2022 Overlook Film Festival Opening Night Film And More Titles Announced!

Wait no further. The opening night film for the 2022 Overlook Film Festival has been announced.

The festival will open with the North American premiere of Ana Lily Amirpour’s MONA LISA AND THE BLOOD MOON. An incredible cast including Jeon Jong-soo, Kate Hudson and Craig Robinson make this violent, surreal, homegrown crowd-pleaser glow with the character of the city.

Director: Ana Lily Amirpour
Cast: Jeon Jong-seo, Kate Hudson, Craig Robinson, Evan Whitten, Ed Skrein
United States, 2022

Remember: there’s something at The Overlook for everyone (and every thing). From movies and wicked live experiences to parties and retrospective shows, we can’t wait to roam the haunted streets of New Orleans with our esteemed guests.

Heeeeere’s more movies! With a total of 23 features and 25 shorts from 16 countries, we’ve got a stacked lineup that we’re dying to share with you all.

Opening Night – MONA LISA AND THE BLOOD MOON

North American Premiere

Ana Lily Amirpour | 2022 | USA

The pulsating, raucous, vibrant new fantasy from auteur Ana Lily Amirpour (A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, The Bad Batch) sees a mental asylum escapee with unusual powers setting off on a thrilling adventure through the NOLA streets as she tries to make it on her own while on the run from the cops. An incredible cast including Jeon Jong-soo, Kate Hudson and Craig Robinson make this violent, surreal, homegrown crowd-pleaser glow with the character of the city.

Closing Night – THE BLACK PHONE

Scott Derrickson | 2022 | USA

The minds behind Sinister and Dr. Strange return to horror with this terrifying tale of a shy 13-year-old boy (Mason Thames), abducted and trapped in a soundproof basement by a sadistic killer (Ethan Hawke), who begins to receive mysterious calls, on a dead telephone, from the killer’s previous victims.

BELA LUGOSI MEETS A BROOKLYN GORILLA

70th Anniversary screening

With special video introduction by Leonard & Jessie Maltin

William Beaudine | 1952 | USA

Marvel at the thrilling adventure that Martin Landau is said to have once called “so bad that it made Ed Wood’s films look like Gone with the Wind.” Swoon over the knock-off Martin & Lewis act of Duke Mitchell and Sammy Petrillo, whose impersonation is thought to have caused Jerry Lewis to demand the film’s destruction. Gaze in wonder at a motion picture shot in 7 days on a budget of less than $50,000 by a director famous for filming only one take. Don’t miss the experience Leonard Maltin has promised “will only cost viewers an hour and a quarter of their lives, but once seen, it will never be forgotten”.

THE COW

Eli Horowitz | 2022 | USA



Kath (Winona Ryder) and her boyfriend Max (John Gallagher Jr.) head off to the Redwoods for a getaway, only to discover that their Airbnb has been double booked by another couple. Out of viable options, the four decide to the share the house for the night. When Kath wakes up in the morning, only to find Max has disappeared, it sends her on a dangerous and surreal journey in this creepy, twisty thriller.

DEADSTREAM

Joseph Winter, Vanessa Winter | 2022 | USA

This go-for-broke gorefest sees an arrogant, stunt-driven video blogger, on the verge of social cancellation, who gets exactly what he bargained for when he faces his craziest challenge yet – spending a night in an actual haunted house.

FLUX GOURMET

Peter Strickland | 2022 | UK/USA/Hungary

Peter Strickland (In Fabric, The Duke of Burgundy), the master of oddities, is back with his latest tale, a portrait of an institute devoted to culinary and alimentary performances where power struggles, bizarre fetishes, gastro-intestinal issues and revenge abound.

GOOD MADAM

Jenna Cato Bass | 2021 | South Africa

South African director Jenna Bass ingeniously riffs on the haunted house and folk horror tropes in the chilling tale of a woman who begins to discover oppressive, supernatural echoes from the Apartheid era when she is forced to move in with her mother, a live-in servant at an affluent Cape Town estate.

