POPCORN FRIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL

Festival Line-Up Features Over 50 Film Premieres

During 7 Nights of Terror

Popcorn Frights Film Festival is Southeast US’s largest genre film event presenting the very best genre films from across the world as it celebrates the art of horror. Popcorn Frights prides itself on premiering films from emerging and established filmmakers enabling the industry and general audiences to experience the power of storytelling through genre film. The fourth annual Popcorn Frights Film Festival occurs August 10-16, 2018 at the historic Savor Cinema in Fort Lauderdale, a state-of-the-art theater that in the 1940’s was a Methodist Church.

Here’s a look at some of the amazing films that will be shown…

Friday Aug 10, at 7:00pm

HAVANA DARKNESS
Directed by Guillermo Iván
USA | 86 min | 2018
English and Spanish with English subtitles

FEATURING THE ATTENDANCE OF DIRECTOR GUILLERMO IVÁN!

WORLD PREMIERE. Touted as the first English language horror film to be shot in Cuba, Guillermo Iván’s Havana Darkness is an unapologetically gory and well-blended cocktail of horror that blood buffs won’t need a straw to sip down. Traveling to Havana, Cuba, to investigate the origins of a mysterious manuscript supposedly written by acclaimed American novelist, Ernest Hemingway, three friends are thrust into a terrifying game of cat and mouse when they find themselves trapped inside an abandoned building nestled in the center of the country’s vibrant capital. With time running out fast they must maneuver through a maze of deadly traps to escape the building before they’re hunted down.

Preceded by the short film:

RILEY WAS HERE (Directed by Mike Marrero & Jon Rhoads): Humankind narrowly avoided an apocalyptic event but some of those who survived struggle to move on after their horrific losses.

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Saturday Aug 11, at 5:00pm

SUMMER OF ’84
Directed by François Simard, Anouk Whissell, and Yoann-Karl Whissell
Canada-USA | 105 min | 2018

SOUTH FLORIDA PREMIERE. The directing trio behind cult favorite Turbo Kid deliver a startling throwback to 80’s classics like The Burbs and The Goonies in this eerily resonant coming-of-age horror flick that will leave a permanent smile on any fans of Stranger Things and It. Every serial killer is somebody’s neighbor. For 15-year-old Davey, the thought of having a serial killer in his suburban town is a scary yet exciting prospect at the start of a lazy summer. In hormonal overdrive, Davey and his friends dream of sexual conquests until the news reports of the Cape May killer. Davey convinces his friends that they must investigate, and they uncover that his next-door neighbor, an unassuming, single police officer, could be the prime suspect.

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HORSES: HAPPY HOLIDAYS (Directed by Leah Shore): Good times! There’s more than one way to skin a…

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Sunday Aug 12, at 9:00pm

BOOGEYMAN POP
Directed by Brad Michael Elmore
USA | 90 min | 2018

FEATURING THE ATTENDANCE OF DIRECTOR BRAD MICHAEL ELMORE!

EAST COAST PREMIERE. In this striking Blumhouse (Get Out, Split) production set over the course of one summer weekend, 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. Starring James Paxton (son of the late, great Bill Paxton) and produced by Rogue One: A Star Wars Story screenwriter Chris Weitz, Boogeyman Pop oozes with everything we love about punk rock filmmaking and genre cinema.

Preceded by the short film:

BLAZING WORLD (Directed by Carlson Young): Margaret has been plagued with dreams of a strange world since she was a little girl. After a mysterious man with a map visits her one night, she decides to give in to the incessant calls of The Blazing World.

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Monday Aug 13, at 9:00pm

ST. AGATHA
Directed by Darren Lynn Bousman
USA | 90 min | 2018

FEATURING THE ATTENDANCE OF DIRECTOR DARREN LYNN BOUSMAN & ACTOR SETH MICHAELS!

EAST COAST PREMIERE. Horror film impresario Darren Lynn Bousman, director of Saw II, III and IV, Popcorn Frights 2016 film Abattoir, modern experiments Repo! The Genetic Opera and The Devil’s Carnival, brings to life his latest vision, a period piece concerning a troubled woman running from her past who finds herself kept hostage by a coven of vicious nuns. What first starts out as the perfect place to have a child for Agatha turns into a dark layer where silence is forced, ghastly secrets are masked, and every bit of willpower she has is tested as she learns the sick and twisted truth of the convent and the odd people that lurk inside its halls.

