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Popcorn (1989)




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In this off-beat horror outing, a band of film students decide to scare up some cash by holding a film festival celebrating horror films from the '50s. Its all great fun until they discover that the projectionist is a homicidal maniac. Gory violence ensues as audience members begin dying in horrible ways.


Dee Wallace
as Suzanne
Tony Roberts
as Mr. Davis
Ray Walston
as Dr. Mnesyne
Scott Thompson
as Bearded Guy
Will Knickerbocker
as Landlord/'Electrified Man'
Ethan Ormsby
as Two-Headed Guy
Ben Stotes
as Hatchethead
Ken Ryan
as Radio Announcer
Mat Falls
as Lanyard Gates
Giana Hanly
as Sarah Gates
Barry Jenner
as Lieutenant Bradley
Suzanne Hunt
as Dr. Latimer
Ed Amatrudo
as Boy Friend
George O
as 1st Hood
Nico Bernuth
as 2nd Hood
Rohan Henry
as 3rd Hood
Maki Fame
as Lab Technician
Kimio Satoh
as Scientist
Fumito Naozaki
as 1st Miner
Adam Ormsby
as Student in Theater
April Harris
as Student in Theater
Mike Stephens
as Student in Theater
Lindenberg Von Von
as Student in Theater
Ray Garaza
as Student in Theater
Wayne Farnes
as Student in Theater
Guy Christopher
as Student in Theater
Scott Thomson
as Bearded Guy
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Critic Reviews for Popcorn

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (4)

An ingenious and spoofy little shocker that with knowing affection pays tribute to irresistibly schlocky vintage exploitation pix.

June 20, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Though it isn't even trying to scare you, this is a very nifty black-comic horror movie, one of the rare entries in the genre with some genuine wit and affection.

September 7, 2011 | Rating: B

[Popcorn] is the best spoof of its kind since Alligator. It's especially funny when it allows the audience to see sequences from the movies-within-the-movie, each of which recalls some piece of cherished junk out of the 1950's or 60's.

May 20, 2003 | Rating: 3.5/5

[Popcorn] has several good ideas that, unfortunately, go unrealized.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

The offbeat angle eventually gives way to standard slasher-film tropes. Fortunately, the movies-within-the-movie are imaginatively realized.

September 22, 2021 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

The film's metafiction and sense of intertextuality with other horror movies, as well as the genre itself, really sells the entire horrific deal.

May 1, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Popcorn

Wow, this is a bad movie. But really who comes into a horror movie expecting great thespian heights! Popcorn is full of bad acting and even worse bad story! But it does have Mr. Hand from Fast Times at Ridgemont High, oh and it had some really unintentional funny parts. The only problem that I have is, this storyline has been done before. A lot. A group of high school students band together to reopen a theater and have a Horror Movie Marathon on Halloween, the proceeds going to the High School of course. One dude though, has it out for one of the students and wreaks havoc over the entire theater. Oh did i mention that the Movie Marathon is all 50's schlock horror with gimmicks; Mosquito is in 3D (with a giant mosquito), The Electrified-Man is in Shock-o-Vision with buzzers on the seats, and The Stench is in Smell-0-Vision!!! But I heard that you have to be careful for Possessor its the one that will kill ya! I had fun watching this, of course I was a few beers in and could stand a movie this horrid. I would have to give Popcorn 4 out of 10. It tickled a few of my funny bones and really tried to scare me but just didn't deliver. Good try. The director was in Porky's (that's right the movie with a dick in a wall) S!D

Brandon Siddall
Brandon Siddall

Super Reviewer


The psychopath was brilliant.

vieras esine
vieras esine

Super Reviewer


Pretty Cool Movie, Makes me want to go out and buy a movie theather. I would set it up same way as this film, would be fun. Anyway its a spoof / Comedy Horror Flix. Then man from My Favorite Martin is in this I beleive. Semi Good on the hacking up, Great Make up on Toby. Worth the Rent, Only Serious Collectors would add it to there shelf.

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

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