Popcorn Frights 2022: The Barn Part II

★★★★ Channeling the outrageous VHS era horror-inspired fun of 2016’s The Barn, this belated sequel (aptly titled The Barn Part II) delivers big on copious boobs and crowd-pleasing practical gore effects. Crowd-funded, low budget horror often feels like a passion project finally fully realized, and The Barn Part II is no exception. The baddies may … Continue reading Popcorn Frights 2022: The Barn Part II

Popcorn Frights 2022: The Loneliest Boy in the World

★★★★★ I have really enjoyed a number of films out of this year’s Popcorn Frights selection, but by far the biggest surprise for me was an absolutely delightful, quirky horror/comedy from writer Piers Ashworth (Blithe Spirit) and director Martin Owen. If there’s one movie of the festival selection that screams instant cult classic, The Loneliest … Continue reading Popcorn Frights 2022: The Loneliest Boy in the World

Popcorn Frights 2022: Follow Her

★★★★ Social media commentary in movies and television is practically at an overflow, making it all the more rare when a project is able to capture potent insight. Follow Her is just that type of film—singular in its approach on the topic, this horror/thriller tackles the seedy world of live streaming content. Two female creatives … Continue reading Popcorn Frights 2022: Follow Her

Popcorn Frights 2022: Living with Chucky

★★★★ Years worth of in-depth horror documentaries (including but not limited to Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th, Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy, Scream: The Inside Story, etc.) have set my expectations high for this genre of film. Especially when it comes to a long-running series, the fans deserve … Continue reading Popcorn Frights 2022: Living with Chucky

Popcorn Frights: The Third Saturday in October

★★★ One half of a note-perfect double feature playing at 2022’s Popcorn Frights Film Festival, The Third Saturday in October actually serves as a prequel to The Third Saturday in October Part V! Here it is—the long lost “original” movie, said to be a cheap Halloween knock-off, has finally arrived! An opening crawl recalls the … Continue reading Popcorn Frights: The Third Saturday in October

Popcorn Frights: The Third Saturday in October Part V

★★★★ Emulating the best in an endless chain of 80s and 90s horror sequels, The Third Saturday in October Part V is a bloody fun micro-budget indie slasher. Written, directed, produced, and edited by visionary Jay Burleson, the film is very neatly presented as a long-lost movie that would fit in nicely amongst cheesy classics … Continue reading Popcorn Frights: The Third Saturday in October Part V

Popcorn Frights 2021: Howling Village

★★★ Where would J-horror be without director Takashi Shimizu? The Japanese filmmaker birthed a franchise with his Ju-On: The Grudge films, shortly after Ringu exploded onto the scene. He mainly focuses on foreign film, but Shimizu has also dipped his toes into American cinema with 2006’s The Grudge 2 and Flight 7500. His newest film, … Continue reading Popcorn Frights 2021: Howling Village

Popcorn Frights 2021: Superhost

★★★★★ Oh look, there’s a new entry in the ever-growing ‘crazy bitch’ subgenre of horror! Joining personal favorites including Poison Ivy, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, and The Devil in the Flesh, Superhost goes full 90s mode, and allows Gracie Gillam ample space to play a psychotic, overly enthusiastic host to two lovebird bloggers. … Continue reading Popcorn Frights 2021: Superhost