With all the AFM news that’s come out over the past few days, you’d think there’s nothing else going on anywhere. But just down the road from AFM’s LA home, in sunny San Diego, a brand new film festival is set to kick off this weekend on November 6th … Horrible Imaginings: The Horror Film Festival of San Diego.
It all begins at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday at the Tenth Avenue Theater, 930 10th Avenue in East Village. According to San Diego CityBeat, the one-day event, which includes five features and several shorts, will be divided into two parts. The first is based on terror of the mind and will showcase psychological thrillers such as the 1960 classic Peeping Tom and Lis Fies’ The Commune. Part 2 is based on the body and will get considerably more graphic, featuring movies like The Beyond and the perfectly named Dead Hooker in a Trunk.
“San Diego is great for film, but the horror genre… has been like an ignored stepchild,” festival founder Miguel Rodriguez tells CityBeat. “I wanted to start something to give local and independent artists and filmmakers some exposure and to give the genre some of its due.” Rodriguez, who also runs the podcast “Monster Island Resort,” says that although horror films and their fans are considered niche, the genre offers something universal.
“It satisfies a base human darkness,” he says. “I think everybody has a dark side, and horror is able to expose our dark side in a safe medium. It’s nothing new. Historically, you had public executions and gladiators, where people would satisfy that dark side of them with actual acts of violence. But this is more of an artistic medium.”
All-inclusive tickets to the fest are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. The full schedule, along with a couple of promo videos, is below. For more info visit the official Horrible Imaginings website. Note that the Tenth Avenue Theater Box Office will be open for information starting at 10am on Saturday (619-237-4901).
1:15pm – For Us – 8 minutes
1:25pm – Distraught – 6 minutes
1:32pm – Algesia – 15 mins
1:50pm – The Commune – 1 hour, 31 mins
3:35pm – Simone – 9 mins
3:45 – Peeping Tom – 1 hr, 41 mins
30-minute intermission (5:30-6:00)
6:00pm – Green Fly – 8 minutes
6:08pm – . . .Or Treat – 90 seconds
6:10pm – Consumed – 6 minutes, 20 seconds
6:17pm – Derailed – 19 minutes
6:40pm – President’s Day – 1 hr, 22 mins
8:15pm – Dead Hooker in a Trunk – 1 hr, 32 mins
10:00pm – The Beyond – 1 hr, 29 mins
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