Directors: Mark Herrier, Alan Ormsby
Stars: Jill Schoelen, Tom Villard, Dee Wallace, Kelly Jo Minter, Ray Walston, Tony Roberts
A group of film students plan an all-night horror film festival in order to raise funds for their cinema club. They decide to show a number of horror films from the 1950's that rely on gimmicks such as 3-D, "Odorama", and electrical "buzzers" in seats. Unbeknownst to the group, a homicidal maniac is stalking the theater where the festival is being held. A filmmaker named Lanyard Gates, who murdered his family during a screening of his only film in the 1970's, supplies the decoy killer character, since young Maggie may or may not be his missing daughter.
This was nothing but a B movie when it came out. I was one of the ones that saw it. I really did like it though. It is a cheesy movie. This is just a good bad movie. The story is pretty good. It would have been something that I would have loved to been a part in school. Horror film festivals are great when there is a murder on the loose. That just makes it better. The cast is seasoned horror actors. Some of these people have been in the sequels to some great movies. The make-up work for the movie was not that bad. You have to think about how much money they had to work with, so they did the best that they could. It still worked.
This movie is an homage to William Castle. He was the great gimmick king of the movie industry. He was a genius on how to get teenagers into the theaters to see his movies. This movie took his ideas and created a horror movie out of it.
This is a good bad movie that will be great to watch on a cool fall night all alone or with someone that is easy to scare. If you have not seen this movie, then you may need to watch it. Finding a copy to watch may not be that easy, but give it a try. Enjoy.
Popcorn (1991) Trailer