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Popcorn Frights Film Festival 2017 @ O CINEMA Wynwood

Horror fans, rejoice! POPCORN FRIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL, Florida’s largest horror/genre film festival, kicks-off August 11th–17th at O Cinema Wynwood, premiering award-winning feature films and short films from around the world! It’s time for rampage. It’s time for chaos. It’s time for gory fun. It’s time for Popcorn Frights!


TRAGEDY GIRLS – Fri, Aug 11th @ 7:00pm

FLORIDA PREMIERE! A fresh, funny, and bloody send-up of slasher satires that’s cut from the same vein as Scream and Clueless.

In the horror-comedy Tragedy Girls, Brianna Hildebrand (Deadpool) and Alexandra Shipp (X-Men: Apocalypse) play two social media-obsessed best friends named who will stop at nothing to build their online following. The self-titled “Tragedy Girls” kidnap an unambitious local serial killer and force him to mentor them into modern horror legends by committing murders to blow up on the internet. As the bodies fall, the girls become national news and panic in their small town hits a fever pitch. With the local sheriff closing in, and their relationship on the rocks, the girls must rethink their plan before they find themselves the latest victims of their own killing spree. Starring Craig Robinson (Pineapple Express), Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games), and Kevin Durand (The Strain).

Presented with the short film:

GREAT CHOICE – A woman gets stuck in a Red Lobster commercial. Florida Premiere!


Jackals – Fri, Aug 11th @ 9:30pm

Jackals is terrifying, full stop.

A potent ’80s-set psychological thriller that centers on an estranged family who hire a cult de-programmer (Stephen Dorff) to get back their teenage son from a murderous cult, only to find themselves under siege when the cultists surround their cabin, demanding the boy back. A vicious battle unfolds, testing loyalties and unleashing a bloodbath in which there are few survivors.

Producer Tommy Alastra will be in attendance to introduce the film and participate in a Q&A!

Presented with the short film:

THE THIN PLACE – A mother and daughter are haunted by a terrifying presence in this supernatural suspenser. Florida Premiere!

Terrifier – Fri, Aug 11th @ 11:30pm

It’s Halloween night and Art the Clown, the cold-blooded killer who also stalked the omnibus All Hallow’s Eve, is not wearing a creepy costume just for show.

He’s as evil as he looks – seriously, the scariest clown to ever hit movie screens – and, after an evening of partying, two young women unluckily enter his sights. A gruesome game of cat and mouse ensues as the women run for their lives becoming the maniac’s latest target. Lean and oh so mean, Terrifier is as gritty and jarringly depraved as the best slashers oozing gore in the 80’s.

Presented with the short film:

DIE! SITTER! DIE! – A young girl takes a job looking after an infant for the night. Little does she know her night is about to get more horrifying than she could have ever imagined. Florida Premiere!

Homegrown: 100% Pure Fresh Squeezed Florida Horror – Sat, Aug 12th @ 5:00pm

Popcorn Frights is proud to launch its inaugural HOMEGROWN: 100% PURE FRESH SQUEEZED FLORIDA HORROR sidebar that is dedicated to renewing and reinvigorating the audience’s engagement with Miami’s local filmmakers and Florida’s homegrown talent.

This platform is designed to be a springboard for new filmmakers from Florida and a space that helps forge a new direction for Miami’s genre scene by further cultivating and nurturing its growing film community.

Filmmakers Jon Rhoads, Luis Mendez, Brett Potter, plus other guests will be in attendance!

Game of Death – Sat, Aug 12th @ 7:00pm

A gruesome, head-splitting gore flick that takes the horror genre to fabulously blood-soaked extremes.

Kill or be killed is the golden rule of the Game of Death, which sucks for a pack of hard-partying teens who decide to play the retro game one sunny day. They quickly and shockingly realize that if they don’t murder their friends and neighbors, their heads will literally explode. What follows is a high-energy, blood-splattered killing spree that’s one part Battle Royale, one part Jumanji, and a dash of Natural Born Killers in the savagely fun Game of the Death!

Presented with the short film:

BORN AGAIN – When a group of bumbling Satanists has their summoning ceremony go terribly right, they’re left to face the decidedly holy shit consequences. Florida Premiere!

