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'The Shining' hotel to host new horror film festival

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A new four-day celebration of horror named The Overlook Film Festival will take place next April at The Timberline Lodge, organizers announced on Monday. Located in Mt. Hood, Oregon, the exterior of the Timberline portrayed the outside of the Overlook Hotel in Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 adaptation of Stephen King’s The Shining.

The first iteration of what is planned to be an annual festival will run April 27-30. The festival’s lineup is set to include new and classic horror films, a weekend-long immersive game from interactive company Bottleneck Immersive, and an original live version of radio play series Tales From Beyond The Pale by Glass Eye Pix.

The Overlook Film Festival is the brainchild of event co-directors Michael Lerman and Landon Zakheim, two of the folks behind the much-beloved-in-the-horror-community Stanley Film Festival, which took place at the Colorado hotel where King first got the idea for his classic horror novel and later featured in Mick Garris’ 1997 TV adaptation of the book. 

“We’re incredibly excited to bring the film community and enthusiastic audiences we’ve been cultivating over the last few years to The Overlook Film Festival” said Zakheim, in a statement. “We’re so grateful to the Timberline Lodge for providing such a gorgeous iconic venue in the beautiful location of Mt. Hood, Oregon, where our unique, experiential celebration of all things genre can thrive.”

“It’s a truly inspiring time for horror cinema,” said Lerman. “Our jam-packed program of festival favorites, fresh discoveries, and bonafide classics from features to shorts to live events will be presented in the one-of-a-kind atmosphere we’ve built through our various other genre projects. We really can’t wait to announce our lineup next year.”

Packages and passes for the festival can now be purchased at the official Overlook Film Festival website

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