Special Edition, DTS-HD MA 7.1 Surround
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(Oct 03, 2017)
DTS-HD MA 7.1 Surround
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What could be scarier than an all-night "Horrorthon"? A group of film students finds out when they stage just such an event at an abandoned movie palace. In addition to the three features MOSQUITO, THE ATTACK OF THE AMAZING ELECTRIFIED MAN and THE STENCH, they decide to screen a bizarre short called THE POSSESSOR, whose creator, Lanyard Gates, killed his family and set the theater on fire after its first showing. Maggie (Jill Schoelen, THE STEPFATHER) has been having frightening dreams that seem to be connected to THE POSSESSOR, and as the festival proceeds, the nightmare comes true for her and her friends as they are stalked and slain by a mysterious killer. Has Gates survived to continue THE POSSESSOR's deadly legacy?
A loving homage to 50s/ 60s B-movies (the trio of flicks shown at the Horrorthon all have accompanying William Castle-style gimmicks), POPCORN is also an insanely fun horror/comedy in its own right. Pseudonymously written by Alan Ormsby (CAT PEOPLE, DEATHDREAM), who directed the films-within-the-film, it celebrates the joys of old-fashioned creature features and 80s-style stalk-and-slay, with a great cast additionally including Dee Wallace (THE HOWLING), Tony Roberts (AMITYVILLE 3-D), Ray Walston (THE STAND), Malcolm Danare (CHRISTINE) and Kelly Jo Minter (A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 5). Pop some popcorn of your own and settle in to watch this new high-definition transfer, which comes with a box full of bonus features!
- All-New 2K Scan of an Archival 35mm Interpositive
- All-New Blu-ray 7.1 Surround Sound Mix Supervised by Synapse Films (Original 2.0 Stereo Mix Included)
- Audio Commentary with Director Mark Herrier, Stars Jill Schoelen, Malcolm Danare, and Special Makeup Effects Artist Mat Falls
- Midnight Madness: The Making of "Popcorn" featuring interviews with Director Mark Herrier, Stars Jill Schoelen, Derek Rydall, Dee Wallace, Malcolm Danare, Ivette Soler, and Elliott Hurst, Special Makeup Effects Artist Mat Falls, Composer Paul Zaza, and Distributor Executive Jonathan Wolf (55 minutes)
- Electric Memories An Interview with Actor Bruce Glover
- Original Theatrical Trailer, Television Trailer and TV Spots
- Still Gallery
- English Subtitles for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
- Blu-ray Reversible Cover Art by Chris MacGibbon
- All Region Encoded/Playable Worldwide!
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I'd definitely recommend checking out Popcorn, and feel its a fun early 1990s slasher flick. And like I said the movies with the movie are such a fun time, and I would have loved to have been an audience member in that theater.
The Synapse Blu Ray looks and sounds fantastic. They do such a good job with each Blu Ray release, I almost always blind buy their releases. The special features included in this Blu Ray include the Theatrical trailer, TV Spots and Galleries, an interview with Actor Bruce Glover, and the great new documentary: Midnight Madness: The Making of "Popcorn" (57 minutes). This documentary was an interesting look at the numerous issues that came up during the production of the film, and gives some insight into the relationships the actors had with each other. This special feature is definitely worth checking out.
Shot entirely in Jamaica (which explains the otherwise inexplicable reggae band jam session mid-film), Popcorn burned through its original star Amy O'Neill and director Alan Ormsby after a few weeks of filming. When production kicked back into gear the only elements remaining from Ormsby's work were the campy recreations of classic horror and sci-fi films playing on screen during an all-night-horrorthon staged by the film's characters. The rest of Popcorn is a lively but predictable slasher flick in which a devil-worshipping ex-filmmaker returns from the grave to re-stage the final scene from his notorious coup de grace.
Jill Schoelen, the cute as a button star of The Stepfather and Robert Englund's underappreciated Phantom of the Opera, takes over the lead role of Maggie, as aspiring filmmaker herself using her recent spate of bad dreams as fodder for a screenplay. But when her mom (Dee Wallace) begins to act strange upon hearing the details, Maggie begins to suspect her visions about human sacrifice might actually be memories instead.
In a case of particularly bad timing, Maggie's class decides to put on a fundraiser for the fledgling film class. The horror movie marathon consists of three corny movies, all taking advantage of gimmicks from the William Castle playbook, including a giant flying mosquito, electric shock devices hidden under the seats and a big finale involving "Odorama." But the show is interrupted backstage by the appearance of a deranged killer who elaborately knocks-off the students, saving Maggie for his own special finale in front of a live audience.
The first half-hour or so plays like Porky's meets Nightmare on Elm Street, which actually makes sense after you watch the extras on Synapse Film's new special edition Blu-ray. But it's painful to sit through, with an atonal PG-13 vibe and plot points shooting in distractingly random directions. But once the horrorthon kicks in, the movies-within-the-movie provide a brilliant distraction for the scattershot problems inherent in the main plot. Each segment is a loving tribute to its particular genre, whether it's giant bugs or scientific experiments gone wrong; only the final feature, a Toho-inspired nature run amok flick called "The Stench," gets shortened into an inconsequential afterthought.
And, actually, the success of these spoofs buoys the main plot, injecting a ticking clock factor into the murder set pieces and providing the killer the more tools for the trade. The cast is a likable and familiar bunch, with a number of veteran actors from other horror franchises including the aforementioned Dee Wallace along with Kelly Jo Minter from Nightmare on Elm Street 5 and The People Under the Stairs. But it's Tom Villard, a reliable source of '80s TV comic relief until his untimely death in 1994, who gets the choice role, acting underneath layers of latex involved in the film's signature make-up effects. Popcorn's enthusiasm for the genre overcomes the weaknesses of its script. And like any good horror movie, it's probably better enjoyed with a crowd.
Synapse's previous steelbook release finally makes it way onto standalone Blu-ray, carrying over its own marathon of extras. The big draw is Midnight Madness: The Making of Popcorn, a warts-and-all documentary that addresses pretty much everything fans want to know in 60-minutes. But for more detail there's a case and crew commentary track, interview with actor Bruce Glover, trailers, TV spots and a still gallery.