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Horrible Imaginings Podcast #171: Horror from South of the Border – A Conversation with Two Mexican Filmmakers

Hi, everyone! Tomorrow (March 16th) is the opening night of the 24th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival! It also marks the third year of Horrible Imaginings Film Festival partnering with them to bring the “Un Mundo Extraño” block of horror and fantastic cinema.

This year promises to be our strongest showcase of dark films yet, and I am so excited to blast off with this tomorrow night! Just check out the trailer we put together:

Dark comedic madness with Argentine nudism fable Los Decentes, 8mm found footage possession terror with 1974depraved explorations of the absolute limits of human behavior with the not-for-the-faint-of-heart We Are the Flesh! This podcast episode includes interviews with the directors of Histeria, an exploration of the limits of human endurance, and Las Tinieblas (The Darkness), an atmospheric post-apocalyptic horror about the demons both within and without us. You can see the showtimes and dates for each film here.

First up in this podcast, Histeria director Carlos Meléndez talks about the different types of horror, the current rise of the genre from Mexico, the very real social unrest that gave birth to his film about good people taken over by rage, and more. Then, Las Tinieblas (The Darkness) director Daniel Castro Zimbrón joins the podcast to talk about how paintings and images have influenced his filmmaking, the fascination of horror, the importance of using monsters and fantastic films as metaphor, and his own take on the contributions of Latino cinema to the horror landscape.

Even if you don’t live near San Diego or can’t make it to the festival, there are some very strong ideas from these awesome filmmakers in this podcast! Be sure to keep your eyes open for their films and the other films on the program. If you are in San Diego, though, join us over the next 10 days for some incredible cinema! Conveniently, there is a $45 five-pack available! That gets you in to all of the “Un Mundo Extraño” films for less than 10 bucks per movie! Don’t fuck this up–get your five-pack today!

And 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 FilmFreeway.com, 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!

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Miguel Rodriguez