This week, Popcorn Frights announced the official lineup for their fourth annual genre film festival. This year has some great films to offer. The week long festival has lined up a dozen films for audiences this year, and they look amazing.
Chuck Russell 1980’s Classics Revisited
Two old school classics will be shown at the festival in addition to all the new flicks. First off we have director Chuck Russell hosting a showing of Nightmare of Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors. Cue Dream Warriors theme song by Dokken. Chuck Russell will even be giving a nice little extended introduction to the film. For many fans of the Elm Street series, Nightmare of Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors is a favorite, and this showing is sure to be an event not to miss. Chuck Russell will also be hosting a 30th Anniversary screening of his 1988 remake of The Blob. In addition to introducing this film as well, Russell will also be hosting a Q & A session after the film.
All the Amazing 2018 Horror
Attendees will also be in for a treat with the East Coast premiere of Anna and the Apocalypse. This horror musical offers teens trying to survive a zombie-filled Christmas. What more could you ask for.
Also making its East Coast premiere is Blumhouse’s Boogeyman Pop from director Brad Michael Elmore. Boogeyman Pop sounds intense as “a bat-wielding, masked killer in a rusted-out black Cadillac weaves in and out of three interlocking stories awash in sex, drugs, punk rock, black magic, and broken homes”. Sounds like the perfect punk-rock horror flick for the summer to me.
A film everyone should have their eyes on is Havana Darkness from director Guillermo Iván. Havana Darkness will be making its world premiere at Popcorn Frights and is considered the first English-language horror film ever shot in Cuba. This gory film finds three friends traveling to Cuba to investigate a rumored manuscript from Ernest Hemingway. However, they soon find themselves trapped in an abandoned building, which nothing good could come from. And bonus, the director, Guillermo Iván, will also be in attendance.
Popcorn Frights Film Festival is also set to bring Chris Caldwell and Zeek Earl’s Prospect to audiences. Prospect follows a father and daughter who travel to an alien moon to harvest resources, only to find they are not alone.
Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich follows three people as they encounter a group of animated, sadistic, nazi puppets ready to slaughter the attendees of a convention. This horror comedy stars veteran actors Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator) and Udo Kier (Suspiria), and is written by S. Craig Zahler (Bone Tomahawk).
From Indonesia-South Korea, Satan’s Slaves tells the story of a family trying to overcome the death of their mother. That is until they realize they are being haunted by vicious spirits, including their mother. Satan’s Slaves was the winner of the Jury Prize at the 2018 Overlook Film Festival.
Popcorn Frights attendees are also in store for the East Coast premiere of Darren Lynn Bousman’s St. Agatha. St. Agatha follows a young woman trying to escape her past, only to find sanctuary at a convent. However she soon finds herself held hostage by the convent’s nuns.
Described as a “brilliant blend of macabre storytelling, coming-of-age frankness, and shocking gore”, The Dark is a coming of age tale focuses on a young girl who kills those who venture into the woods where she was murdered. That all changes when she chooses to spare a young boy. As they grow attached, the film explores friendship and darkness in a truly unique way.
Canadian feature, What Keeps You Alive, explores a young couple’s relationship and makes you question how well you know your significant other. The couple, Jules and Jackie, decide to spend their one year anniversary at a cabin, but on arrival Jackie begins to show a much darker side. This film definitely sounds intriguing. And to add to the event, director Colin Minihan and actress Brittany Allen will be in attendance.
Lastly we have documentary feature Wolfman’s Got Nards. Andre Gower, who played Sean in 1987’s The Monster Squad, brings fans this behind the scenes look at the making of The Monster Squad. Now a director, Andre Gower’s film explores the impact of The Monster Squad on fans and films ever since. Even better, Andre Gower will even be at the event.