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Horrible Imaginings Podcast #176: Etheria Film Night 2017!

Hello listeners! Sorry for the long break between episodes as we plan the next film festival, on top of me moving, my cat dying, a violent car accident, and a lot of other bullshit. This show is not about any of that, though, but about something fun instead! That's right, this past Saturday was the fourth annual Etheria Film Night, an evening of short films that showcase women directors of genre cinema, be it horror, scifi, action, or fantasy.

My good friends Stacy Pippi and Heidi Honeycutt have been kicking ass putting this together for years now, but I have had a hard time being able to make the trip until this year. Of course, I have to put this episode together to highlight the awesome films we saw! Joining me is Horrible Imaginings Outreach Director Sterling Anno, as well as the effervescent Tara Price, director of Etheria Film Night selection Earworm!

Pippi, Tara Price, Miguel Rodriguez, and Sterling Anno are delirious after a crazy Etheria Film Night!

  In this episode, we discuss each film, get some feedback from a popular NPR show host about a particular figure of speech, and laugh a lot. Enjoy and don't forget to subscribe, share, and rate us on iTunes!

Subscribe to the Horrible Imaginings Podcast right here. You can also listen here on Dread Central or on the Horrible Imaginings website. You can help keep the podcast, the film festival, and our horror community going for only $1 per month! Become a patron at our Patreon for exclusive content and perks! Find out about San Diego horror events on our FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube pages, and always stay scared!

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Horrible Imaginings #175: Dark Stories from the Bahr Crawl

Returning to the "literature" in our mission to explore horror in history, art, literature, film, and beyond! Today, we are giving you one of our most special Storytime Editions yet! It is a whole collection of readings from some of today's most prominent authors of the bizarre, the horrific, the weird, or the just plain dark!

  That's right! Horrible Imaginings Film Festival helped organize the San Diego leg of what is being called "The Bahr Crawl." It has been a road trip of readings to celebrate the release of Angel Meat, a new collection of short stories from award-winning author Laura Lee Bahr. Joining her in these readings are Splatterpunk legend John Skipp, Andrew J. Stone, and San Diego's own David Agranoff and Anthony Trevino, who brought selections of their own to share at Verbatim Books.

Laura Lee Bahr, from the book trailer for Angel Meat

As Laura Lee Bahr puts it during the performance, ". . .I feel that reading is a very intimate act." I agree with her, and it is for this reason that the almost lost art of reading aloud in public is especially potent for horror. In a way, the act of scaring one another with spoken stories is one of the oldest forms of creative communication and the birthplace of what we now know as horror.

I hope you enjoy this brief collection of bizarre and dark stories, as told by their authors. Thank you, Verbatim Books for hosting us! Now get to listening and sharing!

Remember... If you are a filmmaker, we want to see your latest scares! Horrible Imaginings Film Festival is now accepting submissions! Submit today to the film festival Shant Hamassian, director of Night of the Slasher, says is "five stars across the board!" Horrible Imaginings Film Festival proudly accepts entries via FilmFreeway.com, the world's best online submission platform. FilmFreeway offers free HD online screeners, unlimited video storage, digital press kits, and more. Click below to submit with FilmFreeway.

Subscribe to the Horrible Imaginings Podcast right here. You can also listen here on Dread Central or on the Horrible Imaginings website. You can help keep the podcast, the film festival, and our horror community going for only $1 per month! Become a patron at our Patreon for exclusive content and perks! Find out about San Diego horror events on our FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube pages, and always stay scared!

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Horrible Imaginings #174: Phantasm Phans Gush Over the New BluRay Box Set!

Hello everyone! It is time for another episode of the Official Podcast of Horrible Imaginings Film Festival, and this is an exciting one because we get to nerd out about one of those horror franchises partly responsible for helping drive the passion that makes our festival possible: PHANTASM!

Well Go USA has just released the 6-disc blu-ray box set of all Phantasm films, including the latest Ravager. These discs are absolutely packed with amazing special features, documentaries, interviews, and everything a Phan of this series could hope for.

This episode is the audio from our newest show—a webseries called HiffTV on YouTube! If you want to get the visuals, as well as the audio, head over there and subscribe to our channel! We will talk movies, film festival tips, advice for filmmakers, and more!

Now, what are you waiting for? Get to listening, share this around, and get your set for the ultimate Phantasm marathon!

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Horrible Imaginings Podcast #173 True-Life Mystery Bonus Episode: What Happened to Elisa Lam?

It is one of the most terrifying mysteries of the 21st century. So many grisly and unexplained elements that it has gone viral and inspired hundreds, if not thousands, of conspiracy theorists, amateur detectives, and calls for action. It is the mystery of what happened to Elisa Lam. And What Happened to Elisa Lam? is the name of a new film in the works by documentarians Jake Anderson and Jared Salas. See the video below, which will also lead to their Kickstarter page: When Horrible Imaginings Film Festival outreach director Sterling Anno posted about this project on the Facebook page and Twitter, both platforms kicked off a lot of response. The fascination with this story has clearly lost none of its potency. What drew me to the project enough to want to discuss it, though, was the intended focus on Lam as a human being, in addition to the mystery itself. The humanity of victims in these mysteries can get lost in the details, but Anderson and Salas seem to keep Elisa Lam front and center as a human being. I reached out for an interview, and here it is! In this episode, Sterling joins me to talk to Jake Anderson about:  
  • The bizarre synchronicities and coincidences surrounding this particular mystery
 
  • The question of ghoulishness when creating true crime projects
 
  • Why this story fascinates so much
 
  • Who was Elisa Lam?
 
  • What is it about the viral video that made this case such a part of the zeitgeist?
 
