The Overlook Film Festival is proud to announce its inaugural year programming lineup. In addition to the 37 films (20 features and 17 short films from 16 countries) on offer, the festival will overflow with genre-themed parties, interactive events, and live experiences, all set against the breathtaking backdrop that is Mt. Hood, located just one hour east of Portland, Oregon.
On closing night of the festival, audience members will be treated to an unmissable secret screening. The Centerpiece presentation of the 2017 edition of The Overlook Film Festival is William Oldroyd’s LADY MACBETH, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and was a Sundance Film Festival Official Selection. The festival’s Opening Night film and additional surprises will be announced later this week.
Legendary director and producer Roger Corman will attend to accept the Overlook Film Festival’s Master of Horror Award. The Master of Horror Award was established to honor a living legend who has contributed lasting innovations to the genre throughout a long career, inspiring new filmmakers for years to come. Producer and director Roger Corman has made more than 300 feature films, earning him the nickname the “Godfather of Independent Film.”
In addition to films and special guests, the Overlook Film Festival is generously packed with live presentations. The festival’s signature live event, a weekend long immersive horror game available to badge holders, is produced by Bottleneck Immersive exclusively for the festival. Other live experiences run the gamut from sessions of extreme haunt sensation BLACKOUT to Glass Eye Pix’s TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE, a live-audio drama featuring all new work written and directed by horror impresarios Glenn McQuaid and Larry Fessenden.
“It’s an incredibly exciting time and we’re really proud of the lineup!,” said Festival Co-Director Michael Lerman. “Between the world premieres and the festival favorites, I feel like it really does justice in honoring this amazingly special location.” Added festival co-director Landon Zakheim “The festival was built from the ground up to exist as a community for fans to celebrate horror in all of its forms. We can’t wait for attendees to discover our dark carnival of interactive experiences and the artists behind them.”
Centerpiece and Closing Night presentations
Centerpiece Film: LADY MACBETH
Director: William Oldroyd
United Kingdom, 2016
Rural England, 1865. Katherine is stifled by her loveless marriage to a bitter man twice her age, and his cold, unforgiving family. When she embarks on a passionate affair with a young worker on her husband’s estate, a force is unleashed inside her so powerful that she will stop at nothing to get what she wants.
Closing Night Film: Secret Screening
For our closing night festivities, the Overlook Film Festival proudly presents a hotly anticipated film from a bold voice in film. Come and be the first to see an unmissable work of genre art!
THE BAD BATCH
Director: Ana Lily Amirpour
United States, 2016
Set in a post-apocalyptic future, this imaginative tale sees a young girl deemed longer suitable for civilized society, is forcibly put out to pasture in rugged Texas wasteland inhabited by a iron-pumping ground of blood thirsty cannibals. The sophomore effort from Ana Lily Amirpour (A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night), The Bad Batch is genre-bending acid trip full of iconic imagery and evocative sequences.
Director: Álex de la Iglesia
Spanish genre maverick Alex de la Iglesia returns to form with fast paced horror-comedy about a random group of diners who get trapped together inside a bar in downtown Madrid when a sniper opens fire on the streets. As claustrophobia sets in inside, a series of bizarre occurrences take place outside, leading this mismatched bunch to extreme paranoia that may have vicious consequences.
Created by: James Roland
United States, 2017
Syfy’s new grindhouse-inspired series soaked in high-octane chaos and just barely approved for television. After Los Angeles’ last good cop is forced to join a twisted cross-country death race, his only hope of survival is a dangerous femme fatale. Oh, and forget gasoline… these cars run on human blood.
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BOYS IN THE TREES
Director: Nicholas Verso
Part eerie, part moving, this engrossing coming-of-age tale sees two estranged teens begrudgingly finding themselves walking home together on Halloween 1997. As the differences in the pair start bubble to the surface, the two embark on a surreal journey through their vivid memories, lurid dreams and morbid fears.
THE DWARVES MUST BE CRAZY
Director: Bhin Banloerit
The most insane and hilarious horror comedy you will see this year, The Dwarves Must Be Crazy follows a village of little people as it is attacked by an evil ancient Thai spirit. When the local inhabitants feast on some poisonous fireflies, all hell breaks loose in this chaotic piece of anarchic cinema full of intestines and flatulence humor.
HOUNDS OF LOVE
Director: Ben Young
In the mid-1980s, 17-year-old Vicki Maloney is randomly abducted from a suburban street by a disturbed couple. As she observes the dynamic between her captors, she quickly realizes she must drive a wedge between them if she is to survive.
Director: Damien Power
With their hearts set on a romantic vacation, Ian and Samantha arrive at an isolated campsite, only to to find an SUV and a tent — with no sign of the occupants. The discovery of a distressed child wandering in the woods unleashes a terrifying chain of events that will test the young couple’s breaking point. The great tradition of shockers like Straw Dogs and Wolf Creek, this brutal survival thriller cuts deep.
