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THURSDAY, MAY 21, 2020

8:00 pm: Opening Night Mixer 

VIP Passholders, filmmakers, and screenwriters join us at  Aloft's W XYZ Bar for our opening night mixer.  You can pick up your VIP passes and merch and meet our visiting filmmakers and other guests.  Drink specials, photo ops, and more! (Daily ticket holders can pick up your tickets at the theater on the day you purchased them for.)


FRIDAY, MAY 22, 2020 - DAY 1

10:00 am: Thriller Shorts Block

Soon Comes Night: (3 mins/CA) While buying flowers and balloons for his newborn granddaughter at the local supermarket, James is subject to this unfortunate truth when the Grim Reaper comes to take him away. Directed by Austin Rourke


Backward Creep: (5 mins/NC) A group of cosplayers on the way to an anime convention think they've run over a pedestrian in the road but there's something more nefarious going on. Directed by Christopher G. Moore


Feeder: (10 mins/France) In an isolated mountain range, a forsaken veteran is forced out of the woods to hunt his prey in order to keep alive what he cherishes most. Directed by Thomas Simon                                  


The Springfield Three: (28 mins/CA) Based on the true 1992 disappearance, three women with a dark secret driving out of town to start a new life and escape their old one, horrifically encounter their inevitable fates. Directed by Samuel Gonzalez Jr.


11:30 am: Feature Film

Bad Witch: (82 mins/MD) Xander is a witch whose abuse of black magic has led him to disaster after disaster. After trying to go clean of witchcraft, Xander befriends a young loner, helping Roland with bullies, girlfriends, and other teenage atrocities. Directed by Joshua Land and Victor Fink.


1:30 pm: Psycho Shorts Block

Don’t Sneeze: (2 mins/Canada) Brian, a guy enjoying some "alone time", sneezes at an inopportune moment and is shocked by the consequences. Directed by Ryan LaPlante


Hair: (6 mins/Bahrain) After he spills a hot drink in the sink, a man struggles to survive the Hair monster from the drain. Directed by Hamad Abdulla Ali


Good Head: (8 mins/CA) Otto awakens in a strange room to discover he’s immobilized. His fellow prisoner, Rubin, teases him mercilessly until he panics and short-circuits the collar keeping him conscious. The alarm sounds, drawing the wrath of their true tormentor. Directed by Izzy Ezagui


Murdercycle: (10 mins/FL) David gets what he believes is a great deal, a free motorcycle. Unbeknownst to him the bike has other plans and gives him the ultimate ultimatum...ride or die. Directed by Tyler Turner

Love Bite: (16 mins/GA)  Taking refuge in an abandoned cargo truck during the Zombie Apocalypse, a dysfunctional couple (and their dog) find their lives on the line when they make a deadly bet over how the undead virus spreads. Directed by Charles de Lauzirika


3:00 pm: Feature Film

Do Not Reply: (99 mins/CA) Chelsea, a teenage high school girl, falls prey to a predator on social media. She agrees to meet him in person and is abducted. Chelsea wakes up, and after being conditioned to behave, is allowed to stay in his fortified house with three other girls her age. Chelsea soon discovers that Brad kills the girls he abducts while wearing a virtual reality (VR) camera helmet so that he can experience it again and again. Chelsea desperately attempts to convince the other girls to escape, but must push her morals and values beyond what she never imagined to have a fighting chance. Directed by Daniel Woltosz and Walt Woltosz


5:00 pm: South Carolina Shorts Block #1

Where’s The Fun: (4 mins/SC) Worst. Party. Ever. Directed by David Axe.


It’s a B$tch Birthday: (5 mins/SC) Yazmine is dreaming of a happy birthday but will it be so happy once she finds out what her man did before taking her to her birthday party? Directed by Felicia Rivers and J Paul The Demi God


Don’t You Dare: (9 mins/SC) A group of young girls are abducted by some dangerous men. By dabbling in the occult, however, they find salvation in a dark entity. But at what cost? Directed by Jonathan Cook


Ghostsitter: (13 mins/SC) While interviewing for what she thinks is a babysitting gig, a young woman is horrified to learn the job actually involves looking after the ghost of a deceased elderly lady who is too stubborn to move on. Directed by Ani Dhokai


The Street Lights Are On: (22 mins/SC) Ed McRae, a stressed workaholic who finds himself at the brink of insanity that puts him on the path of no return. Directed by JB Torres Medina

6:15 pm: Feature Film

Widow’s Point: (88 mins/NY) An author desperate for a hit spends a weekend locked in a haunted lighthouse as a publicity stunt for his new book and comes face to face with cosmic horror. Starring Craig Sheffer, based on the book by RIchard Chizmar and Billy Chizmar. Directed by Gregory Lamberson



8:30 pm: Foreign Shorts Block

Lady in the Shower: (6 mins/Canada) A woman with a shady secret is haunted by a mysterious entity, while taking a shower in a historic hotel. Directed by Chris Borgo


