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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!

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, 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!


July 9, 2016 Posted by admin in General

Short Film: Eyes of Shadow

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Eyes of Shadow
Part of the "Supernatural Horrors" Shorts Block, starting 2:40 pm on Sunday, September 11!
Local Spotlight | Youth & Student | 2015 | 18 minutes | Ricardo Arriaga

On the run from a toxic relationship, a young woman attempts to find solitude at her family's cabin...But she is not as alone as she thinks.

Cast: Bianca Ostojich (A 2AMB Period Piece), Yvette Muñoz
Cinematographer: Elisha Cecil
Music: Aaron J. Goldstein, Chris Salvatore
Producer: Neil Kendricks
Official Website
Format: DCP


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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!


Listen to the episode HERE:


#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!


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 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:



#144: TURBO KID's Trio of Directors Talk Retro Action Mayhem!

1032_1200x1200x80_turbo-kid-posterThree French Canadian directors behind the latest indie hit TURBO KID--Anouk Whissell, Yoann-Karl Whissell, and François Simard--join us for a last-second podcast conversation about their retro post-apocalyptic baby. I'm rushing this one through, because I am hoping this will get people in San Diego to the Digital Gym Cinema to see it either tonight (9/5 at 9pm) or it's last night on Wednesday (9/9 at 7pm). Click here for tickets!

In this episode, we discuss:
1. Defining moments of film fandom
2. The appeal of 80s nostalgia
3. Canadian films and their proficiency at this genre
4. Over the top violence
5. The genesis of Turbo Kid
6. Balancing cartoonish elements with engrossing story
7. Casting
8. Future plans

Don't forget to share or donate to the IndieGoGo to create Turbo Kid comics, toys, and a video game!

Listen to the Turbo Kid Talk Here: