Knoxville Horror Fest Latches on to Local Bigfoot Mania

Bigfoot is getting to be a thing around Knoxville.

First, there was Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett's well-publicized fascination with the hunt for the sasquatch, which led producers and cast of the popular Animal Planet TV show Finding Bigfoot to visit Knoxville in 2012, on what Burchett, in his official capacity, declared Knox County Bigfoot Day. (As usual, the show's researchers didn't turn up much evidence on their visit to East Tennessee, but Burchett has shown no sign of being dissuaded.)

Now, for its second installment of the Terror in the Woods event at Ijams Nature Center, the organizers of the Knoxville Horror Film Festival are staging a night of Bigfoot-themed scares—or "cryptozoological terror," as they refer to it—next weekend. Terror in the Woods starts at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 11. Admission is $10. The event will also feature local vendors, food trucks, and music by garage-punk band La Basura del Diablo.

The main event for Terror in the Woods will be a screening of '80s comedy mainstay Bobcat Goldthwait's 2013 movie Willow Creek, a found-footage horror flick about Bigfoot obsession. The movie won the Scariest Film award when it was screened at last year's KHFF. There will be a second Bigfoot feature and clips of Bigfoot footage from around the world.

It's more than just an outdoor movie fest, though—representatives from the Halloween haunted-house company FrightWorks, a local horror institution over the last several years, will be leading an official twilight Bigfoot hunt around the grounds of Ijams.

No word yet on whether Burchett will attend.