hair-Raising 2024 Festival Lineup

The Overlook Film Festival, a thrilling 4-day celebration of horror in the haunting city of New Orleans, has unveiled its initial lineup for 2024.

The festival will commence on April 4 and continue through April 7 in New Orleans' Prytania Theatres. This year's festival promises a spine-chilling array of new classic films, interactive events, live performances, immersive programming, and special guests. Renowned for its excellence, the festival has earned accolades such as being named "one of the world's best festivals" by FANGORIA and listed as one of Movie Maker Magazine's Best Genre Festivals since its inception.

[Cuckoo, Overlook Film Festival]

The extensive lineup includes 45 films, with 22 features and 23 shorts from 11 countries. The kickoff film this year will be Cuckoo, produced by NEON and directed by Tilman Singer, starring Hunter Schafer, Dan Stevens, and Jessica Henwick. This chilling tale follows a 17-year-old who relocates to a resort in the German Alps, only to be plagued by terrifying visions and stalked by a mysterious woman with ties to the town's dark past.

Accompanying the opening film is the breakout sensation I Saw the TV Glow, a Sundance hit from A24. Set in a classic suburban setting, the film follows an awkward teenager whose life takes a supernatural turn after being introduced to a mesmerizing yet eerie TV show by a classmate.

Notable additions to the lineup include Blackout, directed by Larry Fassenden; Azrael, written by Simon Barrett and directed by E.L. Katz; and In a Violent Nature, a gripping slasher film helmed by Chris Nash.

[Abigail, Overlook Film Festival]

Closing the festival is the highly anticipated screening of Abigail, a Radio Silence production from Universal Pictures. Directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, the film stars Melissa Barrera and Dan Stevens in a thrilling vampire flick centered around a group of criminals who uncover more than they bargained for when they kidnap the daughter of a powerful underworld figure.

In addition to contemporary offerings, the festival pays homage to classic horror with screenings of films such as Oculus by Mike Flanagan, The Beyond by Lucio Fulci, Phantom of the Paradise with special guest Paul Williams, Creature from the Black Lagoon, and the silent film The Hands of Orlac accompanied by New Orleans' own Think Less, Hear More.

[A Freak Encounter, Overlook Film Festival]

Interactive experiences abound at the festival, with world premieres of A Freak Encounter, The Most Dangerous Man in America, The Dark Séance, and a sneak preview of The Grand Hall. For a full list of films that will be shown at this year's festival, visit overlookfilmfestival.com.

Stay tuned for more haunting information on the Overlook Film Festival. On March 20, additional titles will be announced and more of the schedule will be revealed. For New Orleans locals, April 8 marks an exciting experience, with a bonus locals day for all creepy and horror-loving New Orleanians. After all, what better place is there to celebrate all things spooky and scary than New Orleans?

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