Regionally produced horror film set in Smokies

  • The Hike movie poster
    The Hike movie poster

It’s mid-October, and you know what that means, it’s horror movie season. What better than a film that is set in Bryson City and is regionally produced?

“The Hike” tells a chilling tale that begins as simple as any might here in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park: a couple decides to go on a 3-day camping trip and hike into the Smokies beginning at the Road to Nowhere tunnel in Bryson City, N.C. The likeable couple finds evidence of possible criminal activity scattered through the woods and before they realize that they are in trouble, they are surrounded by a groups of intimidating strangers whose motives remain unclear.

Filmed entirely in North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia, the horror movie is truly Southern Appalachian.

“The Hike” stars a cast that lives in Tennessee, Arkansas and Virginia, and its main antagonist is based on a Cherokee legend. The crew who wrote, filmed and produced the movie is based in Pigeon Forge. Even the soundtrack is from the mountains, featuring artists from Knoxville, Maryville, Asheville, Gatlinburg and Toledo.

With elements of horror, mystery and thriller, “The Hike” has something for every viewer.

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