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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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Writers:

(story), (screenplay) (as Tod Hackett)
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Cast

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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Storyline

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

Taglines:

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 »

Genres:

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:

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Box Office

Gross:

$4,205,000 (USA)
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Company Credits

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Color:

(Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Director Alan Ormsby was replaced after three weeks of principal photography by Mark Herrier. See more »

Goofs

The theater is projecting feature length films but the projection booth contains only one projector that is using 2,000 foot reels. See more »

Quotes

Leon: I look like a fucking sno-cone!
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Connections

References Hysteria (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

POCOMANIA DAYS
Performed by Lloyd Lovindeer and Chalice
Pusblished by Love Stone Music
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Terror that goes beyond the screen
26 November 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It doesn't get much better than going to the movies. It's been one of man's favorite pass times for decades. There have even been films paying tribute to this experience, like Joe Dante's 'Matinee.' Two years earlier, a low budget Horror film similar to that one was released, but flopped. There are some signs of the troubles during production, but the end result is hardly a failure. Instead, it's a fun and occasionally scary romp that pays homage to cinema.

Pros: Dynamite concept. Well acted. Eerie score. Provides a few chuckles. Superb effects. Full of neat ideas. A few really chilling scenes. Quick paced.

Cons: Some of the characters are too underdeveloped. Concept not taken to full potential. Tone a tad uneven.

Final thoughts: It's a shame this film wasn't a bigger success. It's not perfect, but it is a small gem. You can tell the people in front of and behind the camera were into their jobs. Lovers of Horror and film in general should give it a shot.

My rating: 3.5/5


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