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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!

LISTEN TO THE READINGS HERE:

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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!

LISTEN TO THE EPISODE HERE:

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July 23, 2016 Posted by admin in General

Short Film: Burlap

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

Synopsis:
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

 

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#146: The 6th Annual Horrible Imaginings Film Festival Wrap-Up and Reflection

Another year has come and gone, leaving us with the best Horrible Imaginings Film Festival yet! Our new venue at The Museum of Photographic Arts was a hit, the films were top notch, the audience was incredible, and the feedback has been overwhelming. Join me in a reflection of the event, along with Cinema Junkie Beth Accomando and film festival regular attendee Joshua Sutton as we discuss highlights and think about the future!

See the full list of awards recipients here!

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Listen to the episode HERE:

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#145: Mexican Horror Panel at Horrible Imaginings with Gigi Saul Guerrero, Aaron Soto, and Mauricio Chernovetzky

Horrible Imaginings Film Festival 2015 has come to an end, but people around the world can re-live one of our best moments in this podcast! We got Mexican filmmakers Gigi Saul Guerrero, Aaron Soto, and Mauricio Chernovetzky to join me on the stage to talk about the unique place that horror and fear have in Mexican life, our personal ghost stories, and more. It was a lot of fun, and I'm very glad that we can share it with you!

panelists

Born and raised in Mexico City, Mexico, Gigi Saul Guerrero moved to Vancouver B.C., where she graduated with honors her B.A. in Motion Picture Production at Capilano University's "Bosa Centre for Film and Animation". Now in her early 20's, her recent successes include the short film Dia De Los Muertos, which has received awards internationally, including the United Kingdom, Mexico, and Canada. Now her short film is being part of something much bigger "México Bárbaro", a Mexican horror anthology. She also directed M is for Matator, which is officially a part of the ABC's of Death 2.5, and has been screened in festivals from USA to Mexico to Japan! Now Guerrero is working with horror novelist Shane McKenzie on a new Mexican Horror film "El Gigante". Guerrero made a stamp in the horror community by recreating the original Evil Dead into 60 Seconds for a local contest, and was featured on sites such as Bloody Disgusting, Buzzfeed, and JoBlo.com. Gigi also had a hand at redefining the horror genre by co-creating the audience-interactive Web Series Choose Your Victim. The past year has been a busy one for Gigi, as she co-founded the production company Luchagore Productions with fellow filmmakers Luke Bramley and Raynor Shima. Along with their many projects, they also received some air-time on television by shooting a commercial spot for Fright Nights, a local horror attraction in partnership with Playland/PNE.

Aaron Soto is a very talented filmmaker from right across the border in Tijuana. He is a connoisseur of all things cult genre, and has a special knowledge of rare Mexican exploitation films. His impressive short Omega Shell, screened at the 2011 Horrible Imaginings, and is a special example of what can be done with a little ingenuity. Amazingly, that futuristic steampunk scifi-horror short was completely for an astounding 200 dollars! He is the Coordinator of Rue Morgue magazine, Mexican section and has programmed the FERATUM FILM FEST and the San Diego Latino Film Festival Un Mundo Extrano Showcase. His films have been praised by Guillermo del Toro and Mark Romance and have won more than 30 awards including The Morelia International Film Festival. Aaron is the only Mexican director to had a retrospective at Fantasia International Film Festival in Canada and a very well known producer and supporter of new directors from both sides of the border. He directed the "Drena" segment of the anthology film "México Bárbaro," which screened Friday after the panel.

Mauricio Chernovetzky is a multi-cultural and multi-lingual film director who has worked with internationally recognized talent, such as Academy Award Nominated Stephen Rea and up-and-coming British ingénue Eleanor Tomlinson (The Illusionist, Alice in Wonderland). His supernatural feature, Styria, shot on location in Hungary, received the Industry Choice Award at the Dances With Films Festival in Hollywood. It was also selected to be the opening film at both, The Macabro Film Festival in Mexico City and The Bram Stoker Festival in Dublin. After screening in international festivals all over the world, Styria was picked up for North American distribution by Revolver Entertainment in 2015 and has been playing regularly on Showtime under the title Angels of Darkness. Mauricio was recently honored by Mexico’s Lower House of Congress, where he was asked to present his work. His thesis film, Cassandra was nominated for a National Student Academy Award. He is a graduate of Reed College, where he focused on Spanish Literature and the History of Religion and he studied directing at Roman Polanski’s alma mater, the National Polish Film School in Lodz. Mauricio directed the short film DOS GATOS, which screened just before the panel.

