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 fantastic films that will be showing August 14th, 15th and 16th…
Wednesday, Aug 14 at 7:30pm
East Coast Premiere
PARADISE HILLS (SPAIN)
Directed by: Alice Waddington
Barbarella meets The Handmaid’s Tale in this lavish and dazzling dystopic nightmare starring Emma Roberts (American Horror Story), Awkwafina (Crazy Rich Asians), Milla Jovovich (Resident Evil), and Eiza González (Baby Driver). When a young girl wakes up alone on a strange island called Paradise, she instantly suspects it’s anything but. Helmed by the Duchess, Paradise Hills is a center for emotional healing that at its core serves as a reformatory-style boarding school for privileged young women. Yet behind the rose-covered pathways and fairy-tale decor, there is something more sinister at work. Written by Spanish-born Alice Waddington (Popcorn Frights 2015 Disco Inferno), Nacho Vigalando (Time Crimes), and Brian Deeleuw (Popcorn Frights 2019 Daniel Isn’t Real), PARADISE HILLS is a spectacular cautionary fable anchored in a profound understanding of the darkest corners of human nature.
Preceded by the film HOW TO BE ALONE (Directed by Kate Trefry): Part psychological thriller, part horror comedy, Stranger Things writer Kate Trefry’s totally clever film features It Follows star Maika Monroe as a woman whose deepest fears seem to manifest physically when her husband (Joe Keery) leaves for the night shift. Florida Premiere!
Wednesday, Aug 14 at 9:30pm
Southeast U.S. Premiere
KNIVES AND SKIN (U.S.)
Directed by: Jennifer Reeder
Surreal forces lurk behind the fluorescent facade of an unassuming town in the richly weird, hyper-stylized, and dream-like teenage nightmare KNIVES AND SKIN that mixes Lynchian thrills with gleeful musicals. Sophomore year of high-school is upended when Carolyn Harper suddenly vanishes after being abandoned at the lake by her jock boyfriend. In the wake of her mysterious disappearance, a dark abyss widens and a wave of anxiety and mistrust permeates through the small town, the high-school halls, and beyond. Neon-drenched cinematography, moody synthesizers, and acapella covers of 1980s New Wave hits by the likes of New Order, Cyndi Lauper and The Go-Go’s sets the ominous tone of this gothic teen noir that evokes the surreal dreamscape of Twin Peaks, the mean-girl existential malaise of Heathers, and John Hughes’ angst voice of teendom. Featuring a brooding electronic score by the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s guitarist Nick Zinner, whose noir-ish Angelo Badalamenti undertones adds to this film’s already boldly rich, strange, and original flavor.
Preceded by the film DEEP TISSUE (Directed by Meredith Alloway): Two strangers meet under mysterious means and discover they share a mutual fetish. Southeast US Premiere!
Thursday, Aug 15 at 7:30pm
South Florida Premiere
IN FABRIC (UK)
Directed by: Peter Strickland
This haunting phantasmagoria from Peter Strickland (The Duke of Burgundy) is a beguiling ghost story worthy of the witching hour. Obliquely split between two distinct tales in a dreamy divide reminiscent of David Lynch’s Lost Highway, this exquisitely warped tale follows the life of a cursed scarlet dress as it passes from person to person, fatally afflicting anyone who comes into contact with it at an eerie department store. IN FABRIC’s gauzy giallo allure weaves a surreal spell of ravishing colors and sumptuous fetishism, blending stylish horror, dark comedy, and erotic romanticism into a full-tilt descent into a kind of madness that isn’t bothered to explain any of the very weird shit that occurs. Say yes to this killer dress!
Preceded by the film FIVE COURSE MEAL (Directed by James Cadden): A loving couple agree to take part in a mysterious experiment for money. Things get exceptionally messy. Florida Premiere!
Thursday, Aug 15 at 9:30pm
THE GRAVEDIGGER (U.S.)
Featuring the attendance of director Erynn Dalton, stars from the film, and cast & crew!
Set in the late 1700s, in one of Bavaria’s forgotten cemeteries, a lone gravedigger discovers a hideously scarred man hiding in a fresh grave. What the gravedigger doesn’t know is that the man is none other than the monster created by a mad doctor. What the scarred man doesn’t know is the gravedigger’s hand in his creation. And what neither men know is that they are hunted by their shared past.
Preceded by the short film: TERROR ROAD (Directed by Brian Shephard): On a dark, eerie night, a young woman makes a wrong turn through a long stretch of deserted woods. But as the night goes on, she’ll soon learn you’re never truly alone on Terror Road. Florida Premiere!
Friday, Aug 16 at 10:00pm
Featuring the attendance of director Brad Michael Elmore, actor James Paxton, and producer Joshua Petersen!
FEATURING THE ATTENDANCE OF DIRECTOR BRAD MICHAEL ELMORE, ACTOR JAMES PAXTON, AND PRODUCER JOSHUA PETERSEN!
With a supercharged soundtrack of scuzzy riot grrrl and dreamy synth-pop, director Brad Michael Elmore’s (Popcorn Frights 2018 Boogeyman Pop) BIT is a gleeful mash-up of The Lost Boys and Ginger Snaps, with enough spurting arteries, crunching bones, and wicked wit to keep you laughing through the screams. What’s worse than being a disenchanted 18-year-old? Try being a disenchanted 18-year-old forever! While on a summer trip to LA, Laurel (Nicole Maines, Supergirl), a transgender teenage girl hungering for a relaxing getaway in the shimmery City of Angels, has barely settled in before she butts heads with a quartet of punk vampires. Led by the glamorous, silver-tongued, bubble gum-popping Duke (Diana Hopper, Goliath), the bloodsucking clique takes Laurel under their bat wings, furthering their hellbent mission of ridding the streets of predatory men. What begins as a burgeoning romance soon devolves into a series of threats and shifting alliances, even before a band of flamethrower-wielding vampire hunters crashes the party.
Preceded by the film TOE (Directed by Neal O’Bryan & Chad Thurman):A starving boy eats a toe he finds sticking out of the ground. Later that night, something ghastly comes to his bedroom wanting it back. East Coast Premiere!
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All films will screen at Savor Cinema (503 SE 6th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301).
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