  • Some of the details surrounding Lam's death, and how it affected others
 
  • More--so listen and share!
  Remember... If you are a filmmaker, we want to see your latest scares! Horrible Imaginings Film Festival is now accepting submissions! Submit today to the film festival Shant Hamassian, director of Night of the Slasher, says is "five stars across the board!" Horrible Imaginings Film Festival proudly accepts entries via FilmFreeway.com, the world's best online submission platform. FilmFreeway offers free HD online screeners, unlimited video storage, digital press kits, and more. Click below to submit with FilmFreeway. Subscribe to the Horrible Imaginings Podcast right here. You can also listen here on Dread Central or on the Horrible Imaginings website. You can help keep the podcast, the film festival, and our horror community going for only $1 per month! Become a patron at our Patreon for exclusive content and perks! Find out about San Diego horror events on our FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube pages, and always stay scared!

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Horrible Imaginings Podcast #172: Victor Dryere Talks About his Haunting 8mm Horror Film 1974!

Hi, everyone! As promised, here is my second episode from the 24th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival! Once again, it also marks the third year of Horrible Imaginings Film Festival partnering with them to bring the "Un Mundo Extraño" block of horror and fantastic cinema. If you missed my last interviews with the directors of Histeria and The Darkness, check those out here! This year promises to be our strongest showcase of dark films yet, and I am so excited to blast off with this tomorrow night! Just check out the trailer we put together:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TiLtjGSRdiQ

In this episode, Cinema Junkie Beth Accomando joins me to discuss the terrifying shot-on-8mm film called 1974 with its director Victor Dryere.

Victor gives us a real look at where the idea came from for his first feature film, the potency of the fear of possession, the unique haunting quality of the 8mm format, the role religion plays in horror storytelling, the challenges of shooting on 8mm and the particular (sometimes hilarious) learning experiences he went through, and the particular qualities Latinos bring to horror cinema. I am very happy with this spoiler-free episode, so I hope you will listen, share, and seek out the scares in 1974!

If you are near San Diego and able to find this podcast before March 19, 2017, you still have time to see it at the San Diego Latino Film Festival at AMC Fashion Valley! Click here for showtimes and tickets! In the far more likely chance that you are from out of town or found this podcast too late, then I hope you can get your hands on this film or see it at a theater near you soon!

And remember... If you are a filmmaker, we want to see your latest scares! Horrible Imaginings Film Festival is now accepting submissions! Submit today to the film festival Shant Hamassian, director of Night of the Slasher, says is "five stars across the board!" Horrible Imaginings Film Festival proudly accepts entries via FilmFreeway.com, the world's best online submission platform. FilmFreeway offers free HD online screeners, unlimited video storage, digital press kits, and more. Click below to submit with FilmFreeway.

Subscribe to the Horrible Imaginings Podcast right here. You can also listen here on Dread Central or on the Horrible Imaginings website. You can help keep the podcast, the film festival, and our horror community going for only $1 per month! Become a patron at our Patreon for exclusive content and perks! Find out about San Diego horror events on our FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube pages, and always stay scared!

LISTEN TO THE EPISODE HERE:

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Horrible Imaginings Podcast #171: Horror from South of the Border! A conversation with two Mexican filmmakers.

Hi everyone! Tomorrow is the opening night of the 24th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival! It will also mark the third year of Horrible Imaginings Film Festival partnering with them to bring the "Un Mundo Extraño" block of horror and fantastic cinema! This year promises to be our strongest showcase of dark films yet, and I am so excited to blast off with this tomorrow night! Just check out the trailer we put together:

Dark comedic madness with Argentine nudism fable Los Decentes, 8mm found footage possession terror with 1974depraved explorations of the absolute limits of human behavior with the not-for-the-faint-of-heart We Are the Flesh! This podcast episode includes interviews with the directors of Histeria, an exploration of the limits of human endurance, and Las Tinieblas (The Darkness), an atmospheric post-apocalyptic horror about the demons both within and without us! You can see the showtimes and dates for each film here!

First up in this podcast, Histeria director Carlos Meléndez talks about the different types of horror, the current rise of the genre from Mexico, the very real social unrest that gave birth to his film about good people taken over by rage, and more. Then, Las Tinieblas (The Darkness) director Daniel Castro Zimbrón joins the podcast to talk about how paintings and images have influenced his filmmaking, the fascination of horror, the importance of using monsters and fantastic films as metaphor, and his own take on the contributions of Latino cinema to the horror landscape.

Even if you don't live near San Diego, or can't make it to the festival, there are some very strong ideas from these awesome filmmakers in this podcast! Be sure to keep your eyes open for their films, and the other films on the program. If you are in San Diego, though, join us over the next 10 days for some incredible cinema! Conveniently, there is a $45 five-pack available! That gets you into all of the "Un Mundo Extraño" films for less than 10 bucks per movie! Don't fuck this up--get your five-pack today!

And remember! If you are a filmmaker, we want to see your latest scares! Horrible Imaginings Film Festival is now accepting submissions! Submit today to the film festival Shant Hamassian, director of Night of the Slasher, says is "five stars across the board!" Horrible Imaginings Film Festival proudly accepts entries via FilmFreeway.com, the world's best online submission platform. FilmFreeway offers free HD online screeners, unlimited video storage, digital press kits, and more. Click below to submit with FilmFreeway.

Subscribe to the Horrible Imaginings Podcast right here. You can also listen here on Dread Central or on the Horrible Imaginings website. You can help keep the podcast, the film festival, and our horror community going for only $1 per month! Become a patron at our Patreon for exclusive content and perks! Find out about San Diego horror events on our FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube pages, and always stay scared!

LISTEN TO THE EPISODE HERE:

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