The town's creepy cred is solid, having served as a major filming hub for the two-part remake of Stephen King's It. During the filming of both parts, artist and costume designer (and former child actor) Miranda Lukaniuk got a good close-up look as the personal dresser for Pennywise The Clown (played to horrendous perfection by Bill Skarsgard).
Inspired by the rich haunted history of films shot in Port Hope, Likaniuk joined forces with Aaron Peacock and Aidan Kennedy of 2 Blue Shirts Productions to celebrate the macabre with what they hope will be an annual event.
For its premier year, much of the action is centred at the Skeena squadron at 15 Mill St.
Starting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Kount Krackula will emcee the entries they received for the Five-Minute Film Festival. The Wizard (also known as Lukaniuk's father Gerald) will give a special-effects demonstration, while Robyn Potter does vampire makeup and Freddie Groover (aka Nelson Dennis) provides Moody Music. There will also be a Gallery of Horrors with various vendors and exhibits, Lukaniuk said, as well as some really cool items from horror films and local artists' collections.