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Horrible Imaginings Podcast #177: 2017 Horrible Imaginings Reflection and Wrap Up

Hello, listeners! Holy crap I can't believe how quickly time has passed. This has truly been a summer of way too much going on, with countless conventions and festivals, planning, meetings, and more to keep me away from the podcast mic, not to mention suddenly having to teach middle school Science for a brief period. Now, though, the 2017 Horrible Imaginings Film Festival has come and gone, and it is time for me to make a podcast reflecting the event and acknowledging the hard work and dedication of the people who help put it on. I am going to keep this written piece brief so you can just get to the audio. Just know that I am sincerely thankful for how successful and engaging this year turned out to be. Truly our best year yet. What a life to lead! 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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June 7, 2017 Posted by admin in General

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 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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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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