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Their Mission Statement
It is our mission to celebrate horror and its various sub-genres by showcasing new and independent artists, as well as reviving classic horror films in San Diego, California. From psychological thrillers to supernatural horror to slashers and even to related genres like noir, horror’s power lies in its inherent ability to take our fears and exploit them–helping us either to face them, or just to appease our dark sides. The proliferation of horror sub-genres in the arts is testament to the creative power behind/within this dark domain. It is the mission of Horrible Imaginings to expand the definition of what is commonly expected to be horror.
Horrible Imaginings is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that was created to accommodate the lack of events in the city of San Diego that celebrate the horror genre. After finding a home at the 10th Avenue Theatre and Arts Centre in the developing part of eastern downtown San Diego, the “First Film Festival in San Diego Dedicated to Macabre Cinema and Art” launched with great success on November 6, 2010. The maiden revival films were Michael Powell’s psychological thriller Peeping Tom and Lucio Fulci’s classic avant garde shocker The Beyond.
Since that first year, Horrible Imaginings has been involved in bringing scores of new film events to San Diego, including The Film Geeks program at the Digital Gym Cinema in North Park, Schlockfest at the New Central Public Library downtown, Shot by Shot at Whistle Stop Bar in South Park, and scores of others. We have been asked to curate horror showcases for San Diego Latino Film Festival, UCSD’s ArtPwr program, Frequency Film Festival, FilmOut San Diego, San Diego Italian Film Festival and more as we continue to build partnerships and show what the consideration of genre film has to offer.
We are now located at the intimate Digital Gym Cinema, part of Media Arts Center San Diego at 2921 El Cajon Blvd. With the dual mission of reviving classic horrible films, combined with giving the screen to up-and-coming new film makers, Horrible Imaginings Film Festival promises to be a new force in San Diego that is here to stay. As one audience member put it—“San Diego is too sunny! We need some darkness!”