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Horrible Imaginings: The Horror Film Festival of San Diego Debuts November 6th

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.”

Horrible Imaginings: The Horror Film Festival of San Diego Debuts November 6th

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).

Mind:

1:15pm – For Us – 8 minutes
1:25pm – Distraught – 6 minutes
1:32pm – Algesia – 15 mins
1:50pm – The Commune – 1 hour, 31 mins
10-minute Intermission
3:35pm – Simone – 9 mins
3:45 – Peeping Tom – 1 hr, 41 mins
30-minute intermission (5:30-6:00)

Body:

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
10-minute intermission
8:15pm – Dead Hooker in a Trunk – 1 hr, 32 mins
10-minute intermission
10:00pm – The Beyond – 1 hr, 29 mins

ROOFTOP AFTER PARTY FOR VIP GUESTS!

Horrible Imaginings Fest Promo from The Commune Movie on Vimeo.

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  • Monster Island Resort

    It’s so cool to see my film festival on Dread Central! Thank you! I am happy to say it was a great success! I sold out the little theater :) San Diego is finally catching up!

    Miguel Rodriguez
    Monster Island Resort Podcast
    http://www.monsterislandresort.org
    http://www.horribleimaginingsfilmfest.com

    • Uncle Creepy

      No problem. Being that we are based in San Diego we should do more together.

      • Monster Island Resort

        I think I saw you at the Blacklist Film Fest. I was going to introduce myself, but I was afraid it wasn’t you.

        Miguel Rodriguez
        Monster Island Resort Podcast
        http://www.monsterislandresort.org

        • Uncle Creepy

          Yep. I was there. Drop me an e-mail.

  • Emy

    Wish I had seen this earlier… :( I could still catch the last two movies, but I alas I have no one to go with…

    • Monster Island Resort

      Emy,
      I am putting on a great Christmas-themed HORROR show on December 22nd! Treevenge and Christmas Evil, featuring director Lewis Jackson! It will be very cool, so I hope you can make it. Hope to meet you soon!

      Miguel Rodriguez
      Monster Island Resort Podcast
      http://www.monsterislandresort.org