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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!

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March 3, 2017 Posted by admin in General

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 #163: Dracula Vs. Hitler! A Conversation with Author Patrick Sheane Duncan!

Hello everyone! I hope you didn't eat too many people for Thanksgiving!

In today's episode, I get to recommend some holiday reading for you. It's a battle between a real-life horror one side, facing off against one of literature's most popular monsters! That's right, the new book "Dracula Vs. Hitler" has hit the shelves! I read it in just over a day, with its fast pace and sense of fun, and willingness to bring some bloodshed. How could I not invite the author to the show?

Dracula Vs. Hitler Audiobook Cover

Dracula Vs. Hitler Audiobook Cover

Patrick S. Duncan has been a screenwriter for a long time. He's written "Mr. Holland's Opus," "Courage Under Fire," "Nick of Time," among many other titles. His resume made me extra curious to read this particular novel, which has such a gloriously absurd title. I have to admit, that it was more than I was expecting. I hope you enjoy our conversation about the story, the characters, Mr. Duncan's writing process, and even how his personal experiences from Vietnam helped inform his work on this novel! We keep it relatively spoiler free in this discussion (unless you are a major crybaby), but I highly recommend you pick this book up in either case! San Diego people can grab it at Mysterious Galaxy Books! If you've read it, drop me a line and let me know what you think!

Subscribe to the Horrible Imaginings Podcast right here. You can also listen right 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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June 28, 2016 Posted by admin in General

#158: Kasey Lansdale's Life Is A Musical (flying monkeys need not apply)

kasey lansdaleSometimes things just happen that take you somewhere you didn't expect to go, but there you are and it is freaking awesome. Everything about what happened Sunday feels like some kind of divine providence. I finished the novel "The Complex" by notable horror author Brian Keene at 2:00 AM, found out a couple of hours later that he just happened to be signing his new book "Pressure" that very day at Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore in San Diego. Ok, wild, I thought, so I went. Joining him at the signing, then, was none other than country singer Kasey Lansdale, who also happens to be the daughter of one of my favorite authors, the legendary Joe R. Lansdale. And we hit it off! Yeah, divine providence indeed!

So, of course, I asked Kasey Lansdale to join me on the podcast and we got right to it. My first interview with a country western singer who lived her life around the horror genre. What an incredible combination. I usually get nervous when I have zero time to prepare a podcast episode, but Kasey Lansdale is such a great personality and so easy to talk to that everything came off without a hitch. You'll see when you listen. And don't worry--we do talk horror!

In the conversation, we discuss:

1. The Kasey Lansdale Logline
2. The East Texas town of Nacodoches
3. "All the arts are connected."
4. The connections between country music and the horror genre
5. The craft of writing
6. Editing the short story collection "Impossible Monsters" for Subterranean Press
7. Kasey Lansdale's favorite monsters
8. Kasey Lansdale's acting work in Christmas With the Dead and Izzy Lee's Postpartum short film
9. Growing up with Joe Lansdale as a dad.

Follow Kasey Lansdale on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram!
You can pre-order her new EP and get other goodies at her store online!

While you are at it, like our Facebook page and follow me on Twitter @HIFFSD!

Tickets, tshirts, and more ARE NOW AVAILABLE for the 7th annual Horrible Imaginings!

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June 13, 2016 Posted by admin in General

#157: Documenting Lives--A Conversation with Elstree 1976 Director Jon Spira

elstree posterLast week, Horrible Imaginings presented a week of screenings of the new documentary Elstree 1976 at the Digital Gym Cinema here in San Diego, California. During the Saturday night screening, director Jon Spira graciously agreed to talk to the theater after the screening for a Q&A via Skype. What this meant for him was setting the alarm clock for 3:30 AM in the UK. It was an engrossing conversation, but Elstree 1976 wasn't the last film on the schedule that night and our Q&A was cut short. Partly because of this, I decided to contact Jon again on my own for a more in-depth podcast episode. What I got was one of the most involving and sincere conversations about cinema I've ever had. This could be one of the podcasts I am most proud of.

Incidentally, while editing last night I heard Jon pronounce his last name and I realized that I have been mispronouncing it for a very long time. I've been saying "Spira" with the Spanish "i": "Speera." I think it is correctly pronounced with a long "i." Sorry about that, Jon!

Anyway, as I was saying, this is an epic episode. As with the documentary Elstree 1976, it is more reflective and meditative, more philosophical. Listening to it again last night was an almost cathartic and intense experience. As you all know, yesterday was also the day we all found out about the ruinous mass shooting in Orlando where 50 people lost their lives. It was impossible not to have that on the back of my mind while editing this podcast, where Jon and I talk meticulously about how "every life is interesting" and how focusing on any one person in the crowd will reveal a beautifully complex and full life. The juxtaposition of these thoughts and the knowledge that 50 such lives were ruthlessly gunned down was an intoxicating emotional roller coaster. I have to dedicate this episode--one I am extremely proud of--to the people who lost their lives in Orlando yesterday.

Here are some of the main things we talk about:
1: Jon's most important interview project
2: The Q&A at Digital Gym Cinema
3: Unbelievable exhuastion
4: The challenge of depicting without exploiting
5: Documentarians and their power of manipulation
6: Truth Vs. Perspective
7: In defense of "talking heads"
8: The power of the close up on a human face
9: Infantilized culture
10: The internet age of film criticism
11: Audience expectations vs. challenging audiences
12: I DO go to bat for indie horror!

Jon's Talking Head

Jon's Talking Head

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