The Frida Cinema

Orange County's Year-Round Film Festival

Horrible Imaginings Film Festival – Short Films: “Shock to the System” Block

When a lot of people think of horror, they picture the slasher chasing a woman through the woods, the monster under the bed, the cobwebbed castle. The short films in this showcase will feature anxieties that spring from cultural mores or constructs that form the basis of our society. Whether it is the depletion of resources in the search for energy in “Extend,” the rampant objectification in “The Gaze,” the social media-created apathy apparent in “Maggie May,” or the clashing of class structures in “The Vicious,” these titles go beyond the immediate threat to express dangers that we can’t just run away from or stab with a knife.

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