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2014 Horrible Imaginings Local Spotlight Film: Damsels!

2014, SAN DIEGO LOCAL SPOTLIGHT, Damsels poster7 mins

Damsels: Four women meet through the course of the zombie apocalypse and decide to stick together to survive. Filmed in one weekend on a very low budget, Damsels is the efforts of a dedicated group of San Diego State University students and crew volunteers with a passion for zombies, blood, and making films.


is a writer/director from San Diego, California with a passion for science fiction, fantasy and horror. He is a graduate of the Television, Film, and New Media program from San Diego State University and a self proclaimed movie and television buff. He loves to create stories and characters that are a bit outside the societal norm and strives to give strong roles for both female and male actors alike. His ultimate goal is to create his own television series.







2014 Horrible Imaginings Special Event: Professor Bradley Voytek, Science, and Zombies!



Neuroscientist and zombie enthusiast Bradley Voytek will talk to us about the new book he wrote with his colleague Timothy Verstynen, in which they apply neuroscience to the world of zombies! 

In each chapter, the authors draw on zombie popular culture and identify a characteristic zombie behavior that can be explained using neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, and brain-behavior relationships. Through this exploration they shed light on fundamental neuroscientific questions such as: How does the brain function during sleeping and waking? What neural systems control movement? What is the nature of sensory perception?

Walking an ingenious line between seriousness and satire, Do Zombies Dream of Undead Sheep?leverages the popularity of zombie culture in order to give readers a solid foundation in neuroscience.

Thanks to Seth Marko and the UC San Diego Bookstore for making copies of the book available at this event! Get yours signed!



Bradley VoytekBRADLEY VOYTEK is an Assistant Professor of Computational Cognitive Science and Neuroscience at UC San Diego. Although he does "real" neuroscience research, you're not here for that stuff. You're here because of his zombie "research". Brad is an award-winning advisor for the Zombie Research Society, and this whole zombie thing has been ridiculously popular. It's been covered by numerous respected media outlets such as National Geographic, Wired, and even the American Academy of Neurology for some reason. His TED-Ed videos about the zombie brain have over a quarter million views.

Y'all are CRAZY.

In his real research, Brad uses a cross-disciplinary approach including neurophysiology, computational modeling, large-scale data analytics, and brain-machine interfacing to understand cognition; to understand how the brain talks to itself.

There are a lot of PhDs out there who try to use science to sell their BS. I like to say that this whole zombie brain thing is my way of using BS to sell science. (Bio from


2014 Horrible Imaginings Local Spotlight Film: Haven!


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A filmmaking couple investigate an urban-myth story of an old bakery where a mass killing took place decades ago. Finding the answers they were looking for, their curiosity takes them to a place of no return.

HAVEN was selected as the "Best of Films," as well as the "Best Use of Genre" film as part of the National Film Challenge. Casselman employs the "Found Footage" method of verite horror filmmaking to tell his story. His last film ABANDONED played at Horrible Imaginings Film Festival last year. This is a Local Film Spotlight!


Ryan Casselman HeadshotDIRECTOR RYAN CASSELMAN is an up-and-coming, San Diego filmmaker with a Media Communications degree in the emphasis of Video Production. Two short films he directed, wrote, and edited (A Walk in the Park & Writer's Block) were both winners at The San Diego Film Awards in 2014. Recently, he wrote and directed the short film "A Good Ol' Chap", which won awards for Directing and Best Film at the 48 Hour Film Project in San Diego. In addition to directing, he is also an actor in the community, acting both on stage and in locally-produced short films.


2014 Horrible Imaginings Films: Black Lullaby!

2014, USA, 4 mins

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Artist Joshua Hoffine has turned quite a lot of heads after releasing his brilliant photography series exploring childhood fears. Those photographs employed such sophisticated staging, lighting, and make up techniques that an actual short film was the next logical step. 

Anyone who enjoys the incredible photography from Hoffine will not be disappointed by his new short film BLACK LULLABY, which we are happy to add to the program at this year's festival! As with his photographs, Hoffine's own daughter portrays a young girl whose curiosity outweighs her fear. Her performance is truly a treat to behold! Don't miss it!


