Popcorn Frights Film Festival

 You’ve got just four more days to experience the best in new horror and genre filmmaking at Popcorn Frights Film Festival. Grab your tickets for the weekday lineup of films at OCinema in Wynwood, which include an in-person appearance by actress Linea Quiggley and an encore screening of The Blackcoats Daughter to close out the fest on Thursday night.
Mon, Aug 15th @ 7pm
Fans of Dario Argento, Mario Bava, Lucio Fulci, and Goblindare not miss Francesca, a visually stunning homage to the famed Italian Giallo genre- it feels like it was literally plucked from the era!  A dazzling combination of menacing Grand Guignol atmosphere, brilliant cinematography, gory violence, lush décor, and pounding soundtrack, Francesca tells the tale of a psychopath who uses Dante’s “Divine Comedy” as a clever reference to rid the city of impure souls through a series of gruesome murders. This audacious film synthesizes all the familiar Giallo motifs (psycho killers, blood violence, convoluted plot twists, pulse-pounding music) into an almost perfect symphony of fear that’s unlikely to ever be repeated on screen.
Mon, Aug 15th @ 9pm
Seven meets Dark City meets Hellraiser in Darren Lynn Bousman’s (Saw II) startlingly unsettling new horror film that centers on a mysterious house that’s been constructed wholly from rooms where deaths have occurred.
An investigative reporter with the style and confidence of a young Lauren Bacall is the first to stumble upon these series of gruesome murders as she is helplessly led into the belly of this hellish and haunted beast.
Tues, Aug 16th @ 7pm
Almost certainly destined for cult classic status,
The Barn is a perfect retro throwback to classic 80s VHS horror flicks like The Monster Squad, Halloween III: Season of the Witch, and Full Moon’s empire of direct to video features.
It’s Halloween 1989, and best friends Sam and Josh are trying to enjoy what’s left of their final Devil’s Night before graduating high school. But the two pals and a group of their friends get more trick than treat when they take a detour on their way to a rock concert, finding an old abandoned barn and awakening a trio of Halloween demons inside. Now it’s up to Sam and Josh to find a way to protect their friends and defeat the flesh-hungry creatures that lurk within The Barn. Featuring Ari Lehman, the first Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th.
Actress Linnea Quigley will be in attendance
Tues, Aug 16th @ 9pm
A treat for lovers of the bloody grindhouse cinema of the ’70s, this harrowing psycho-thriller stars Pat Healy (Cheap Thrills) as an unhinged sniper who terrorizes a bank-robbing duo and their beautiful hostage after they stumble into his desert killing fields.  Thrust into a wicked game of cat and mouse with a highly trained and mentally imbalanced killer, they begin a harrowing fight for survival. Mickey Keating’s (Darling) latest descent into insanity has him braiding crime caper and survival story into one demented thrill ride that features a soon-to-be iconic damsel in distress turned “don’t fuck with me” badass traversing the horrors of Carnage Park.
Wed, Aug 17th @ 7pm
An action-packed post-apocalyptic vampire tale that is pure carnage and white-knuckled powered adrenaline!
After a mysterious infection transforms people into blood-thirsty creatures, a drifter bent on vengeance comes across a band of survivors desperate to escape the city. The ammo is in stock, the adrenaline is high, and time is of the essence, because in this world, things go more than bump in the night! Starring Johnny Strong (The Fast and the Furious) and the legendary Lance Henriksen (Aliens, The Terminator).
Wed, Aug 17th @ 9pm
You can’t escape the bonds of love in the shocking PET.
Starring Dominic Monaghan (The Lord of the Rings, Lost) and Ksenia Solo (Black Swan), this audaciously twisted story centers on an introverted loner who imprisons a woman he’s obsessed with, only to find the tables turned on him. Like the dark and daring Hard Candy and Gone Girlbut with more trashy fun, Pet will have you both squirming in your seat and teetering on the edge, but you won’t want to look away.
Thur, Aug 18th @ 7pm
Man vs Wild vs Predator, need we say more?
In this gripping found-footage horror thriller, a star of a survival television show is forced to fend for himself in the remote woods for a routine episode, until he’s awoken by an earth-shaking crash that unleashes a series of weird and eerie events ultimately forcing him to come face to face with his deepest fears and the otherworldly.
Thurs, Aug 18th @ 9pm
A throwback flick in the spirit of horror faves such as Phantasm, The Beyond, and Poltergeist, this endearing instant-classic is filled with unique, personal, witty, and utterly terrifying imagery as it pays loving tribute to the VHS format, video stores, and board games of the 80s era.  Co-written by Stephen Scarlata (Jodorowsky’s Dune) and starring the First Lady of Fright Films, Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator, We Are Still Here), BEYOND THE GATES centers on two estranged brothers who unearth an old VCR board game that acts as an inter-dimensional hub to a nightmare world where their Father’s soul is trapped and can only be saved by playing the game!
Thurs, Aug 18th @ 11pm
In this atmospheric, brutal, and darkly beautiful film, two young students at a prestigious prep school for girls are assailed by an evil, invisible power when they are stranded at the school over winter break.  Easily one of the most unforgettable horror films you’ll see all year,The Blackcoat’s Daughter is frightening with razor-sharp tension and a suffocating, intense atmosphere which grips from the first frame and doesn’t let go. Starring Kiernan Shipka (Mad Men), Emma Roberts (American Horror Story, Scream Queens) and featuring original music composed by the legendary Elvis Perkins.

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