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May 27, 2015 Posted by admin in General

#138: Into the Darkness! Preparing for TCM's Investigating Film Noir Class!

Out of the PastHow excited are we? Turner Classic Movies is collaborating with Ball State University to offer an online course on film noir! It is free to everyone! Subscribers and non-subscribers alike! Internationally! To coincide with their INSANE "Summer of Darkness" programming (I mean, just LOOK at this)! Ok, I know I am rambling here because I am enrolled and ready to take this class! Not only that, we will be analyzing and reflecting on the class here on the podcast! Starting with this episode.

Over the course of at least three episodes, we will reflect on "Into the Darkness: Investigating Film Noir" BEFORE the class, DURING the class, and AFTER the class is over. This episode is our Before edition, and our anticipation is enhanced by a number of guests!

First of all, my friend, #TCMParty tweeter, and sometime collaborator Will McKinley will join me in this series as a classmate. You can catch him on Twitter @WillMcKinley and read his blog Cinematically Insane.

Turner Classic Movies's Director of Marketing & Editorial Shannon Clute will also be joining us to give us TCM's perspective on the upcoming class and "Summer of Darkness" Festival. You canDark Passage read his writings many places, including TCM's Movie Morlocks Blog.

How could we discuss the upcoming class without the instructor? That's right, we are also joined by Richard Edwards, the man behind the virtual lectern! Rich is the Executive Director of iLearn Research at Ball State University, heading up the group that researches and builds innovative courses that incorporate social networking, online collaboration, open access, digital storytelling, virtual worlds, and active learning. You can follow Rich on Twitter @redwards7

Some of you Film Noir fiends may also know Shannon and Rich as the co-hosts of the podcast "Out of the Past: Investigating Film Noir," which has been around for a decade now, as well as some of their other podcasts. You can find their archive over at They have also written a book about Film Noir together called "The Maltese Touch of Evil: Film Noir and Potential Criticism," which you can get here!

The Maltese Touch of Evil

In today's episode, we discuss:

1. The original concept of TCM collaborating with Ball State University to offer a free course on Film Noir. Was this possible even a decade ago?

2. When the educational component was incorporated into the "Summer of Darkness" Festival.

3. How the podcast "Out of the Past: Investigating Film Noir" led to such a unique class.

4. What enrollment is like, and what people can plan to get from the class.

5. What Film Noir has to offer, in general.

6. Working with TCM to build a class around the "Summer of Darkness."

7. The various video, social, and other components of the class.

8. Important Film Noir titles.

9. Possible future classes?

10. Will and I discuss why participation in this is so important.

Don't forget to follow me on Twitter @HIFFSD, and remember to stay scared!


May 27, 2015 Posted by admin in General

Roller Derby, Thai Military Drafts, and the Immortal Tab Hunter: What We Are Looking Forward to at the 2015 FilmOut San Diego Film Festival!


If you listen to our official Horrible Imaginings Podcast, you know our new tagline is to “understand the misunderstood and de-stigmatize the stigmatized.” That is why we do the film festival, focusing on a largely stigmatized genre, as well as examine the types of art we do. Film Festivals exist partly to give a voice to the types of films that reside in an area outside general cinematic consumption. These voices serve to build understanding and empathy amongst filmmakers and, more importantly, the audience. One such film festival that focuses on a group of people who often find themselves on the fringes of what society deems appropriate are people who identify as LGBT.

Now, it is true that the cultural mores are shifting toward equal rights for LGBT people in a hearteningly fast rate—just look at the Irish vote for marriage equality last week—but a lot of work still needs to be done to build understanding and empathy, particularly in the United States, where frankly we could learn a thing or two from the Irish vote. We believe our friends at FilmOut San Diego Film Festival are doing a lot to build understanding by giving a voice to their artists. If we truly believe in understanding the misunderstood and de-stigmatizing the stigmatized, then we certainly count FilmOut San Diego as staunch allied in our arts community in San Diego.

The festival kicks off this Friday, May 29th. Here are just a few of the films we are personally looking forward to!

Tab Hunter Confidential (NOTE: NEW START TIME OF 6PM!) (California Premiere)

Year: 2015 | Country: USA | Run Time: 90 min | Director: Jeffrey Schwarz TabThis is the festival kickoff film! In the 1950s, Tab Hunter was #1 at the box office and on the music charts. He was Hollywood’s most sought-after star and America’s designated boy-next-door. Romantically linked to Natalie Wood, Debbie Reynolds and Sophia Loren, nothing could damage Tab Hunter’s career. Nothing, it seems, except for the fact that Tab Hunter is secretly gay. In TAB HUNTER CONFIDENTIAL we meet, for the first time, the real Tab Hunter as he shares with us his whole story as a happy, healthy, survivor of the Hollywood roller coaster. Appearances by Debbie Reynolds, Lainie Kazan, John Waters, Connie Stevens, Clint Eastwood, Robert Wagner, George Takei and a multitude of archival interviews!

