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.

In this horror-fantasy fairy tale, an orphanage spirals into mayhem when a boy discovers a shadowy creature who comes to collect more than just the children's teeth…


" A macabre blend of WTF and cinematic beauty, via the Del Toro nightmare gallery! I love everything about this short!" -Programmer Jay Kay


"A wonderful blend of a shared nightmare AND shared battle we face growing up. It is also very well crafted -- I cringed HARD!" -Programmer Macon Wilson


Director: Felipe Vargas is a Colombian-Floridian Director in the realm of awe-inspiring magical realism: heartfelt stories with a twist of fantasy, science-fiction, or horror. Felipe's short film "The Guide", about a guardian angel-like young girl guiding a man through his first love, premiered online at DUST, where it garnered over 3.4 million views and is among the most viewed films on the platform. Felipe co-edited "Breaking Their Silence", a groundbreaking feature documentary on young women on the frontline of the poaching crisis. The film won best feature at San Diego Film Festival, and was featured on CNN, TEDx, and The Today Show. His films have screened at over 30 film festivals, winning top prizes. His Florida-based films "Summer's End" and "Vessel" were broadcast nationally on PBS. Felipe directed one of four greenlit USC Thesis Films, the horror-fantasy "Milk Teeth", and will be co-directing a feature adaptation of "Phantom of the Opera".

  • Year
    2019
  • Runtime
    14 minutes
  • Language
    English
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    Felipe Vargas
  • Screenwriter
    Nick Lopez
  • Producer
    Brendan Bennett, Jamie McNeill
  • Cast
    Aaron Bradshaw, Tyler Sanders, Griffin Chodler, Casey Grimm, Lisa Dobbyn
  • Cinematographer
    Elias Ginsberg
  • Editor
    Rafael Souza
  • Production Design
    TJ Ryan