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

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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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Horrible Imaginings Podcast 186: 2018 TCM Classic Film Festival Genre Fan Highlights

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Us horror fans know that we love a stigmatized genre. We have felt the chastisement of those around us for this love. But we also rest well on the knowledge that horror is embedded in the history of human storytelling. It is of utmost importance, and that any contempt thrown our way is born of fear and misunderstanding. The truth is that the art of cinema, be it horror or otherwise, yields some awesome and sometimes uncomfortable truths about ourselves. That is the strength of the art of film, and why I think a steady diet of all kinds of films is important.

Equally important is knowing our roots, which in movie terms means becoming familiar with the history of movies. It is why I am such a fanatic for classic films and why I spend a week out of every year gleefully consuming the magic on screen at the Turner Classic Movies Classic Film Festival. One of the things I love about TCM is that the curators of this festival understand the importance of cult and genre cinema to the art of cinema at large, so there are always some delicious options for genre fans. So many, in fact, that I was unable to see everything that was offered. Some of these were more traditionally thought of as horror films, and some are horror adjacent cult or psychedelic films, noirs, thrillers, or crime films. You will hear parts introductions from the likes of Simon Pegg, John Carpenter, and Mario Van Peebles. This podcast is going to highlight some of my favorite moments.

Give it a listen to hear about some great times, some great films, and get some great clips from some great film lovers! I hope to see you there next year!

As an added bonus, check out this interview with Simon Pegg from the festival:

In other news, Horrible Imaginings Film Festival was just added to Movie Maker Magazine’s 2018 List of Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee! You can submit your film to us now, only on Film Freeway!

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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Horrible Imaginings Podcast 185: Seed&Spark Seeks COMMUNAL NIGHTMARES

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The Horrible Imaginings Podcast is ending our hiatus to bring all you creatives some important news about an opportunity for funding and visibility for your next horror project! The platform Seed&Spark has teamed up with 3311 Productions and The Orchard to seek out and help make new projects a reality. Check out the video for the new crowdfunding rally they are calling “Communal Nightmares:”

Communal Nightmares Rally Video_VIMEO from Seed&Spark on Vimeo.

In this episode, I am joined by Christina Raia, Seed&Spark’s Director of Crowdfunding & Outreach, to learn more about this project, the philosophy behind it, as well as some tips that hopefully will be helpful to any filmmakers aspiring to be successful in this endeavor. Christina is a filmmaker herself, and has had two of her short films selected at Horrible Imaginings Film Festival, and she is extremely smart when it comes to her craft, her art, and the ways she has gained an audience for herself. We are so happy to have her!

Christina Raia discusses her film “Night In” at Horrible Imaginings 2017

So what are you waiting for? Give the episode a listen, and spread the word to anyone you think might be interested! May 1st is the deadline! Here is the website to submit your project: “Communal Nightmares

In other news, Horrible Imaginings Film Festival was just added to Movie Maker Magazine’s 2018 List of Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee! You can submit your film to us now, only on Film Freeway!

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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Horrible Imaginings Podcast #184: M.F.A. Director Natalia Leite Subverts the Rape-Revenge Subgenre

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Rape Revenge films are perhaps the most replete with conflict for conscientious audience members who find themselves, for one reason or another, drawn to them. Whether people feel comfortable admitting it or not, this especially dark and often nasty subgenre is a lucrative one, with thousands of imitations and similar stories released worldwide. Some of the most notorious have been remade, including the Day of the Woman or I Spit on Your Grave remake launching a franchise of three films, and a sequel to the 1978 original, starring Camille Keaton and directed by the original’s Meir Zarchi set to come out this year.

The profitability of rape revenge films has a lot of angry detractors, as well as a lot of supporters, a fact attributable not only to the sensationalistic and brutal nature of these movies, but also to the stark duality in their simple narrative structures. Are they about the rape or the revenge? How much time is devoted to each of those violent acts? These things have been discussed often, but one question that should always be asked is who is telling these stories and why?

Earlier this year saw the release of a film that is listed as a psychological thriller, but is certainly a rape revenge film. It is called M.F.A., and it is written by Leah McKendrick, a woman also has a role in the film, and directed by Natalia Leite. In this film, Francesca Eastwood plays Noelle an art student who suffers a brutal rape at the hands of a fellow art major. Her experiences following this trauma lead to Noelle taking matters in her own hands. I am happy to say that Leite has decided to take some time to join me to discuss her thoughts behind this challenging project, and most importantly why it is important that women take charge of telling these stories.

This episode will be in two parts, the first part being spoiler free before delving more deeply into the story of M.F.A. There will be plenty of warnings before we go too far into spoiler territory, but really you should check this film out anyway. It is available on blu-ray and VOD right now. Be sure to leave it a review! Now get to listening!

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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