Horrible Imaginings Film Festival Announces Second Round of Selections


edited by Sam Kolesnik


Horrible Imaginings Film Festival has announced its second wave of selections for their 10th annual event. Named one of the “30 Bloody Best Genre Fests in the World” in 2019 by MovieMaker Magazine, Horrible Imaginings is dedicated to showcasing the newest voices in horror, science fiction and fantasy cinema.

The festival will take place at The Frida Cinema in Santa Ana, CA from August 30th - September 1st, 2019. Passes can be purchased here.

Selections include:

A Noise that Carries

Director: Guillermo de la Rosa

A lonely man has the chilling feeling that someone has broken into his home.

The Blizzard

Director: Alvaro Rodriguez

During the Second World War, Marie, a french refugee, wakes up wounded and disoriented in the middle of a blizzard. Ahead of her, a mysterious forest separates her from her daughter.

Conversion Therapist

Director: Bears Rebecca Fonte

A pansexual, polyamorous trio kidnap a 'pray-the-gay-away' evangelical conversion therapist and torture him until he sees the light.

Conversion Therapist

Conversion Therapist

Don’t Croak

Director: Daun Kim

An agile long-legged frog escapes from being dissected by a frenzied and determined 12 year old girl.


Director: Bismark Fernandes

A stop-motion film about a man’s endless hunt for elusive energy sources in a decaying world.


Director: Mai Nakanishi

A college student goes for a part-time job interview and is hired on short notice by a single working mother to be a babysitter for her four-year-old daughter, Hana. But when the student is left alone with Hana, strange things start to happen.



Hot Dog

Director: T. J. Yoshizaki

In the crime capital of the world, an LAPD officer was having a just another bad day...or not.

How to Be Alone

Director: Kate Trefry

How To Be Alone follows Lucy as she struggles to survive an increasing bizarre and horrifying night. When her husband, Jack, leaves for the hospital graveyard shift, Lucy is left alone in the company of a particularly menacing kitchen cabinet, which she is convinced contains all her most secret fears. As the phobias begin to manifest and attack her, she must fight for control of her mind, and ultimately her life.

How to Be Alone

How to Be Alone

Knock Knock

Director: Kennikki Jones

Sinia does the best she can to help the kids next door, however when they are in danger, she does nothing. Stricken by guilt, she decides to check on the kids, but she discovers is a chilling reality that pushes her over the edge.

Mama’s Boy

Director: Samantha Kolesnik

A young man's life spirals into depravity and madness when he confronts the trauma of his childhood.


Director: Santiago Menghini

On a late night, a young teen goes into the kitchen for a glass of milk. Upon encountering his sleepless mother, he quickly realizes things are not as they seem.

Off Fleek

Director: Steven Dorrington

Teenager Emma suffers horrendous cyber bullying and her worse fears come true as the body shaming abuse she receives online begins to transform her appearance. She decides to take drastic action, which has disastrous consequences for herself and her family.

Playtime’s Over

Director: Tony Reames

The only thing Dee loves more than classic horror movies is terrorizing the babysitter. It's New Years Eve, Dee's parents are looking forward to one of the rare nights without their angel. Little does Laurie, the new babysitter know, the fifty bucks an hour won't cover the years of therapy needed after spending one night with Dee and her stuffed friends.

Sports Day

Director: Lin Tu

On an ordinary, hot summer day, Bai and Zhao decide to escape their high school's mandatory event "Sports Day" to spend some private time together. But at the moment Bai walks into an 80s-style rented room that Zhao found, she knows that this room's got something bizarre and inexplicable going on.

Sports Day

Sports Day


Director: Jorge Malpica

After encountering a mermaid and its enchanting call, a fisherman goes out to the ocean without knowing if he will be able to come back.

What Daphne Saw

Horrible Imaginings will present the World Premiere of What Daphne Saw, directed by Liz Marshall. In 2018 Marshall was awarded the inaugural “Stephanie Rothman Fellowship for Women Student Filmmakers.” The $5,000 fellowship aims to highlight and empower women who are, or want to, make horror, science fiction, fantasy, and thriller films, and was presented by Blumhouse’s Shock Waves podcast at the annual Etheria Film Night at the Egyptian Theater in Los Angeles, CA.

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