Director: Taneli Mustonen
Every camper’s worst nightmare came true at Lake Bodom in 1960 when four teenagers were stabbed to death while sleeping in their tent. As the years passed and the case grew cold, the unsolved mystery turned into a creepy campfire story passed from generation to generation. Now, a group of teenagers arrives at the same campsite, hoping to solve the murder by reconstructing it minute by minute. As night falls, it turns out not all of them are there to play.
Director: Robert Mockler
United States, 2017
A reckless loner, desperate for human connection, sets out on a crime spree that she broadcasts on social media. Her reality quickly splinters into a surreal nightmare that escalates out of control, just in time for Christmas.
Director: Joe Lynch
United States, 2017
In this explosive new film from director Joe Lynch, a dangerous virus that prevents the infected from controlling their inhibitions is discovered in a corporate law building – the very same firm that recently cleared an infected man on murder charges. When a quarantine is issued and the building goes on lockdown, all hell breaks loose inside, leaving a disgruntled employee (Steven Yeun) and an irate client (Samara Weaving) to fight their way to the top to “have a word” with the corrupt executives who wronged them.
MEATBALL MACHINE KODOKU
Director: Yoshihiro Nishimura
Japanese cyberpunk is alive and well In this follow-up to the 2005 splatter comedy Meatball Machine. Taking the reigns this time is effects specialist Yoshihiro Nishimura (Tokyo Gore Police) as he puts his own independent spin on the story of the alien parasite who turns unsuspecting humans into Necro-borg – half man, half machine creatures who will stop at nothing to battle each other to the death.
Director: Natalia Leite
United States, 2017
Following the brutal sexual assault of a fellow classmate, an introverted art student sets out into the campus night to take justice into her own hands in director Natalia Leite’s terrifying and poignant revenge thriller.
Director: Mickey Keating
United States, 2017
When an unidentified madman is sent to the electric chair, it triggers a sort of Mischief Night for a group of serial killers out in an entire city. An escaped mental patient, a beautiful seductress, a strangler who preys on unsuspecting women and an enigmatic masked contract killer run amok in Mickey Keating’s new slasher fest.
North American Premiere
Director: Dick Maas
Bad boy Dutch director Dick Maas returns with this over-the-top thriller about a enormous, aggressive lion who is on the loose outside of Amsterdam. Teaming up the police and her hunter ex-boyfriend, a brilliant veterinarian is hot the trail, dead set on catching the beast before he tears through everything in site in this romp of a gore fest.
Director: Brandon Christensen
When Mary loses one of her twins during childbirth, she feels an unparalleled disconnect. As she struggles with the loss of one child, she begins to suspect a sinister force have plans for the other. Written by Colin Minihan of The Vicious Brothers (GRAVE ENCOUNTERS) and pitch perfectly directed by new comer Brandon Christensen, Still/Born is a newborn horror you won’t soon forget.
Director: Sebastian Rotstein & Federico Rotstein
On a night when the City Governor is facing the accusation of being responsible for a tragedy that led to the death of 15 persons when a building in construction fell apart, five citizens who remain disillusioned are fated to face their most terrifying fears. Based on a set of urban legends, these seedy, allegorical tales of lust, possession, revenge, and voyeurism will make your skin crawl.
Director: Dominic Bridges
United Kingdom, 2017
Hussein, a slick talking real estate agent, gets by day to day thanks to sharp wit and massive ego. Unbeknownst to him, he’s sharing his apartment with a forgotten stranger, a master of concealment who is plotting a malicious campaign of vengeance. One of the most unique voices in genre cinema this year, director Dominic Bridges crafts the darkest of comedies about class.
Director: Amat Escalante
The fragile existence of a young housewife and her working class family is thrown off balance when a mysterious stranger comes into their lives convinces them that in the nearby woods, inside an isolated cabin, dwells something not of this world that could be the answer to all of their problems. Director Amat Escalante’s shocking and controversial new film touches on themes of family values, hypocrisy, homophobia, and male chauvinism.
Director: Georgia Lee
Hong Kong/United States, 2016
A young woman returns to her family in Hong Kong to tend to her ailing grandmother. Upon arriving, she begins to come into contact with strange occurrences – noises, moving objects and frequent electronic disruptions. Filming her day to day activities for her doting husband, she begins to unravel the terrifying mystery that haunts her family and its connection to her dark past. In the tradition of William Castle, this innovative feature uses app technology for maximum, real time interactivity with the film and the evils within.
Directors: Chris Butler & Sam Fell
United States, 2012
A misunderstood boy who can speak with the dead takes on ghosts, zombies and, worst of all, grown-ups, in order to save his town from a centuries-old curse in this modern animated classic from the wizards at Laika. Join your fellow children of all ages for the perfect love letter to all things that go bump in the night.
Director: Rodney Ascher
United States, 2017
Why are we simultaneously attracted to and repelled by the things that scare us the most? In this unique piece of work, acclaimed filmmaker Rodney Ascher (ROOM 237, THE NIGHTMARE) explores the pop culture that left dark impressions on us as children. Ascher asks real people to look back at pop-culture artifacts that traumatized them in their youth and describe the effect they had on their lives. A singular hybrid of documentary and horror, Ascher will present with an extended talkback following.