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8.2.15 - FALL EVENTS & KHFF7 DETAILS!

THREE DAYS, SIX STELLAR FEATURES AND SCADS OF SCARY SHORTS OCTOBER 23-25!

Apologies the site hasn't been updated in a while, but we've sure got something worth posting today: the initial wave of announcements for this year's Knoxville Horror Film Festival! Our seventh annual festival will be held October 23rd through 25th in the same style as last year's, with Friday night and all day Saturday at Regal Cinemas Downtown West 8, then topping it off Sunday at Scruffy City Hall on Market Square. Our short film lineup will be announced in early October as usual, but we've already got a great crop of features together to guarantee a righteous weekend of thrills and chills.



TALES OF HALLOWEEN unites a crop of excellent horror filmmakers for a ten-segment anthology film; TURBO KID presents a hilarious and gory post-apocalyptic pastiche; SUN CHOKE delves deep into madness and psychological terror; DEATHGASM lightens things up with heavy metal and heavy casualties; DEATH SPA showcases an unjustly forgotten slice of 80s horror kitsch; and INTERIOR follows up director Zachary Beckler's KHFF-award-winning "Seance" and "Where Is Alice?" with a feature debut to remember.

We'll announce ticketing information and other details soon, and we're still accepting short film submissions through September 19 through FilmFreeway! Show us what you've got!

In the meantime we've got a few events coming up to whet your appetite for KHFF7. Our monthly screening series at Scruffy City Hall continues on the first Wednesday of each month, with the return of our "Choose Your Own Adventure" format on August 5 (bring your favorite cult horror DVD/Blu-ray in and sell us on why it's the one we should watch) followed by a special screening of SHARK EXORCIST on September 2 with director Donald Farmer in attendance for a special Q&A! Then on October 7 we'll be presenting our annual KHFF preview night with trailers, shorts and a special live music performance we'll be announcing in the weeks to come. (Also coming soon: details on a special September BBQ dinner fundraiser at Ijams Nature Center with the most BBQ-friendly film pairing out there.) It's going to be one hell of a fall, beginning as soon as you check out this fuckin' SHARK EXORCIST trailer:

2.8.15 - KHFF EARLY 2015 GOINGS-ON

JOIN US FOR OUR NEW MONTHLY SCREENING SERIES & MORE! PLUS SUBMIT YOUR FILMS NOW!

Hey fright fans! It's been a while since we updated you (sorry) but Knoxville Horror Film Fest is once again in full swing for the year. First things first, then: we will officially be returning for our eighth annual festival in October, and have opened up for submissions earlier than ever before! Our short film submission fees haven't changed: only $15 for DIY films from the southeastern US, and only $20 for touring shorts. Head over to Film Freeway for information on how to submit!

In the meantime, we're back in the swing of monthly KHFF screenings. Starting with our Christmas party in December we began our newest series of events, held every first Wednesday at Scruffy City Hall: KHFF spotlights on our favorite local filmmakers, featuring short films, Q&A, and special surprise features that complement their films! So far we've spotlighted Jamison Stalsworth ("Cannibal Santa"), Will Allman ("Something's In The Woods") and gave our dear, departed friend Remi Demeere a KHFF sendoff. The fun continues this spring with spotlights on Logan Myers ("Tumbleweed Holocaust") on March 4 and Justin Demeere ("Witch Bottle") on April 1, plus a special resurrection of our MARVELous MOVIE NIGHT on May 6.

In addition to our monthly screenings we'll also be presenting our first of this year's collaborations with Ijams Nature Center on Friday, March 13th with (what else?) a special FRIDAY THE 13th CELEBRATION! Details are still TBD, but stay tuned to our Facebook, where on Friday, February 13 (that's right, two in a row this year) we'll be announcing a special filmmaking contest for the event!

