Crimson Screen Horror Film Festival Looks to Scare Charleston, SC Once Again

Every year film makers Tommy Faircloth and Robert Zobel pack a small theater in North Charleston, South Carolina with as many scary features and creepy shorts as inhumanly possible providing horror fans with a truly unforgettable weekend. The atmosphere is friendly and supportive and the crowd is incredible – it feels more like a family than a group of strangers, which is a rare gift.

This year (2019) promises to be even better than the years prior including an incredible guest, the one-and-only P.J. Soles! Check out the schedules and selections below and, if you are in the area, be sure to grab your tickets! Look for a recap of the events on an upcoming episode of Horror News Radio.

This year we have 65 Official Selections from all around the globe. Below are the 9 feature films and 56 short films in this year’s line up. Crimson Screen Horror Film Fest.

FRIDAY, MAY 24 2019 – DAY 1

10:00 am: Feature Film

Haven’s End: SOUTH CAROLINA PREMIERE (91 mins/GA) Major cities across the globe are under attack. A surgeon and her friends flee Atlanta to her family property in the countryside of South Georgia. They arrive to discover her estranged brother and his girlfriend already holed up on the land. As they try to figure out how to work together to survive, strange lights and unusual activity in the surrounding forest lead them to believe they are not alone. Directed by Chris Ethridge.

12:00 pm: South Carolina Shorts Block 1

OKABT: WORLD PREMIERE (9 mins/SC) A surreal horror short depicting a house plant from hell. Directed by Christopher Gros.

Untimely Reunion: (23 mins/ SC) The family is in shock after hearing about their babysitters Shonda’s untimely death. All the girls come together for the funeral but some one is killing them off one by one. Directed by Felicia Rivers and J. Paul the Demi God.

Spider Spider: (8 mins/SC) John is a hard-working designer who gets notified from his client that he has to complete a design within one day. In order to keep himself on top of the project, he looks through all of what he can find while keeping himself active by drinking anything with caffeine. What he does not know is the impending doom of the Spider, Spider creature that grows in size with the more caffeine he drinks, and his heart rate. Directed by Jesse Quales.

37 Ghosts: (16 mins/SC) A hired gun, haunted by the ghosts of his past kills, and struggling with guilt, goes on his final hit. Directed by Collins Abbott White.

1:30 pm: Feature Film

Slaughter Drive: (103 mins/PA) When failed filmmaker Doug Stevenson leaves his video camera in the local park overnight he accidentally records something horrific. To top it off it might have something to do with his new neighbors that moved into his quiet suburban neighborhood. With the help of his bumbling teacher buddies Doug goes on a wild ride to save himself, his friends, his ex-wife, and the entire neighborhood! Featuring a killer throwback soundtrack and splattery practical FX find out who will stay alive on Slaughter Drive! Directed by Ben Dietels.

3:45 pm: Thriller Shorts Block 1

The Desecrated: (8 mins/NY) A young morgue attendant encounters an unwelcome visitor. Directed by John Gray.

You’ll Only Have Each Other: (17 mins/CA) After the death of her mother, a disconnected daughter, Maggie, struggles to reconnect with her twin brother, Gabe, even though he is the only family she has left. As she pushes through the day of the funeral reception, her guilt for having left Gabe alone to tend to their mother in her final months begins to tangibly manifest itself in strange and horrifying ways. Maggie must now face her demons and accept responsibility for what she has done, or forever be haunted by her past mistakes. Directed by Alison-Eve Hammersley.

The Invaders: (7 mins/NY) On her way home, Jayla, a Muslim girl, notices that she is being followed. Terror and confusion take over as Jayla struggles to escape the powerful force that is menacing her. As Anti-Muslim sentiments spread through Western societies, The Invaders imagines a not too distant future, in which an exaggerated fear of Islam has created systems without any moral or humanitarian regard. Directed by Mateo Márquez.

Amigos: (12 mins/CA) Two men are being held captive by an unusual character, As they attempt to flee, they find out they are in for more than they bargained for. Directed by Gino Vento and Randy Gonzalez.

Cemetery Tales: A Tale of Two Sisters: (21 mins/CA) Set in 1949, a Hollywood star mourns the loss of her beloved sister on the one year anniversary of her death. When the truth of her murder is revealed, a surprise visitor returns. Time is running out. Will justice be served? Tick tock tick tock… Directed by Chris Roe. Starring Traci Lords.

5:30 pm: Feature Film

Exposure: (108 mins/KS) In an attempt to reconcile the problems in their relationship, Myra (Carmen Anello) and James (Owen Lawless) venture to an isolated cabin in the mountains. It is there they encounter an ancient evil that haunts the landscape, capable of turning people into deformed monsters. Not only will they be fighting for their relationship, they will be fighting for their lives. Directed by Austin Snell.