Sleep Tight: (8 mins/United Kingdom) When a wheelchair-bound teen is put to bed by his overly attached father, he complains about personal space. However, when the lights go out, he'll soon discover that it's not the bed bugs that bite! Directed by Lewis Taylor


Red: (15 mins/Canada) When a mysterious man tries to lure a young girl away from her intended path. Red must rely on her inner primal instincts to reverse the role of predator and prey. Directed by Olivia Fedele


Bitch, Popcorn & Blood: (16 mins/France) At Salt’ n Sugar, a popcorn bar in the middle of nowhere, LILY a bored waitress, is going to turn her life around when two fishy strangers show up in the bar. A mix of onirism, violence and dark humor, Bitch, Popcorn & Blood is simply the weapon that everyone has dreamt of being one day. Directed by Fabio Soares


The Hidden Reflection: (14 mins/Italy) We all have a dark side. A place full of fears, secrets, monsters. What would happen if we faced those monsters? Directed by Eugenio Krilov

End Day 1

See you at The Bearded Axe across the street from the theater for some networking and axe throwing....and beer from 10 PM to MIDNIGHT.
VIP Passholders enjoy 25% off axe throwing.


SATURDAY, MAY 23, 2020 - DAY  2

10:00 am: Dark Horror Shorts Block

Too Late: (4 mins/NY) Chad's ready to apologize to the woman he wronged. He can't screw up--the stakes couldn't be higher. Directed by Clayton Dean Smith 


Dona & Vixen: (11 mins/United Kingdom) A teenage girl discovers the truth about Father Christmas. Directed by Alasdair Melrose


Boo: (15 mins/CA) A traumatic event forces a recovering addict to face her demons, without her worried fiancé uncovering the truth. Over the course of a rough night, Devi, 7 years sober, must make a difficult choice between WHO she loves and WHAT she loves. Directed by Rakefet Abergel


We Die Alone: (24 mins/CA) A chance encounter dangerously intertwines the lives of three people with differing perspectives on love. Directed by Marc Cartwright


11:30 am: Feature Film

Tennessee Gothic: (88 mins/TN) A beautiful young girl seeking asylum after a brutal attack is invited to stay on a farm with a dim-witted widower and his teenage son. What they don't know is the girl isn't who she says she is, and it's much more than shelter she seeks. Directed by Jeff Wedding


1:30 pm: Alex Vincent Q&A Panel

Join us as we present our special guest, Alex Vincent with the 2020 Crimson Screen Horror Icon Award and take your questions.  Meet Alex after on the dREaD Carpet for autographs and photo opportunities. (will also be appearing on Sunday)

2:30 pm: Feature Film

To Your Last Death: (92 mins/CA) After emerging as the sole survivor in a deadly revenge game set up by her father to punish his children, Miriam receives an offer from a supernatural entity to go back in time and try again. Now, Miriam must survive both her father’s bloodlust and the Gamemaster’s ever-changing rules to save her siblings as she relives the worst night of her life. Featuring the voice of William Shatner. Directed by Jason Axinn

4:30 pm: Slasher Shorts Block

The Virgin Jamie: (15 mins/NJ) In the world of an 80’s slasher movie, a teenage girl is dragged into hunting a serial killer by her best friend on the night of Homecoming. Directed by Reid Hensen


She Doesn’t Really Like Rabbits: (8 mins/CA) An adorable stuffed rabbit manifests terror and chaos after it is rejected as a gift from an aunt to her niece. Directed by Spider One


Disappear: (4 mins/CA) A Friday the 13th Inspired music featuring the song "Disappear" by artist Trevor Vaughan. Directed by Vincente J DiSanti


Don’t Go In There: (5 mins/GA) A group of teens enters an abandoned building for the scare of their lives. Directed by Nick Laws

5:30 pm: Feature Film

Puppet Killer: (83 mins/Canada) While celebrating Christmas at a cabin in the woods, a group of high school students are stalked by a psychotic killer obsessed with horror movie icons. Directed by Lisa Ovies


7:30 pm: Terror Shorts Block

Toothache: (5 mins/GA) After Amanda's teeth start to fall out, she will soon learn the terrifying reason way. Directed by Stacey Palmer


Dead Lyft: (7 mins/VA) An unsuspecting Lyft driver encounters a strange passenger that gives him more than he bargained for. Directed by Steven Belcher


Inflatio: (10 mins/NV) A man awakens to find himself kidnapped, bound and gagged by a mysterious captor. Over the course of the night he will discover the true meaning of his abductor’s intentions. Directed by Bryon Evans


Uncle Otto’s Truck: (18 mins/NC) Based on the short story by Stephen King, "Uncle Otto's Truck" tells the tale of a man obsessed by a truck that he's convinced is out to get him. Directed by Dan Sellers


