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ArtPower and Horrible Imaginings Horror Fest

October 1, 2012 9:21 a.m.

ArtPower and Horrible Imaginings present a Horror Film Fest

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ANCHOR INTRO: ArtPower and Horrible Imaginings join together for a pre-Halloween celebration of horror on film at UCSD. KPBS arts reporter Beth Accomando explains what makes this festival unique.

As a film genre horror doesn't get a lot of respect. But horror programmer Miguel Rodriguez is trying to change that with his Horrible Imaginings Film Festival in November and a mini-history of horror at UCSD now.

"What I would like to do is try to end the stigmatism that horror has as something that we need to fight against. I think horror has a place as a mode of expression. I want people to come away with a feeling that horror is viable in expressing one of our deepest human characteristics namely fear."

Rodriguez will be screening a silent horror short from 1908 as well as the classic 1956 Invasion of the Body Snatchers to suggest the depth and breadth of the genre. One of the rarities he's showing is George Romero's contemporary vampire film Martin to show how horror has moved from the supernatural to real world.

"Martin represents a really interesting melding of the two. It is a vampire story of sorts but one rooted in the real world with a very serial killeresque vampire."

The ArtPower Horrible Imaginings horror fest is tonight and tomorrow night at 8pm at UCSD's Price Theater.

Beth Accomando, KPBS News.