Preceded by the short film:

SOCKMONSTER (Directed by Wesley Alley): A young mother deals with the loss of her young daughter but refuses to give up on her. As she searches for her, she finds something much worse and soon discovers where socks go when they go missing in the dryer.

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Tuesday Aug 14, at 7:00pm

WOLFMAN’S GOT NARDS
Directed by Andre Gower
USA | 91 min | 2018

FEATURING THE ATTENDANCE OF DIRECTOR ANDRE GOWER
& PRODUCER HENRY DARROW MCCOMAS!

EAST COAST PREMIERE. Winner of the Audience Award at the Overlook Film Festival, Wolfman’s Got Nards is a heartfelt documentary exploring the power of one of the strangest, scariest, and most iconic kids films to ever grace the silver screen — The Monster Squad — and its 30-year impact on its rabid fan base, the cast and crew, and the future of horror comedies. Making his feature debut, actor-turned-director Andre Gower (who played Sean in the original film) brings us behind the scenes on the making of the film and the magic that made it such a defining cinematic experience for so many in the genre community.

Preceded by the short film:

SHADOWMAKER (Directed by Ben Meinhardt): He’s some kind of hero.

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Wednesday Aug 15, at 9:00pm

THE RANGER
Directed by Jenn Wexler
USA | 77 min | 2018

FLORIDA PREMIERE. A wildly energetic slasher that takes equal inspiration from the likes of Wes Craven’s The Hills Have Eyes to Friday the 13th, The Ranger is a neon-drenched love letter to punk rock and ’80s slasher movies that’s best played at maximum volume! When a drug-fueled night at an NYC punk club ends in a bloody scuffle with the cops, punk rocker Chelsea (Chloe Levine from “The OA” and “The Deuce”) and her bratty friends flee the city to the long-abandoned family cabin in the woods where she grew up. But there’s a history to the cabin. There are rules in the wilderness. And there’s a brutal ranger in the park. Starring Jeremy Holm (TVs “House of Cards” and “Mr. Robot”) as the unhinged ranger with an axe to grind. Loaded with humor, grisly goings-on, and a ragged howl of outrage, The Ranger rocks to a superb soundtrack including music by Fang, Rotten UK, Atom Age, The Avengers, Dayglo Abortions, and more!

Preceded by the short film:

THE BLOODY BALLAD OF SQUIRT REYNOLDS (Directed by Anthony Cousins): The kids at Camp Nawgonamakit are about to find out the tragic tale of Squirt Reynolds is more than just a legend.

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Thursday Aug 16, at 11:00pm

ONE CUT OF THE DEAD
Directed by Ueda Shinichiro
Japan | 96 min | 2018
Japanese with English subtitles

EAST COAST PREMIERE. Winner of the Best Film Award at the Fantaspoa Film Festival, One Cut of the Dead is a marvelously inventive horror-comedy that breathes new life into the zombie genre and proves there’s somewhere the apocalypse movie hasn’t yet gone. It opens with an utterly awe-inspiring nearly 40-minute single take of cheerfully gory monster mayhem before hitting the reset button and turning into an irresistibly funny satire of low-budget genre filmmaking. Packed with witty nods to classic horror movies, One Cut of the Dead has such a warm and winning heart that it’s a surefire laugh riot, for genre nuts and film lovers.

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SHE CAME FROM THE WOODS (Directed by Carson Bloomquist & Erik C. Bloomquist): A campfire story comes to life for a group of counselors on the last day of summer at Camp Briarbrook.

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For more information and a complete list of films, please visit:

www.popcornfrights.com

TICKET SALES:

Festival Premiere Badges are on sale for a limited time for $99 per person and $169 for couples, and single screening tickets are available for $12. To purchase badges or tickets and view the Festival schedule, visit www.popcornfrights.com

LOCATION:


All films will screen at Savor Cinema (503 SE 6th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301).

MORE INFORMATION:

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