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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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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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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

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$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

Tom Villard told director Mark Herrier that he had AIDS two weeks into the production after Herrier took over as director. See more »

Goofs

When "Tina" ties up Bud in his wheelchair, she puts a belt around his body. The belt shifts/rotates around around his body between shots (you can tell by a patch on the belt, which moves around.) See more »

Quotes

Toby: Without memory, there can be no retribution.
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Connections

Spoofs The H-Man (1958) 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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At least 10 times better than it looks
2 January 2005 | by CoventrySee 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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