In the panel we discuss:
1. our personal Mexico-centric scary stories
2. the role of Catholic iconography in Mexican horror
3. older Mexican folklore as influences
4. Gigi's mixing of Lucha Libre and horror
5. Mexican cinema in the 80s and 90s

Also listen to Beth Accomando's CINEMA JUNKIE PODCAST for our Edgar G. Ulmer Panel!

When you listen, the last person who gets to ask a question is a local 19-year-old filmmaker named Alfredo Morales, whose film SLEEP WALKER played on Sunday. He has made the film available to the public on YouTube. It is an impressive effort with some naturalistic dialogue and an interesting story. Check it out here:

LISTEN TO THE PANEL HERE:

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Horrible Imaginings 2015 Panel: The Rise of Mexican Horror!

Anyone who has grown up in a Mexican family knows that the scary story is an important element of growing up. What makes Mexican horror tales unique? Our panelists will help discuss all these elements and more! A look at the unique brand of horror from South of the Border: where it’s been, where it is, and where it’s going.

Friday, September 11th at 7:00pm

Panelists:

gigiGigi Saul Guerrero! Born and raised in Mexico City, Mexico, Gigi moved to Vancouver B.C., where she graduated with honors her B.A. in Motion Picture Production at Capilano University's "Bosa Centre for Film and Animation". Now in her early 20's, her recent successes include the short film Dia De Los Muertos, which has received awards internationally, including the United Kingdom, Mexico, and Canada. Now her short film is being part of something much bigger "México Bárbaro", a Mexican horror anthology. She also directed M is for Matator, which is officially a part of the ABC's of Death 2.5, and has been screened in festivals from USA to Mexico to Japan! Now Guerrero is working with horror novelist Shane McKenzie on a new Mexican Horror film "El Gigante". Guerrero made a stamp in the horror community by recreating the original Evil Dead into 60 Seconds for a local contest, and was featured on sites such as Bloody Disgusting, Buzzfeed, and JoBlo.com. Gigi also had a hand at redefining the horror genre by co-creating the audience-interactive Web Series Choose Your Victim. The past year has been a busy one for Gigi, as she co-founded the production company Luchagore Productions with fellow filmmakers Luke Bramley and Raynor Shima. Along with their many projects, they also received some air-time on television by shooting a commercial spot for Fright Nights, a local horror attraction in partnership with Playland/PNE.
aaron sotoAaron Soto is a very talented filmmaker from right across the border in Tijuana. He is a connoisseur of all things cult genre, and has a special knowledge of rare Mexican exploitation films. His impressive short Omega Shell, screened at the 2011 Horrible Imaginings, and is a special example of what can be done with a little ingenuity. Amazingly, that futuristic steampunk scifi-horror short was completely for an astounding 200 dollars! He is the Coordinator of Rue Morgue magazine, Mexican section and has programmed the FERATUM FILM FEST and the San Diego Latino Film Festival Un Mundo Extrano Showcase. His films have been praised by Guillermo del Toro and Mark Romance and have won more than 30 awards including The Morelia International Film Festival. Aaron is the only Mexican director to had a retrospective at Fantasia International Film Festival in Canada and a very well known producer and supporter of new directors from both sides of the border. He directed the "Drena" segment of the anthology film "México Bárbaro" screening Friday September 11 at 8:20 pm after he joins us as part of the "The Rise of Mexican Horror" panel at 7:30pm.
MauricioMauricio Chernovetzky is a multi-cultural and multi-lingual film director who has worked with internationally recognized talent, such as Academy Award Nominated Stephen Rea and up-and-coming British ingénue Eleanor Tomlinson (The Illusionist, Alice in Wonderland). His supernatural feature, Styria, shot on location in Hungary, received the Industry Choice Award at the Dances With Films Festival in Hollywood. It was also selected to be the opening film at both, The Macabro Film Festival in Mexico City and The Bram Stoker Festival in Dublin. After screening in international festivals all over the world, Styria was picked up for North American distribution by Revolver Entertainment in 2015 and has been playing regularly on Showtime under the title Angels of Darkness. Mauricio was recently honored by Mexico’s Lower House of Congress, where he was asked to present his work. His thesis film, Cassandra was nominated for a National Student Academy Award. He is a graduate of Reed College, where he focused on Spanish Literature and the History of Religion and he studied directing at Roman Polanski’s alma mater, the National Polish Film School in Lodz.

The "Rise of Mexican Horror" Panel will open with Cherovetzky's short film "Dos Gatos" and be followed by a screening of the anthology horror film that is taking the world by storm: México Bárbaro! Catch Gigi Saul Guerrero's short "El Gigante" on Saturday, September 12th at 3:00pm!

mexico barbaro poster