KNOXVILLE HORROR

FILM FEST

OCTOBER 23-25

POSTER ART BY HAGCULT

 

DRIVE-IN LINEUP

ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE

DOORS AT 5PM, FILMS AT 7:30PM EACH NIGHT

$25 PER PERSON AT THE GATE

FRIDAY OCTOBER 23 AT PARKWAY DRIVE-IN

EVIL DEAD 2

Sam Raimi, 1987

This year's festival kicks off with one of the most celebrated horror comedies of all time. Groovy!

THE STYLIST

Jill Gevargizian, 2020

KHFF favorite Jill Gevargizian's feature debut adapts her grisly, award-winning short film. Southeastern US Premiere.

PIECES

J.P. Simón, 1982

European sensibilities meet American gore in this infamously off-the-wall giallo-style collegiate slasher.

plus short films, horror vendors, costume contest & more!

SATURDAY OCTOBER 24 AT PARKWAY DRIVE-IN

RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD

Dan O'Bannon, 1985

Join us as we celebrate 35 years of this crowd-pleasing punk orgy of music, humor, effects and BRAAAAAAINS.

DEMONS (DÉMONI)

Lamberto Bava, 1985

Made in collaboration with Dario Argento, this cult classic about a possessed movie theater is a highlight of 80s Italian horror.

GRIZZLY II: REVENGE

André Szots, 1983/2020

The famously unfinished B-sequel roars onto the big screen in its completed, newly restored form!

SATURDAY NIGHT KICKS OFF WITH THE TRAILERS & ADS OF THE 2020

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This year's slightly different installment of our annual competition gave local creatives two weeks to produce a fake movie trailer or drive-in ad based on a crazy genre prompt.

This year's genres and competing teams are: 

Timesploitation (Southern Creative), Carsploitation (Stache Bros), Propaganda Film (SHOTTCO), Masksploitation (Sloth), Isolation-sploitation (Humble Onion Productions), Cult-sploitation (Fig City), Germsploitation (Dr Moon Rat), Paranoia-sploitation (Short Film Virgins), Weedsploitation (Psychic Studios), End Of The World-sploitation (Bottomless Pit), Mockbuster (Freak To The Beat), SyFy-Sploitation (Dark Sun)

plus short films, horror vendors, costume contest & more!

 

INDOOR LINEUP

R.I.P. & WEEKEND PASSHOLDERS ONLY (SOLD OUT)

MASKS & DISTANCING REQUIRED AT ALL EVENTS

FRIDAY AT THE BIRD & THE BOOK

5PM

Join us as we kick off this year's festival with a live presentation of the Nerdy Laser podcast, featuring KHFF's William Mahaffey & Stylist director Jill Gevargizian!

Passholders may check in here or at the drive-in.

Seating for this event may be limited.

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SATURDAY AT CENTRAL CINEMA

This year's three short film programs will be screened semi-concurrently at Central Cinema and The Bird & The Book. If you're a passholder and haven't weighed in on your choice of venue, please contact us as soon as possible!

1PM
NIGHTMARES &
GUTBUSTERS
SHORT FILM BLOCK
4PM
WTF
SHORT FILM BLOCK

SATURDAY AT THE BIRD & THE BOOK

12PM
WTF
SHORT FILM BLOCK
2:30
NIGHTMARES &
GUTBUSTERS
SHORT FILM BLOCK
5PM
TENNESSEE
TERRORS
SHORT FILM BLOCK

SUNDAY AT CENTRAL CINEMA

Guests on Saturday's Central Cinema short film track will wrap up with an extended Tennessee Terrors block, then all passholders are invited to our KHFF 2020 closing screenings of Brandon Cronenberg's Possessor!

1PM
TENNESSEE
TERRORS
SHORT FILM BLOCK &
GRIND-OUT ENCORE
3:30
6:30
 

TICKETS

WEEKEND PASS $60

SOLD OUT!

R.I.P PASS $90

SOLD OUT!

TWO NIGHT PASSES $40

Enjoy access to both Friday and Saturday night's triple features at the Parkway Drive-In! (Prices are per person, not per car.)

ONE NIGHT PASSES $20

Join us for either Friday or Saturday at the Parkway Drive-In! Price is per person; tix will also be available at the gate for $25.

 

2020 VENUES

Originally opened in 1950, the Parkway is the only drive-in in the Knoxville area. Snack & meal options are available at the concession stand.

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The Bird & The Book is a full-service pub and entertainment venue adjoined to Maryville's best used bookstore, Southland Books.

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Central Cinema is Knoxville's neighborhood moviehouse, hosting film events of all kinds since we opened it in Summer 2018.

 

ABOUT KHFF

Started in 2009 as a single-evening short film showcase, the Knoxville Horror Film Fest has grown steadily in size and profile to become one of the Southeast's premier genre film festivals.

Over the course of eleven annual events we've presented over 400 shorts & features from across the horror spectrum, from regional DIY efforts, bold independents and batshit oddities to offbeat arthouse scares, international chillers and stone-cold classics. We've also made our mark on the world of timed filmmaking competitions with the annual Grindhouse Grind-out, giving teams six days and sixty-six minutes to produce a fake trailer from an exploitation-style genre prompt.

 

After years of venue-hopping, KHFF's organizers opened Central Cinema in 2018. In addition to a year-round slate of films & events of all kinds, the single-screen "neighborhood moviehouse" – repeatedly voted Knoxville's best movie theater – now serves as the festival's home base.

The lurking menace of COVID-19 promises to make KHFF 2020 a unique one, but we're leaning into it by following through on our (newly prudent) dream of moving our key programming to the Parkway Drive-In in nearby Maryville, Tennessee. 

 
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