The Overlook Film Festival descends on New Orleans in just a few short days, and this year’s lineup is jam packed with horror films, interactive exhibits and panels. A 4-day celebration of all things horror, this year’s festival begins April 19, 2018 in America’s most haunted city: New Orleans, Louisiana. A city brimming with ancient voodoo and restless spirits, New Orleans is also home to a ghost said to be Stephen King’s inspiration for The Shining‘s Grady Twins. Ghosts aside, The Overlook Film Festival is the most incredible film festival you will ever attend, and you should absolutely make the trip out this year to immerse yourself in a mind-bending weekend full of kickass movies, and kickass people.

The 2018 line-up is full of movies every horror fan is dying to see, including A24’s upcoming Hereditary and Blumhouse’s surprise sequel Unfriended: Dark WebAlso making an appearance are festival favorites Revenge, Tigers Are Not Afraid, and The Ranger which our very own Stephanie Cole called, “a great genre remix that gets to the heart of why horror fans keep coming back for more“. We’re crazy excited to take-in everything Overlook has to offer but here are 8 Movies that may not already be on your radar.


Blood Fest


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Director: Owen Egerton
Cast: Robbie Kay, Jacob Batalon, Seychelle Gabriel, Tate Donovan, Barbara Dunkelman, Nick Rutherford, Zachary Levi
United States, 2018When the most exciting horror festival in the country turns the tables on its zealous fan base by trapping them on the grounds and murdering them en masse, a group of teens armed with the knowledge of a thousand horror movies must fight their way through the bloodbath in this hilarious send-up of horror culture.


St. Agatha


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Director: Darren Lynn Bousman
Cast: Sabrina Kern, Carolyn Hennesy, Courtney Halverson
United States, 2018


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Horror film impresario Darren Lynn Bousman, director of SAW II, III and IV, modern experiments REPO! A GENETIC OPERA and THE DEVIL’S CARNIVAL, not to mention the groundbreaking ongoing immersive property The Tension Experience, brings to life his latest vision, a period piece concerning a troubled woman running from her past who finds herself kept hostage by a coven of vicious nuns.


Don’t Leave Home


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Director: Michael Tully
Cast: Anna Margaret Hollyman, Lalor Roddy, Helena Bereen, David McSavage, Karrie Cox
Ireland, 2018
An American artist accepts a strange invitation to a secluded Irish manor to construct an original sculpture for a priestly painter whose work has been shrouded in a sinister urban legend involving the disappearance of an 8-year-old girl in this creepy, offbeat cinematic discovery from indie stalwart Michael Tully (SEPTIEN).


Ghost Stories


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Director: Jeremy Dyson & Andy Nyman
Cast: Martin Freeman, Alex Lawther, Andy Nyman, Paul Whitehouse
United Kingdom, 2017
After stumbling across a long-lost folder of material from his childhood hero, Goodman, a TV investigator known for debumking psychic hoaxes, digs deep into three cases of ghoulish hauntings. Determined to find rational explanations, Goodman quickly realizes he’s in over his head. Featuring Martin Freeman, this spine-tingling anthology, adapted from the hit stage play, tells enough tales to keep you up for nights to come.

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Good Manners


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Director: Juliana Rojas & Marco Dutra
Cast: Isabél Zuaa, Marjorie Estiano, Miguel Lobo
Brazil/France, 2017
A surprising, imaginative and engaging twist on classic genre stories told with a sophisticated cinematic technique, GOOD MANNERS begins unassumingly with a near destitute nurse becoming the caretaker for a wealthy, isolated pregnant woman exhibiting strange behavior. But soon her habits turn into a sleeping hunger that changes both of their lives forever.


Satan’s Slaves 


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Director: Joko Anwar
Cast: Tara Basro, Bront Palarae, Dimas Aditya, Endy Arfian, Nasar Annuz, Ayu Laksmi, Egy Fedly
Indonesia, 2017
When Mawarni, a famous Indonesian singer, dies of a mysterious illness, her husband and four children are left behind to pick up the pieces, only to discover that they are being haunted by a pack of rabid spirits headed by Mawarni herself. Technically billed as a remake of the 1982 Indonesian remake of Don Coscarelli’s PHANTASM, celebrated director Joko Anwar’s SATAN’S SLAVES is its own chilling throwback to 70s supernatural thrillers, packed to the brim with jump scares and iconic imagery.


What Keeps You Alive


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Director: Colin Minihan
Cast: Hannah Emily Anderson, Brittany Allen, Martha Macisaac, Joey Klein, Charlotte Lindsay Marron
Canada, 2018
For their first wedding anniversary, Jackie and Jules retreat to a cozy cabin near a beautiful lake. The sudden appearance of Jackie’s childhood best friend sets off a chain of unlikely events that turn a quiet vacation into the deadliest game of cat and mouse in Overlook Alum Colin Minihan’s (writer of STILL/BORN) claustrophobic survivalist thriller.


Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich


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Director: Sonny Laguna & Tommy Wiklund
Cast: Thomas Lennon, Michael Paré, Barbara Crampton, Udo Kier
United Kingdom / United States, 2018
During a roadtrip to a convention for the 30th Anniversary of the infamous Toulon Murders, a comic book nerd, his new girlfriend and his best friend come face to face with a set of sadistic nazi puppets out for blood. A reimagining of the Charles Band classic, this uproarious horror comedy starring Thomas Lennon, Udo Kier, Barbara Crampton, Nelson Franklin, and Charlene Yi pays homage to the Full Moon features of the late 80s, early 90s.


The Overlook Film Festival run April 19-24, 2018 at the Bourbon Orleans Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana. Festival Passes and individual tickets can be purchased HERE. And if will be attending the festival this year, let us know on TwitterInstagramReddit, and in the Horror Fiends of Nightmare on Film Street Facebook group!