It figures! I spent years in the Knoxville, TN area and spent so much energy searching for horror movies. I not over exaggerating. While most people spend their time in school chasing chicks, getting drunk and buying girls a creamed soda down at the malt shop…. That’s what all the cool kids did, right!?!? I was spending my free time at used DVD shops, discount theaters and torrent sites (I have since learned the error of my ways… sorta) searching for new or unknown horror flicks. It’s safe to say that I have never burned more calories in my life then I did those few years in Knoxville searching for horror flicks. Well not long after my pasty lumpy butt crossed that state line for a new life, William Mahaffey seemed to be aware that I left the state and decided to start the Knoxville Horror Film Festival. An entire festival dedicated to horror films! I would have never left if this just started a year earlier! I believe from now on Mahaffey should ask me before making any more life choices… Yeah, I think that should work….
Any way fast forward 6 years later and we are rapidly approaching Knoxville Horror Festival 666 (that’s pun. It’s not really the six hundred and sixty-sixth festival…. I now realized that I didn’t need to explain that…). Hitting down town Knoxville Oct 24th-26th, KHFF is shaping up to be the best festival yet! This year lineup has 7 feature films including V/H/S: Viral, Astron 6’s The Editor and New Zealand ghost/comedy Housebound. Just those three titles alone have my money, but don’t forget the also have a ton of short films and the annual Grindhouse Grind-Out Film judged by none other than president of Troma, Lloyd Kauffman! I know what you’re saying: “Where the hell do I snag tickets to this event?!?!” Well you are in luck! KHFF is pre-selling weekend passes for a discounted price right now over at their Indiegogo page. Also a ton of other really cool stuff too. CLICK HERE TO GRAB YOUR TICKETS!!!
KHFF 666 is going to be a hell of a time. Check out the official press release below and mark your calenders!
KNOXVILLE, TN – SEPT 24, 2014 — The Knoxville Horror Film Fest will present its sixth annual weekend of scare-friendly cinema on October 24-26, bringing the genre film festival experience to East Tennessee with a slate of premier indie horror features and a barrage of unique shorts from around the region and around the world. This year’s festival will kick off Friday night at Regal Downtown West, return for an all-day marathon of screenings on Saturday, then wrap up across town on Sunday afternoon with two additional film screenings and an awards ceremony & costume party at Market Square’s Scruffy City Hall.
KHFF has upped the ante each year since its single-evening 2009 debut, and 2014 will be no exception, packing the weekend tighter than ever before with seven hand-picked feature presentations. This year’s lineup includes fest favorite Richard Bates, Jr’s buzzed-about dark comedy Suburban Gothic; horror anthology sequels V/H/S Viral and The ABCs Of Death 2; Gerard Johnstone’s crowd-pleasing horror laffer Housebound; renowned Canadian collective Astron-6’s meta-giallo The Editor; Axelle Carolyn’s moody ghost story Soulmate; and Matt O’Mahoney’s splatter comedy Bloody Knuckles. As with last year’s festival, each feature presentation is preceded by a themed selection of short films competing for prizes at Sunday’s Awards Party. (2014’s short film lineup will be announced along with the final festival schedule in October.)
Saturday night will also premiere the locally-made trailers comprising the fourth annual Grindhouse Grind-Out Filmmaking Contest. The de facto main event of KHFF for many of Knoxville’s wildest creative types, the Grind-Out pits two dozen teams against each other to produce over-the-top movie trailers based on a lottery of genres from ‘Spaghetti Western’ to current media darling ‘Sharksploitation’. (The competition kicks off on Thursday, October 2, with teams given a tight deadline of six days and sixty-six minutes to complete their films. Teams can register through KHFF’s website for $30.) The audience is invited to vote for their favorites, with winners announced alongside a variety of jury awards on Sunday night… as well as a special award from guest judge Lloyd Kaufman, of the legendary Troma Films!
Weekend Passes to all KHFF666 events (a $70 value) are available for a discounted price of $50 thru 9/30 at KHFF’s IndieGoGo crowdfunding page, which is also offering shirts, posters, and other opportunities in an effort to raise money in advance of the festival. Beginning in October, Weekend Passes and other ticketing options will remain available through KHFF’s website for $60.
KHFF invites submissions through October 1 on their website or at filmfreeway.com
Founded in October 2009 by genre film enthusiasts William Mahaffey and Nick Huinker, the Knoxville Horror Film Fest has grown from a single block of short films shown at Knoxville’s Pilot Light to become one of the Southeast’s most notable film festival experiences, as well as presenting monthly screenings of exclusive new releases and favored classics at venues throughout the area.
Further information is available at knoxvillehorrorfest.com or on KHFF’s Facebook page.
2014 KNOXVILLE HORROR FILM FESTIVAL
Friday 10/24 – KHFF666 Opening Night
at Regal Downtown West 8
featuring short films and two feature films
Screenings begin 7pm. $20 admission
Saturday 10/25 – KHFF666 Main Event
at Regal Downtown West 8
featuring short films, three feature films and the 4th annual Grindhouse Grind-Out
Screenings begin 12pm. $35 Full Saturday Pass or
$10 individual screening admissions + $15 Grind-out admission
Sunday 10/26 – KHFF666 Screening & Awards Party
at Scruffy City Hall
featuring short films, two feature films and the KHFF666 Awards Party
Screenings begin 3pm. $15 Full Sunday Pass or $5 for Awards Party admission
Weekend Passes $60 (A $70 Value!)
Discounted Pre-Sale Passes and More Available Thru 9/30