8:30 pm: Feature Film

Kill Giggles (WORLD PREMIERE): (91 mins/NC) Tommy dos Santos wasn’t born a psychopath, really, nor was he made into a sociopath, per se. He’s something entirely new, and he’s walking his own path – a path that will run red with the blood of the foulest most fiendishly frightening creatures ever conceived by man… CLOWNS! No longer the madmen and monsters that nightmares are made of, it is the clowns who are the victims now, running for their lives from a serial killer who won’t stop until every single one of them is dead. As Tommy’s body count rises, he finds himself getting closer and closer to what he thought was a ghost, the once great clown king known as “Giggles,” and wonders… if laughter can’t die, how about Giggles? Directed by Jaysen P. Buterin



End Day 2


See you at THE SPARROW for the “Beers and Fears” Official Crimson Screen After Party!  VIP pass holders (21 and older) will get a FREE beer courtesy of Wicked Weed while they last.  DJ Kevin Young will be spinning music featuring your favorite horror movie soundtracks.  Starting around 9:30 PM until.


SUNDAY, MAY 24, 2020 - DAY  3

10:00 am: South Carolina Shorts Block #2

The Celestes: (2 mins/SC) Two sides of one person trying to kill themselves. Directed by William Stancil


The Animator: (2 mins/SC) An animator takes his anger out on the source of his frustration... his puppets. Directed by Treny Shy


Stories From The Pit - Fright Drive: (5 mins/SC) A fireside chat turns into a feast of Souls. Directed by Dean Ferreira


Vocal Cord: (6 mins/SC) For years Rosa has been the voice of Lil' Sofia, a beloved Spanish cartoon character, but when the cartoon undergoes an English dubbing, she goes to great lengths to stop it from happening. Directed by Ken Cohen


The House Guest: (11 mins/SC) A young woman reluctantly agrees to a seance because she suspects her house is haunted. Directed by David Walton Smith


Thirst of the Dead: (13 mins/SC) Survivors find beer in the Zombie Apocalypse and learn an important secret. Directed by Michael Evans and Paul Inman


11:30 am: Feature Film

Death To Metal: (80 mins/IA) After a freak accident, a disturbed priest is transformed into a mutated killing machine on a mission to wipe out the godless fans of heavy metal music. Directed by Tim Connery 


1:30 pm: Kids R Kreepy AF Shorts Block

Toe: (7 mins/IL) A starving boy eats a toe he finds sticking out of the ground. Later that night, something ghastly comes to his bedroom wanting it back. Directed by Neal O’Bryan and Chad Thurman


Let Me Play: (10 mins/WA) When a nine-year-old girl is bullied by her older brother, she stumbles upon a mysterious figure in the closet that promises her the revenge she desperately craves- but at what cost? Directed by Andrew Bell


Fetus Nation: (11 mins/CA) After a botched abortion, a young woman realizes that she loves her fetus. An examination of the American pro-life, pro-choice debate. Directed by Drew Dammron


The Boogie Man: (7 mins/MO)A young, determined dancer finds herself mixed up in a showdown with a mysterious presence concealed behind a closet door. Directed by Micah Deeken


Seek: (6 mins/TX) Two sisters have been driving all night when they come across a dilapidated roadside park and bathroom. Horrific events follow when one of them stumbles upon a strange message and a mischievous resident that wants to play a terrifying game. Directed by Aaron Morgan


Peter Peter: (6 mins/?) A young rapscallion finally gets his comeuppance when he destroys the property of the wrong person. Directed by Nathan Block


2:30 pm: Feature Film

Flesher: (81 mins/SC) Two serial killers work together to skin their victims and sell them to an underground flesh market. When a meeting goes bad and a buyer is killed, pressure from the organization forces the usually-methodical Flesher to take reckless actions that lead to a paranoia he can't escape. Directed by John Johnson

4:30 pm: Comedy Shorts Block

Spells Like Teen Spirit: (8 mins/CA) Emily is new in town and invited to a sleepover with some girls from school. The slumber party takes a dark turn when the girls reveal their plan for the night - to summon their favorite cult musician back from the dead. Directed by Angelique Gross


Dead Air: (16 mins/UK) Dead Air is a Comedy Horror about 'Monster Kitten' - an all female punk rock band - who get caught up in a fight with little gremlins in a plane at 30,000ft whilst heading to the last gig of their comeback tour. Directed by Geoff Harmer


Little Willy: (16 mins/CA) A former child actor, known for the 1980's horror film "Little Willy", has a mental breakdown in his mid 30's while attending a horror convention. Directed by Andrew Bowser


Rose and Pinky are Metal: (10 mins/NY) Rose and Pinky, two teenage metalheads, need money for tickets to a Gwar show. Directed by Madi Stine


5:45 pm: Feature Film

Teacher Shortage: WORLD PREMIERE (87 mins/TX) What is supposed to be an educational and collaborative weekend professional development session for the English Department of Prescott High School instead turns into a blood soaked nightmare when a masked killer targets them. Directed by Troy Escamilla


8:00 pm: Awards Ceremony


End Day 3