Last Spring, The Overlook Film Festival took over the historic Timberline Lodge at the top of Mount Hood, Oregon. The isolated, mountain top Lodge made for the perfect spooky setting for genre fans, press, and industry to celebrate new horror and genre film. All from within the hotel that provided the exterior of the fictional Overlook Hotel of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining.

Jon and myself took the trek to the top of Mount Hood for the festival last year, and had an amazing time. We’re ecstatic to report that The Overlook Festival will be return this Spring; only they’ve a few new tricks up their sleeves…

The Overlook Film Festival, a four-day celebration of horror film and immersive experiences, travels to the most haunted city in America for its second year, taking place April 19 through April 22, 2018. The festival will showcase exciting work in new and classic horror cinema, live events, and its trademark interactive activities where attendees can become immersed in the diverse world of the genre space. The four days of events and screenings will be located in and around the French Quarter, New Orleans’ oldest neighborhood and home to some of America’s most legendary encounters with ghosts, vampires and the undead.

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The bulk of the screenings will be centered at the Regal Cinemas Cinebarre Canal Place 9 Movie Theater and Festival Headquarters will be set up at the historic Bourbon Orleans Hotel, one of the city’s most notoriously haunted spaces. The 200 year old-hotel is home to many reported apparitions, including a ghost child rumored to be the inspiration for the Grady Twins from THE SHINING.


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“We’re incredibly excited about the possibilities that New Orleans presents to the festival, given its seemingly endless history of haunts, ghosts, vampires, zombies, killers and supernatural affairs that will bolster the spirit of everything we set out to achieve in creating a site specific festival. ” said festival co-director Michael Lerman.

Added festival co-director Landon Zakheim “It really is the perfect playground to expand our fully immersive program of events and experiences in a gratifying way that fits the needs of our growing audience. Our summer camp for horror fans now has a whole haunted city to explore!”

Overlook’s inaugural festival in 2017 saw horror fans, press, and industry alike descend upon snowy Mount Hood, Oregon, for four days of games, screenings, and discussions. Highlights included the world premieres of A24’s It Comes At Night and Rodney Ascher’s Primal Screen, West Coast Premieres of acclaimed flicks The Untamed, Lady Macbeth, Hounds of Love, and Mayhem, a retrospective screening of Paranorman for tiny horror-fans-to-be, the presentation of the Visionary Award to Blumhouse Founder & CEO Jason Blum, pop ups of top immersive and VR experiences from across the country, a live radio play from Glass Eye Pix, panels on current horror trends, a tribute to the one and only Roger Corman, presented by Mick Garris, and Overlook’s signature festival encompassing immersive game.


Well, what are you waiting for? Early Bird Passes for The Overlook Film Festival are now on sale.. General Passes will be available for purchase starting December 1st. Also, listen to our podcast highlighting last year’s Overlook Film Festival while you diddle your thumbs through winter.

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