10.27.14 - KHFF666 WINNERS & THANKS

SEVEN FEATURES, ELEVEN GRINDHOUSE TRAILERS & 26 SHORTS

Huge thanks to everyone who made it out over the weekend. We're still beating ourselves up over Sunday's technical difficulties, but were overwhelmed by your patience with us. Here's the best stuff we (and you) saw at KHFF, as judged by Badass Digest's Brian Collins, Mise En Scenesters' Chris Dortch, and KHFF's Jenny Chadourne and Nick Huinker.



KHFF 2014 TOURING COMPETITION


PALM d'GORE (GRAND PRIZE)
Iván Villamel's MR DENTONN

AUDIENCE AWARD, TOURING SHORT FILMS
Paul Kupfer's INVADERS

BEST PERFORMANCE, SHORT FILM
Peter Marinker in THE STOMACH

BEST SCENARIO
Ben Steiner's THE STOMACH

WEIRDEST FILM
James Sizemore's GOAT WITCH

FUNNIEST FILM
Chris McInroy's BAD GUY #2

SCARIEST FILM
Iván Villamel's MR DENTONN

SPECIAL JURY PRIZE - PRACTICAL EFFECTS
Jen Cardno for her team's work on HE TOOK HIS SKIN OFF FOR ME

BEST FEATURE FILM
Gerard Johnstone's HOUSEBOUND

BEST DIRECTOR, FEATURE FILM
Gerard Johnstone for HOUSEBOUND

BEST PERFORMANCE, FEATURE FILM
Anna Walton in SOULMATE

BEST OF ABCs OF DEATH 2
Robert Boocheck's M IS FOR MASTICATE



KHFF 2014 REGIONAL COMPETITION


BEST REGIONAL FILM
Zachary Beckler's WHERE IS ALICE?

AUDIENCE AWARD, REGIONAL SHORT FILM
Buck Kahler's YOU WILL BE FED

BEST PERFORMANCE
JD Sizemore in his film MUMMY MEAT MUNCHER



KHFF GRINDHOUSE GRIND-OUT 444


BEST TRAILER
Fig City's SHADES OF PURE EVIL, VOL VI

AUDIENCE AWARD, GRIND-OUT TRAILER
Dr Moon Rat's BAD BAD BUNNY

UNCLE LLOYD'S PICK
Death Valley's MASS JUBILEE

MOVIE WE'D MOST LIKE TO SEE
Dr Moon Rat's BAD BAD BUNNY

MOST LIKELY TO INSPIRE PROTESTS
Big Ed Productions' THE SAFETY SQUAD

BEST PERFORMANCE
the Doctor, SHADES OF PURE EVIL, VOL VI

DICTITTIE PRIZE FOR GRATUITOUS NUDITY
Top Ticket's LORD OF THE DANCE-PIRES

BEST TITLE
Night Raid's THE FINGERING

BEST NARRATION
Dr. Moon Rat's BAD BAD BUNNY



We hope you had as good a time watching these as we had putting them together. See you next year, and a few times before that.

Our enormous thanks go out to Kim Huinker, Jessica Shipp, Tara & Cody Gentry, Jenny & Matt Chadourne, Matthew Ownby, Jason Sullivan, Ian Daniels, Jamie Romines and Amy Masters for their time and dedication over the weekend.

10.14.14 - KHFF666 FULL SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED!

SEVEN FEATURES, ELEVEN GRINDHOUSE TRAILERS & 26 SHORTS

To check out the full lineup of films, including times for each block, head over to the KHFF666 page. We'll see you next weekend!

KHFF2014

10.1.14 - OCTOBER EVENTS & KHFF FEATURE SCHEDULE

IT'S OCTOBER FOLKS, HERE COME THE SCARES

First things first: you can get your passes to KHFF666 right here. Don't think, just click.


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As you can see above, online ticketing is available for Weekend Passes ($60 for access to all KHFF events), Daily Passes ($20 Friday, $35 Saturday and $15 Sunday) and single-screening admission to the Grindhouse Grind-Out ($15, 9:30pm Saturday night at Downtown West 8.)

(Yes, we will be offering individual admission to all of this year's films, but you'll have to buy those in person prior to each screening.)

