Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The 7th Annual Horrible Imaginings Film Festival Will Offer a Virtual Reality Experience!

Southern California's Horrible Imaginings Film Festival is including the latest in horror film innovation—the Virtual Reality Experience—throughout the five-day festival, September 7th – 11th, at The Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park. Festival guests will have many opportunities to plug into the VR headgear between film blocks or during breaks.

The VR in question, a horror experience called "Burlap," was directed by Justin Denton, who also directed the "Beware Crimson Peak" VR Experience for Legendary Entertainment. "As soon as I finished that and realized the emotion and fear I could create in VR, a light bulb went off in my head," Denton said about the project. "And I just knew I had to explore the world of Burlap in the VR space."

Horrible Imaginings Film Festival will focus on VR as a separate medium, rather than as an alternative to traditional cinema. To highlight this point, the traditional short film version of Denton's "Burlap" will also screen during the "Human Killer & Psychological Terrors" Short Film Block on Sunday, September 11th.

"We believe virtual reality is an experience that is altogether different from that of traditional cinema," Rodriguez said. "With both VR and traditional versions of 'Burlap' in the festival, we will be able to offer an exploration of the strengths unique to both mediums."

What can people expect from the "Burlap" VR Experience? "To answer that might give too much away," Rodriguez said. "But rest assured, you have never experienced anything like it! This is a whole new level to exploring darkness! Horrible Imaginings has always looked to various traditional art forms to expand and elevate how we view the horror genre--now we are looking to include the latest innovations in cinema, as well!"

For more information about Horrible Imaginings Film Festival, the "Burlap" VR Experience, and other parts of the program, contact or visit the festival online:

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