Horrible Imaginings Film Festival

"Twisted Innocence" Short Film Showcase

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There is something that generally unifies much of horror fandom: our exposure to the genre started at an early age. This is not 100% true, but it is quite prevalent. With all the fear that horror movies will destroy kids' lives and make them into delinquents, it is more true that what it really does is make them horror fans, horror artists, horror filmmakers, horror writers, or, like myself, horror curators. It is also quite true that horror is at its most potent when we are kids, our imaginations are boundless, our life outlook less jaded. For me, childhood and horror are not strangers at all, but rather perfect relatives. How fun it is, then, when we get stories where children are not the target of terror, but the source of it. Not all of the short films here are exactly that, though--some are about other forms of innocence, and the horror is less overt than a scary kid. I am quite fond of this collection.

Ana is a 6-year-old girl who is undergoing child therapy with a psychologist. Through games and drawings she tells the psychologist about her family, in particular about her older brother, Juan. She describes what he´s like, how he feels about her, how they play together. But soon, it will be revealed that things are not always exactly what they seem.


"The truth behind the story is horrific. The film encapsulates the complexity of mental and emotional development of childhood in the face of adversity. The film is visually beautiful, the performances are precise and the story is unique." -Programmer Rebekah Fieschi


Directors: Cristina Martin Barcelona, Maria José Martin Barcelona

  • Year
    2019
  • Runtime
    10 minutes
  • Language
    Spanish
  • Country
    Spain
  • Director
    Cristina Martin Barcelona, Maria José Martin Barcelona
  • Screenwriter
    Maria José Martin Barcelona
  • Producer
    Cristina Martin Barcelona
  • Cast
    Coque Malla, Dani Martín, Berta Sánchez, Leonor Watling
  • Cinematographer
    Ángel Amorós
  • Editor
    Cristina Martín Barcelona, María José Martín Barcelona