Scares That Care Charity Weekend Film Festival Announces 2019 Selections


by Sam Kolesnik

Scares That Care Charity Weekend Film Festival has announced its 2019 lineup! 

The festival, which runs alongside the charity weekend’s horror convention, will feature four feature films, as well as dozens of independent horror shorts. Scares That Care Charity Weekend is a non-profit benefiting sick children and families in need. The 2019 event is August 2 - 4th in Williamsburg, Virginia. Tickets to the event can be purchased here.   


The festival’s feature film selections include: 


(Director: Chris Moore) 

A Nightmare on Elm Street's Amanda Wyss stars in this darkly comic thriller involving two teens who fake an attack by a prolific serial killer for attention and find themselves running for their lives when the real killer comes after them.

Showtime: Friday, August 2nd, 11:30PM 

Amanda Wyss in  Triggered

Amanda Wyss in Triggered

The Theatre of Terror

(Director: Thomas Ryan) 

Inspired by The Twilight Zone, this four-film anthology revolves around a mysterious old movie palace where tales of terror reside. 

Showtime: Saturday, August 3rd, 11:30AM 

One Must Fall

(Director: Antonio Pantoja) 

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 in this darkly comic and extremely gory 80s style slasher. 

You can read Screen Fervor’s review of One Must Fall here

Showtime: Saturday, August 3rd, 11PM 

One Must Fall

One Must Fall

Haven’s End

(Director: Chris Ethridge) 

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. 

Showtime: Sunday, August 4th, 11:30AM 

Screens with: Short film, Beta (Director: Kai Erfurt), A hyper violent action thriller that finds a young woman held captive in a mysterious facility with no recollection of how she got there. Her only chance for survival is to fight her way out.

Haven’s End

Haven’s End

The festival also has a packed lineup of short films: 

Nightmare Fuel Shorts Block 

Friday, August 2nd, 6PM 

A morbid medley of ghosts, ghouls, and monsters that will have you sleeping with a flashlight in one hand and a knife in the other.  


(Director: Patrick Rea) 

Two parents try to calm their crying baby.

Black-Eyed Child

(Director: Tony Morales) 

Since 1998 the appearances of the BEC has been constant, and the consequences of looking directly into their eyes has been irreversible. A terminally ill woman will receive a visit from a BEC during a stormy evening.


(Director: Rakefet Abergel)

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.


(Director: Sergio Morcillo)

Marta is a teenager whose parents died two years ago. One night, while alone at home, she will discover the truth about the pain that is tormenting her.




(Director: Wesley Mellott)

Sydney thinks she knows how she’d react in a slasher film until one night…

Scaly Whaley

(Director: Christoph Wetty)

Seeking out an urban legend is soon met with regret.

In Her Shoes

(Director: Ray Kermani)

Seven-year-old June Kauffman is attracted by a pair of red children's shoes in a cemetery. The shoes lead her to an old crypt where she faces her worst fears.

In Her Shoes

In Her Shoes

The Nocnista

(Director: Andy Taylor)

Mia is haunted by her terrifying encounter of sleep paralysis.

The Thing About Beecher’s Gate

(Director: Jeremy Herbert)

Deputy Eli Stoker (Morgan McLeod) knew what he was getting into. Everyone told him the same thing. Watch out for the boys from Beecher’s Gate.

Side Splitters Shorts Block

Friday, August 2nd, 9:30PM

A delightful mix of frighteningly funny horror/comedy shorts. There will be a mortician on standby for anyone who dies laughing.

Playtime’s Over

(Director: Tony Reames)

The only thing Dee loves more than classic horror movies is terrorizing the babysitter. It's New Years Eve and Dee's parents are looking forward to one of the rare nights without their angel. Little does the new babysitter know that the fifty bucks an hour won't cover the years of therapy needed after spending one night with Dee and her stuffed friends.

The Pickman Model

(Director: Tim Troemner)

What's the secret behind Richard Pickman's unearthly art? Join Pickman as he walks you through his three-part model to artistic success!


