The Horror Crowd

Revealing, intimate documentary spotlighting the Hollywood horror community, covering such wide-ranging topics as Being The Weird Kid, Sparking The Imagination, Women In Horror, Race Relations, Helping Each Other, Film Festivals, and The Dark Side.

Director Biography – Ruben Pla

Ruben Pla survived growing up in the dangerous Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City…surrounded by gangs and violence. He stuck to his studies and went to college in Miami, majoring in Theatre Arts. Upon graduation, he returned to New York, and began his film and TV acting career. To get his film chops, he plunged in and worked on scores of N.Y.U. student films, which proved to be a tremendous training ground for gaining on-set experience. He then relocated to Los Angeles to test those waters. There, he has performed in many TV shows including HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER, “24”, WEEDS, CRIMINAL MINDS, CSI: MIAMI, WITHOUT A TRACE, and EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND. Feature films include INSIDIOUS, MALIGNANT, CONTRACTED, BIG ASS SPIDER, FETISH FACTORY, CHEAP THRILLS, and CHEMICAL PEEL. Ruben is now branching into directing. THE HORROR CROWD is his feature directorial debut.

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Director Statement

Fear…the most primal of human emotions.



What made the creators of these films dream up the nightmares that kept us up at night? Were they as strange and twisted as their creations?

What about today’s creators of horror? Who are the minds behind the macabre of present day? Are they dark and weird individuals? Or do they have normal everyday lives, with families and friends? There are so many layers to these filmmakers, and some of them ARE weird. But weird…is in the eye of the beholder.

I know because I’m a player in this group. Separated enough to be an onlooker, but close enough to see it from the inside, and it’s amazing to be a part of. So I decided to make this documentary, with the help of my friends. Not just to show you what it’s like to know the filmmakers that are defining today’s horror genre, but to create a time capsule…a moment in time where the horror kids from around the globe found each other, and slowly became…THE HORROR CROWD.


Ruben Pla


Ruben Pla


Ruben Pla, Arielle Brachfeld

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This is a great film for seeing how the directors chose to be involved with the making of horror films.

This documentary takes you into the unique minds of the creators of these scary stories and how they support and try to help each other with their different projects. Are these film makers viewed differently because of their commitment to the horror genre? I think not.

This is why the film is enjoyable to most people who have seen it.

Donnie Hill

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