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5 Can’t-Miss Horror Movies at the Knoxville Horror Film Fest

The 8th annual Knoxville Horror Film Fest is happening October 21-31, 2016 in Knoxville — of course — and is shaping up to be one of the best horror fests in the southeast. We’ve got a preview of some movies you should definitely, 100% check out for this year’s event. There’s a preview event October 6 at Scruffy City Hall, if you happen to be in the area. Pre-sale tickets are available via their Indigogo campaign, but otherwise, here is a list of the horror flicks we’re most excited about.

1. The Ring vs. The Grudge

Directed by Koji Shiraishi

I’m a huge fan of A-Horror, and the Eastern equivalent of Freddy vs. Jason is kind of a dream come true. The trailer looks amazing: just scary enough / just corny enough. The Ring vs. The Grudge is screening Sunday, 10/23 at Scruffy City Hall.

2. Phantasm: Remastered

Directed by Don Coscarelli

I don’t know that any of us from the podcast have seen Don Coscarelli’s groundbreaking 1979 horror flick featuring The Tall Man Angus Scrimm on the big screen, so here would be the chance to do just that. Phantasm: Remastered is screening Friday, October 21 at the Downtown West 8 in Knoxville.

3. The Greasy Strangler

Directed by Jim Hosking

I’ve already mentioned this bizarre, hilarious gem of a movie elsewhere on the podcast, but rest assured, if you’re going to have an experience with The Greasy Strangler, you’ve got to see it on the big screen with a crowd. It is an absolute must. The Greasy Strangler is screening Saturday, October 22 at the Downtown West 8.

4. Bad Blood

Directed by Tim Reis

We’ve interviewed the team that brought you the mystical mind-fuckery that is The Demon’s Rook, so we’re especially excited for Bad Blood, which, incidentally, has nothing to do with Taylor Swift. It’s billed as “a werewolf movie with an amphibious twist,” so be prepared for something completely out of the ordinary. Bad Blood screens Friday, October 21 at the Downtown West 8, and Tim Reis will be there!

5. Phantasm: Revenger

Directed by David Hartman


We couldn’t include the Phantasm Remaster without also mentioning the new sequel, now could we? That is not to mention it is the fifth AND FINAL [sad face] installment in the series. Even though Phantasm: Revenger was not directed by Coscarelli, he does have a writing credit, which makes it legit. The trailer is bonkers, full of elite soldiers and muscle cars, so I’m excited to see what it’s going to play like for a crowd. Phantasm: Revenger is screening Saturday, October 22 at the Downtown West 8.

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