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In this off-beat horror outing, a band of film students decide to scare up some cash by holding a film festival celebrating horror films from the '50s. Its all great fun until they discover that the projectionist is a homicidal maniac. Gory violence ensues as audience members begin dying in horrible ways.
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Critic Reviews for Popcorn
An ingenious and spoofy little shocker that with knowing affection pays tribute to irresistibly schlocky vintage exploitation pix.
Though it isn't even trying to scare you, this is a very nifty black-comic horror movie, one of the rare entries in the genre with some genuine wit and affection.
[Popcorn] is the best spoof of its kind since Alligator. It's especially funny when it allows the audience to see sequences from the movies-within-the-movie, each of which recalls some piece of cherished junk out of the 1950's or 60's.
It is the recreation of these old horror movies that provide Popcorn with its few inspired moments... Unhappily, the real movie proceeds in the interim.
Popcorn seems to be a case of too many ideas; the basic story could probably have made a very effective short.
While it's not campy or spoofy enough to be worth its salt, this campy, spoofy horror movie shows some ingenuity and generates an occasional controllable chuckle.
The plot becomes repetitive and tiresome, though the movies-within-the-movie (created by the filmmakers, rather than pulled from the film vaults) are funny.
The festival structure gives director Mark Herrier a chance to parody the delirious contrivances of '50s black and white horror to some effect, but the mock scenes are never as funny as the real thing.
It's just sad that it's not an iconic or even memorable slasher title in the sub-genre.
An underrated little horror gem. If you think you've seen all the scary movies and need a fix, give this one a try.
Audience Reviews for Popcorn
Pretty Cool Movie, Makes me want to go out and buy a movie theather. I would set it up same way as this film, would be fun. Anyway its a spoof / Comedy Horror Flix. Then man from My Favorite Martin is in this I beleive. Semi Good on the hacking up, Great Make up on Toby. Worth the Rent, Only Serious Collectors would add it to there shelf.More
Interesting concept of having a student horror film festival with different physical gimmicks - and a real madman coming on scene and killing off some kids.
I liked the backstory of the murders at the theatre, and how they relate to the main character. The twists were clever, but it could've been fine-tuned to greatness with better pacing and more realistic characters. There are plenty of juicy ideas, but they don't execute very well. I just can't put my finger on how this movie could be improved; perhaps more involvement with the characters was needed, and a better end battle.
Surprisingly impressed me, popcorn is about a bunch of film students wanted to raise money by hosting a horror movie marathon but a serial killer is on the loose and he wanted to recreate the massacre happened in the cinema many years ago. The acting was plain terrible, they could use some money for a better camera, but it has some nice moments in the film. Popcorn is a better than average horror film for the die hard horror fans.More
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