The Crimson Screen Fest returns to delight horror film fans 

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click to enlarge Don't miss "Dorchester's Revenge" at this year's Crimson Screen Fest

Jonathan Boncek

Don't miss "Dorchester's Revenge" at this year's Crimson Screen Fest

Cue up the high-pitched, screeching violins of spooky soundtracks past, and join us as we exclaim — It's back! The Crimson Screen Horror Film Fest returns for a second year, and we couldn't be more scared. No, really, we've caught a glimpse of what's in store and we're running for cover. Grab a flashlight and muffle your screams because we're about to embark on a blood-curdling journey.

Crimson Screen Horror Film Fest returns on May 13
Crimson Screen Horror Film Fest returns on May 13 You’ve been warned

Those looking for a good scare are in luck. South Carolina’s premier horror film festival returns Fri. May 13 for its third year of indie terror. This year’s Crimson Screen Horror Film Fest will feature 38 of the best scary movies around, including eight feature films and 30 shorts from all around the world. — Dustin Waters


Steve Balderson and Elizabeth Spear deliver good old-fashioned gore in the soap opera slasher <i>Hell Town</i>
Steve Balderson and Elizabeth Spear deliver good old-fashioned gore in the soap opera slasher Hell Town Welcome to Hell

In a small town in the middle of anywhere America the blood red letters of Hell splash across Old Town's welcome sign. Hell Town, U.S.A. is home to prom queens, comatose widows, and in-the-closet football players. It's also home to a masked murderer — the Letter Jacket killer. — Connelly Hardaway


Scary movies are back and better than ever
Scary movies are back and better than ever The Horror Renaissance

I should admit straight off that I am a horror movie geek. I'm one of those Boomers who got started on movies in general thanks to the magazine Famous Monsters of Filmland —and those roots run deep. (Name a Bela Lugosi movie and chances are I can quote dialogue from it.) — Ken Hanke


South Carolina-based actors and directors bring the scream to Crimson Screen
South Carolina-based actors and directors bring the scream to Crimson Screen Backyard Scares

Darius might be crooning about the Lowcountry's homegrown honeys, but we prefer our Charleston with a side of guts, gore, and ax murderers. While the second annual Crimson Screen Horror Film Fest features movies from all over, we've got a special place in our recently-ripped-out hearts for flicks shot right here in South Carolina. — Connelly Hardaway


Charleston's second annual Crimson Screen Horror Film Fest features the country's scariest films
Charleston's second annual Crimson Screen Horror Film Fest features the country's scariest films Painting the Town Red

Why do we like to be scared? South Carolina-born filmmaker Tommy Faircloth, founder of Charleston's own Crimson Screen Horror Film Fest thinks horror movies are about familiarity meeting the unknown, the ordinary suddenly exploding with intensity. — Scott Poole


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