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Popcorn Frights Film Festival 2016

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August 12th - 18th!

O Cinema Wynwood

90 NW 29th Street, Miami (305) 571-9970

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Popcorn Frights Film Festival is Florida’s leading genre film festival presenting the best horror films from across the world. The second annual Festival occurs August 12-18, 2016 exclusively at O Cinema Wynwood.

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FEAR, INC. – Fri, Aug 12th @ 7pm

FLORIDA PREMIERE! Your worst fears realized…for a price!

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FEAR, INC. is a fiendishly twisted and deliriously fun love letter to genre movies that’s a mind-blowing horror-show cocktail of blood, guts, and screams. When a horror junkie and his friends sign up with a company that brings their customer’s greatest fears to life, they must quickly determine if its demented employees are there to scare them, or make them pawns in their own sick and deadly game. Like Wes Craven’s Scream, Fear, Inc. inspires outsized frights and dread even as it hilariously skewers and splatters horror movie clichés in funny, spirited ways. Featuring a special appearance by Abigail Breslin (Zombieland).

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PORTAL TO HELL – A crusty and recluse superintendent is thrown into the ultimate fight against evil when a couple of cultists open a portal to the ancient and mystical city of R’lyeh, awakening slumbering god. Starring Roddy “Rowdy” Piper (They Live) in one of his last onscreen performances. FLORIDA PREMIERE!

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THE BLACKCOAT’S DAUGHTER – Fri, Aug 12th @ 9pm

SOUTH FLORIDA PREMIERE! 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.

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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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THE POND – Breathtakingly beautiful and sharing an artistic vision with Guillermo Del Toro, The Pond is set in the early 1900s and follows a young girl who tries to unravel the mystery of the dark pond behind her family’s mansion. Florida Premiere!

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GHOST TEAM – Fri, Aug 12th @ 11pm

FLORIDA PREMIERE! An amateur ghost hunter and his crew investigate suspicious activity at an abandoned farm.

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Desperate to escape the monotony of his daily life, paranormal-obsessed Louis puts together a dysfunctional team — his depressed best friend, misfit nephew, a cable access “medium” and an overeager security guard—to mount his own investigation into the beyond. What results isn’t just a hilariously terrifying brush with the entities haunting an abandoned farm, but also an exploration of friendship, adventure and the things we all believe in to keep going. Everyone’s hunting for something. Starring Justin Long (Jeepers Creepers), Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite), David Krumholtz (Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle), and Amy Sedaris (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)!

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METUBE 2 – The biggest, boldest, and sexiest operatic flash mob the internet has ever witnessed! Florida Premiere!

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UNDER THE SHADOW – Sat, Aug 13th @ 7pm

FLORIDA PREMIERE! Those cracks in the ceiling are hiding a lot more than dry rot…

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In UNDER THE SHADOW, an astonishingly tense and atmospheric thriller set in a haunted Tehran apartment during the terrifying final days of the Iran-Iraq War. A grim allegory of female oppression, this brilliant feature debut grounds its premise in something ineluctably sinister: imagine a cross between The Babadook and The Conjuring and you’re halfway there. Set in 1988 Iran, a mother trapped in her apartment during the chaos of the war worries that malevolent spirits have taken possession of her daughter, leading to a bone-chilling horror tale of paranormal and real-life terrors.

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HADA – Tonight Hada comes to visit Daniel because his last baby tooth has fallen out. What Daniel doesn’t expect is that his worst enemy is the light. Florida Premiere!

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I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER – Sat, Aug 13th @ 9pm

FLORIDA PREMIERE! Just imagine if David Cronenberg slipped into a fever dream while binge-watching Dexter, Fargo, and Six Feet Under, in one go, and you’ll have just a shade of what I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER has on offer.

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A darkly heartfelt, astonishingly foreboding, and imaginatively sinister tale of a likable teenager (Max Records of Where the Wild Things Are), raised by a mortician family, whose own nascent sociopathic tendencies make him a perfect amateur sleuth when a serial killer strikes his folksy Midwestern town. Take it from us, the film is far, far more unique and fantastically bloody than the premise might imply, helped in no small part by an Oscar-worthy performance by Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future).

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THE BERCH – A bullied teenager, fearing for his life, turns to an ancient creature of the forest for protection…and revenge. Florida Premiere!

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ANTIBIRTH – Sat, Aug 13th @ 11pm

FLORIDA PREMIERE! What if the Dude from The Big Lebowski somehow ended up in David Cronenberg’s The Brood?

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Danny Perez’s nightmare fuel film strangely answers this long thought question by mixing one part horror homage and three parts anti-drug PSA with an offbeat kickass cast in a story that includes a monster pregnancy, alien abductions, covert operatives, and dynamite performances from Natasha Lyonne (Orange is the New Black) and Chloe Sevigny (American Psycho).

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PIGSKIN – When a high-school cheerleader accepts a date from the football team’s star quarterback, a grisly manifestation of her own bodily insecurities pushes her into a self-destructive nightmare. Florida Premiere!

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EVOLUTION – Sun, Aug 14th @ 7pm

FLORIDA PREMIERE! In this astonishingly beautiful and mesmerizing blend of body horror and surreal fantasy, a young boy living in a mysterious, isolated seaside clinic uncovers the sinister purposes of his keepers.

