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Popcorn (1991)

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

Directors:

Mark Herrier, Alan Ormsby (uncredited)

Writers:

Mitchell Smith (story), Alan Ormsby (screenplay) (as Tod Hackett)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jill Schoelen ... Maggie
Tom Villard ... Toby
Dee Wallace ... Suzanne (as Dee Wallace-Stone)
Derek Rydall ... Mark
Malcolm Danare ... Bud
Elliott Hurst ... Leon
Ivette Soler ... Joannie
Freddie Simpson ... Tina (as Freddie Marie Simpson)
Kelly Jo Minter ... Cheryl
Karen Lorre ... Joy (as Karen Witter)
Ray Walston ... Dr. Mnesyne
Tony Roberts ... Mr. Davis
Scott Thompson Scott Thompson ... Bearded Guy
Will Knickerbocker 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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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 »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 February 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Phantom of the Cinema See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,563,365, 3 February 1991

Gross USA:

$4,205,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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

When the letters fly off of the movie theater, and land around Suzanne, only a "Y" flies off in the first shot. When it goes back to the movie theater sign, a lot more letters are missing. In addition, the "P" from the word 'Plus' is missing in one shot, but in the next shot they do a close-up of the "P" flying off, even though it was previously missing. See more »

Quotes

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

References A Clockwork Orange (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

UP OVER YOU
Performed by Yvonne Murray
Written by Paul Zaza (as Paul J. Zaza) and Yvonne Murray
Published by Movie Partners Inc.
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A group of film students decide to show a film festival of horror movies. Everything seems fine until the students start dying.
4 April 2005 | by nursechrisrnSee all my reviews

This is one of my all time favorite movies. I own this movie on VHS and DVD and the DVD version is ten times better. I would highly recommend this movie for anyone who enjoys cheesy horror films. In my book this movie is an A+. If you enjoy this film, I recommend that you see Tobe Hoopers (Director of "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre") "The Funhouse". The acting in booth of these films is both entertaining and funny and parts of both of these movies are extremely creepy. I especially found "Popcorn" creepy because I was once a movie theater projectionist and we also showed an all-night film festival of horror movies a couple of years ago on Halloween. Anyone who has ever worked or been in a movie theater projection booth will know what I am talking about. Once again I highly recommend this movie!!


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