Jeffrey’s Hell

In 2023, filmmaker Aaron Irons went missing in a cave in the wilderness area known as Jeffrey’s Hell. This documentary explores the truth behind what really happened to Aaron.

After the completion of his film, CHEST, in 2022, filmmaker Aaron Irons set out to document the real legends and stories that were the basis for the plot of his film. After receiving a cryptic email with coordinates to a mysterious legendary cave in the Jeffrey’s Hell area of the Citico Wilderness in East Tennessee, Aaron set out to find the cave. He never returned and his whereabouts are still unknown. In 2023 an anonymous documentary film crew came across Aaron’s story and set out to find answers. What they found was a deeper conspiracy and something much more sinister than a simple missing person’s case gone cold. Friends and fellow cast and crew members of CHEST come back together to talk about what they do and do not know about Aaron’s disappearance and just why is the FBI involved in a missing hiker case?

From the director: This movie (Jeffrey’s Hell) is very personal to me. Filmed over the course of a year while solo caving and hiking, and occasionally bringing a friend or fellow caver along for the ride), this movie not only explores some of the legends where I grew up but is also a very personal look into my own brain and struggles with mental health, identity, and existentialism in the modern world.


Jeffrey’s Hell explores the way unrealized aspirations and memories of the past can haunt us via a dark descent into a mysterious cave where he sees the fabric of his reality begin to come apart at the seams.

John Squires, Bloody Disgusting

Jeffrey’s Hell is a uniquely creative, well-written story that weaves together real Appalachian folklore, fiction, and thought-provoking commentary.

Michelle Swope, Bloody Disgusting

The lingering effects of this movie are profound, and I highly recommend it as an intellectual alternative to the same-old found footage cinema.

Morbidly Beautiful
  • Official Selection - DEFY Film Festival
  • Carolina Fear Fest - Award Winner
  • Panic Fest Official Selection
  • Unnamed Footage Fest 7 Official Selection
  • Toronto Indie Horror Fest - Official Selection

Cast & Crew

Aaron Irons

as Himself

Josh Croft

as Himself

Steve Cross

Drone Pilot/Actor
as Himself

Jessejames Locorierre

as Himself

Actress Marissa Kaye

Marissa Kaye
as Herself

Actor Ted Welch

Ted Welch
as Himself

Actor Hunter Redfern

Hunter Redfern
as Ranger Bruce Hodge

Actress Sarah VanArsdal

Sarah VanArsdal

as Herself

Actor Dean Shortland

Dean Shortland
as Himself

Actor Jasson Cring

Jasson Cring
as Himself

Upcoming Screenings

No upcoming screenings schedule at this time. We have many festivals we are waiting to hear back from later in the year so check back! Want to show Jeffrey’s Hell at your festival or theater? Contact Us and let’s get it rolling!