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Bed by Joshua Hoffine

DIRECTOR JOSHUA HOFFINE  Artist Statement (from I am interested in the psychology of fear.

We are all born with certain inherent and instinctual fears, such as fear of the dark, the fear of lurking danger, and the fear of being eaten. As we grow older, these fears lose their intensity and are slowly shuffled away into our Unconscious.
Horror, as an art form, draws its strength from the Unconscious. 
I stage my photo shoots like small movies, with sets, costumes, elaborate props, fog machines, and special effects make-up. Everything is acted out live in front of the camera. I use friends and family members, including my own daughters, as actors and crew.
I try to present the images within the visual grammar of a child. I want the viewer to share their point of view, to feel their sense of vulnerability. The images stress danger, and depict a wold where innocence and safety are under constant threat.
I believe that the Horror story is ultimately concerned with the imminence and randomness of death, and the implication that there is no certainty to existence. The experience of Horror resides in this confrontation with uncertainty. Horror tells us that our belief in security is delusional, and that the monsters are all around us. 

2014 Horrible Imaginings Special Event: Anna Yanushkevich!


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Artist Anna Yanushkevich from Russia creates an occult experience into the realms of insanity/ abandonment/ isolation, through dance and aerial acrobatics. 

Yanushkevich will offer Horrible Imaginings audiences a preview of her upcoming live act VITANDUS REVENANT a macabre circus dance piece! Her work offers a dark mirror to our hidden selves. A perfect partnership for a nights of terror!



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2014 Horrible Imaginings Films: Black Spot in 3-D!

2013, United Kingdom, 6 mins, IN 3-D!

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After his car breaks down on a lonely country road, Paul walks through a wet melancholic landscape before chancing upon another car, but one which is ironically also broken down. Here Paul will face fear, pain and suffering, yet also a chance to redeem himself of his recent actions.

Shot with a £28 Aiptek 3D camcorder, which had scathing reviews dismissing it as as "nothing more than a toy", Black Spot was conceived as a narrative test for the capabilities of the 3D camera and as a result was made with a very minimal budget.

I was deliberately aiming for a trashy, bleak 70s horror feel, a bit grindhouse but without the now cliched scratched prints and tongue in cheek aspect, but also something that feels a bit more 70s Brit horror, like Deathline or something like that.

The film was shot at the bottom of the South Downs near Poynings and Fulking, with additional shooting at a flat on Brighton seafront.



Black Spot

Luther Bhogal Jones headshotDIRECTOR LUTHER BHOGAL-JONES: 
Originally hailing from Sutton-In-Ashfield in Nottinghamshire, Luther Bhogal-Jones has been making films for over half of his life. With only a college qualification behind him, he is mostly self taught in film making, learning more with each project he undertakes. His initial works after college were short films focussing on relationships, small slices of life that in some cases were painful, in other cases comedic. All of these were shot in the city of Nottingham where he had moved.
After making several shorts he decided to raise his game by making an ambitious no budget feature film with a large ensemble cast, shot over a variety of locations in the city. With no funding and shooting taking place on Sundays and evenings the shoot was a long drawn out affair, so long that cast and crew members left the project over the course of making it. With dwindling money and support, the filming was halted with around 85% of the film shot. 
Following a move to Brighton and then to Sompting in West Sussex, a very long period passed with a painfully slow post production. Raising funds to edit the film took several years and finding collaborators to work for free on key areas of the film was a frustrating process, especially as these collaborators would also drop out of the project. Eventually, following a re-editing process the film was eventually released online in March 2013, receiving favourable attention for Luther's dogged determination to see the film through to the end. 
During this period Luther returned to making short films, firstly with the psychologicalcomicbooknoir drama The Crunch, a melancholic coastal drama Stranded and Goodnight, Halloween – a fantasy thriller still in post production. Despite a love of horror cinema, he had not attempted anything horror based since early college films, but felt a desire to concentrate on making horror shorts. His short film Creak, released online in 2012 was extremely well received by horror bloggers worldwide, leading to the current short films Black Spot and Knock Knock (currently shooting.) Luther plans to return to feature films in the near future, with several horror themed features in development.