LATIN HORROR to Host 2019 Opening Night of Official Latino Film and Arts Festival on Halloween!


LATIN HORROR is honored to formally announce that we will be partnering with the Official Latino Film and Arts Festival to host a special HALLOWEEN red-carpet opening-night horror showcase and post-screening industry costume after-party on October 31, 2019, as part of their 5th annual festival! Media partners for the showcase include Latin Heat Magazine, MUSE TV and Culturally Obsessed, and constitutes the first of a series of cross-platform collaborations between the brands.


The festival will take place on the stunning grounds of College of the Desert, a palm tree lined campus in scenic Palm Desert, CA., featuring a block of horror, sci-fi, and experimental films. The red-carpet showcase will be immediately followed by a post-screening costume after-party chock-full of makers and industry creatives. The festival runs from October 31st through November 2nd.

And since LATIN HORROR was founded on October 31, 2008, we will also be celebrating our 11th anniversary doing what we love best—putting the spotlight on content creators working in the horror/genre space! And what could be better than that? NOTHING. (that was a rhetorical question)

That way, we’ll cut two necks with one knife! Er, we mean…kill two birds with one stone… We get carried away.

Films showcasing in the Opening Nigh Block 1 Horror + include (EXPANDED LINEUP):

Beachworld directed by Jackie Pérez
Chateau Sauvignon: terroir directed by D.M. Night Maire
Chronopath directed by Jayk Gallagher
Cleanse directed by M. Burger
Goodnight directed by George Heras
Haunting the Haunted directed  by John Gigrich
Llora Conmigo directed by Camilo Urdaneta
Obscured Reflection directed by Alexandra Balda
One Night Stand directed by Enrique Lebrón
Piñata directed by LROD y Artistas
Pipe directed by Max Isaacson
Queen of Hearts  directed by Emilio Zertuche
Teddy Mate directed by Rommel Villa

In addition to the festival award for ‘BEST OUT OF THIS WORLD AWARD’ (Horror and Sci-Fi), the director of the winning film will also receive a comprehensive post-festival interview with a month-long display of the article in the ‘Founder’s Choice’ on our portal.

Representing LATIN HORROR opening night and providing coverage during the festival will be —

Festival Founder, Danny Hastings.
Festival Founder, Danny Hastings.

“We are so excited about this year’s 5th Annual Official Latino Film Festival and our continued partnership with the leaders in Horror content in the Latinx community, “Latin Horror,” said festival founder Danny Hastings. “And we are having a one-of-a-kind Opening Night Red Carpet on Halloween showcasing Horror/SciFi/Experimental films, plus a costume after-party where attendees can show off their favorite costumes! It’s a match made in Heaven…or maybe Hell…or maybe Purgatory,” he added

“Our entire LATIN HORROR team is delighted to partner with Danny and his fantastic festival to highlight the projects of United States-based Latino filmmakers who are creating great genre-oriented work,” said Latin Horror founder Edwin Pagán. “We are honored to celebrate the work of all the “dark creative expressionists” whose efforts are often ignored. Both the festival and our platform are working hard to change that.”

Danny Hastings and Edwin Pagán on October 6, 2017 in NYC's Lower East Side.
Danny Hastings and Edwin Pagán on October 6, 2017 in NYC’s Lower East Side during the 2nd annual festival.


There will be SANGRE!
Edwin "El Miedo" Pagán
Edwin "El Miedo" Pagán is the Founder-In-Chief of LATIN HORROR. Pagán is a writer, filmmaker and life-long horror fan. In 2008 he founded LATIN HORROR, an online niche market website specializing in Latin-influenced horror, its documentation, and promotion as a distinct genre. Pagán is at the forefront of the Latin "Dark Creative Expressionist" movement, a term he coined as a means of identifying the millions of lost souls who live outside the rim of mainstream society and whose lifestyle and work is grounded in horror, the macabre, and gothic arts. Currently, he is penning a book entitled 'MIEDO - The History of Latin Horror.' Trivia: He is noted for ending his written correspondence with the offbeat salutation 'There will be SANGRE!'

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