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Podcast Episode 90: Horrible Imaginings Film Fest Wrap-Up And Mexploitation Cinema

A wrap up of the 7th Annual Horrible Imaginings Film Festival featuring an interview with the filmmaker of the short "Burlap," which screened in both a traditional 2D version and virtual reality one.
Justin Denton
A wrap up of the 7th Annual Horrible Imaginings Film Festival featuring an interview with the filmmaker of the short "Burlap," which screened in both a traditional 2D version and virtual reality one.

Filmmakers talk horror and Aaron Soto talks about El Santo and fichera

90: Horrible Imaginings Wrap-Up and Mexploitation Cinema
Episode 90: Horrible Imaginings Wrap-Up and Mexploitation CinemaFilmmakers at Horrible Imaginings talk about the horror genre, give a taste of virtual reality horror, and Tijuana filmmaker Aaron Soto, who had a panel at the festival, talks about Mexploitation Cinema and offers some recommendations. Subscribe to the Cinema Junkie podcast on iTunes or your favorite podcatcher.Support the podcast at kpbs.org/feedthejunkie.

This past weekend I attended the seventh annual Horrible Imaginings Film Festival. I have been working with festival founder Miguel Rodriguez since the fest started because we both share a passion for horror and the macabre.

The festival was great and I had the opportunity to speak with a number of filmmakers, as well as horror writers. In fact, I got so many interviews that I will be splitting my wrap about the fest into two podcasts: this one focused on horror filmmakers and another the first week of October featuring the horror authors, as well as director Billy Hanson, who did a superb film adaptation of Stephen King's "Survivor Type."

Justin Denton debuted the final version of his film "Burlap" in both a traditional 2-D version and supplemental virtual reality companion piece. All weekend he had a booth set up where people could experience the VR world of his film.

Horrible Imaginings has a reputation for showcasing female filmmakers and femme-driven films. Two artists representing this are director Izzy Lee and actress Kasey Lansdale of "Postpartum."

A pair of cheery fellows came from across the pond to introduce audiences to their brand of British doo-doo humor in "Stained." Director Phil Haine and writer Mark Brown look to that horrific moment when you realize you are out of toilet paper.

To close out the podcast, I have clips from Aaron Soto's Mexploitation Cinema panel, as well as an interview with him about genre filmmaking in Mexico. Soto is a Tijuana filmmaker whose work ("Omega Shell," a segment in "Mexican Barbaros") is inspired by the likes of Clive Barker and David Cronenberg but also by a tradition of genre filmmaking in his own Mexico.

I will feature the horror authors of Horrible Imaginings in Podcast 93 to kick off a month of horror in October.