Popcorn Frights Film Festival: Opening Night Films

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 the opening night 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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Friday Aug 10, at 9:00pm

ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE
Directed by John McPhail
UK-USA | 92 min | 2018

FEATURING THE ATTENDANCE OF DIRECTOR JOHN MCPHAIL AND A LIVE IMMERSIVE PERFORMANCE BY INFINITE ABYSS PRODUCTIONS!

EAST COAST PREMIERE. In this bloody genre-mashing holiday horror musical — yep, musical — that’s a cross between Glee and Shaun of the Dead, a zombie apocalypse threatens a sleepy town at Christmas forcing Anna and her high school friends to fight, sing, and slash their way to survival with a fast-spreading undead horde in relentless pursuit. Teaming up with her best friend, Anna and her crew fight their way through zombified snowmen, a ravenous bachelor party, and high school hormones to try and save family and faculty alike. Boasting a killer soundtrack, sparkling spirit, and gruesome gore, Anna and the Apocalypse is pure genre joy for the ages.

Preceded by the short film:

COYOTE (Directed by Lorenz Wunderle): A coyote loses his family to a vicious attack by wolves. Tormented by fear, anger and grief, he sees a chance to avenge their deaths…

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Friday Aug 10, at 11:00pm

PUPPET MASTER: THE LITTLEST REICH
Directed by Sonny Laguna & Tommy Wiklund
USA-UK | 84 min | 2018

FEATURING THE ATTENDANCE OF LEGENDARY COMPOSER FABIO FRIZZI (ZOMBI, CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD)

FLORIDA PREMIERE. During a roadtrip to a convention for the 30th Anniversary of the infamous Toulon Murders, a comic book nerd, his new girlfriend and his best friend come face to face with a set of sadistic Nazi puppets. All hell breaks loose when a strange force animates the puppets at the convention, setting them on a bloody killing spree that’s motivated by an evil as old as time. A reimagining of the Charles Band classic, this gloriously gory horror comedy written by S. Craig Zahler (Popcorn Frights 2015 film Bone Tomahawk) and starring Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator, Popcorn Frights 2016 film Beyond the Gates), Udo Kier (Suspiria), Michael Pare (Eddie and the Cruisers), Nelson Franklin (TV’s “Veep”), Thomas Lennon (TV’s “Reno 911!”), and Charlene Yi (This Is 40) pays homage to the Full Moon features of the late 80s, early 90s.

Preceded by the short film:

THIRD WHEEL (Directed by Daniel DelPurgatorio): Susan has more than just skeletons in her closet.

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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).

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