HÄXAN: WITCHCRAFT THROUGH THE AGES

100th Anniversary screening

With live score by Think Less, Hear More

Benjamin Christensen | 1922 | Sweden

The legendary, groundbreaking silent classic featuring graphic depictions of torture, demonic orgies, and an appearance by Satan himself remains one of cinema’s boldest artistic achievements. Celebrate the centennial of this pioneer hybrid documentary in horror history with an all new live score from NOLA favorites Think Less, Hear More.

HYPOCHONDRIAC

Addison Heimann | 2022 | USA

The life of a young, gay potter begins to spin out of control when he realizes he’s losing control of his bodily functions while being haunted by an unknown presence tied to his past in this blistering, erotic spookfest.

JETHICA

Pete Ohs | 2022 | USA

When Jessica’s stalker follows her to a remote area of New Mexico, her and her estranged high school friend must enlist spectral assistance in this thoughtful, often comedic ghost story that skewers toxic masculinity in modern dating.

MAD GOD

Phil Tippet | 2021 | USA

Legendary animator and VFX wizard Phil Tippett makes his long awaited feature directorial debut with a stop-motion, Miltonesque fever dream that follows an assassin into a labyrinthian city full of monster and creeps.

PIGGY

Carlota Pereda | 2022 | Spain / France

An awkward teenager’s uncomfortable existence of being picked on daily is thrown into ethical turmoil when a mysterious stranger begins to kidnap and kill her bullies in brutal Spanish morality tale.

RESURRECTION

Andrew Semans | 2022 | USA

Rebecca Hall and Tim Roth turn in career defining performances in this blistering tale of a successful business woman whose peaceful and disciplined life with her daughter takes a turn for the very, very dark, when a man carrying the secrets of their past returns to confront her.

ROGER CORMAN, THE POPE OF POP CINEMA

Bertrand Tessier | 2021 | France

Told with all the heart and bluster of one of his own films, this loving documentary about the trailblazer and 2017 Overlook honoree himself bursts with endearing, incredible stories from both on and off set.

Plays with DIGITAL VIDEO EDITING WITH ADOBE PREMIERE PRO: THE REAL-WORLD GUIDE TO SET UP AND WORKFLOW Dir. Seong-Yoon Hong | 2020 | South Korea

SALOUM

Jean Luc Herbulot | 2021 | Senegal

On a strange planet habitable only by women, a teen When a group of mercenaries transporting both a fugitive and a bounty they stole find themselves stranded in a remote region of Senegal, they begin to realize there a much more potent fears out in the unknown in this action-packed, twisty genre bender.

SHE WILL

Charlotte Colbert | 2021 | UK

Already garnering awards internationally, this psychological (and often psychedelic), existential horror film follows an aging actress who, having undergone a double mastectomy, journeys to a rural Scottish healing retreat, a place where women were once burned for witchcraft. It is there that she learns the power to enact revenge in her dreams…

SISSY

Hannah Barlow, Kane Senes | 2021 | Australia

When successful social media influencer Cecilia gets invited to a destination bachelorette party by her childhood best friend, she finds herself face to face with her high school bully in this grisly, inventive slasher.

SLEEPWALKERS

30th Anniversary screening

Mick Garris | 1992 | USA

Behold the first of many collaborations between Stephen King, in his first original story written explicitly for the screen no less, and master of horror – and 2020 festival honoree – Mick Garris. Come for the finely-aged cult classic of a shape-shifting, cat-fearing, blood-sucking, incest-loving mother and son’s run in with Mädchen Amick and a slew of genre hero cameos. Stay for the live recording of THE KINGCAST with director Mick Garris immediately following the screening.

THE SUMMONED

World Premiere

Mark Meir | 2022 | USA

Two high profile couples learn the true price of success and inheritance when they discover just how exclusive the self-help seminar they’ve attended is in this nasty piece of evil business from newcomer Mark Meir.

