2014 Knoxville Horror Film Fest Runs October 24-26
featuring Hours of Short Films, Expanded Feature Film Lineup and the “Grindhouse Grindout,” Knoxville’s Wildest Filmmaking Competition
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KNOXVILLE, TN SEPT 24, 2014 The Knoxville Horror Film Fest will present its sixth annual weekend of scarefriendly cinema on October 2426, 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 allday 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 singleevening 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 buzzedabout 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 Astron6’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.)
Saturday night will also premiere the locally made trailers comprising the fourth annual Grindhouse GrindOut Filmmaking Contest. The de facto main event of KHFF for many of Knoxville’s wildest creative types, the GrindOut pits two dozen teams against each other to produce overthetop movie trailers based on a lottery of genres from ‘Spaghetti Western’ to current media darling ‘Sharksploitation’. (The competition kicks off on Thursday, October 2, with teams given a tight deadline of six days and sixtysix minutes to complete their films. Teams can register through KHFF’s 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 (a $70 value) are available for a discounted price of $50 thru 9/30 at KHFF’s IndieGoGo crowdfunding page, which is also offering shirts, posters, and other 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 KHFF’s website for $60.KHFF invites submissions through October 1 on their website or at filmfreeway.com
Founded in October 2009 by genre film enthusiasts William Mahaffey and Nick Huinker, the Knoxville Horror Film Fest has grown from a single block of short films shown at Knoxville’s Pilot
Light to become one of the Southeast’s most notable film festival experiences, as well as presenting monthly screenings of exclusive new releases and favored classics at venues throughout the area.
Further information is available at knoxvillehorrorfest.com or on KHFF’s Facebook page.