7:30 pm: Comedy Shorts Block 1

Magic H8 Ball: (14 mins/CA) Burned by a cheating boyfriend (and some mild chlamydia), a heartbroken pushover turns to a mysterious Magic 8 Ball for the answers. But as he starts giving into his impulses, he risks his hurt turning into hate—and losing all control. Directed by Dan Hass.

Zoul: SOUTHEAST PREMIERE (12 mins/NY) In search of a good soul to consume, a sharp-dressed demon decides to kill his assistant’s niece. Directed by Tom Cassese.

I Heart Valentines: WORLD PREMIERE (5 mins/GA) A mail carrier, who just wants to have a nice, peaceful smoke, chooses the wrong Valentine, at the end of a long day. Directed by Eric E. Poe.

Zombied: (16 mins/NY) A normal night shift at Priced Less Supermarket–restocking, fighting social injustice, and transitioning into a zombie. Directed by Matthew Van Vorst.

Killer Assistant: WORLD PREMIERE (13 mins/SC) A mockumentary on Movie Killers and their personal assistants. Directed by C. Michael Whaley.

9:00 pm: Creature Shorts Block

Terrordactyl: (12 mins/WA) Three longtime friends go camping in the woods, but the fun and games end when one of them takes a “fossil” from a nearby abandoned nuclear power plant. Directed by E.K. Scarfone.

Häxan: (5 mins/NY) A girl awakens in a dark abyss as a mysterious glowing object comes to life. Directed by Mike Fontaine.

Trust Me: WORLD PREMIERE (11 mins/CA) A woman follows her boyfriend into the woods for a romantic surprise only to find something far more sinister. Based on witness accounts of The Goatman, TRUST ME is an atmospheric horror film featuring a new breed of ‘monster’ who fuels our paranoia and forces us to ask: who, or what, can we trust? Directed by Nate Ruegger.

Road Trash: SOUTH CAROLINA PREMIERE (5 mins/NJ) Road Trash is a short horror film about good intentions gone wrong. Alice can’t help but bury every dead animal she comes across. One day, she buries something she never should have touched and pays for her kind act dearly. Directed by Natasha Pascetta. Narrated by Heather Langenkamp.

Zombie Bites Werewolf: (9 mins/IN) A hapless werewolf is bitten by a zombie on the day of a full moon. High jinks ensue. Directed by Charlie Anderson.

The Conduit: SOUTH CAROLINA PREMIERE (27 mins/WV) When a man named Andrew goes to sleep, a portal opens between our dimension and another one that’s deep, dark, and filled to the brim with monsters. Andrew becomes the Conduit for these creatures and will use everything in his power to stop them from crossing the void.. Directed by John Hale.

SATURDAY, MAY 25, 2019 – DAY 2

10:00 am: Feature Film

Dead By Midnight (11pm Central): SOUTH CAROLINA PREMIERE (78 mins/GA) It’s Halloween at WKIZ when the malicious Mistress of Midnight (Erin Brown) arrives to host her annual horror movie marathon ‘Dead by Midnight’. When the WKIZ staff begins disappearing only to turn up in the increasingly darker films, it’s up to line producer Candice Spelling (Hannah Fierman) to stop the Mistress of Midnight before her final and most diabolical film goes to air. Directed by Tony Reames, Torey Haas, Anissa Matlock, Eric Davis, and Jay Holloway.

12:00 pm: Animation Shorts Block

A Night Without: (6 mins/Israel) A sleepless father, in danger of losing his sanity, is hopelessly trying to put his crying baby to sleep. Directed by Itamar Isaak.

Night Of The Living Dead: (4 mins/NM) As the dead rise and eat the living, four women find themselves trapped in a house surrounded by zombies in this stop-motion reinterpretation. Directed by Evan Curtis.

Id Of The Peverse: (4 mins/NY) The intrusive gorey thoughts of a young woman manifests in a sinister form. Directed by Chloe Hayes.

The Boy Who Cried: (2 mins/SC) Despite the cold, the boy walked into the woods. Perhaps he had heard a sound, but no one could ask, as the boy could not be found. Directed by Eric Patterson and Dan Hale.

Her Lips Are Mine: WORLD PREMIERE (10 mins/SC) Sandy thought escaping deformed from her captor was bad enough, but after she meets the women whose body parts she now has attached to her, she realizes that her nightmare is just beginning. Directed by Ken Cohen.

1:30 pm: Comedy Shorts Block 2

Horror Anonymous: (5 mins/NY) A group of over-the-top horror addicts attends a therapy session to try to chase away their demons. Directed by Jim Harkins.

Strange Clowns: (11 mins/IA) A lonely killer clown turns to online dating when ax murder just isn’t enough anymore. Directed by Michael Paul.