SWALLOWED

World Premiere

Carter Smith | 2022 | USA

From Carter Smith, the Director of The Ruins, comes a pulse-pounding tale of two best friends on what might be their final night together. A drug deal gone wrong finds them at the center of a chilling queer body horror full of shocking violations.

WATCHER

Chloe Okuno | 2022 | USA

One of the most exciting new voices in horror this year, Chloe Okuno, makes her solo feature debut with this homage to 70s tales of paranoia about a young woman who moves to foreign country with her fiancée and can’t shake the feeling that she is being constantly monitored by an unseen figure in an adjacent building.

WHO INVITED THEM?

World Premiere

Duncan Birmingham | 2022 | USA

Reminiscent of Michael Haneke’s Funny Games, Duncan Birmingham’s first feature follows a young married couple who, after a successful housewarming party, discover that their charming new neighbors have crashed. Hoping to prove themselves to be hospitable, they keep the drinks flowing, only to realize there might be sinister intent in the air.

ZALAVA

Arsalan Amiri | 2021 | Iran

A military official’s skepticism gets a rude awakening when he travels to a rural village reportedly possessed by a demon in this chilling, critically acclaimed Iranian tale of the line between faith and paranoia.

2022 SHORTS PROGRAM 1

Presented By ALTER

ITCH Dir. Susannah Farrugiat | 2021 | Malta

DAY TRIPPERS Dir. Erin Broussard | 2021 | USA 

HUELLA Dir. Gabriela Ortega | 2021 | USA 

EVERYBODY GOES TO THE HOSPITAL Dir. Tiffany Kimmel | 2021 | USA 

WHITE DEVIL Dir. Mariama Diallo, Benjamin Dickenson | 2021 | USA 

UNDER THE ICE Dir. Alvaro Rodriguez Areny | 2021 | Spain 

SMILE Dir. Joanna Tsanis | 2021 | Canada / USA 

LOVE YOU, MAMA Dir. Alexandra Magistro | 2022 | Canada

2022 SHORTS PROGRAM 2

Presented By ALTER

THEY’RE HERE Dir. Sid Zanforlin | 2021 | Canada

CHAPERONE Dir. Sam Max | 2022 | USA 

DYSTOPIA Dir. Laura Ugolini | 2020 | Norway 

WHILE MORTALS SLEEP Dir. Alex Fofonoff | 2022 | USA 

FREEBIRTH Dir. Juan Avella | 2021 | USA 

THEY SEE YOU Dir. Tory Jones | 2022 | USA 

SWALLOW THE UNIVERSE Dir. Luis Nieto | 2021 | France

BREATHE Dir. Stephen Kang | 2021 | New Zealand

2022 SHORTS PROGRAM 3

Presented By ALTER

SPA DAY Dir. Kevin Armento, Jaki Bradley | 2021 | USA

EXPECTANCY  Dir. Juho Fossi | 2020 | Finland

WILD BITCH  Dir. Rebekka Johnson, Kate Nash | 2022 | USA

RED IS THE COLOR OF BEAUTY Dir. Beck Kitsis | 2021 | USA

SWEPT UNDER Dir. Ethan Soo | 2022 | USA

YOU’VE NEVER BEEN COMPLETELY HONEST  Dir. Joey Izzo | 2022 | USA

RATED R  Dir. Reid Antin | 2021 | USA

TISTLEBU Dir. Simon Matthew Valentine | 2022 | Norway

2021 SHORTS PROGRAM

Presented By ALTER

EXCUSE ME, MISS, MISS, MISS  Dir. Sonny Calvento | 2020 | The Philippines 

THE VANDAL  Dir. Eddie Alcazar | 2021 | USA 

GUTS Dir. Chris McInroy | 2021 | USA 

MUNKIE Dir. Steven Chow | 2021 | New Zealand

GHOST DOGS Dir. Joe Cappa | 2021 | USA 

INHERITANCE Dir. Annalise Lockhart | 2021 | USA

2020 SHORTS PROGRAM 1

Presented By ALTER

LILI Dir. Yfke van Berckelaer | 2019 | The Netherlands

SNOWFLAKES Dir. Faye Jackson | 2019 | UK

