If you like cheese in your horror then look no further, Popcorn is the film for you. An entertaining early 90’s flick that captures all that was great about slasher movies and manages to poke fun at itself while paying tribute to the classics.
A young film student and her peers setup an all-night horror film festival at an abandoned theater. Queue the scary music. They plan on showing old horror films that used gimmicks to get their audiences in the door. You know, classics like The Stench presented in Smell-O-Vision and The Amazing Electrified Man that shocks the audience….to death.
While setting up the theater the film students happen across an old reel of film for a movie titled The Possessor. This film is evil and happens to coincide exactly with the wild dreams that the main character has been experiencing. Something is rotten in Denmark.
A psycho killer connected to the evil film joins the fun and decides reek some havoc during the overnight Horrorfest.
And there you have it. Seems fairly simple but it’s actually much better than the usual slasher drivel. The added layers of the film festival and the main character’s dreams turn the film into a mash up of some of the 80’s best genre work.
The death scenes are amusing at times – especially the giant mosquito bits. Overall though, there isn’t a lot of gore and what is there is relatively tame for the kind of film it pretends to be. Almost like the filmmakers said, “I don’t want to make it too gory. I still want to be able to show this to my Grandma someday.”
All-in-all Popcorn is a fun flick with a great name and an imaginative concept. Why this film isn’t more popular in cult circles is beyond me – an underrated little gem.
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