POPCORN FRIGHTS 2021 Announces Their Second Wave of Sickening Cinema

The Popcorn Frights Film Festival has announced their second wave of programming — check out the list of terrifying new films!

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Popcorn Frights is thrilled to unveil the second wave of programming for its virtual festival experience available nationwide. Running parallel to its in-theater program (August 12-15) and through the duration of the Festival (August 12-19), 

One of the most exciting highlights in the feature film program include the US Premiere of Takashi Shimizu’s (creator of the Ju-on series and The Grudge) new nightmare Howling Village, the recent DREAD acquisition!

Check out this terrifying list of Second Wave features:

The Accursed — Popcorn Frights World Premiere

United States | Dir. Elizabeta Vidovic & Kathryn Michelle
Inspired by Eastern European folklore, this shocking thriller stars Yancy Butler (Kick-Ass, Hard Target) as a matriarch who spends twenty years suppressing a maleficent curse that was placed upon her bloodline, only to have a family member knowingly release it forcing her to kill or to be killed.

AppsNorth American Premiere

Chile-Argentina | Dirs. Sandra Arriagada, Camilo León, Lucio Rojas, José Zúñiga, Samot Marquez
An anthology of four short but terrifying tales of the macabre told with great style and pulpy, grisly thrills.

Blood Conscious — Florida Premiere

United States | Dir. Timothy Covell
This shocking tale reflecting racial and social tensions of our time centers on vacationers who turn the tables on an unhinged killer who claims to be fighting demonic forces.

Dashcam — Popcorn Frights World Premiere

United States | Dir. Christian Nilsson
This stunning psychological thriller follows a video editor at a local news channel who is inadvertently sent secret dashcam video evidence that points to a possible conspiracy and government coverup.

Dawn Breaks Behind the Eyes — Popcorn Frights World Premiere

Germany | Dir. Kevin Kopacka
Equally mesmerizing and erotic, this Euro-horror-inspired tale centers on a couple who spend eternity in a castle until their reality starts to shift and unimaginable horrors ensue, deteriorating their fading sanity.

The ExNorth American Premiere

Russia | Dir. Evgeniy Puzyrevskiy
The screws are tightened in this wickedly entertaining, juicy supernatural-thriller about the vengeful spirit of an ex-girlfriend who makes life hell for the man who scorned her.

The History of Metal and Horror — Popcorn Frights World Premiere

United States | Dir. Mike Schiff
Filled with countless clips and entertaining moments, THE HISTORY OF METAL AND HORROR is a nostalgia trip of some of the most iconic horror films through the perspective of visionary artists in both the metal and horror worlds, including John Carpenter, Tom Savini, Gunnar Hansen, and Sid Haig, as well as musicians such as Kirk Hammett, Rob Zombie, Dave Mustaine, Alice Cooper, and many more.

House at the End of the Forest Florida Premiere

Sweden | Dir. Jonathan Katzeff
In this boundary-pushing frightening tale, a traumatized woman who was previously a victim of a brutal attack by a stranger, is stalked by a killer in her summer cabin.

Howling Village US Premiere

Japan | Dir. Takashi Shimizu
Best known as the creator of the Japanese Ju-on series and The Grudge franchise, Takashi Shimizu returns with this new nightmare about a village at the end of a forgotten tunnel from which no one has ever returned alive.

Related Article: Trailer: DREAD Now Unveils HOWLING VILLAGE from the Creator Of THE GRUDGE!

It Came from Below — Popcorn Frights World Premiere

United Kingdom | Dir. Dan Allen
In this riveting, claustrophobic nail-biter, a caving expedition goes horribly wrong as the explorers become trapped and ultimately discover that they are not the only dwellers of these ominous caverns. 

Keeping Company — East Coast Premiere

USA | Dir. Josh Wallace
This bloody, brutal, breakneck, black-hearted treat follows a fateful chain of events that begins to unravel after two brash insurance salesmen go knocking on the wrong door and find themselves trapped in a stranger’s basement, who is actually a cold-blooded serial killer.

Lair — East Coast Premiere

USA | Dir. Adam Ethan Crow
In this chilling story of terror, murder and unknown evil, a fractured family is forced to face their demons as they unwittingly become embroiled in a man’s attempt to prove the existence of the supernatural in order to overturn a friend’s murder conviction.

The Last Matinee Florida Premiere

Uruguay | Dir. Maximiliano Contenti
Set in Montevideo, Uruguay, this ultra-violent neo-Giallo slasher follows a serial killer who slashes up an audience one by one during the final showing of a horror film in a small downtown cinema.

Night at the Eagle Inn — Popcorn Frights World Premiere

USA | Dir. Erik Bloomquist
Fraternal twins embark on a pilgrimage to a remote inn to investigate the last known whereabouts of their father who mysteriously disappeared the night they were born — their exploration leading to shocking revelations as the property’s dark secrets ensnare them in a hellish labyrinth they must escape before dawn.

Stoker HillsNorth American Premiere

USA | Dir. Benjamin Louis
Three students filming a horror movie stumble upon something much worse, and their only hope for survival is two detectives who find the camera that was left behind.

Tin CanUS Premiere

Canada | Dir. Seth A. Smith
As the world faces a deadly plague, a frontlines parasitologist is imprisoned in a life-suspension chamber. To escape she must destroy the last of her kind.

Val — Popcorn Frights World Premiere

USA | Dir. Aaron Fradkin
A criminal on the run breaks into the home of a high-class escort, only to discover that you get more than you bargain for with Val – short for “Valefar” – a demon who offers to make all his problems disappear if he agrees to follow her rules.

Also Read: Here’s Your “First Look” at DREAD’s New Upcoming Horror-Comedy VAL

The Wild Man — Popcorn Frights World Premiere

USA |  Dir. Ryan Justice
In this Florida moc-doc, a young student journalist and her friends travel to a small town in Central Florida to collect documentary footage about the Skunk Ape (aka The Wild Man or Bigfoot), a legendary local monster who they believe is behind the disappearance of many young women.

Woodlands Dark and Days BewitchedEast Coast Premiere

USA | Dir. Kier-La Janisse
Filled with thoughtful commentary, lush visuals, and a myriad of perspectives, this landmark film is the first feature-length documentary on the history of folk horror and a resplendent treasure for horror lovers.

The Yellow WallpaperEast Coast Premiere

USA-Ireland |Dir. Kevin Pontuti
This dark, visually rich, and disturbing contemporary adaptation of the well-known and controversial gothic feminist horror story is a chilling and boldly original vision of a woman suffering from hysteria. 


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Popcorn Frights Film Festival presents the best of contemporary genre cinema from across the world as it celebrates the art of horror. The seven-day festival is Southeast U.S.’ largest genre film festival and prides itself on premiering films from emerging and established filmmakers, enabling the industry and general audiences to experience the power of storytelling through genre film. For all further details visit www.popcornfrights.com

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