Monday, October 1, 2012 / 8:00 PM
Regular: $10 purchase tickets +
UCSD Alum: $8
UCSD Student: $5
Prices for one night only.
Purchase by phone at 858.534.8497 or online at boxoffice.ucsd.edu.
This two-day fun and fear festival guest curated by Miguel Rodriguez, founder
of the Horrible Imaginings Film Festival, explores what horror author HP
Lovecraft said is “the oldest and strongest emotion of mankind.” From shorts to
full-length features, we will explore horror in art and cinema. On the first day of
the festival, we will experience the Golden Age to the Post-Atomic Age with films
such as the surrealist short Un Chien Andalou and the science fiction flick Invasion
of the Body Snatchers. The second day of the festival moves from exploration to
experimentation with films such as the Japanese horror sensation Katasumi and the
vampire picture Martin.
As part of the festivities, we will be giving away prizes for Best Costume, so get inspired by these two nights of fright and come dressed in your most horribly imaginative costume!
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From the Golden Age to the Post-Atomic Age
The Haunted House (La maison ensorcelée)
Director Segundo de Chomón shocked and terrified audiences with this early and surprisingly apt example of stop motion animation. [Segundo de Chomón, 1908, France, 6 min]
Un Chien Andalou
The short film was also the focus of the early 20th century art movement, Surrealism. Here, visual artist Salvador Dali teams with the Spanish film director Luis Buñuel, the effect being a startlingly disturbing collection of images. Some of the imagery has lost no potency to shock, even today. [Luis Bunuel and Salvador Dali, 1929, France, 16 min]
Skeleton Frolic is instantly recognizable, and features the mainstreaming of horrific elements and death symbols. [Ub Iwerks, 1937, USA, 7 min]
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Steeped in what is now known as McCarthyism, America found itself paranoid of what it saw as the threat of Communist invaders who wanted to change our way of life. This fear was palpable, and it plays out on-screen with stark clarity. [Don Siegal, 1956, USA, 80 min]