Popcorn Frights Film Festival, Florida’s leading international genre film festival, is revving its engines in anticipation for this year’s 2nd edition in Miami (August 12 through 18) where the landmark O Cinema Wynwood theater will play host to a whopping grand total of 16 features and 17 short film premieres.
For a festival just in its 2nd year, the lineup packs one hell of a punch.
Things will kick off in spine-tingling fashion with a devilish double-bill of Florida Premieres: The fiendishly self-aware shocker FEAR, INC. starring Lucas Neff and Caitlin Stasey, and Oz Perkin’s suffocatingly taut directorial debut THE BLACKCOAT’S DAUGHTER, starring Kiernan Shipka and Emma Roberts.
Other top tier titles include an SXSW fave, Billy O’Brien’s genre-bending shocker I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER, starring Max Records and Christopher Lloyd in a tour de force performance; Lucile Hadžihalilovic’ surreal body horror EVOLUTION; Dani Perez’ nightmare-fueled ANTIBIRTH featuring stellar turns from Natasha Lyonne and Chloe Sevigny; Babak Anvari’s atmospheric UNDER THE SHADOW, set in a haunted Tehran apartment during the terrifying final days of the Iran-Iraq War; and the East Coast Premiere of Darren Lynn Bousman’s highly-praised haunted house hair-raiser, ABATTOIR.
Popcorn Frights also relishes in showcasing the ever-burgeoning independent arena, this year bringing us such delights as Joe Begos’ Cronenbergian telekinetic bloodbath, THE MIND’S EYE, the East Coast Premieres of BEYOND THE GATES, starring everyone’s dream scream queen, Barbara Crampton; Carles Torrens’ mind-bender, PET, starring Dominic Monaghan and Ksenia Solo, the latter putting in the best performance I’ve witnessed thus far this year in a genre movie. And then we have the ever-unstoppable Mickey Keating with CARNAGE PARK, blending a crime caper and survival story into one demented thrill ride.
Rounding out this year’s features is the US Premiere of Adam Massey’s gripping found footage thriller MAN VS, the North American Premiere of Padraig Reynolds’ supernatural shocker THE DEVIL’S DOLL, William Kaufman’s post-apocalyptic vampire actioner DAYLIGHT’S END, Luciano Onetti’s sumptuous Giallo homage FRANCESCA, and Justin M. Seaman’s love letter to the VHS era, THE BARN.
Popcorn Frights also prides itself on showcasing raw and exciting filmmaking talent, with a total of 17 outstanding short films screening at this year’s event. Highlights include Simon Cartwright’s absolutely brilliant and completely bonkers rod puppet piece, MANOMAN, Jacqueline Castel’s retro riot, THE PUPPET MAN, featuring music and a cabbie cameo from none other than the legend that is John Carpenter, and Vivieno Caldinelli and Matt Watts’ PORTAL TO HELL!!!, starring Roddy Piper in his final performance before he sadly passed away last year.
Festival Premiere Badges are on sale for a limited time for $120 per person and $180 for couples, and single screening tickets are available for $12. To purchase badges or tickets and view the complete schedule, be sure to head on over to www.popcornfrights.com
We’ll be bringing you plenty more coverage of Popcorn Frights Film Festival in August, but for now, we’ll leave you with a taste of what’s in store with Michael Chaves’ THE MAIDEN, just one of the many shorts you can catch at the fest this year.