Celebrated as the largest genre film event in the Southeast U.S. and one of “The World’s 50 Best Genre Festivals” by MovieMaker Magazine; Popcorn Frights has unveiled their first wave of programming for the festival taking place next month, from August 12-19, 2021.
Popcorn Frights will be one of the first film festivals in South Florida to take place in-theater since the start of the pandemic. Organizers will design a safe and accessible festival experience. Fans and filmmakers alike will safely come together again to celebrate and discover the best genre films from around the world.
Popcorn Frights opens with the Florida Premiere of Searchlight Pictures’ hotly anticipated supernatural thriller The Night House, a new nightmare from The Ritual director David Bruckner, starring Rebecca Hall (Godzilla vs. Kong).
Five feature-film World Premieres will headline Popcorn Frights. The headliners include the wickedly twisted chamber piece Superhost starring Gracie Gillam and Barbara Crampton, the psycho slasher Pretty Boy, the riotously cathartic revenger Take Back the Night, and the gritty, atmospheric thriller Ditched.
The festival celebrates Florida horror with a dedicated program spotlighting the cream of Florida’s homegrown crop.
This special showcase includes the World Premiere of The Welder, a gnarly thriller shot entirely in the Florida Everglades. Also playing is Mickey Keating’s new southern gothic horror story Offseason, a ghoulish, tense and utterly fantastical tale set in a Florida beach town and starring The House of the Devil‘s Jocelin Donahu.
The Homegrown: 100% Pure Fresh Squeezed Florida Horror short film competition will take place at the festival as well, featuring World Premieres of American Cryptid, American Diablo, It Comes From Outside, and What Can Be Broken Shall Be Broken. There will also be the regional premieres of Demonica, Tech Savvy, and Too Far.
Other program highlights include the Southeast US Premieres of the nihilistically unhinged We Need to Do Something starring Pat Healy, Vinessa Shaw, and Sierra McCormick, Jim Cummings’ brutal dark comedy The Beta Test, and the premiere of the hallucinatory animated thriller Cryptozoo.
Nothing says spooky quite like Friday the 13th! For the first time, Popcorn Frights falls on this glorious day. To celebrate, a special 35th Anniversary Presentation of Friday the 13th Part VI – Jason Lives and several exciting surprises and giveaways will take place on Friday, August 13th.
Popcorn Frights will complement its in-theater festival with an online virtual component for those unable to travel to the festival in South Florida.
Popcorn Nights’ virtual program will offer an entirely separate and unique lineup that will be available to stream throughout the United States. More details are to come in the next few weeks in Popcorn Frights’ second wave announcement.
Access to the in-theater experience will be available through individual tickets or an all-access badge, which will provide an all-inclusive experience for films and special events hosted at the Silverspot Cinema Coconut Creek, Popcorn Frights official host venue this year. To order an In-Theater All-Access Badge, click here.
Separate virtual passes are also available and will provide access to every film streaming in the festival’s virtual program. To order a Virtual All-Access Pass, click here.
A portion of all proceeds from the festival will go to benefit those impacted by the building collapse in Surfside, FL.
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