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:
Suzanne (as Dee Wallace-Stone)
Derek Rydall ...
Elliott Hurst ...
Ivette Soler ...
Freddie Simpson ...
Tina (as Freddie Marie Simpson)
Joy (as Karen Witter)
Dr. Mnesyne
Mr. Davis
Scott Thompson ...
Bearded Guy
Will Knickerbocker ...
Landlord / Warden
Ethan Ormsby ...
Two Headed Guy


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The Possessor. Fifteen years ago, he murdered his family on stage and burned down the theater. Tonight... he's back for an encore! See more »


Comedy | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

1 February 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Phantom of the Cinema  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$4,205,000 (USA)

Company Credits

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Sound Mix:



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


After three weeks of shooting, Amy O'Neill was replaced by Jill Schoelen. Schoelen has said that she did not have much interaction with the cast since many of the scenes had already been filmed with O'Neill and in most cases just needed to make quick re-shoots with Schoelen. See more »


Just before Suzanne tries to talk Maggie out of going to the horrorthon, she walks over from the porch doors, which are shut. But near the end of this scene, when Suzanne walks over to answer the phone, one of the porch doors is now open. See more »


Leon: I look like a fucking sno-cone!
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References Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) See more »


Performed by Yvonne Murray
Written by Paul Zaza (as Paul J. Zaza) and Yvonne Murray
Published by Movie Partners Inc.
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At least 10 times better than it looks
2 January 2005 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

This may look very much like a redundant and unpleasant horror comedy about the umpteenth serial killer wasting a group of film students but, if you give it a chance, you'll be pleasantly surprised. The premise is quite creative, the film pays homage to legendary titles and directors and – believe it or not – there even is tension to detect in the script. Jill Schoelen (The Stepfather, Phantom of the Opera) is the ambitious student Maggie who wants to turn her always-returning nightmares into a screenplay. When she's preparing a horror marathon event with some fellow students, she stumbles upon footage that proves her nightmares are real and that she might even be a completely different person. During the movie shows at the remote theater, an actual murderer shows up and goes after Maggie. Granted, Popcorn is an 80's slasher in disguise but at least it tries to be ingenious on several levels. The invented titles that are shown during the "horrorthon" also have potential if you ask me! Who wouldn't pay money to see flicks called "The Amazing Electrified Man"," Mosquito" or "The Stench"? I sure would… As said before, some sequences are quite suspenseful (like the eerie "possessor" film) and the murders aren't too gross. I had some prejudices as well before watching it but I'm glad to admit I was wrong. Too bad the last twenty minutes (and the climax in particular) are a bit of a letdown. Logic wasn't Popcorn biggest trump to begin with but, near the end, director Mark Harrier completely loses his grip on the messy screenplay. Also, the humor most of the time is painfully unfunny (for example on of the male leads constantly bumps his head or falls down) and irritating. Best aspects truly are the light-headed atmosphere, creative plot-twists and very good costumes and scenery. Surely this underrated gem beats the overload of 80's and 90's no-brain horror productions. Check it out!

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