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Popcorn (1991)

A murderer begins killing off teenagers at a horrorthon they have organized in an abandoned theater.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Maggie
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Suzanne (as Dee Wallace-Stone)
Derek Rydall ...
Mark
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Bud
Elliott Hurst ...
Leon
Ivette Soler ...
Joannie
Freddie Simpson ...
Tina (as Freddie Marie Simpson)
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Cheryl
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Joy (as Karen Witter)
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Dr. Mnesyne
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Mr. Davis
Scott Thompson ...
Bearded Guy
Will Knickerbocker ...
Landlord / Warden
Ethan Ormsby ...
Two Headed Guy

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A "Leatherface" type murderer who wears other people's faces, kills at an all-night horrorthon at an old theatre put on by a bunch of film students. Maggie, the lead character, believes it's really Lanyard Gates, a crazed film maker who killed his family live on stage, fifteen years ago. And now he's back to kill his daughter, Sara, who is believed to be really Maggie. Written by Jason Mechalek

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Rated R for strong violence, and some language | See all certifications »

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1 February 1991 (USA)  »

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Phantom of the Cinema  »

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$4,205,000 (USA)
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Trivia

While the film flopped in cinemas, it has since become a classic among horror fans, largely due to it's homage to William Castle, who is known for creating theater gags such as the ones depicted in Popcorn. See more »

Goofs

In the montage, where the group are getting Dreamland prepared for the Horrorthon, in one shot we see Bud fiddling with the electronic box (which is unplugged). As the camera pans backwards, you can see the shadow of a crew-members head wearing headphones, cast on the electronic box. See more »

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Bud: I look like a fucking snowcone!
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References Police Academy (1984) See more »

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SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES
Performed by Ossie D and Stevie G
Written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil
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An extra large helping of rather tasty, early 90s schlock.
2 October 2008 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

When a group of film students need to raise some cash, they organise a horror movie festival at a run-down theatre, offering fright-fans a selection of old monster movies—complete with their original promotional gimmicks! As a packed house enjoys a triple bill of hokey trash (fictional B-movies 'Mosquito', 'The Amazing Electrified Man' and 'The Stench'), a disfigured killer proceeds to use the movies' gimmicks to bump off the students, whilst wearing a variety of latex masks to deceive his victims.

Popcorn is exactly like its title suggests: a light-hearted, teen-centric, and not-to-be-taken-too-seriously popcorn movie. Although this means it is fairly light on the gore (and features absolutely no nudity), with its pretty nifty horror-film-themed script (that any fan of the genre should get a kick out of), some fine make-up effects, and a genuine sense of fun, this early 90s offering proves to be great escapism for its duration (plus, I'm a sucker for a gorgeous brunette in peril, so the film automatically scores points with me for starring the lovely Jill Schoelen as its helpless female in distress).

The screenplay, by talented genre scribe Alan Ormsby definitely shows that the man knows his stuff when it comes to schlock horror, with the three films-within-the-film taking plenty of good natured swipes at the clichés and conventions of the genre. The cast all give spirited performances, with Dee Wallace-Stone racking up another solid horror film credit, Tom Villard giving a particularly memorable performance as goofy film fan Toby, and the always impressive Ray Walston appearing in a short but welcome cameo.

Occasionally the film gets a little too daft for its own good (the running gag where the hero continually gets hurt soon becomes tiresome), and the ending seems to rattle on forever, but there's easily enough fun stuff in this one to make it worth checking out.

7.5 out of 10, rounded up to 8 for IMDb.


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