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OCTOBER 20-23

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TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW AT

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The pandemic drove us into the loving arms of Maryville's Parkway Drive-In, and we're pleased to return for a third year, presenting two nights of triple-bill centerpiece programming.  (Both evenings at the Parkway will also include a host of horror-adjacent vendors; email us if you'd like to be involved!)

 

Drive-in tickets are available for $25 per night per person (online or at the gate) or as part of our $120 all-access Festival Pass.

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FRIDAY OCTOBER 21

Friday's drive-in experience includes the fake film trailers of our annual KHFF Grindhouse Grind-out Filmmaking Contest, a 40th anniversary screening of Stephen King & George Romero’s Creepshow (1982), and director Tom Holland’s fan favorite horror comedy Fright Night (1985).

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SATURDAY OCTOBER 22

We're back at the drive-in Saturday night for a 30th anniversary presentation of Sam Raimi’s Army of Darkness (1992) before spotlighting director Stuart Gordon with a double feature of Re-Animator (1985) and From Beyond (1986).

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Friday & Saturday's drive-in programming is just a fraction of the horrific fun! 80 horror diehards will join us at KHFF home base Central Cinema (just north of downtown Knoxville) for a four day marathon of specialty programming and a hand-picked slate of this year's hottest horror shorts and independents!

Just a few all-access $120 Festival Passes remain!

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THURSDAY OCTOBER 20

Our 2022 festival officially kicks off at 7pm Thursday night with our FULCI LIVES! mini-retrospective, saluting Italian horror legend Lucio Fulci with a surprise-heavy triple feature headlined by City of the Living Dead!

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FRIDAY OCTOBER 21

Our competitive slate begins Friday afternoon with Aristotelis Maragkos' "Langoliers" remix oddity The Timekeepers of Eternity (1:00pm), Clay Tatum's low-key comedy The Civil Dead (2:15pm) and our program of Tennessee Terrors regional short films (4:15pm).

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SATURDAY OCTOBER 22

Our short film competition shifts into high gear Saturday afternoon with a dedicated block of shorts (12:00pm), followed by KHFF favorite Brian Lonano's Lonanothon compilation (1:15pm) and Michelle Garza Cervera’s Tribeca sensation Huesera (3:15pm).

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SUNDAY OCTOBER 23

KHFF wraps up Sunday with a concentrated blast of horror must-sees! The day begins with a Christmas Horror double bill of Eric Pennycoff's The Leech (12:00pm) and Joe Begos' Christmas Bloody Christmas (1:30pm), followed by Jason Eisener's Kids Vs Aliens (3:20pm) and Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead's Something In The Dirt (4:45pm). After a dinner break we'll announce the weekend's winners at our Awards Ceremony (7:25pm) then wind things down with Brian Yuzna's classic Society (7:45pm).

2022 SHORT FILM LINEUP

This year's touring short film competition includes Hector Perez-Aguilar & Ryan Johnson's Closing Time (screening before Timekeepers of Eternity); Joel Harlow's Old Time Radio (screening before Creepshow); Thomas Simon's Bowlhead, Andrew Stadler's Beacon, Matthew & Nathaniel Barber's Get Out of There, Tim O'Connor's We Wanted Children, Tony Reames's Lethalogica, and Fabio Colonna's Unheimlich (screening together in our Saturday short film block); Jason Zink's Tapehead (screening before Lonanothon); Chung-An Ou Alan's Part Forever (screening before Huesera); Dylan Arnow's Nightmare at Camp Bloodbath (screening before Army of Darkness); Daniel DelPurgatorio's Bug Bites (screening before Re-Animator); and Kyle Kuchta's The Woodsman (screening before Christmas Bloody Christmas).

This year's Tennessee Terrors regional short film competition (screening Friday at 4:15pm) includes Kelvin Finnie’s Clowning Around, Jakey Lutsko’s Cycles, South Turk’s Document 137A: The Burned Man, Dalton Sherrill’s Don't Press Record, Jakey Lutsko’s Fragments, Dylan Anthony Young’s Good Mourning, Travis Daniels’ Intrusive, Luke Longmire’s Keep Scrolling, Daniel Fersner’s Printer Problems, Kael McCall’s Rose Garden and Dalton Turner’s The Warmth Of The Skin.

 

PAST FESTIVALS

Click through the posters for Letterboxd lists detailing each year's lineup!

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2021

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2020

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2019

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2018

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2017

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2016

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2015

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2014

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2013

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2012

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2011

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2010

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2009

 

ALL ABOUT KHFF 

Launched in 2009 with a single evening program of local & touring short films, the Knoxville Horror Film Fest has grown into a four-night extravaganza of exciting features and unmissable short films, including special events like live podcasts, trivia sessions and  our annual Grindhouse Grind-out filmmaking competition. We’re proud to be not only East Tennessee’s longest-running film festival but also one of the Southeast’s premier annual genre film events.

 

After a decade of screening at local venues like the Pilot Light, Relix Variety Theatre, Scruffy City Hall and Regal Cinemas Downtown West 8, the KHFF crew in 2018 opened single-screen moviehouse Central Cinema, which now serves as the festival’s home base. Between our theater’s intimate 88-seat setting and high-profile festival screenings at larger venues like Downtown West and Maryville’s Parkway Drive-In, hundreds of horror fans from around the region enjoy KHFF’s offerings every October.

 

Despite its ever-growing scale, KHFF remains a DIY labor of love for the small crew that puts it on each year, and we like to think the result is a film festival clearly run by fans, for fans.