(Director: Sarah K Reimers)

A mysterious and violent encounter sends a dog on a night of adventure and possibility.



It’s Hell Getting Old

(Director: Patrick Rea)

Two elderly couples get stuck in an elevator on the way to their class reunion.

Lady Hunters

(Director: Angela Atwood)

Three best friends, on a weekend retreat to the Adirondacks, learn of a heinous gang rapist has been released from prison nearby. Incensed by the atrocious nature of the crime against a teenage girl, and incarceration of only one of the perpetrators, the three suburban moms find themselves novice killers and arbiters of justice.

Lady Hunters

Lady Hunters

MissUnderstood Monster

(Director: Lindsay Serrano)

Life is hard enough without your "monthly monster". A driven thirty-something woman struggles to endure a visit from her Menstruation Demon while juggling a career, dating, an active social life, and her monster junk food cravings.

Until the Wheels Fall Off

(Directors: Billy Hall and David Rex McAfee)

A tranquil park within the Zombie Apocalypse, finds a withering zombie who can't catch a meal, until an undead angel comes to his rescue.

Down the Rabbit Hole Shorts Block

Saturday, August 3rd, 3PM

Disturbing, subversive, and just plain bizarre, an onslaught of sanity melting and grotesque shorts you aren’t likely to soon forget.

Hammer Down

(Director: Dan Pasto)

Two employees endure another late night on the job in a post-apocalyptic dystopia. It’s a supremely dirty job but it’s a living. Humor coupled with explicit depictions of graphic cartoon violence.

The Son, The Father

(Director: Lukas Hassel)

The events on a young boy's birthday have twisted consequences far into his future.

The Rehearsal

(Director: W. Trent Welstead)

A young actor prepares for an upcoming role, tormented by the persistent taunts of his harshest critic.

Mrs. Oldina Goes Shopping

(Director: Felipe M. Guerra)

Mrs. Oldina must leave her house to buy some eggs. But the world out there is no longer as it used to be.

The Bag

(Director: Nate Southard)

Tristan's had a bad day and he wants to work off some stress with the punching bag in Naomi's garage.

The Scarlet Vultures

(Director: Kyle Martellacci)

Episodes of euphoria lead a young woman to discover that within her is something more special than others.

The Scarlet Vultures

The Scarlet Vultures

Dead Celebrities

(Director: Michael Fausti)

Meet Mick: he’s a psychopath who wants to be famous and he’s found a way of achieving his dream. But Mick is no ordinary killer; he knows a secret. A secret he shares with Elvis Presley, Jim Morrison, Judy Garland & other dead celebrities...

Mama’s Boy

(Director: Samantha Kolesnik)

A young man's life spirals into depravity and madness when he confronts the trauma of his childhood.

Gut Punched

(Director: Christopher G. Moore)

A bar-hopping playboy has a one night stand with a mysterious stranger and wakes up the next day as an unwilling participant in a bizarre celebration.

Creature Feature Triple Header (Shorts)

Saturday, August 3rd, 6PM

From parasitic worm infestations to Lovecraftian beasts and hideous mutants, if you love cinema that leaves a slime trail when it comes for you, then this is a triple feature you don’t want to miss!


(Director: Stephen Stull)

Plagued by visions of otherworldly parasites, a troubled girl struggles to rid herself of the creatures—but are they real, or is she losing her mind?

The Conduit

(Director: John Hale)

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.

The Conduit

The Conduit


(Director: Joe Meredith)

The lethal alien virus known as ‘Havoc’ has spread beyond the South Mill District, and into the rural outreaches. An infected boy wanders the ravaged region, finding necrotic remains and mutant creatures along the way, as the Havoc virus begins to evolve to the next level of alien horror in this sequel to 2018’s South Mill District.

Special All-Ages Family Film Short Screening

Saturday, August 3rd, 2PM


(Director: Daniel Bydlowski)

Eugene, a shy 10-year-old boy, is bullied every day until he discovers a secret underneath the school that keeps him safe, for now... A heartfelt and whimsical Spielberg-esque short about learning to face your fears and standing up to adversity.

Samantha Kolesnik