Festival Line-Up Features Over 70 Film Premieres
From 16 Countries During 9 Nights of Terror
In its fifth year, Popcorn Frights will premiere 73 films (including 10 world premieres), embracing 16 countries, and bringing together established filmmakers and emerging new voices to its annual celebration of all thing’s horror from August 8-16. The Southeast United States largest gathering of genre films and fans will take place at the historic Savor Cinema in Fort Lauderdale.
Here are the terrific films that will be showing August 12th and 13th…
Monday, Aug 12 at 7:30pm
Southeast U.S. Premiere
THE GIRL ON THE THIRD FLOOR (U.S.)
Directed by: Travis Stevens
Get ready for a skin crawling wickedly weird, and utterly warped haunted-house opus that practically oozes with the unsettling vision of The Haunting of Hill House reimagined by David Cronenberg! WWE legend CM Punk stars as an expectant father dead set on renovating his newly purchased rundown Victorian mansion, a project that could see him not only giving in to old temptations but uncovering the darkest secrets of the house itself. Featuring a distinctive score by Big Black founder Steve Albini, THE GIRL ON THE THIRD FLOOR is a tale of sinister unease and straight-faced madness that will have your blood pumping, curdling your stomach, pulling your fingertips to your agape mouth and maybe up over your wide eyes. Its visceral frights are a divine thrill!
Preceded by the short film: GO BACK (Directed by Matthew & Nathaniel Barber): In the fall of 1978, a distraught commuter travels down a haunted country road only to discover that its inhabitants have other plans. East Coast Premiere!
Monday, Aug 12 at 9:30pm
Southeast U.S. Premiere
Directed by: Larry Fessenden
Heralded genre-bender Larry Fessenden returns with his brilliant reimagining of the Frankenstein myth (shot on the 200th anniversary of the novel’s publication) in which a PTSD-riddled field surgeon deep in the heart of Brooklyn decides to reconstruct an unsuspecting man out of spare body parts. A film of beauty, both creatively and performed, DEPRAVED is anything but what the title suggests. This is an incredibly thoughtful, original horror parable with a strong sense of morality and unwavering compassion that is rare these days and which truly presents a special moment in the lineage of a beloved movie monster, as Fessenden may have crafted the best take on Frankenstein since Mary Shelley herself.
Preceded by the short film: CATERPILLARPLASTY (Directed by David Barlow-Krelina): Fusing elements of Kafka and Kubrick, this is a prescient, grotesque sci-fi satire that lifts plastic surgery to another level. South Florida Premiere!
Tuesday, Aug 13 at 7:30pm
North American Premiere
QUEEN OF SPADES (RUSSIA)
Directed by: Aleksandr Domogarov
In this Guillermo del Toro inspired gothic frightener, something ominous haunts the darkened hallways of a boarding school with a particularly troubling past. The sinister ghost of the Queen of Spades is out for blood, her victims the students of an old boarding school shrouded in gloomy rumors. Exploring the school’s abandoned wing, the teenagers discover a mirror covered in mysterious drawings. Facing it, they playfully recite an incantation which renders their innermost desires a reality — at the expense of nothing less than their souls. As tingly and creepy a ghost story as you could wish for, QUEEN OF SPADES: THE LOOKING GLASS will linger with you long after the shivers have stopped.
Preceded by the short film: WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT (Directed by Jonas Trukanas): A bullied boy has a dark secret of what happens when he is hurt by others. The lights go out and the monster appears. North American Premiere!
Tuesday, Aug 13 at 9:30pm
North American Premiere
THE SONATA (France-UK-Latvia
Directed by: Andrew Desmond
This fantastically feverish chamber piece starring Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner) presents an enthralling, truly exhilarating and gloriously realized work of gothic horror that will keep you guessing until the almost unbelievable ending. After being informed of the sudden death of her long lost composer father, a young virtuoso violinist inherits an old mansion in which he used to live. There, she discovers her father’s final work: a mysterious music score marked with strange symbols. With the help of her agent and manager, she deciphers the symbols and, little by little, starts to unravel secrets about her father’s past, triggering dark forces that reach beyond her imagination.
Preceded by the short film: MANNEQUINS (Directed by David Malcolm): Four friends visit the abandoned Carpenter Hill Hospital but none of them can know the true darkness that waits for them, a force they find themselves inexplicably drawn toward. Florida Premiere!
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All films will screen at Savor Cinema (503 SE 6th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301).
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