You may notice that in prepping our online presale we've also nailed down a rough schedule for this year's features: our Opening Night on Friday, October 24 at Downtown West 8 will feature SUBURBAN GOTHIC and V/H/S VIRAL; our Main Event on Saturday, October 25 at Downtown West 8 will feature BLOODY KNUCKLES, THE ABCS OF DEATH 2 and THE EDITOR (topped off with the Grindhouse Grind-Out); and on Sunday, October 26 at Scruffy City Hall we'll be presenting SOULMATE and HOUSEBOUND, followed by this year's awards. And as with last year, each feature screening will be preceded by a selection of short films from our 2014 competition, a full list of which will be announced along with the final schedule in the coming weeks. To keep up with moment-to-moment news on this year's festival, head over to the Facebook event page!


Before we get to this year's main event, though, we've got some pretty amazing warm-ups. First is a double header of KHFF events on Thursday, October 2: we'll be kicking off the 2014 Grindhouse Grind-Out at Scruffy City Hall (plenty of slots are left at only $30 per team... just show up at 6pm to register!) and then heading over to The Concourse at The International for a night of heavy rock headlined by big deal horror-rockers Calabrese and featuring scary local sounds from La Basura Del Diablo, The Bad Dudes and Mass Driver! (Huge thanks to co-presenters Night Owl Music and Temple for letting us be a part of this show!) The fun begins at 8pm, and tickets are only $10 at the door!

And then on Saturday, October 11 we'll be working once again with Ijams Nature Center to present the third year of their Zombie Movie Marathon, an event that's grown nearly as popular as KHFF itself! This year's films are the acclaimed new rom-zom-com LIFE AFTER BETH and a special screening of 1932's zombie-flick progenitor WHITE ZOMBIE, given a RiffTrax-style treatment by Knoxville's own Einstein Simplified! As with previous events, the films will be accompanied by food, beer, and a variety of vendors (including KHFF's ongoing movie poster sale courtesy of Raven Records & Rarities), so come out and see a movie under the cool October sky! Doors open at 6pm, and admission is only $10. Check out the trailer for LIFE AFTER BETH below, and we'll see you in the woods!



8.24.14 - KHFF666 OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!

HIT UP OUR INDIEGOGO CAMPAIGN FOR DISCOUNTED PASSES


Here goes: 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 hand­picked 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 crowd­pleasing horror laffer HOUSEBOUND; renowned Canadian collective Astron-6’s meta­giallo 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... in fact, we're still accepting submissions through the end of September!)

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 both real and imagined exploitation film genres. (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 here 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 are available for a discounted price of $50 thru 9/30 at our IndieGoGo crowdfunding page, where we're also offering shirts, posters (seen above, courtesy of Scream Factory superstar Nathan Thomas Milliner... click for a closer look), and other exclusive 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 this website for $60... still a $10 savings over individual event admission!

Check out the trailer for HOUSEBOUND below, and we'll see you in October!



8.16.14 - FREE TROMEO & JULIET SCREENING AUGUST 24

BONE UP ON YOUR SHAKESPEARE WITH TROMA

We're still working on getting our evening with Lloyd Kaufman rescheduled, but in the meantime KHFF & Troma would like to make it up to you with a special FREE BACK TO SCHOOL SCREENING of 1997's TROMEO & JULIET, directed by Kaufman and co-written with current A-list inductee James Gunn (GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY)! This'll be happening the same night originally scheduled for our Troma event, at the same place (Scruffy City Hall), but, again, for no cost at all! In addition we'll be hosting a special blowout movie poster sale courtesy of Raven Records & Rarities, and will be taking the opportunity to announce further details for this year's festival, including the full lineup of feature films! See you there!



8.6.14 - AN UNFORTUNATE UPDATE

ABOUT SOMETHING WE'LL DO OUR BEST TO SET RIGHT

Hey friends... it's with heavy hearts we bring news that our Troma Double Feature (with Lloyd Kaufman in attendance) has been postponed indefinitely due to changes in Troma's RETURN TO NUKE 'EM HIGH VOL 1 tour strategy. We're working hard with the Troma Team to reschedule the event as quickly as possible... and in the meantime we apologize for the inconvenience and very much appreciate your patience. For updates please feel free to join the Facebook event page, which we plan to maintain to make sure the great number of dedicated splatter fans get their opportunity to join us for this special night.