The Perfect Nuclear Family: (5 mins/FL) In this thriller set in a post-apocalyptic world, a drifting survivor stumbles across a housewife surrounding herself in a world reminiscent of 1950’s suburbia. He quickly learns that she can’t move on from the past…and intends to keep it that way. Directed by Geena Marie Hernandez.

Bitten: (11 mins/CA) A mysterious & violent encounter sends a dog on a night of adventure and possibility. Directed by Sarah K Reimers.

Night Of The Fluffet: (8 mins/NC) A cautionary tale about the dangers of bringing a wild Fluffet into your home. Directed by Raymond Wallace.

2:30 pm: Feature Film

Black Holler: (90 mins/KS) Street-smart Laquita Johnson has high hopes for a fresh start at a new school, but those hopes are halted when the dean forces her on a field trip with the cheese-loving, dim-witted students of Archepology 101 led by the daffy Professor Thompson.On the bus, each 80’s student archetype is present and accounted for, but once the group makes it to the haunted woods of Black Holler, roll call becomes nearly impossible. It’s about to get campy, in this comedic homage to the horror movies and pop culture of the 1980’s!. Directed by Jason Berg.

4:30 pm: P. J. Soles Q&A Panel

Join us as we present our special guest, P. J. Soles with the 2019 Horror Icon Award and take your questions. Meet P. J. after on the Dread Carpet for autographs and photo opportunities. (PJ will also be appearing on Sunday)

5:30 pm: Kids are Kreepy AF Shorts Block

Goodbye Old Friend: (6 mins/NY) A young woman is trapped in her apartment by her childhood imaginary friend, who has come back to haunt her. Directed by Rafael De Leon Jr.

A Fistful Of Molars: (5 mins/Canada) Six-year-old Sarah is a budding entrepreneur— she pulls teeth for The Tooth Fairy. Directed by Ryan Couldrey.

Simple Simon: (8 mins/Canada) The parents of a young girl are dismayed when she begins bullying her imaginary friend. Directed by Maninder Chana.

Playtime’s Over: SOUTH CAROLINA PREMIERE (11 mins/GA) The only thing Dee loves more than classic horror movies is terrorizing the babysitter. It’s New Years Eve, Dee’s parents are looking forward to one of the rare nights without their angel. Little does Laurie, the new babysitter know, the fifty bucks an hour won’t cover the years of therapy needed after spending one night with Dee and her stuffed friends. Directed by Tony Reames.

The Premonition: (5 mins/CA) It is Halloween night and the kiddies are out trick-or-treating when an unexpected guest comes a-knocking. Starring Betsy Baker (Linda from the original Evil Dead). Directed by James Ersted.

7:00 pm: Feature Film

One Must Fall: SOUTH CAROLINA PREMIERE (85 mins/KY) A crime scene cleanup crew is on a job that turns deadly when they discover that the killer never left the scene of the crime. Directed by Antonio Pantoja.

9:30 pm: Slasher Shorts Block

Getting Away: SOUTHEAST PREMIERE (10 mins/Canada) A girl arriving at an Air BnB is terrorized by a voyeuristic assailant. Directed by Adam Kirkey.

Escape Room: WORLD PREMIERE (18 mins/CA) A brilliant student who is bullied in high school and suffers from OCD reluctantly joins her popular friends at a horror-themed Escape Room game. When the group realizes that a revenge-seeking Game Master has set them up in a custom-made deadly trap, the five teenagers start turning on each other. They have to join forces in order to get out of the room alive. Directed by Bessy Adut.

Last One Screaming: (10 mins/CA) After surviving a horrific weekend at a remote cabin in the woods where all of her friends were brutally murdered, Ashley finds herself in handcuffs. Her story is extraordinary, and the cops who brought her in for questioning don’t believe a word of it. The FBI sends in a psychologist, Dr. Warren to determine whether Ashley is completely crazy, or if there’s more to her story. Directed by Matt Devino.

Angel: US PREMIERE (7 mins/Canada) A young girl named Angel returns home for her fathers funeral to only get an unexpected visit from an old friend. Directed by Julian Vetrone.

Finley: EAST COAST PREMIERE (25 mins/GA) “Finley” is a cheerfully energetic horror short following the shenanigans of a wooden puppet as he tries to kill a group of college kids who have moved into his house. Directed by J. Zachary Thurman.

SUNDAY, MAY 26, 2019 – DAY 3

9:00 am: Feature Film

D-Railed: SOUTHEAST PREMIERE (80 mins/CA) A woman boards a train that derails into a lake in the middle of the night. She, along with other surviving passengers find themselves trapped within the sinking wreckage. They discover what lies beneath the surface is far more terrifying as they fight to stay alive against a deadly predator determined to kill them one by one. Directed by Dale Fabrigar.