Mayhem – Sat, Aug 12th @ 9:00pm

What happens when people lose all their inhibitions?

This blood-soaked gonzo thriller offers a glimpse as a frightening viral outbreak that leaves the infected temporarily unable to control their impulses breaks out at a law office. A disgruntled lawyer and a shafted homeowner fight to confront the top executives who wronged them and get some bloody justice. Starring a hammer-wielding Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead), Mayhem is a pedal to the metal savage genre-bender that presents a cheerfully ferocious middle finger salute to corporate culture.

Director Joe Lynch will be in attendance to introduce the film and participate in a Q&A!

Presented with the short film:

FIERCE – A young corporate executive is kidnapped from his apartment and wakes up in the middle of a forest only to be stalked by a mysterious hunter. North American Premiere!

Another Wolfcop – Sat, Aug 12th @ 11:30pm

Sequels are a disease. Meet the cure.

Alcoholic werewolf cop Lou Garou springs into action when an eccentric businessman with evil intentions seduces his town’s residents with a new brewery in this outrageous horror-comedy sequel. Did we mention there’s an alien invasion, a massacre in a strip joint called Club Phuque, and a deadly hockey game? Need we say more!?

Presented with the short film:

OVERTIME – No one likes working late on a Friday night…especially if it’s a full moon and you happen to be a werewolf. Florida Premiere!

Dave Made A Maze – Sun, Aug 13th @ 5:00pm

A wildly inventive Kaufmanesque horror rom-com that’s brought to life with puppetry, stop-motion animation, and in-camera optical illusions.

Dave, an artist who has yet to complete anything significant in his career, builds a fort in his living room out of pure frustration, only to wind up trapped by the fantastical pitfalls, booby traps, and critters of his own creation. Ignoring his warnings, Dave’s girlfriend leads a band of oddball explorers on a rescue mission. Once inside, they find themselves trapped in an ever-changing supernatural world and pursued by a bloodthirsty Minotaur that’s killing them one by one.

Presented with the short film:

NIGHTMARE – Put on a headset and step inside a frighteningly immersive environment, where all is not as it seems. Florida Premiere!

The Endless – Sun, Aug 13th @ 7:00pm

A mind-bending delight from the directors of Spring, The Endless follows two brothers who return to the death cult from which they fled a decade ago and discover that there might be some truth to the group’s otherworldly beliefs.

It’s a freaky supernatural horror hybrid that serves up extraordinarily bizarre scenes involving cults, time travel, and some sort of ambiguous Lovecraftian monster that will keep you guessing and on the edge of your seat till the end credits.

Presented with the short film:

CURVE – Clinging to a smooth, curved surface high above an abyss, a girl tries to cover the few feet back to safety without falling to her death. South Florida Premiere!

Better Watch Out – Sun, Aug 13th @ 9:30pm

Home Alone meets Michael Haneke’s Funny Games in this sadistic horror comedy genre bender that will leave you squealing with glee from start to finish.

Just when you thought it was safe to leave your doors unlocked and your windows unbarred, a film like Better Watch Out comes along and completely makes you rethink the home invasion narrative. On a quiet suburban street tucked within a ‘safe neighborhood’, a babysitter (played by The Visit star Olivia DeJonge) must defend a twelve-year-old boy from strangers breaking into the house, only to discover that this is far from a normal home invasion. Better Watch Out is a twisted and twisty mash-up of dark delights as filtered through the lens of an ’80s teen comedy.

Writer Zack Kahn will be in attendance to introduce the film!

Presented with the short film:

A KNOCK ON THE DOOR – Moments after a bloodcurdling scream disrupts a normally peaceful neighborhood, a frantic knocking at one resident’s door triggers events that unknowingly alter his fate forever. Florida Premiere!

68 Kill – Sun, Aug 13th @ 11:30pm

Fans of Natural Born Killers and Wild At Heart will want to pull out a moon pie and some friend chicken, pop open a Coors Lite, and enjoy this breakneck non-PC pulp noir.

This southern-fried caper focuses on infatuated nice guy Chip and his crazy girlfriend, Liza, whose relationship takes a sharp turn into homicide when they try to rob Liza’s sugar daddy – only to end up with two corpses, a hostage, and $68,000 in stolen cash. Matthew Gray Gubler (Criminal Minds) and AnnaLynne McCord (90210) incinerate the screen in this crazy thrill-ride that in a breathless blow goes from raw-luck tall tale to a bloodbath comedy. Winner of SXSW 2017 Midnighters Audience Award.