BAKEMONO Dir. Sumire Takamatsu, Jorge Lucas | 2019 | USA 

PULSIÓN Dir. Pedro Casavecchia | 2019 | Argentina / France

PLACE Dir. Jason Gudasz | 2019 | USA 

THE ROUGAROU Dir. Lorraine Caffery | 2019 | USA 

REGRET Dir. Santiago Menghini | 2020 | Canada 

WOOD CHILD AND HIDDEN FOREST MOTHER Dir. Stephen Irwin | 2020 | UK

2020 SHORTS PROGRAM 2

Presented By ALTER

BENEVOLENT BA Dir. Diffan Sina Norman | 2020 | Malaysia / USA

IMAGINE A WORLD Dir. Joanna Tsanis | 2019 | Canada

FARCE Dir. Robin Jensen | 2019 | Norway

ABRACITIOS Dir. Tony Morales| 2020 | Spain

THE DOE Dir. Jennifer Lumbroso | 2020 | France

CHANGELING Dir. Faye Jackson | 2019 | UK

THE DEVIL’S HARMONY Dir. Dylan Holmes Williams | 2019 | UK

2020 SHORTS PROGRAM 3

Presented By ALTER

DECAPITATO Dir. Sydney Brafman | 2020 | USA

THE THREE MEN YOU MEET AT NIGHT Dir. Beck Kitsis | 2020 | USA

STUCCO Dir. Janina Gavankar, Russo Schelling | 2019 | USA

NO I DON’T WANT TO DANCE Dir. Andrea Vinciguerra | 2019 | UK

FATALE COLLECTIVE: BLEED Dir. Lola Blanc, Megan Rosati, Danin Jacquay, Francesca Maldonado, Natasha Halevi, Linda Chen | 2019 | USA

THE DEEPEST HOLE Dir. Matt McCormick | 2020 | USA

NOM Dir. Angel Hernández | 2019 | Spain

A STRANGE CALM Dir. Austin Rourke | 2020 | USA

BAD HAIR Dir. Oskar Lehemaa | 2019 | Estonia

We’re showing everything from fresh discoveries and festival favorites to world premieres and a variety of short films presented by Gunpowder & Sky’s ALTER.

It’s (Almost) Game Time

Chaos awaits you in New Orleans. Will you rise to the occasion? Introducing Accursed Arrangement: The Overlook Immersive Game.

Anchored by a weekend-long alternate reality game experience designed by local outfit Escape My Room, the Overlook’s immersive offerings feature installations inspired by New Orleans gothic queen Anne Rice, story boxes, and a dreamy indie game set in a dystopian South Louisiana.

The Festival’s signature interactive elements have been reimagined for the pandemic age. Attendees should expect an experience prioritizing safety (and fun). To learn more about our COVID-19 policies, visit our website.

A Retrospective Journey

We all know that Overlook kills it on its selection of films and live experiences. This year, we will include a retrospective program to pay tribute to classic horror films and their respective anniversaries, including Häxan: Witchcraft Through The Ages (100th anniversary) – with live score by Think Less, Hear More, Bela Lugosi Meets A Brooklyn Gorilla (70th anniversary) – with special video introduction by Leonard & Jessie Maltin, and Sleepwalkers (30th anniversary).

Haunted by FOMO? There’s more to look forward to, including our famous Horror Trivia and our spooktacular closing event, Halloween In June. Join us if you dare.

Merch Pre-Sale Now Open

Dress to impress. Dress to kill. Whatever you do — be sure to SLAY your Fest oufit. Head over to Super Yaki’s website and pre-order official festival merchandise today. This exclusive limited-edition collection will go fast — head over between now and Sunday, May 8th to make sure you have your chance to grab your fest gear.

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