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Horrible Imaginings Podcast #178: Start Halloween Season Right with Kill Creek Author Scott Thomas!

It is the last day of September, which means Halloween is knocking at the door and ready to fill our homes with all the scares that we have come to love since childhood. One of the classic Halloween images, of course, is that of the abandoned old haunted house silhouetted threateningly by a glowing full moon, promising the presence of phantoms and spirits just clamoring to chill our bones. Well, there is a brand new book hitting the shelves from Inkshares that gives us just the right kinds of Halloween-spirit thrills while throwing in some new twists, great characters, and even exploring the horror genre that we all love. That book is Kill Creek by first-time novelist Scott Thomas.

Mr. Thomas was kind enough to take a break from his day job at--of all places--The Disney Channel--to talk haunted houses, his love of all kinds of horror, writing his characters, and more! This is a SPOILER-FREE interview, so feel free to give this a listen and a share before heading to pre-order your copy on the Inkshares website!

Scott Thomas, Skyping in from his Disney Channel workroom to take a break from kids' shows to talk about things that go bump in the night!

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July 27, 2016 Posted by admin in General

Special Sneak Peek! Episode 1 of Japanese Legends: "Slit"

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Part of the "Supernatural Horrors" Shorts Block, starting 2:40 pm on Sunday, September 11!
Japan | 2016 | 7 minutes | Pablo Absento

A story of a mystery woman with a surgical mask on her face.

Director’s statement:
“Japanese Legends. Slit” is the first episode of “Japanese Legends” series. This one focuses on a famous urban legend which is believed to be based on true events. A strange woman who is wearing a surgical mask and walking around the empty streets was terrifying locals in 70s-80s of the last century. Rumors of alleged sightings began spreading around the Nagasaki prefecture, then spread throughout Japan and caused panic in many towns.

The character seems a pure monster to us, however her story is very ambiguous. Indeed, she is the victim of circumstances who didn't receive any help in time, whose problems of domestic violence were ignored by a society that doesn't care much about people. As a result of this indifference, we have this “monster” - a symbol of a price we inevitably pay for our apathetic attitude toward the others.

Cast: Pablo Absento, Steven LeFever
Cinematographer: Ivan Kovac
Music: Eric Elick
Format: DCP


[hi_image id='style-1' size='300x400' alignment='center' link='' title='Director: Pablo Absento' text='Pablo Absento was born in Weybridge, UK. Pablo moved to Tokyo, Japan, where she made her first short film Call My Name, and second short film SHI.' share='image' display='inline' new_window='0']Pablo Absento[/hi_image]



July 9, 2016 Posted by admin in General

Short Film: Insomnolence

Part of the "Supernatural Horrors" Shorts Block, starting 2:40 pm on Sunday, September 11!
Australia | 2015 | 14 minutes | Kiefer Findlow

Virgil has been having trouble sleeping since the death of his wife. As his journey goes on he starts to be haunted by her thick golden hair. Can he escape his own psychedelic nightmare? This film was shot on 16mm. Oh, I so wish I could project it that way!

Cast: Christopher Whelan, David John Watton
Official Website
Format: DCP


[hi_image id='style-1' size='370x370' alignment='center' link='' title='Director: Kiefer Findlow' text='Insomnolence has been a passion project for me over the last 4 years. I first had the concept for the film after my brother Natham was killed in a car accident in 2011. ' share='image' display='inline' new_window='0']Kiefer Findlow[/hi_image]



July 9, 2016 Posted by admin in General

Short Film: Witchboard

Part of the "Supernatural Horrors" Shorts Block, starting 2:40 pm on Sunday, September 11!
USA | 2015 | 2 minutes | Issac Rodriguez

It's just for fun . . .

Cast: Gloria Bueno, Jillian Gayle, Cynthia Bergen
Producer: An extremely busy Cynthia Bergen!
Official Website
Format: DCP


[hi_image id='style-1' size='370x370' alignment='center' link='' title='Director: Issac Rodriguez' text='Issac Rodriguez is a filmmaker whose work is characterized by a strong connection to weird tales and horror, with an effort to infuse visual or poetic beauty.' share='image' display='inline' new_window='0']Issac Rodriguez[/hi_image]

July 9, 2016 Posted by admin in General

Feature Film: ...In the Dark

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...In the Dark
7:45pm, Friday, September 9!
USA | 2015 | 81 minutes | David Spaltro

Skeptical grad student, Veronica Carpenter (Lynn Justinger), interviews renowned paranormal specialist, Dr. Lois Kearne (Fiona Horrigan), for her thesis on the benefits of her supernatural research in regards to modern psychology, and joins her on a field study trip to a Brooklyn family home supposedly “besieged by evil spirits”. Once at the residence of nurse Joan Mills (Catherine Cobb Ryan) and Bethany (Grace Folsom), her recently returned daughter, the investigators are immediately confronted with dark secrets, darker energies, unexplainably horrific events, and a young girl who’s affliction tests the boundaries of all their collective research and experience, forcing everyone to confront their own haunted pasts and demons. And what exactly is lying hungrily in wait “…In the Dark”.

Cast: Grace Folsom, Lynn Justinger, Fiona Horrigan, Catherine Cobb Ryan, Kayla Leasure
Cinematography: Gus Sacks
Music: Fritz Myers
Official Website
Format: DCP


[hi_image id='style-1' size='400x275' alignment='center' link='' title='Director: David Spaltro' text='David Spaltro grew up in Jersey City, New Jersey, across the Hudson from New York City. He graduated with a BFA in Directing at the School of Visual Arts in 2005. ' share='image' display='inline' new_window='0']David Spaltro[/hi_image]




2015 Horrible Imaginings Short Film: Thorn!


Country of Origin: Japan

Synopsis: Atsushi is a high-school boy who has developed the power to move and explode objects by telekinesis. He lives a regular life by concealing his special power in his pet cactus whenever he feels that he is about to lose his temper. Things take a horrible turn when he becomes the target of a brutal gang of bullies and gets badly beaten at school. He endures the bullying for some time, but finally loses control and kills two of the bullies using his pent-up power. One of the bullies manages to escape. Devastated at what he's done, Atsushi jumps off a bridge to his death. The cactus is now passed onto Atsushi's mother and she is about to learn the secret of the strange cactus and who is responsible for her son's death......

"Thorn" will be featured during the "Natural Vs. Supernatural 'Supernatural'" Short Film Block, starting at 1:25pm on Sunday, September 13th!

Part of Horrible Imaginings Horror Film Festival of San Diego's full line-up! Get Full Festival Passes or single screening tickets HERE!


Asuka Kurosawa

Yuhei Sagawa

Hayate Matsuzaki
Director's headshot

Director Bio: Soichi Umezawa

Born in Kanagawa,Japan, Soichi shot his first short film using 8mm when he was 12. Ever since than, he’s made 6 short films unit he turned 15. His interest in special effects makeup sparked during high school where he was asked to make ghosts for a haunted house at a school event. He then began to teach himself the techniques and mailed photos of his creations to legendary FX artists like Dick Smith, Rick Baker and Steven Johnson and received feedbacks from the masters. After working as a cinema projectionist for 2 years, Soichi begun his professional career as an artist at a special FX company through Rick Baker’s introduction. He launched his own studio in 1997 and has been working on numerous movies, TV dramas and commercials and has won Japanese special FX makeup championships as part of the TV Champion, a popular Japanese variety show. In 2004, he worked as a special fx artist and a writer on a segment “Real” for a horror anthology “Prayer Beeds”. His latest director credit is “Y is for Youth” which is one of the segments of the horror anthology feature, ABCs of Death2.