Monday, July 27, 2009

Popcorn (1991)

Popcorn is a film that is so 80s that it was made in the 90s. It walks a fine line between being a stupid cheesefest and being an awesome, campy throwback to cinema greats like William Castle. A group of film students attempt to raise money for their class by hosting a horror marathon with gimmicky films that use Aroma-rama, Shock-o-Vision, etc. Little do they know that a phantom fiend is hiding in the audience, using their gags to slay the audience and exact his horrible revenge! This is a true fan film, perfectly capturing the fun and excitement of the movie-going experience through its many nods to the genre, a goofy plot, and excellent make-up FX. While the acting, writing, and pretty tame deaths are all weaker points, it isnt a film to be taken seriously, and the audience is easily able to overlook its downfalls since it is entertaining from start to finish. The faux films within the film are perfectly executed phonies that are indistinguishable from true 50s classics, which is a feat that adds credibility to the filmmaker's abilities. Grab a group of friends, a bucket of popcorn, some Sour Patch Kids, and just sit back and enjoy this one for what it is. They just dont make films like this anymore!

Rating: 7/10.
Entertainment: 8/10.
Gore: 5/10.



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2 comments:

  1. You hit the nail on the head. It is not to be taken seriously but entertaining nonetheless. I should re-visit this one. Been a long time.

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  2. true classic. I looooooove this movie. LOVE, I tell you!!

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