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July 27, 2016 Posted by admin in General

Special Sneak Peek! Episode 1 of Japanese Legends: "Slit"

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Part of the "Supernatural Horrors" Shorts Block, starting 2:40 pm on Sunday, September 11!
Japan | 2016 | 7 minutes | Pablo Absento

A story of a mystery woman with a surgical mask on her face.

Director’s statement:
“Japanese Legends. Slit” is the first episode of “Japanese Legends” series. This one focuses on a famous urban legend which is believed to be based on true events. A strange woman who is wearing a surgical mask and walking around the empty streets was terrifying locals in 70s-80s of the last century. Rumors of alleged sightings began spreading around the Nagasaki prefecture, then spread throughout Japan and caused panic in many towns.

The character seems a pure monster to us, however her story is very ambiguous. Indeed, she is the victim of circumstances who didn't receive any help in time, whose problems of domestic violence were ignored by a society that doesn't care much about people. As a result of this indifference, we have this “monster” - a symbol of a price we inevitably pay for our apathetic attitude toward the others.

Cast: Pablo Absento, Steven LeFever
Cinematographer: Ivan Kovac
Music: Eric Elick
Format: DCP


[hi_image id='style-1' size='300x400' alignment='center' link='' title='Director: Pablo Absento' text='Pablo Absento was born in Weybridge, UK. Pablo moved to Tokyo, Japan, where she made her first short film Call My Name, and second short film SHI.' share='image' display='inline' new_window='0']Pablo Absento[/hi_image]



July 23, 2016 Posted by admin in General

Short Film: Burlap

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Part of the "Human Killer & Psychological Terrors" Shorts Block, starting 12 Noon on Sunday, September 11!
USA | 2016 | 11 minutes | Justin Denton

Take a journey inside the mind of a lonely and desperate serial killer as he follows his impulses and stalks an unlucky babysitter. His disturbed mind dreams of completing the masterpiece he has locked up in his basement . . . and she has the last piece of the puzzle he needs.

Burlap is a brutal, stylish tale of sickness and survival, told with the stark simplicity of an old campfire tale. With gritty sets, atmospheric cinematography, and a foreboding, minimalist soundtrack, you’ll feel like you’ve been kidnapped yourself when you experience this terrifying short film.

EXTRA FESTIVAL NEWS! Justin Denton's VR Experience version of Burlap will be available for festival attendees throughout the festival! Headsets will be around to IMMERSE YOU IN TERROR!
Cast: James Michael Cowan, Brooke Maroon, Ruby Rose Turner
Official Website
Format: DCP


Burlap: Reflections
A VR Experience

USA | 2016 | 3 minutes | Justin Denton
Nothing will prepare you for the hair raising sensation of finding yourself dropped directly in front of the killer with nowhere to escape no matter where you look. The tension builds as you discover what his creation is, but as the scene comes to a climax, you’ll learn the horrifying truth about why you are .

Fun Facts: James, our lead actor, loved the basement set so much that he spent hours in the set alone so he could feel completely at home within the space. He even re-arranged many of the props to fit within the killer's mindset.
Producer: Richard Dorton
Cast: James Michael Cowan
Brooke Maroon
Paula Markos
Cinematography: Luc Delamare
Music: Dave Kochanski
Format: GearVR


[hi_image id='style-1' size='300x220' alignment='center' link='' title='Director: Justin Denton' text='Justin Denton is a director and a technical creative director specializing in VR content.' share='image' display='inline' new_window='0']Justin Denton[/hi_image]



July 10, 2016 Posted by admin in General

Short Film: Zombie Playground: Ice Scream

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Zombie Playground: Ice Scream
Part of the Horror Comedy Block starting at 8:00 pm on Thursday, September 8!
UK | 2016 | 8 minutes | Jason Wright

Zombie Playground: Ice Scream is about two ladies that get lost in a woods and stumble upon a very odd group of children that have survived there for a long time. In the film you will find out why the children survive and what fate awaits the ladies.

