The fest that specializes in all things weird and wonderful is returning June 23-28.
When the pandemic hit, that one bright spot in the 2020 film calendar was the Chattanooga Film Festival, which seemingly came out of nowhere and set the bar for virtual fests going forward. Now in their ninth year, the 2022 iteration of the virtual fest that specializes in all things weird and wonderful is returning June 23 through 28, and just announced their first wave of features. Starting off strong are four world premieres: Actor, writer, and director Elise Finnerty’s frightening The Ones You Didn’t Burn; actor, writer, and director Shane Brady’s (Doctor Sleep, The Endless) drama Breathing Happy; and a retro slasher college-themed double bill of The Third Saturday In October Part I and The Third Saturday In October Part V. The posters for those two look amazing, and I am hoping they live up to these visuals.
There are also two documentaries that should be up any genre fan’s alley: Mike Schffi’s History Of Metal & Horror and Mike Mignola: Drawing Monsters, a profile on the creator of Hellboy. If that wasn’t enough, the festival is also running a repertoire screening of the certified face-melter Thrilling Bloody Sword, which I can’t recommend enough. They will also be running Aristotelis Maragkos’ Timekeepers of Eternity, a radical re-edit of Stephen King’s The Langoliers which ran at Fantastic Fest last year and which puts a fresh and surreal spin on the underrated miniseries. Capping off the announcement is Avalon Fast’s lean and mean coming-of-age, home grown horror film Honeycomb, which promises to be a 2022 festival favorite.
This is just the tip of the iceberg, so expect even more announcements to hit closer to festival time, or check out the festival website for more information on how to attend. VIP badges are currently for sale for $130 and grant you access to the ENTIRE virtual fest—that’s a lot of movies!