Special guest in attendance for Q&A session - Tab Hunter Frequent Horrible Imaginings contributor and Cinema Junkie Beth Accomando just interviewed Mr. Hunter for KPBS. You can listen to that great conversation here

How To Win At Checkers (Every Time) (Direct from Berlinale Film Festival)

Year: 2015 | Country: Thailand/USA/Indonesia | Run Time: 79 min | Director: Josh Kim CheckersYoung Oat (Ingkarat Damrongsakkul) faces an uncertain future when his older, gay brother Ek (Thira Chutikul), must submit to Thailand's annual military draft lottery. While the parents of Ek's wealthy boyfriend Jai (Arthur Navarat) are able to maneuver their son out of the draw, Ek, has no options. Unable to convince his brother to do whatever he can to change his fate, Oat takes matters into his own hands resulting in unexpected consequences. The film is set in the economic fringes of Bangkok and examines the joys and challenges of growing up in contemporary Thailand.

Game Face (California Premiere)

Year: 2015 | Country: USA/Belgium | Run Time: 95 min | Director: Michiel Thomas Game FAceThis moving documentary shows the quest for self-realization of LGBT athletes and their acceptance in society. Following the parallel stories of athletes Fallon Fox (MMAs first transgender pro fighter) and Terrence Clemens (a rising gay college basketball player in Oklahoma) during their coming out process, GAME FACE sheds light on the obstacles LGBT athletes face throughout their career.


In The Turn (California Premiere)

Year: 2014 | Country: USA | Run Time: 90 min | Director: Erica Tremblay In the TurnIN THE TURN follows Crystal, a 10-yr-old transgender girl, as she navigates growing up in rural Canada. After being denied the right to join athletics due to her gender, Crystal serendipitously discovers the Vagine Regime, an international queer collective of roller derby players comprised of people of all shapes, sizes, backgrounds and identities. The Vagine Regime not only accepts Crystal, but actively supports her journey. IN THE TURN weaves Crystal's story into the broader narrative of the evolution of roller derby from a niche sport into a social movement with strong roots in the LGBTQ community.


Remember, these are just a few of the great films that will be on the big screen this weekend at the 2015 FilmOut San Diego Film Festival! There will also be a block of short films, food, discussions, and more. The place is The Observatory North Park. The days are Friday, May 29th; Saturday, May 30th; and Sunday, May 31st. We’ll be there—join us! Get tickets here!

May 13, 2015 Posted by admin in General

#137: Dark Star: HR Giger's World

Hello everyone! Angela and I got the chance to see Dark Star: H.R. Giger's World last night on the exact one year anniversary of Giger's death. Let it be known that we were quite affected by the film. Listen to our reaction--and we do avoid anything that could be called spoilers, even though this is just a film portrait of a fascinating man. Please go and see the documentary if it is playing anywhere near you. I am listing some dates here: dark star poster

Opening theatrically in the U.S. and Canada in over 30 cities:

May 15-21 - New York, NY - Landmark Sunshine

May 15-21 - Los Angeles, CA - Landmark NuArt

May 15-21 - San Francisco, CA - Landmark Opera Plaza

May 15-21 - Berkeley, CA - Landmark Shattuck

May 15-21 - Providence, RI - Cable Car Cinema

May 22-28 - Long Beach, CA - The Frida Cinema

May 22-28 - San Diego, CA - Landmark Ken (my city gets bold. kisses, Miguel)

May 22-28 - Dallas, TX - Texas Theatre

May 23-26 - Austin, TX - Alamo Drafthouse

May 23-28 - Houston, TX - Alamo Drafthouse

May 28 - June 4 - Washington, D.C. - Landmark E St

May 28 - June 4 - Vancouver, BC - The Cinematheque

May 29 - June 4 - Denver, CO - Landmark (TBD)

May 28 - June 4 - Columbus, OH - Gateway Film Center

May 29 - June 4 - Philadelphia, PA - Landmark Ritz

May 28 - May 31 - Fort Worth, TX - Fort Worth Museum of Contemporary Art

View additional theatrical dates here:

Giger and skull

Listen to the episode here:

May 11, 2015 Posted by admin in General

Uncovering Bollywood Action Cinema--An Author Signing!

