This Weekend: Horrible Imaginings Film Festival At The Frida Cinema

Labor Day Weekend marks the return of the Horrible Imaginings Film Festival.

Each year, HIFF brings genre film fans a mind-bending variety of films to challenge and spotlight talented indie and international filmmakers.

The festival opens this Friday night (August 31, 2018) at the Frida Cinema in Santa Ana, California.

In its ninth year, but in a new venue, HIFF looks to be kicking things up a notch.

First on Thursday, August 30, 201,8 with a “bonus night” special 30th Anniversary presentation by Director Kevin Tenny of cult classic film Night of The Demons

Horrible Imaginings Presents:

A special 80-minute festival version of La Quinceañera, a dramatic coming-of-age revenge tale featuring Mia Xitlali as Alejandra, Gabriela Reynoso, and Gustavo Gomez.

A Stage 13 original series produced by LuchaGore Productions, Raynor Shima and Stage 13.

La Quinceañera was directed by Gigi Saul Guerrero and written by Shane McKenzie.

And now, two more event exclusives:

Shock Waves Broadcasting Live from HIFF (Saturday, 9/2, 5:45-6:45 pm)  — The popular weekly podcast from Blumhouse Productions discusses and analyzes all facets of the horror genre.

Rebekah McKendry will lead a discussion with David Ian McKendry- Director/ Writer, Megan Duffy- Actress (Maniac), Cara Mandel- Producer, Josh Forbes (Director), and Michael Kennedy (Family Guy Writer) about controversial horror statements that are sure to get a live audience at Horrible Imaginings going!

Panel: Scary Black Folks: Critical Race Studies in Horror (Sunday, 9/1, 5:45-6:45 pm)


A one-on-one with John Jennings, Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of California at Riverside, will present about and discuss contributions to the horror genre in film, comics, and art by people of color.

Scary Black Folks is a newly formed co-operative of artists, writers, critics, and scholars who curate events and public dialogues about the contentious relationships between, race, gender, space, visual culture politics, and horror.



All this goodness in addition to what looks to be from the HIFF trailer park, another eclectic line up of 50+ short films and 11 full-length features for pass holders to feast their eyes upon.

Mark your calendars, grab your passes and prepare to mix and mingle with festival attendees and a variety of special guests!


About Horrible Imaginings Film Festival: Established in 2009 and named by MovieMaker Magazine one of “Fifty Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” for 2018, the annual Horrible Imaginings Film Festival showcases the newest voices in horror, sci-fi, and fantasy genre cinema over a multi-day event consisting of film screenings, diverse panels, parties, and networking sessions. Over the past 9 years, HIFF has shown over 700 independent genre films and welcomed over 8,000 attendees.

Horrible Imaginings Film Festival
August 30-September 2, 2018
Frida Cinema
305 E 4th St #100, Santa Ana, CA 92701