Knoxville Horror Film Fest begins

The 6th annual Knoxville Horror Film Fest will kick off Friday, October 24, 2014 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 and costume party at Market Square’s Scruffy City Hall.

This year’s lineup includes seven features, 11 Grindhouse trailers and 25 shorts, with fest favorite Richard Bates, Jr’s dark comedy Suburban Gothic ; horror anthology sequels V/H/S Viral and The ABCs Of Death 2; Gerard Johnstone’s crowd­pleasing horror comedy Housebound; renowned Canadian collective Astron­6’s 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.

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 insane trailers based on a lottery of genres. The competition kicks off on Thursday, October 2, with teams given a tight deadline of 6 days & 66 minutes to complete their films. Teams can register through the festival website 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 through KHFF’s website for $60 at


Guests to the annual Knoxville Film Fest also have the opportunity to visit vendor booths (including Raven Records & Rarities, with plenty of posters) for horror-themed merchandise. Photo by