11:00 am: South Carolina Shorts Block 2

Blood Spook: (20 mins/SC) A diabetic trucker travels the highways of the American South seeking forgiveness as truck stop prostitutes are found murdered along his route. Directed by Steve Daniels.

Little: (12 mins/SC) An unexpected meeting turns dangerous as two children navigate through their developing town. Directed by Brittany Brock.

Whistler’s Mother: SOUTHEAST PREMIERE (19 mins/SC) The artist James McNeill Whistler spent years trying to capture the essence of his mother for his most famous work of art—not to create a masterpiece—but to save his mother from possession by the Baba Yaga—an evil Russian witch. Directed by Robbie Robertson.

Slasher: The Babysitter Murders: WORLD PREMIERE (13 mins/SC) Christmas Eve, 1978. A babysitter waits for her boyfriend to show up after the children are both snug in their beds. However, something far more sinister than sugar plums may be keeping one of them from staying asleep. Directed by Michael Conway.

12:30 pm: Feature Film

Cracks: CHARLESTON PREMIERE (103 mins/SC) An unstable psychiatrist whose only sanctuary is indoors, finds herself trapped between the walls and her mind. Directed by Silas James Rowland and Dean Ferreira.

2:45 pm: Foreign Shorts Block

A Doll Distorted: (15 mins/United Kingdom) Jane suffers from haphephobia (the pathological fear of touch), tormented by years of loneliness and isolation she orders a synthetic love doll online to nightmarish consequences. Directed by Niall Shukl.

Carved: (13 mins/United Kingdom) Once upon a time, Nick and Cathy carved their initials on a tree. Three years later, Nick and Cathy break up… and something in the tree snaps. Directed by Daniel Caradec.

Once Bitten: (10 mins/United Kingdom) Martha needs the toilet fixed in her hotel bathroom but there’s one problem: her plumber may be a vampire. Directed by Pete Tomkies.

Bad Dreams: SOUTHEAST PREMIERE (9 mins/United Kingdom) A boy wakes, something’s escaped the cellar. A deformed face looms over the boy with a harrowing scream. The bad dream remembered by a Man as he shaves making him cut his neck. It bleeds. Directed by Stuart Fryer.

Cut Off: (1 mins/Australia) A true millennial horror story. Directed by Ryan Cauchi.

Zebra: SOUTHEAST PREMIERE (5 mins/Australia) Two blood splattered little old ladies skulking through the bush, a real life super model, and tapioca pudding collide. Directed by Peter Spann.

Creaker: (4 mins/Norway) A girl wakes up at night when her bedroom door creaks open. Directed by Vidar T. Aune. Furrow: (4 mins/Finland) Young farm girl LAURA accidentally releases unspeakable evil lurking in the swamps. It’s now up to Laura that will evil raise again. Directed by Jesse Haaja.

Furrow: (4 mins/Finland) Young farm girl LAURA accidentally releases unspeakable evil lurking in the swamps. It’s now up to Laura that will evil raise again. Directed by Jesse Haaja.

4:00 pm: Feature Film

Straight Edge Kegger: SOUTHEAST PREMIERE (81 mins/IN) A young punk and a houseful of drunks square off against the gang of militant straight edgers that he’s abandoned. Directed by Jason Zink.

6:15 pm: Thriller Shorts Block 2

Oh Lily, What A Silly Way To Die: (8 mins/NY) A couple goes house hunting and gets more than they bargained for; namely, a man in a cage, a cat that makes sounds that a cat shouldn’t make, and an indoor pool.. with a guest… Directed by Vincent Turturro.

Full Moon: (13 mins/CA) Amy, a self-proclaimed witch, invites friends over for a full moon ritual to bring magic into their lives. But the powers they summon are much more than they bargained for. Directed by Melanie Alexander and Mary Stark.

Sick: (15mins/CA) Dolores, a troubled artist, spends her days anxiously awaiting directives from her controlling husband, Sebastian. The two live in an oddly symbiotic relationship feeding each other’s psychosis. But when Sebastian has a change of heart, Dolores is forced to make a choice – overcome her fear, or let it destroy them both. Directed by Jacquelyn Marie Quinones.

Don’t Look Into Their Eyes: (5 mins/PA) Clock strikes noon. Edie is under the bed. It’s her safe space, her resting place. She rests for the day but a creek from the door jerks her awake. Any noise or open doors and window is unsafe for her. She decides to investigate… Directed by John Rhee

8:00 pm: Awards Ceremony

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Doc a lifelong fan of horror films, sci-fi flicks and monster movies first discovering Universal Monsters and Planet of the Apes as a young child in the 1970's searching out every issue of Famous Monster of Filmland (and, later, Fangoria). Favorite films include Jaws, The Car, The Birds, The Tingler, Vampire Circus and The Exorcist. Still a huge fan of horror films from the 70s, Doc continues consuming horror films to this day for the site, for the podcasts and for the fun of it all.