Horrible Imaginings Film Festival Challenges Genre Expectations

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Think horror isn’t for you? The horror genre is more than blood and suspense—although there’s plenty of that at the Sixth Annual Horrible Imaginings Film Festival, happening on September 11 – 13 at its new venue the Museum of Photographic Arts. Horrible Imaginings brings public attention to new voices in horror as San Diego’s only horror film fest.

The festival weekend’s schedule includes a youth and student film showcase, various panels and an opening night party. Horrible Imaginings will host 35mm film screenings for the first time, which horror fans will appreciate!

The festival offers blocks of films organized around themes like Children’s Nightmares, Horror-Comedy, Horror for Humanity and more. Try out subjects you might not normally gravitate to (or avoid ones too scary for you). Check out the Creature Feature block for the opportunity to soak up your favorite brand of monster!Horrible Imaginings Film Festival San Diego Balboa Park

[Above: Still from Hatred, a Local Spotlight film from Director and SDSU graduate Brian Butler.]

You certainly won’t be bored, as part of Horrible Imaginings’ mission is to push horror’s expressive potential as an art genre. Beyond creating innovative stories or new terrors to shiver at, a diverse film selection tackles both contemporary and traditional subjects (power, poverty, mental illness) with a new eye.  This is uniquely demonstrated in the Horror for Humanity block, made up of films that deal with current issues having disturbing impacts on real people.

Festival Director Miguel Rodriguez describes Horrible Imaginings in part as a place “where we attempt to understand the misunderstood, and de-stigmatize the stigmatized.” Critical perspectives paired with novel storytelling approaches result in a thought-provoking, genre-bending festival. Horrible Imaginings also features several Local Spotlights produced in the San Diego and Tijuana area!

Come on out to this critically acclaimed community event full of screams and fun. Visit Horrible Imagining’s website for information and tickets.

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Katherine Wood

Katherine Wood

Katherine Wood contributed to La Jolla Blue Book and worked at the Find It La Jolla Visitor Center from 2015 -2016. Her favorite La Jolla attractions are watching the seals and the Madison Gallery.

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