Presented with the short film:

FUCKING BUNNIES – Raimo’s comfortable, middle-class bubble is burst when a Satan-worshipping sex cult moves in next door. Florida Premiere!

Lake Bodom – Mon, Aug 14th @ 7:00pm

A smart, slick, savage slasher in the gushing vein of Scream and Cabin in the Woods, Lake Bodom riffs on a notorious real-life Finnish murder still unsolved almost six decades later.

Every camper’s worst nightmare came true at Lake Bodom in 1960 when four teenagers were stabbed to death while sleeping in their tent. The unsolved mystery turned into an urban legend, a creepy campfire story passed from generation to generation. Now, a group of teenagers arrives at the same campsite, hoping to solve the murder by reconstructing it minute by minute. As night falls, turns out not all of them are there to play. Tonight…it’s girls against boys. Let the killing games begin!

Presented with the short film:

COUPLES NIGHT – A couple’s night goes off the rails when one couple reveals they’re blood sacrificing devil worshippers. And then things get weird… Florida Premiere!

Super Dark Times – Mon, Aug 14th @ 9:00pm

An incinerating and strangely dream-like teenage nightmare with shades of everything from Donnie Darko, Stand By Me, and Stranger Things.

Set in the leafy American suburbs of the early 1990s – a time before the internet, cellphones, and social media – a group of best friends live in the mundane world of bike rides, after school snacks, and video games. But in an instant, everything changes. An innocent lark in the park takes an abrupt and violent turn when an accident results in a gruesome death. With vivid imagination and surreal imagery, we see the darkening of innocence and adolescence as a once simple world turns into a twilight zone of nightmares and brutality.

Presented with the short film:

NECK AND NECK – Inspired by Shakespeare’s Othello, this animated short presents a dark surreal take on the relationship between the deceived Othello, the innocent Desdemona, and the mendacious Iago. Florida Premiere!

Happy Hunting – Mon, Aug 14th @ 11:00pm

A gory thrill ride that falls midway between Deliverance and Surviving the Game.

An alcoholic degenerate drifter becomes stranded in a one-horse town deep in the American desert. It turns out that the town’s psychotic rednecks celebrate a gory pastime rounding up drifters and hunting them for sport. It all leads to a blood-soaked, live-or-die showdown that’s one of the meanest, most nihilistic pieces of American genre cinema.

Presented with the short film:

2AM – A man awakens in an unusual asylum when supernatural events begin to unfold right in front of OUR eyes. Florida Premiere!

Sequence Break – Tue, Aug 15th @ 7:00pm

Videodrome meets Altered States in this horror romance that masterfully melds retro ‘80s horror and Lovecraftian doom.

A loner video arcade technician (Chase Williams) experiences bizarre bio-mechanical mutations and Cronenbergian hallucinations when a mysterious new arcade game appears in his shop. Reality itself threatens to fracture as he works to solve its mystery and the new chaos that has entered his life. Starring Chase Williamson (SiREN, John Dies at the End) and Fabianne Therese (Southbound, Starry Eyes).

Director Graham Skipper will be in attendance to introduce the film and participate in a Q&A!

Presented with the short film:

LEVEL – Trapped inside a never-ending nightmare, a cat and mouse game plays out between a man and a hellish beast lurking in the shadows. World Premiere!

Psychopaths – Tue, Aug 15th @ 9:30pm

Fusing influences ranging from Brian De Palma to Gaspar Noé, Psychopaths unfolds like a fever dream.

When an unidentified madman is sent to the electric chair, it triggers a sort of Mischief Night for a group of serial killers out in an entire city. An escaped mental patient, a beautiful seductress, a strangler who preys on unsuspecting women, and an enigmatic masked contract killer run amok in Mickey Keating’s new slasherfest.

Director Mickey Keating will be in attendance to introduce the film and participate in a Q&A!

Presented with the short film:

HELL FOLLOWS – Betrayed by his clan and murdered for his past evil deeds, a sadistic killer’s soul possesses his identical twin’s body and sets out onto the road of vengeance for one final crusade of extermination. Everywhere he goes…HELL FOLLOWS. Florida Premiere!

