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San Diego Film Week

Horrible Imaginings: Bringing Darkness to Sunny San Diego

The Horrible Imaginings Film FestivalTM is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that showcases art and film that explores the darker or more macabre sides of the human condition. The festival was founded in 2010 by Miguel Rodriguez in San Diego, California in order to promote and spotlight exemplary new artistic voices in what is commonly known as the horror genre. It is our mission to encourage an elevation of the genre through film discussion, question and answer sessions, panels, and other presentations.


  1. Bionic Girl

    Stephanie Cabdevila / Horrible Imaginings: Bringing Darkness to Sunny San Diego / France / 2015 / Musical / 14 mins
    A scientist has created her own android clone to replace her so she can face the outside world. Cast: Clémentine Poidatz, Laurianne Mortureux, Antoine Levannier
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    Horrible Imaginings: Bringing Darkness to Sunny San Diego

    Museum of Photographic Arts
    February 17, 2017 6:00 pm


  2. The Black Bear

    Méryl Fortunat-Rossi & Xavier Seron / Horrible Imaginings: Bringing Darkness to Sunny San Diego / France / 2015 / Narrative / 15 mins
    Rule #1: Never feed bears. Rule #2: Do not approach within 100 meters. Rule #3: Avoid surprising bears. Rule #4: Keep your dog on a leash. Now that you know the rules, we wish you a pleasant stay in the natural park of the black bear. Cast: François Neycken, Jean-Jacques Rausin, Terence Rion, Catherine Salée, Jean-Benoît Ugeux

  3. Death Metal

    Chris McInroy / Horrible Imaginings: Bringing Darkness to Sunny San Diego / USA / 2016 / 5 mins
    A metalhead gets passed down a satanic guitar that riffs to shreds. Cast: Kirk Johnson, Michael Dalmon, Will Elliott
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    Horrible Imaginings: Bringing Darkness to Sunny San Diego

    Museum of Photographic Arts
    February 17, 2017 6:00 pm


  4. The Disappearance of Willie Bingham

    Matthew Richards / Horrible Imaginings: Bringing Darkness to Sunny San Diego / Australia / 2016 / 13 mins
    Willie Bingham is the first man to undergo a radical new justice program. The government has introduced Progressive Amputation as a punishment for capital crime — the real life version of ‘an eye for an eye’. The controversial procedures, performed live in front of victims’ families, stop only at their request. A fantastic metaphorical meditation on the nature of capital punishment from Australia. Where is the line between justice and vengeance? Cast: Greg Fryer (The Sapphires), Kevin Dee (Submerge, Swallow, Strange Bedfellows)
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    Horrible Imaginings: Bringing Darkness to Sunny San Diego

    Museum of Photographic Arts
    February 17, 2017 6:00 pm


  5. Horrible Imaginings: Bringing Darkness to Sunny San Diego

    Festivals Showcase, Horrible Imaginings: Bringing Darkness to Sunny San Diego
    Come see what has given Horrible Imaginings Film Festival the reputation for screening some of the most innovative and exciting new genre films! This selection of dark stories showcases the brilliant diversity of voices working in horror today, and explore fear through horror, comedy, science fiction, satire, and even musicals! Beware! Some out-there content contained within! Walk the dark side with us

    In This Program: Little Boy Blue, Bionic Girl, Death Metal, The Disappearance of Willie Bingham, Kaddish!, Night of the Slasher, Postpartum, The Procedure, Watchbear, When Susurrus Stirs

    Horrible Imaginings: Bringing Darkness to Sunny San Diego

    Museum of Photographic Arts
    February 17, 2017 6:00 pm


  6. Kaddish!

    Emeline Castaneda / Horrible Imaginings: Bringing Darkness to Sunny San Diego / France / 2014 / Musical / 6 mins
    Who knew a bit of friendly conversation at a rest stop bathroom could trigger such a terrifying situation. A short musical film that blends both high tension and righteous humor! Cast: Steve Achiepo, Alexandre Pivette
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    Horrible Imaginings: Bringing Darkness to Sunny San Diego

    Museum of Photographic Arts
    February 17, 2017 6:00 pm


  7. Little Boy Blue

    Nathan Keene / Festivals Showcase, Horrible Imaginings: Bringing Darkness to Sunny San Diego / Australia / 2015 / Drama / 29 mins
    On a rural farm, a lonely girl must face her own dark desires when she discovers a boy held captive in a neighboring farm’s barn. Cast: Nina Louise, Jessica King, Harry Peek, Julie-Anne Breen
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    Horrible Imaginings: Bringing Darkness to Sunny San Diego

    Museum of Photographic Arts
    February 17, 2017 6:00 pm


  8. Night of the Slasher

    Shant Hamassian / Horrible Imaginings: Bringing Darkness to Sunny San Diego / USA / 2015 / 11 mins
    An Oscar-qualified short film! Night of the Slasher is a 'shot-in-one-take' slasher film about a teenage girl who must commit horror movie sins by drinking alcohol, doing drugs, and having sex in order to lure a masked killer and exact revenge. Cast: Lily Berlina, Scott Javore, Adam Lesar, David Swann, Eve Constance
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    Horrible Imaginings: Bringing Darkness to Sunny San Diego

    Museum of Photographic Arts
    February 17, 2017 6:00 pm


  9. Postpartum

    Izzy Lee / Horrible Imaginings: Bringing Darkness to Sunny San Diego / USA / 2015 / 6 mins
    "Not everyone is meant to be a mother." Good intentions lead to disastrous results when a woman visits a new mom. Fun Fact: Postpartum star Kasey Lansdale is also a prominent country singer and the daughter of legendary horror author Joe Lansdale. Listen to the Horrible Imaginings podcast with her here! Cast: Kasey Lansdale (Christmas with the Dead), Diana Porter
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    Horrible Imaginings: Bringing Darkness to Sunny San Diego

    Museum of Photographic Arts
    February 17, 2017 6:00 pm


  10. The Procedure

    Calvin Reeder / Horrible Imaginings: Bringing Darkness to Sunny San Diego / USA / 2016 / Narrative / 4 mins
    A man is captured and forced to endure a strange experiment. It's probably not what you think it is. Hilarious and guaranteed to make you squirm! Cast: Christian Palmer, Frank Mosley
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    Horrible Imaginings: Bringing Darkness to Sunny San Diego

    Museum of Photographic Arts
    February 17, 2017 6:00 pm