Coming to San Diego's Digital Gym Cinema on Saturday, June 13th at 8:00 pm, Horrible Imaginings Film Festival will present to you a Delirio San Diego SPECIAL EVENT! Free to the public! Film clips! Discussion! Book Signing! Unique FUN! FUNKY_BWOOD_COVER

How much do you know about one of the world's hugest film industries? Get ready for a night of surprise, excitement, and the introduction to a wonderful new world! Bollywood films had so much more to offer than many people realize, and Todd Stadtman, author of the brand new book Funky Bollywood: The Wild World of 1970s Indian Action Cinema, has made it part of his mission to not only keep these films alive, but also to introduce them to a new and diverse audience.

This event will include a WONDERFUL collection of clips from various films highlighted in Stadtman's book. It will be a delightful sample tray of cinematic Bollywood glory, followed by an introduction and discussion with Stadtman himself. The event is FREE OF CHARGE, but remember to bring money for your own book signed by the author!

In a review of the book, Sidharth Bhatia of India's newpaper The Hindu called Stadtman's book "a must-have for not just the casual browser but also the more serious student of Hindi films who is interested not just in individual movies but also, so to speak, the big picture."

Todd Stadtman: Author’s statement

Todd Stadtman - author photo

I began blogging about cult cinema in 2007. My choice of cult cinema as a subject can be explained as arising from a combination of my love of film in general and a longtime fascination with the obscure, the neglected, and the under-appreciated. This perhaps because I had long ago resigned myself to being a talented and special person who was destined for obscurity and thus felt a deep kinship with such things.

It also has to be said that, when I started, there was a lot of writing about fringe cinema on the internet that was clever and delightful, but there was a also a lot that was ignorant, chauvinistic and snarky. It seems that people found “B” movies and genre pictures—especially foreign ones--to be something they could easily condescend to, and condescension being to the internet as coal was to the boilers on the Titanic, thus a desirable topic.

I decided to do something different, instead turning my sights on far flung national cinemas that were either dismissed or ignored by other writers and engaging with their output in the thoughtful manner that they deserved… even when it could be soundly argued that they did not deserve it at all. There were also jokes.

The films of Bollywood quickly became a favorite topic of mine, due in no small part to an enthusiastic response from the robust community of English speaking Indian cinema fans and bloggers here and abroad. Thus, when it came time for me to turn my back on the vast potential audience offered me by the internet to seek immortality in the exciting world of print, I chose Bollywood as my subject—the action films of the 1970s in particular. The result was my book Funky Bollywood: The Wild World of 1970s Indian Action Cinema, which was published by England’s FAB Press in the Spring of 2015.

When I am not tirelessly promoting myself and Funky Bollywood, I continue to write for my blog Die, Danger, Die, Die, Kill! and occasionally for the venerable cult film site Teleport City. I also act as co-host of the Podcast on Fire: Taiwan Noir and Infernal Brains podcasts, as well as the musical radio program Pop Offensive on 9th Floor Radio. Somehow, among all this, I also find time to live a life of comparable domestic bliss with my wife in the lovely city of San Francisco.

Book Trailer: 

May 7, 2015 Posted by admin in General

#136: Such Sights! A Look Back at Hellraiser

Spoiler alert for anyone who hasn't seen Hellraiser or read "The Hellbound Heart." We are looking in depth at the Hellraiser mythos in this episode, and that necessitates citing specific plot points. That said, these stories are strong enough to endure knowing what happens in some parts--they wouldn't be "spoiled" anyway! My newest co-host (yes, I know I need to change the bumper intro) Angela Englert joins me to discuss one of our favorite genre franchises on the eve of the release of the highly anticipated Clive Barker novel "The Scarlet Gospels."  In this discussion you will hear:
  1. A sudden interruption of EVP
  2. Conjecture about Clive Barker's announcement for "The Scarlet Gospels"
  3. A Hellraiser film history lesson
  4. Comparison between the film and the original novella "The Hellbound Heart"
  5. Cultural Influences on Hellraiser
  6. Conjecturing Hellraiser's cultural legacy, or the "meme harvest"
  7. What our Cenobites would look like
  8. Angela's eulogy to Pinhead
These are drawings of our Cenobites! Listen to the episode to hear our descriptions of them: our cenobites If you send me a description of what your Cenobite would look like, I will draw it and make it part of a gallery on the Facebook Page! Also, check out this nice list of Hellraiser references on Lair of Horror! Remember to follow us on Twitter! Angela is MechaAngela and I am HIFFSD! Also, check out Angela's reviews on!