As the weather turns colder and chills fill the air, our favorite time of year quickly approaches as we descend into fall. In the spirit of the season, the city of Knoxville, TN will be hosting the tenth annual Knoxville Horror Film Fest with four days showcasing independent, classic and short horror films, topped off with themed parties, trivia contests, and a live podcast from Shock Waves. Festival attendees are sure to be treated to a terrifyingly great time.
Founded in 2009 by horror enthusiasts William Mahaffey and Nick Huinker, Knoxville Horror Film Fest began as a small one-night program. This epic festival has grown into a weekend long, multi-venue event, which has showcased hundreds of short films by up and coming filmmakers since its conception. Joining this year’s festival board is Filmmaker Jill Gevargizian (42 Counts) and Film Critic Elric Kane from the Shock Waves Podcast. In addition to this year’s expansion, horror fiends will also be given theatrical screenings of current and classic genre films as well as other countless surprises to feed their horror hunger.
Kicking off on October 18th, Knoxville Horror Film Fest will be bringing things to a whole new level in celebration of their tenth consecutive year. According to an official release from KHFF, this year’s event will headline 4K restorations of cult fan favorites such as Maniac and Zombie, as well as exclusive sneak peeks at indie releases such as Anna & The Apocalypse and The Ranger. Festival goers will also enjoy Saturday night’s premiere of the 2018 Grindhouse Grind-out Filmmaking Contest, trivia, a live episode from Shock Waves Podcast and themed afterparties to socialize with like-minded fans of horror. The festival is set to wrap on October 21st.
Available now is a limited quantity of full Festival Passes, which can be found at the KHFF, Central Cinema and FilmFreeway websites. For the $100 standard Festival Pass, festival attendees will receive access to all four days of KHFF events. However, the deluxe $200 R.I.P. Pass sweetens the deal with a KHFF shirt, poster and free access to designated Central Cinema horror film screenings throughout the month of October. This includes multiple double features such as The Thing and The Thing from Another World, Re-Animator and Bride of Re-Animator as well as Basket Case and Brain Damage. General admission to Friday and Saturday events at Downtown West 8 will be available in late September. For more information and to view the developing lineup, visit the Knoxville Horror Fest website or Central Cinema’s site.