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Popcorn (1991)

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

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(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 ...
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Bud
Elliott Hurst ...
Ivette Soler ...
Freddie Simpson ...
Tina (as Freddie Marie Simpson)
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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

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Buy a bag, go home in a box. 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  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,563,365, 3 February 1991

Gross USA:

$4,205,000
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(Eastmancolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When Mark says to Maggie "No disguise looks that real that close up," Maggie replies "Maybe," but her mouth clearly says something else. See more »

Quotes

Bud: I look like a fucking snowcone!
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Connections

References The Lady from Shanghai (1947) See more »

Soundtracks

SCARY SCARY MOVIES
Performed by Ossie D and Stevie G
Composed by Ossie D and Stevie G
Lyrics by Alan Ormsby (as Tod Hackett), Paul Zaza (as Paul J. Zaza) and Yvonne Murray
Published by Movie Partners Inc.
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Cheese with a capital Edam (and it knows it)
23 December 2016 | by See all my reviews

It's amazing how a horror film can still entertain without gore, scares, boobs or scares. This here is a fine pseudo parody with plenty of eighties cheese dolloped on top (montages, musical numbers etc).

Sarah has been having strange dreams. Not surprising really, as her mum is Dee Wallace Stone. For reasons I've forgotten, Sarah and her class set up a movie marathon at a local theatre, showing old gimmicky horror films. They also find an old reel of footage from some nutcase that went loopy years ago, whom Sarah thinks has come back to the movie theatre. Things then happen. Yes.

So let's get to what's good about this film, apart from the montage of them re-furbishing the theatre. It's wall to wall fun for starters. Not only do we have our regular plot, there's also three films they show in the theatres that come with their own gimmicks (and also done in a very deliberately cheesy way). The audience themselves are all done up in various horror film ways also, some of it quite inventive.

Not much in the way of seriousness either from the actual plot either, with most of the kills played for laughs. Nice way to start off you own movie marathon I think.


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