7.29.14 - FIRST DETAILS ON KHFF666!

PLUS LIVE MUSIC FROM CALABRESE & MORE

First things first: as announced at Terror In The Woods (thank you for the terrific crowd, btw!) we've finally got a few intial details ready to announced for the sixth annual Knoxville Horror Film Fest: this year's event will run OCTOBER 24-26 at Regal Cinemas Downtown West 8 and Scruffy City Hall and feature exclusive screenings of anthology installments V/H/S VIRAL and THE ABCs OF DEATH 2! Of course, these are only two of the five features (or 31 of the dozens of short films, if you prefer) we'll be showcasing at this year's event, so you can be sure we'll have more details as the summer progresses. In the meantime, we're accepting film submissions (here or online through FilmFreeway) through the end of September!



And on October 2 -- mere days after our KHFF666 Preview Event, date TBA -- KHFF is stepping into Knoxville's thriving music scene (with a lot of help from our friends at Temple and Night Owl Music) with a performance from Phoenix, Arizona's genre-flavored rock trio Calabrese! Honestly, we're just as excited about the ideal local openers: horror punks La Basura Del Diablo (last seen at TERROR IN THE WOODS!), our outrageous cock-rocking buddies The Bad Dudes and up-and-comers Mass Driver! This will all be going down at The Concourse at The International (formerly the Cider House), with advance tickets available through their website for only $7! KHFF will have some goodies to give away, including some tickets to this year's festival, so make sure to come out and support local rock music!

6.6.14 - THE SACRAMENT & TERROR IN THE WOODS 2

HEY, KOOL-AID!

Sorry it's been a while since our last update, but we've been busy getting things lined up for KHFF's summer and fall events, including some exciting developments for this year's festival! (Speaking of which, we're accepting submissions through the end of September... you can submit the old-fashioned way through this site or online through FilmFreeway!)

Anyway, we're pleased to announce two summer screenings: up first is Ti West's THE SACRAMENT, the latest in our series of Final Monday screenings at Market Square's Scruffy City Hall. We're huge fans of director Ti West (House Of The Devil, The Innkeepers) and can't wait to share his latest, a documentary-style cult chiller! Join us on Monday, June 30 at 8pm ($10 cover, 18+) for one of this summer's most troubling films.

Then on July 11 we'll be reteaming with Ijams Nature Center and FrightWorks Haunted House for our second annual TERROR IN THE WOODS event, themed around everyone's favorite woodland skull-crusher: Bigfoot! We're still nailing down details for our double dose of sasquatch cinema, but we do know Frightworks will have a suitably terrifying haunted trail ready, and La Basura Del Diablo will be providing live tunes as we wait for the sun to go down. The fun starts at 6pm, and $10 gets you in to one of Knoxville's most unique summer events.

3.18.14 - CHEAP THRILLS & KHFF666 SUBMISSIONS

WE TRIPLE DOG DARE YOU TO JOIN US MARCH 31

KHFF is back in action for 2014! First off, we are officially opened up for submissions for our sixth annual festival (late October, dates TBA)! If you're sitting on a horror-related short film we doubt you'll find a more affordable entry fee... and if your idea is still incubating, you've got until September 20 to submit! (We'll also be looking at feature film submissions this year... if you're interested please email us for more information.)

In the meantime, KHFF is finally ready to resume its regular horror/cult movie screenings... now at our new home at Market Square's SCRUFFY CITY HALL! Our first screening will be E.L. Katz's outrageous cult-film-in-the-making CHEAP THRILLS, showing on Monday, March 31 at 9pm. $10 gets you in for an unbeatable audience experience, followed by a series of prize-worthy dares involving UT's entomology department. You'd have to be some sort of chickenshit not to join in the fun, eh?



You can view old news items from 2013 HERE.

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