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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:

  1. The bizarre synchronicities and coincidences surrounding this particular mystery

  2. The question of ghoulishness when creating true crime projects

  3. Why this story fascinates so much

  4. Who was Elisa Lam?

  5. What is it about the viral video that made this case such a part of the zeitgeist?

  6. Some of the details surrounding Lam's death, and how it affected others

  7. 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!

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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!

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Horrible Imaginings Podcast #170 Bonus Content: It's Morphin' Time!

Hello everyone! Bonus episode today since I was asked if I wanted to interview some of the actors who are playing the new Lions Gate Power Rangers and I just couldn't resist. It was a lot of fun, especially for a quick, 10-minute press round. I love Japanese Tokusatsu shows, which always left me predisposed to enjoying Power Rangers when they first came on and I was a mere 13 or 14 years old. Especially before they went all out with CGI and still had a lot of suitmation goodness. I don't know whether or not this new movie will be my cup of tea, though I am interested in some of the casting (Bryan Cranston as Zordon, WHAT?), but I have to say I was perfectly charmed by these young new Rangers and I wish them the best!

This is a bonus episode, so I will keep this short. Press play and meet three of your new Rangers--Naomi Scott as Pink Ranger Kimberly Hart, Ludi Lin as Black Ranger Zack, and Dacre Montgomery as Red Ranger Jason!

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 169: Dreams in the Witch House, The Rock Opera

Although my tenure as co-director of the HP Lovecraft Film Festival Los Angeles came to an end this year when our franchise license wasn't renewed, I can't say I regret the number of amazing people I got to work with and meet along the way. One such person is Mike Dalager, who has spent the last several years on an ambitious adaptation of Lovecraft's chilling "Dreams in the Witch House" short story, and not just any adaptation--a rock opera!

This started out as a concept double LP, with a music video that played at Horrible Imaginings 2015. Now, Dalager is working on a cinematic adaptation of the concept album, and he has brought along new acting talent to do it. One such talent is actor Courtney Gains, who many of my listeners will know well as Malachi from the 1984 Children of the Corn!

I got the chance to catch up with Mike and Courtney at San Diego Comic Fest this weekend, so I decided to record a conversation about the project, the new scope of the cinema version, Gains's involvement, and the task of adapting Lovecraft to the over-the-top medium of the rock opera. The result is a fun and often hilarious conversation. Just mind the background noise, since we were recording on the vendor floor.

Oh, and want to hear Courtney Gains talk a little more about being Malachi? Our Patreon backers get access to some exclusive bonus content for subscribing at a mere $1 per month! Head over to our Patreon to subscribe and listen to bonus content! Click the logo:

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 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, and always stay scared!

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Horrible Imaginings Podcast #168: Getting In Bed with Film Festivals! A Panel at San Diego Film Week.


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Have you ever wanted to take a peek behind the curtain of film festivals? If you are a filmmaker, have you thought about some of the things you should do to increase your chances of acceptance into festivals? Those questions and more are what this episode is all about. This was recorded live on Saturday, February 11th during our panel at the first San Diego Film Week, an event designed to spotlight San Diego-based filmmaking and film festivals. Horrible Imaginings was invited to showcase some of our program during the event, and we were also invited to join a panel. I was joined on stage by Beth Accomando of Cinema Junkie Podcast and my partner in crime in Film Geeks SD, as well as Brian Hu from Pacific Arts Movement's San Diego Asian Film Festival and Moises Esparza from Media Arts Center San Diego's San Diego Latino Film Festival.

I am excited about two things about this panel. One, this is information we can provide not just to panel attendees, but to any aspiring filmmakers or even film lovers in general who are curious about festivals. Making this a podcast was a no brainer. Two, our audience was comprised mostly of film students, many in high school, who genuinely want to learn more about this side of the film industry. I have to thank Jodi Cilley and San Diego Film Week for encouraging young people to attend events like this. They were engaged and, as you will hear in the podcast, asked some excellent questions! As an educator myself, this was pretty damn exciting.

The outline of tips (LOTS of details in the conversation!):

  • 1. Research festivals

  • 2. Make sure your film fits

  • 3. Prepare a press kit

  • 4. Take the time to step away from your film and come back to it with fresh eyes so you can make it the BEST it can be. Show it to a test audience!

  • 5. Rejection is an unfortunate part of the process--how to handle this difficult aspect

I hope you find this podcast informative and helpful! As always with live panels, we probably missed a lot so feel free to add your thoughts in the comments! Also, Horrible Imaginings Film Festival is now accepting submissions! We have been on Film Freeway's Top 100 Best Reviewed Film Festivals list for six months running now--don't miss joining the family!

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, and always stay scared!

LISTEN TO THE EPISODE HERE:

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