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RIP Germán Robles, Mexico's Master of Gothic Terror!

elvampiroWe are very sad today to learn of the passing of Germán Robles, an actor who began a lengthy career in Mexico with 1957's "El Vampiro" as the debonair Count Karol de Lavud. Like Todd Browning did with Bela Lugosi 26 years earlier, director Fernando Méndez took full advantage of Robles's European mystique to bring his Gothic vampire to life in Mexican cinemas. A series of monster and thriller films starring Robles would follow, including "El Castillo de los Monstruos," "La maldición de Nostradamus," "El Baron del Terror," and more in that glory age of 1960s Mexican horror cinema. To hear more about Mexican cinema, you can listen to my conversation with Mexican director Aaron Soto here.

Although not Mexican by birth (Robles emigrated from Spain to escape fascism in Spain), he nonetheless provided a magnetic and memorable face for the pop culture of Mexico. This is a sad day and a real loss to film fans everywhere. What a year to lose both Christopher Lee and Germán Robles. I hope people will seek out these films and make Robles more familiar to US movie aficionado. His name certainly deserves a place next to Lugosi and Lee as a truly great Gothic vampire!

June 18, 2015 Posted by admin in General

Three Excellent Horror Shorts! Free Online!

Three short films that have knocked the socks off of audiences at Horrible Imaginings Film Festival have no been made free to the public online! Short films often have such a short life span, but we hope this format will help preserve great work like this for a long time to come! Check these out and please feel free to share them around!


Horizonte (Horizon)

Directed by Aitor Uribarri


The world as we know ended, only its ashes are left. In a desperate attempt to bring the family together, Ana and her mother begin a dangeorus journey where they'll face the monsters that now rule the Earth and an even more dangerous one: the one we all carry inside...

HORIZONTE (Horizon) from Aitor Uribarri on Vimeo.


Directed by Ryan Coonan


When a local ranger in a small country town finds an unidentified algae overwhelming the water supply, he knows that something's not right. But it's not until the sun goes down that he discovers the true extent of the danger - it seems the town is about to experience the effects of a mysterious infection that turns not only humans – but animals too – into zombies. Australian wildlife has never been so terrifying…

Waterborne from Octopod Films on Vimeo.

La Carne Cruda (Raw Meat)

Directed by Samuel Lema


Since childhood Hansel has always had a wish: to devour a human. His old doll just fills his emotional vacuum. After the death of his mother decides to realize his dream, making their wishes in a dangerous need. A lethal need when there is no more meat to devour.


#128: Mauricio Chernovetzky ReExamines the Vampire Myth

Find out why the words, "Let's make a lesbian vampire movie" led to something totally unexpected. Find out why I desperately want my next car to be a Russian Volga! It's all in this episode of the Horrible Imaginings Podcast! 


Mauricio Chernovetzky, co-director of Styria aka Angels of Darkness, joins me to talk about his Horrible Imaginings alumnus film on the cusp of its release on the Showtime network on Sunday, March 1st! We discuss the title, the Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu novella "Carmilla" on which the film is based, the themes it explores, the nature of the vampire myth, and more! If you love vampires, Gothic tales, or filmmaking this episode is for you! 

angels of darkness

If you are in San Diego, March is the month of the San Diego Latino Film Festival! Horrible Imaginings is involved in the programming of the UN MUNDO EXTRANO sidebar, as well as a short film block. Chernovetzky's newest short film DOS GATOS will be part of that block. I hope you will join me in welcoming the films at 22nd annual San Diego Latino Film Festival!