The Nashville Film Festival is celebrating it’s 50th Anniversary October 3-12. This 10-day festival showcases the world’s best new films with access to filmmaker Q&A’s, panels, receptions and a chance to get in a room with the directors! There’s a variety of films from comedy to suspense and tons of thrill just in time for Halloween. This year’s thrillers are a must see; Here’s a countdown of our top 10 Scary Films You Must See at the Nashville Film Festival that are sure to turn your dreams into nightmares.
Clemency is a film about a woman who is dealing with weight from years of carrying out death row executions that are starting to take a toll on her personal and professional life. The main character Bernadine Williams played by Alfre Woodard, does a fantastic job at showing the realities of this line of work, in an award-winning film that is sure to keep you on your toes. You can buy your tickets and watch the trailer HERE.
Driven is one of those thriller films that seems to be a bit more comical than it is scary. We will admit it looks like it has its moments of suspense. In this film Emerson, a rideshare driver with aspirations of doing standup comedy and a major fear of failure. With her job, nights are full of annoyances, inconveniences, and unwelcome reminiscing until she picks up Roger, a mysterious out of towner on a mission to break a multi-generational curse. Together, they have to overcome their clashing personalities to fight their internal demons and literal demons (for lack of a better word) invading the world.
Nina originally a Danish low-budget film is about an aspiring author who moved to a remote island with her boyfriend. The lines between reality, dreams and the characters in her novel become increasingly blurred until her mind threatens to cave in. The showing of Nina will also be accompanied by the short “Boxes” which is explained to be a thriller! Super great extra spook thrown in.
7. Minus One
Minus One is a must-see movie because this suspenseful drama is made by high school kids. Yes, you read that right. It may not be a thriller, but the film is filled with suspense. When a 16-year-old goes missing, her friends work tirelessly to find her when it seems like everyone else has given up. The truth is in short supply and some wounds may never heal. We can’t wait to see this film debut at the Nashville Film Festival and even more, so we are excited for the future generation of filmmakers.
6. The Grave Yard Shift Shorts Part 1: Frayed
The Grave Yard Shift Shorts part 1: Frayed contain a variety of short films that are sure to spook you! These films include Esther, The Full Moon, Good Girl, Hunks, I See You…, Magic H8 Ball, Mountain, The Study, Tik Tok, and Trick or Treatment – Healing Old Wounds. This is just one of the four Grave Yard Shorts sessions. All these films are under 15 minutes each, come for one or come for all!
5. The Kill Team
Rolling in at number 5 is The Kill Team. This film is based in modern-day Afghanistan where a young US Soldier is faced with a hard decision when he witnesses other recruits taking the lives of innocent civilians under the direction of a sadistic leader. This film is sure to keep you on your toes with an unexpected turn and a ton of suspense. Another great film that’s a must-see at this year’s Nashville film festival. Buy your tickets here!
Let’s talk about the film Harpoon, a modern twist of a story by Edgar Allen Poe you know this movie is about to be all gore and sure to have your skin crawling. The movie starts out by two friends buy a Harpoon for their friend’s birthday, eager to get out and play with his new toy they take the boat out for a day trip when suddenly the boat on their engine fails then realizing they left all their supply onshore.
3. Lost Bayou
In this hauntingly evocative Southern Gothic mystery, a struggling addict venture into the Louisiana swampland to reconnect with her faith healer father, only to discover he is hiding a troubling secret aboard his houseboat. The Lost Bayou will be playing Monday at 6:30 pm and Tuesday at noon. Get your tickets here.
Rolling in at number 2 is Shallow. This film is about a newly pregnant woman Hunter (Haley Bennett) whose idyllic existence takes an alarming turn when she develops a compulsion to eat dangerous objects. As a result, her husband (Austin Stowell) and his family tighten their control over her life, she is forced to confront the dark secret behind her uncontrollable obsession. You can see this film premiere in Tennessee on Wednesday at 8 PM and again on Friday at 2:30 PM. Click here to reserve your tickets!
Trigger is a chamber thriller is set in a secluded mountain top town. The lead character is a widow who suffers from crippling anxiety caused by her husband’s tragic death. When her security system stops working, her therapist recommends a repairman that he thinks will be sympathetic to her needs until her anxiety is triggered. She begins to believe that he plans to kill her and her son. This movie is on our list this year because it’s all the suspense we need for #Spooky Season! On a level from 1-10, we believe that this is about an 8 scary, 9 suspenseful and 4 gory.
What we love about these films is the directors have done a great job at adding to our fears; making us afraid of something that otherwise would have never bothered us in the slightest. You can buy ticket’s to each show or buy a VIP badge level with access to all. VIP badges are the best way to enjoy the festival; this includes exclusive access to the grand opening party, invitations to special events, VIP lounge, unlimited access to see as many films you would like to with no additional ticket fees. Click Here to get yours now.
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