It Stains The Sands Red – Wed, Aug 16th @ 7:00pm

Think you’ve seen it all when it comes to zombies? Wait ’till you watch this gruesome zombie love story that will tear your guts out.

In the throes of a zombie apocalypse, a troubled woman from Las Vegas with a dark past finds herself stranded in the desert with a lone and ravenous zombie on her tail. At first, she’s easily able to outpace the threatening yet slow-moving creature, but things quickly become a nightmare when she realizes the zombie doesn’t need to ever stop for rest. Smart, sharp, savage and unexpectedly moving, it’s the most original zombie movie since Shaun of the Dead!

Producer Brandon Christensen will be in attendance to introduce the film and participate in a Q&A!

Presented with the short film:

THE TICKLE MONSTER – A quiet night in takes an eerie turn for Elliot when Nat casually reveals her room is haunted by an unusual boogeyman.

Still/Born – Wed, Aug 16th @ 9:30pm

As everything from Rosemary’s Baby to The Babadook has taught us, motherhood isn’t just difficult — it’s downright terrifying.

When Mary loses one of her twins during childbirth, she feels an unparalleled disconnect. As she struggles with the loss of one child and spirals into madness, she begins to suspect a sinister force is after her surviving child that will stop at nothing to take it from her. Awarded Scariest Film at The Overlook Film Festival.

Director Brandon Christensen will be in attendance to introduce the film and participate in a Q&A!

Presented with the short film:

IMEDIUM – Luz has lost all hope of finding her missing daughter alive, so she decides to subscribe to an app that connects directly with dead people. North American Premiere!

Jungle – Wed, Aug 16th @ 11:30pm

Daniel Radcliffe joins Wolf Creek and Belko Experiment director Greg McLean in the Bolivian rainforest for a gloriously gruesome and tense survival thriller based on a real-life story.

Set in the early 1980s, a backpacker and two friends set off on what was supposed to be the adventure of a lifetime. But their dream trip soon turns into a wilderness nightmare from which not all of them will return. This is an altogether different kind of unimaginable terror, all the more potent for being true.

The Bride – Thu, Aug 17th @ 7:00pm

Imagine Get Out as directed by Guillermo Del Toro and you’ll get just a taste of this darkly gothic nightmare.

A young woman travels with her soon-to-be husband to his family home in the outskirts. She grows increasingly suspicious of his family and their creepy neighbors’ strange behavior and realizes the visit may have been a horrible mistake. In short time, sheer psychological terror overwhelms her as she starts witnessing terrifying visions as his family prepares her for a mysterious ritual ceremony.

Presented with the short film:

SAVOR – A man discovers the horrors of dining alone. Florida Premiere!



The Hatred – Thu, Aug 17th @ 9:00pm

From the producer of Halloween comes the terrifying new feature centering on four young women who travel to their college professor’s new country home for a weekend getaway, only to discover that the house has a malevolent past.


Featuring Andrew Divoff (Wes Craven’s Wishmaster), David Naughton (An American Werewolf in London), and Amanda Wyss (A Nightmare on Elm Street).

Director Michael G. Kehoe will be in attendance to introduce the film and participate in a Q&A!

Presented with the short film:

HUSH – A young college graduate babysits an 8-year-old girl during a terrible storm, only to realize their house is possessed by a malevolent entity.

Dead Shack – Thu, Aug 17th @ 11:30pm

Goonies meets Evil Dead and Dead Alive in this fresh horror comedy starring Lauren Holly (The Blackcoat’s Daughter, Dumb and Dumber).


What happens when three kids on a weekend getaway are holed up at a run-down cottage in the woods and must save their hard-partying parents from a shotgun-totting psycho who wants to feed them to her slavering zombie? They must arm themselves, toughen up, learn to work together, and bash in zombie skulls or else they’ll end up on their freak-of-a-neighbor’s next family dinner.

Presented with the short film:

THE CLEANSING HOUR – Two failed filmmakers have found success running a webcast that streams live exorcisms. However, every episode is an elaborately staged hoax, created to dupe their global audience. But, when their latest subject turns out to actually be demon-possessed, they are forced to reckon with their charade live in front of millions viewers.


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