Thursday October 19
The Bijou will host Thursday’s opening night event as Xül Beer Co presents a KHFF Grindhouse Gala, kicking off with Tobe Hooper's 1982 classic Poltergeist then descending into madness with some choice short films and the results of this year’s Grindhouse Grind-out Filmmaking Competition, an annual festival highlight in which teams of local creatives are given two weeks to produce a fake movie trailer.
Tickets $25 or included with the (sold out) KHFFXV Festival Pass. Doors open at 6:00pm for admission and passholder check-in, movies begin at 7:00pm.
9:00pm, featuring Fck'n Nuts, Content: The Lo-Fi Man and Charlie The Cancelled Skeleton
Saturday October 21
80s horror fans are invited to join KHFF Saturday night at the Parkway Drive-In for a triple feature of fan favorites, starting with Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982) before launching into a “Double Dekker” presentation of The Monster Squad (1987) and Night Of The Creeps (1986) with director Fred Dekker in attendance! KHFF will also be hosting a vendor fair prior to the show, giving attendees a chance to support some of the area’s best horror and film culture retailers prior to showtime.
Tickets $30 (per person, not per car) or included with the (sold out) KHFFXV Festival Pass. Gates open at 5:30pm, movies begin at 7:30pm.
9:20pm, with short film Gnomes
10:50pm, with short film We Forgot About The Zombies
Weekend Passes SOLD OUT!
Friday October 20 thru
Sunday October 22
In addition to Thursday & Saturday's events, weekend passholders will enjoy an entire weekend packed with film fun as our home venue Central Cinema presents hours of hand-picked horror shorts (including the locally-sourced Tennessee Terrors program) alongside seven of the year’s finest independent horror features, then closes things down on Sunday night with a 40th anniversary 4K screening of David Cronenberg's essential Videodrome.
Central Cinema will also host the collision of two high-profile film podcasts — Fangoria’s Colors of the Dark and the New Beverly Cinema’s Pure Cinema — as KHFF welcomes special guests Elric Kane, Rebekah McKendry and Brian Saur to join in the festivities! The trio will host a session of Kane & McKendry’s famed Dead Right Horror Trivia and introduce a hand-picked mystery feature on Friday night before mounting a live crossover podcast on Saturday afternoon, including a chat with director Fred Dekker.
With the exception of our Tennessee Terrors short film block, we are not able to offer admission to individual Central Cinema events or screenings.
12pm Friday, with short film The Voice In Isabel Fleiss's Office
1:50pm Friday, with short film Toad Boy
9pm Friday, with short film Don't Look In The Closet
10:45pm Friday, with short film Waka Chicka Waka
1:45pm Sunday, with short film Ancient Lore
Short Films & Special Events
Short Film Lineup Information
KHFF's 2023 shorts lineup includes 21 of the year's best touring genre films! The bulk of this year's shorts will screen during dedicated blocks on Saturday (Ringworms, Violet Butterfield: Makeup Artist for the Dead, Pool Party, Annihilator, and Deadline) and Sunday (Stop Dead, Fed, Hot Local Singles Are In Your Area, The Queue, Bookworm and Fetal Position) while select others will accompany feature presentations throughout the event (Fck'n Nuts, Content: The Lo-Fi Man, Charlie the Cancelled Skeleton, The Voice in Isabel Fleiss's Office, Toad Boy, Don't Look in the Closet, Waka Chicka Waka, Gnomes, We Forgot About The Zombies and Ancient Lore.)
Drawing from DIY submissions from within Tennessee, our 2023 Tennessee Terrors program (Saturday at 4pm) features short filmsThe Bags, Anya, Blood & Roots, Cart Return, David's Not Real, Found You, MK Ultra Violence, The Cost of Eggs, The Dread, Vlogger, Roots Below, and Sorry for the Mess. (A limited quantity of single-screening tickets will be available.)