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.

The three-day event will be held at the Olde Village Community Theater at 4820 Jenkins Ave. in North Charleston. Festival founder and South Carolina filmmaker Tommy Faircloth says he is thrilled to move the festival into the heart of Park Circle and welcomes special guest Felissa Rose, star of the 1983 horror cult classic Sleepaway Camp. The summer camp scream queen will be receiving the first annual Crimson Screen Horror Icon award and will be on hand for a special screening of Sleepaway Camp and costume contest on Sat. May 14.

“We encourage everyone to put on their best cutoff denim shorts, tube socks, and half shirts and come on out for the screening of this ’80s camp classic,” says Faircloth. “Having Felissa in the audience is going to be awesome.”

Filmmakers in attendance will be competing for a chance to win a coveted “Crimmy,” Crimson Screen’s take on an Oscar or Grammy. This year’s awards were sculpted by special effects artist Tony Rosen, the man responsible for the unsettling Annabelle doll featured in The Conjuring and Annabelle.

Notable films this year include Stephen King adaptation Suffer the Little Children, ’80s horror film homage The Barn, and 2016’s Neron for those hungry for a little zombie action. The festival’s opening day will also feature a workshop by Charleston author and C of C professor Scott Poole titled “Tentacle Terror: Lovecraft at the Movies.” So whether you’re new to the Mountains of Madness or have long heard the call of Cthulhu, Crimson Screen has something for you.

Friday and Saturday daily tickets are still available online at

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