Fun Fact: Zombie Playground is for sure different from the usual zombie short films as it has over 30 zombie children in the cast so this alone set some challenges for Director Jason Wright. The film is due out in January 2016 and being entered to horror festivals all around the world. Although this is a short film the production company Silent Studios has plans to expand this in the future.
Cast: Jon Campling, Megan Lockhurst, Rosie Pearson, David Sellicks
Official Website
Format: DCP


[hi_image id='style-1' size='400x266' alignment='center' link='' title='Director: Jason Wright' text='Jason Wright directed the film and was born in the UK. He is best known for horror films that include Infected (2015), Sweet6teen (2012) Demon Mist (2010). Jason is also currently working on a few feature films to be released in 2016 and 2017 which include Torture and Zombikini.' share='image' display='inline' new_window='0']Jason Wright[/hi_image]

July 9, 2016 Posted by admin in General

Short Film: Earworm

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Playing Friday, September 9 after the Anthropophagia Panel, along with Survivor Type!
USA | 2016 | 5 minutes | Tara Price

A lonely man does battle with a relentless piece of music.

Cast: Ernest L. Thomas (What's Happening, Everybody Loves Chris, Malcolm X)
Cinematographer: Vincent Valentin
Producer: Billy Hanson
Music: Brian J. Emond
Language: English
Format: DCP


[hi_image id='style-1' size='370x370' alignment='center' link='' title='Director: Tara Price' text='Tara Price is a filmmaker and actress known for Earworm (2016) and The Routine (2014). Originally from New England, Tara has been lauded as classic and timeless by film and theatre critics. ' share='image' display='inline' new_window='0']Tara Price[/hi_image]

July 9, 2016 Posted by admin in General

Music Video: Penance

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Penance Music Video
Part of the "Human Killer & Psychological Terrors" Shorts Block, starting 12 Noon on Sunday, September 11!
Local Spotlight | Music Video | 2016 | 7 minutes | Dante Moran

A young man finds bliss within the arms of the mysterious and seductive Lusa until she asks if their love was worth killing for. The man, for fear of losing his beloved, does what is asked, forever damning his soul to the second level of hell: Lust, where he will battle tempestuous demons and the devious Lusa Phur herself for his eternal soul. Evil Deeds Shall Be Punished!

Fun Fact: This will be the third project for Penance, a contemporary revenge film based on Alighieri's "Dante's Inferno: A Divine Comedy, playing at Horrible Imaginings.

Cast: Gunnie Sanotchra, Thomas Gunter, Julia Hazanov, Shelby Iacometti, Kristin Naomi Garcia, Jameson Matheson Adam Ghahate
Format: DCP


[hi_image id='style-1' size='370x370' alignment='center' link='' title='Director: Dante Moran' text='Cinematographer and director and owner of Inferno Productionz in San Diego.' share='image' display='inline' new_window='0']Dante Moran[/hi_image]


July 9, 2016 Posted by admin in General

Short Film: The Phantom Hour

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The Phantom Hour
Part of the Horror Comedy Shorts Block! Starting Thursday, September 8 at 8:00 pm! Local Spotlight | 2016 | 8 minutes | Brian Butler

The Phantom Hour is a 2016 short horror comedy from director Brian Butler and Rosewood Five.

Cast: Luke Pensabene, Raye Richards, Connor Sullivan, Morgan Reynolds, Dakota Ringer and Brian Butler
Official Website
Language: English
Format: DCP


[hi_image id='style-1' size='275x400' alignment='center' link='' title='Director: Brian Butler' text='Brian Butler is an actor / filmmaker from San Diego, California. He began making films at an early age and has since become a working actor and director in local theatre. He is a graduate of San Diego State University and has also completed an intensive acting training program with the British Academy of Dramatic Arts at Magdalen College, Oxford.' share='image' display='inline' new_window='0']Brian Butler[/hi_image]