The Overlook Film Festival is less than a week away. The four day event has a lineup filled with world premieres, festival favorites, and anniversary showings. We will be in New Orleans to take part in some of the fest’s events (there will be horror trivia sponsored by Shudder and a full on Halloween party) and have already begun planning for the movies we want to see.
Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla
There is more to genre film fests than over the top gore and outright horror. Bela Lugosi is one of the most famous names in horror; the Brooklyn gorilla, not so much. Still, when the two of them came together, it made for one of the most infamous pairings in film history. Shot in a week by a director famous for only doing one take. The movie also includes a Martin and Lewis knockoff act so bad Jerry Lewis demanded the film be destroyed.
One of the more unique premises at the Overlook, the film is about a group of performance artists that excel in sonic catering. They all work at extracting disturbing sounds from food. An outsider infiltrates their mysterious collective with the hopes of finding out their day to day rituals. It is not long before he realizes he is becoming a part of the collective himself.
Rebecca Hall and Tim Roth star in about a woman who seems to have everything in her life together until a person from her past returns. Filled with tension and paranoia, the movie won over audiences at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The plot may sound familiar, but its strong cast and willingness to tackle tough themes are a draw.
Horror does not have the best history when it comes to its treatment of the LGBTQ community, but it has got much better in recent years. 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.
More than any other genre, horror knows how to make the use of established tropes. Elijah (J. Quinton Johnson) and his girlfriend Lynn (Emma Fitzpatrick) attend an exclusive self-help retreat. While Elijah struggles with his emotionally distant girlfriend, he is also tempted by a sensual fellow attendee. He discovers that he has been summoned to settle a centuries old supernatural debt.
Who Invited Them
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.
Passes for the Overlook Film Festival can be found HERE
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