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Evocative, enthralling and unnerving in equal measure, Evolution is a provocative fairy tale that beckons you deeper and deeper into an unforgettable domain filled with stunning cinematic imagery and stylistic nods to David Lynch and David Cronenberg that will seduce and repulse in uncanny harmony.

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FUCKKKYOUUU – With the ability to travel in time, a lonely girl finds love and comfort by connecting with her past self. Eventually faced with rejection she struggles with her identity and gender, and as time folds onto itself only one of them can remain. Featuring original music by Flying Lotus. Florida Premiere!

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THE MIND’S EYE – Sun, Aug 14th @ 9pm

FLORIDA PREMIERE! For gorehounds who like the early films of David Cronenberg (spotlight Scanners) but secretly wish their themes and subtext didn’t get in the way of the exploding heads, Joe Begos’ THE MIND’S EYE presents a mainlined shot of hyper-violent-telekinetic-carnage that you won’t soon forget.

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Pitting telekinetic savants against a mad doctor keen on siphoning their power, this giddy ’80s throwback stages a psychic war zone complete with bulging cranium veins, exploding heads, and a visceral kick of brainiacs willing each other into mind-melting, bloody oblivion. Cronenberg, Carpenter, Romero can all be found in the cinematic impulses of this unrelenting scream fest.

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THE PUPPET MAN – A supernatural killer stalks a young woman and her friends in a seedy, neon-lit dive bar in this short film featuring horror legend John Carpenter. Florida Premiere!

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THE DEVIL’S DOLLS – Sun, Aug 14th @ 11pm

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE! In this supernatural horror thriller, a brutal serial killer is finally gunned down in the middle of carrying out one last heinous act of bloody murder.

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In the maniac’s possession is a box of Guatemalan talismans, which mistakenly end up being sold as charm jewelry in a thrift shop. Soon those who bought the ‘worry dolls’ begin to act strange and unleash a plague of mindless slaughter and carnage.

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BLIGHT – A young priest is sent to a remote island off the Irish coast to help protect an estranged fishing community from dark supernatural forces but nothing is as it seems. Florida Premiere!

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FRANCESCA – Mon, Aug 15th @ 7pm

FLORIDA PREMIERE! Fans of Dario Argento, Mario Bava, Lucio Fulci, and Goblin dare not miss Francesca, a visually stunning homage to the famed Italian Giallo genre that so faithfully and lovingly reproduces its seductive and perverse forms that it feels like it was literally plucked from the era!

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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.

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DISCO INFERNO – A black-clad vixen infiltrates a sumptuous mansion overrun with cultists in what begins as a rescue mission, and then deliriously descends into an eerie musical reverie, before finally arriving at a most unexpected conclusion. Florida Premiere!

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ABATTOIR – Mon, Aug 15th @ 9pm

EAST COAST PREMIERE! 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.

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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.

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THE MAIDEN – As a real estate agent goes about her business to close a sale on a dilapidated house, she begins to discover that the property is inhabited by an evil presence working against her. Florida Premiere!

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THE BARN – Tue, Aug 16th @ 7pm

Writer/Director Justin Seaman and actress Linnea Quigley (“The Barn”, “Return of the Living Dead”, “Night of the Demons”) will be in attendance. 
FLORIDA PREMIERE!
 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.

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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.

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GWILLIAM – A recently released criminal is looking for a good time. He can forget his sins but he can never forget…Gwilliam. South Florida Premiere!

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CARNAGE PARK – Tue, Aug 16th @ 9pm

FLORIDA PREMIERE! 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.

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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.

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DEATH METAL – A practical effects driven splatter comedy featuring a metalhead, his guitar and carnage. US Premiere!

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DAYLIGHT’S END – Wed, Aug 17th @ 7pm

Writer/Producer Chad Law (“Daylight’s End”, “Jarhead 3: The Siege”, “Close Range”) will be in attendance.
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 An action-packed post-apocalyptic vampire tale that is pure carnage and white-knuckled powered adrenaline!

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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).

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MAYDAY – A passenger subject to violent hallucinations must overcome the imminence of his death during a trans-Atlantic flight. North American Premiere!

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PET – Wed, Aug 17th @ 9pm

EAST COAST PREMIERE! You can’t escape the bonds of love in the shocking PET.

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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 Girl but 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.

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MANOMAN – When an office clerk attends primal scream class, he releases something from deep within that knows no limits. Florida Premiere!

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MAN VS. – Thu, Aug 18th @ 7pm

US PREMIERE! Man vs Wild vs Predator, need we say more?

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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.

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IRIS – What starts as a familiar tale of a criminal driving to the middle of the woods to bury a dead body, ends with a bloody twist of karmic justice thanks to his Siri-esque smartphone app. Florida Premiere!

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BEYOND THE GATES – Thu, Aug 18th @ 9pm

EAST COAST PREMIERE! 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.

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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!

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NIGHT STALKER – A horror love story with tunes by the band Fort Lean presents bite-sized bits for all of your sex, gore, and hilarity cravings. Florida Premiere!

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