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{The Overlook Film Festival} The Schedule is here…About That Secret Screening

It is no secret Fantastic Fest is one of our favorites here at Signal Horizon. A giant reason why, are the capstone secret screenings offered on select days. The Overlook Film Festival announced its own secret screenings, and the conjecture is already ramping up.

The Overlook is out with their entire schedule, and boy oh boy, does it look special. We are getting a Tingler screening in full Percepto!!!! A 40th-anniversary screening of The Dead Zone presented by the good guys at The KingCast. Finally, a surprise appearance by the one and only Dr. Bartholomew Fearless. If The Overlook isn’t on your radar, it 100% should be. See you in New Orleans in a couple of weeks. See below for all the details.

Passes and tickets on sale now at

March 14, 2023 | New Orleans, LA – The Overlook Film Festival released today the full schedule for its upcoming 2023 edition, taking place March 30 – April 2 in America’s most haunted city, New Orleans, LA. The festival schedule is now live at

With these newly-announced features, the horror festival will present a total of 53 films (29 features and 24 short films from 12 countries), along with extensive offerings, including immersive programming, interactive events, live performances, brand-new music, and magic sidebars, parties, and more.

Festival passes and single tickets are on sale for all films and events in the lineup, including newly added features such as Bishal Dutta’s It Lives Inside and a special 40th-anniversary screening of master of horror David Cronenberg’s cult classic The Dead Zone. Based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, The Dead Zone will also be the chosen topic for a live session of the popular Stephen King-obsessed podcast THE KINGCAST, presented by FANGORIA, featuring special guest journalist and filmmaker David Farrier (Mister Organ, Tickled) with host Eric Vespe and guest co-host Bryan Fuller, showrunner of TV’s Hannibal.

The previously announced screening of William Castle’s 1959 feature The Tingler, selected for the festival by legendary filmmaker Joe Dante, will also include a special in-person introduction by ​​David Dastmalchian, who will appear as his TV horror host persona Dr. Bartholomew Fearless. The doctor will join Overlook audiences from his lair in Hollywood, California, where he ultimately relocated – succumbing to his passionate love of cinema – and where he continues to pursue a vital career in the experimentation of dead tissue reanimation, communicating with the dead and watching old horror movies in his small poorly lit dungeon. A repeat guest in many midnight social circles for hosts such as Dr. Jack Griffin and Vlad Dracula, Dr. Fearless promises to transport attendees into a screening experience like no other. The Tingler will be presented in full “Percepto.” 

Finally, a special night of screenings for local audiences will follow the Festival’s Closing Night on Monday, April 3rd.

For more information about the added titles, please see below.

Newly Added Features

Centerpiece Presentation

Secret Screening

Try and guess our Secret Screening. As is tradition, we’ll never tell. Leave your expectations at the door. Knowing in advance would defeat the purpose. To spoil the surprise would, of course, be cheating. Only those brave enough to enter the theater will revel in the reveal. Marvel at one of the most exciting new titles of the year. End your Friday Night here, and you won’t be sorry. 

Feature Film Presentation

It Lives Inside

Director: Bishal Dutta

Cast: Megan Suri, Neeru Bajwa, Mohana Krishnan, Betty Gabriel, Vik Sahay

United States, 2023

Sam is desperate to fit in at school, rejecting her Indian culture and family to be like everyone else. When a mythological demonic spirit latches onto her former best friend, she must come to terms with her heritage in order to defeat it.

Retrospective Presentation

The Dead Zone

40th Anniversary Screening

Director: David Cronenberg

Cast: Christopher Walken, Brooke Adams, Tom Skerritt, Herbert Lom, Martin Sheen

United States, 1983 

Christopher Walken stars as a schoolteacher who wakes up from a five-year coma with psychic powers. Wary of his newfound abilities, he retreats from the world, but when he has a horrifying vision of things to come, he fights to find out if he can only see the future or if he can change it. David Cronenberg directs this Stephen King adaptation and the topic for this year’s Kingcast live podcast.


Important Dates

March 15: Immersive Reservations Open for General Public

March 30: Festival Begins 

April 2: Festival Ends

About The Overlook Film Festival

The Overlook Film Festival is a 4-day celebration of all things horror held in haunted, historic & iconic venues throughout New Orleans. Presenting superior film programming with an expanded focus on experiential events, the festival showcases exciting work in new and classic horror cinema alongside the latest in interactive and live shows for a fully immersive weekend. As a summer camp for genre fans, The Overlook is a community event bringing the best of horror storytelling to an enthusiastic and appreciative audience within an intimate and inspirational environment. Evoking the spirit of the Overlook hotel, horror’s most infamous fictional haunt, the 2023 Overlook Film Festival runs from March 30 – April 2, headquartered at the Prytania Theatres at Canal Place in Downtown New Orleans with additional screenings at Prytania Theatres Uptown. The festival advisory board includes Joe Dante (Filmmaker – GremlinsThe Howling), Karyn Kusama (Filmmaker – Jennifer’s BodyThe Invitation), Ryan Turek (VP of Feature Film Development, Blumhouse Productions), Leigh Whannell (Actor / Writer / Filmmaker – SawInsidious), Diana Williams (CEO & Co-Founder, Kinetic Energy Entertainment), Elijah Wood (Founding Partner, SpectreVision) and more.