KNOXVILLE HORROR

FILM FEST

OCTOBER 23-25

POSTER ART BY HAGCULT

 

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FRIDAY NIGHT 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.

SATURDAY NIGHT 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's drive-in programming will be complemented by a special "Grind-In" incarnation of our annual competition, which gives local creatives two weeks to produce a fake movie trailer or drive-in ad based on a crazy genre prompt.

PLUS! THE TRAILERS & ADS OF THE 2020

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ALL WEEKEND AT CENTRAL CINEMA AND THE BIRD & THE BOOK  

Our featured drive-in programming will be complemented by short film blocks, regional presentations and other exclusive events, including a live podcast kickoff from the folks at Nerdy Laser! (Full weekend schedule will be announced soon.)

Please note that this year's secondary programming will reflect the challenges of the ongoing pandemic, including limited audience capacity, mask requirements and other suitable safety measures.

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TICKETS

WEEKEND PASS $60

SOLD OUT!

R.I.P PASS $90

SOLD OUT!

DRIVE-IN PASS $40

Enjoy access to both Friday and Saturday night's triple features at the Parkway Drive-In! Singe night passes on sale Thursday 10/1.

 

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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