The 10th Annual Horrible Imaginings Film Festival haunts the Frida Cinema in Santa Ana Labor Day weekend for horror lovers and horror curious looking to spend quality time in air-conditioned darkness.
The arthouse will feature three days of independent feature and short films from all over the world, including cast and crew Q&A panels, special guests, an award ceremony, and live performances by Leigh Purtill Ballet Company’s Sweet Sorrow: A Zombie Ballet. Tickets are available online or at the door, with individual day tickets $20-$40, or $80 for a three-day, all-access pass.
The festivities kick-off at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30 with several short films produced by the Creating Creators organization and numerous other filmmakers.
The evening will feature zombie ballet performances before culminating in the opening night feature, Satanic Panic. The horror-comedy starring Rebecca Romijn and Hayley Griffith, in which a woman has to fight for her life as a seemingly profitable work delivery escalates into surviving the hostile advances of an elite Satanic cult. But the night doesn’t end when the film credits roll, as the opening night party will commence directly after and run until Midnight. Ticket holders, filmmakers, and all guests are welcome to attend; however, all passes will be checked for valid entry.
Day two (Aug. 31) of the festival begins at 11 a.m. with a lineup of 17 short films, followed in the afternoon and evening by three feature films, and a panel Horror for Humanity-Real Life Anxiety Through a Genre Lens. Features include Swing Low, a nature photographer’s story of survival, followed by the marquee feature Reborn. The evening is capped by a screening of the Vincent Price-led William Castle film, The Tingler (1959).
The final day of the festival (Sept. 1) begin at 11 a.m. with 15 short films, a double feature, and finishes with the Horrible Imaginings “Toil and Trouble” Awards. Nomination categories include: Best Feature Film, Best Dramatic Short Film, Best Animated Film, and Funniest Horror Comedy among others. Features for the day include Antrum: The Deadliest Film Ever Made, an account of two children and their discovery of the film from Hell, followed by Porno, an erotic thriller documenting five teens’ dangerous encounter with an ancient succubus.
For tickets to individual screenings or day passes, or more info on the films being screened, go to hifilmfestlcom