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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!
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April 3, 2015 Posted by admin in General

#134: Bringing Terror Back with Gehenna's Hiroshi Katagiri

IMGM2310Hiroshi Katagiri is a special effects artist who has worked in Hollywood for the last quarter century. His resume includes "Jurassic Park III," "War of the Worlds," and "The Hunger Games." As with many artists, though, Katagiri has the passion and drive to apply his artistic abilities to his own creative projects. After creating a series of horror short films, he is now in the middle of trying to get a frightening new horror feature off the ground. The feature is called "Gehenna: Where Death Lives," and it is nearing the end of its fundraising efforts on Kickstarter.

I have to say something here. As a podcaster and film festival director, I get A LOT of requests--and I mean several daily--from people asking me to help them promote their crowdsourcing campaigns. I love to help creatives find a new source of funding, but I have to really get picky about my choices or this show will just be a mouthpiece for Kickstarter--something I have zero intention of happening. That being said, I wanted to talk to Katagiri because I think his project looks very interesting and because I believe he has the skill to pull off a great horror film. He is dead set on using practical effects, something I am a huge proponent of. 



So, no, I am not being paid or otherwise bribed by Hiroshi Katagiri. I think Gehenna looks awesome and completely deserves our support! He has Doug Jones on board as a creature actor, so we should all get extra excited! Click on the image to help produce Gehenna: Where Death Lives!


Hiroshi Katagiri's short films




See the making of Doug Jones's puppet body: