POPCORN FRIGHTS RETURNS WITH A VENGEANCE!
Horror fans, rejoice! Popcorn Frights Film Festival, Florida’s largest and most respected genre film event, announces its First Wave of Programming for its third annual celebration of genre-twisting cinema, occurring August 11-17 at the O Cinema Wynwood!
The First Wave Program serves up a fearsome feast with the monstrous, the macabre, and the must-see. Stay tuned for the Second Wave Announcement in coming weeks! In the meantime, see the lineup below…
FINAL CUT US PREMIERE
Directed by Lowell Dean
Canada | 82 minutes | 2017
Sequels are a disease. Meet the cure. Alcoholic werewolf cop Lou Garou springs into action when an eccentric businessman with evil intentions seduces his town’s residents with a new brewery in this outrageous horror-comedy sequel. Did we mention there’s an alien invasion, a massacre in a strip joint called Club Phuque, and a deadly hockey game? Need we say more!?
BETTER WATCH OUT
Directed by Chris Peckover
US | 85 minutes | 2017
Home Alone meets Michael Haneke’s Funny Games in this sadistic horror comedy genre bender that will leave you squealing with glee from start to finish. On a quiet suburban street tucked within a ‘safe neighborhood’, a babysitter (played by The Visit star Olivia DeJonge) must defend a twelve-year-old boy from strangers breaking into the house, only to discover that this is far from a normal home invasion.
South Florida Premiere
DAVE MADE A MAZE
Directed by Bill Watterson
US | 80 minutes | 2017
A wildly inventive Kaufmanesque horror rom-com that’s brought to life with puppetry, stop-motion animation, and in-camera optical illusions. Driven by an inner need, frustrated artist Dave begins building a fort in his living room. But as he completes construction, Dave becomes trapped inside by the dangerous creatures he’s designed, forcing his girlfriend to mount a rescue mission. Once inside, they find themselves trapped in an ever-changing supernatural world and pursued by a bloodthirsty Minotaur that’s killing them one by one.
GAME OF DEATH
Directed by Sebastien Landry & Laurence Morais-Lagace
France-Canada-USA | 73 minutes | 2017 | Trailer
A gruesome, head-splitting gore flick that takes the horror genre to fabulously blood-soaked extremes. Kill or be killed is the golden rule of the Game of Death, which sucks for seven bored twenty-somethings who decide to play one sunny day. They quickly and gruesomely realize that if they don’t murder people, their heads will literally explode. Battle Royale meets Jumanji meets Natural Born Killers in the savagely fun Game of the Death!
IT STAINS THE SANDS RED
Directed by Colin Minihan
US | 92 minutes | 2017 | Trailer
The zombie apocalypse heats up in a gruesome zombie love story that will tear your guts out. A troubled woman from Las Vegas with a dark past finds herself stranded in the desert with a lone and ravenous zombie on her tail. At first, she’s easily able to outpace her undead pursuer, but things quickly become a nightmare when she realizes the zombie doesn’t need to ever stop for rest.
Directed by Joe Lynch
US | 86 minutes | 2017
What happens when people lose all their inhibitions? Starring Steven Yuen (The Walking Dead), this blood-soaked gonzo thriller offers a glimpse as a virus that erases impulse control breaks out at a law office, where a disgruntled employee and a dissatisfied client go looking for some justice.
Directed by Rodney Ascher
US | 2017
Featured as part of Popcorn Frights inaugural Homegrown: 100% Pure Fresh Squeezed Florida Horror. Acclaimed filmmaker Rodney Ascher (Room 237, The Nightmare) has created a singular hybrid of documentary and horror that explores how pop culture can scar you for life.
Directed by Mickey Keating
US | 85 minutes | 2017
Fusing influences ranging from Brian De Palma to Gaspar Noé, Psychopaths unfolds like a fever dream. When an unidentified madman is sent to the electric chair, it triggers a sort of Mischief Night for a group of serial killers out in an entire city. An escaped mental patient, a beautiful seductress, a strangler who preys on unsuspecting women, and an enigmatic masked contract killer run amok in Mickey Keating’s new slasherfest.
Directed by Brandon Christensen
US | 84 minutes | 2017
As everything from Rosemary’s Baby to The Babadook has taught us, motherhood isn’t just difficult — it’s downright terrifying. When Mary loses one of her twins during childbirth, she feels an unparalleled disconnect. As she struggles with the loss of one child and spirals into madness, she begins to suspect a sinister force is after her surviving child that will stop at nothing to take it from her. Awarded Scariest Film at The Overlook Film Festival
Directed by Tyler Macintyre
Canada-US | 96 minutes | 2017
A fresh, funny, and bloody send-up of slasher satires that’s cut from the same vein as Scream and Clueless. In the horror-comedy Tragedy Girls, Brianna Hildebrand (Deadpool) and Alexandra Shipp (X-Men: Apocalypse) play two social media-obsessed best friends who will stop at nothing to build their online following. But big ambitions require big plans, and the two think they’ve hit on a good one: force a serial killer to tutor them in his craft so they can become horror legends. Starring Craig Robinson (Pineapple Express), Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games), and Kevin Durand (The Strain).
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