I'm going to start off by saying I love Popcorn, I beleive it to be one of, if not the most underrated ad under appreciated horror films ever made. The body count is low, the gore is minimal but it sure if a fantastic and fun way to spend 90min.
Popcorn is the story of Maggie Butler, a college film student. She keeps having recurring nightmares about a girl named Sara who burns in a fire trying to get away from a killer. After her dreams she records the details, as she plans on making a movie out of it.
Her schools film department is low on funds and desperately needs new equipment so the decide to rent out an old theater and do an all night horror movie marathon, complete with gimmicky films. Mosquito is a 3D film. The Attack of the Amazing Electrified Man was released with an accompanying "Shock-o-Scope" gimmick (electrical "buzzers" in seats), and The Stench is a Japanese film released in oderama, meaning the crew let's of smell bombs are parts of the film. They figure they can draw in a big audience to help them buy a new editing room.
However as thus is a horror film we learn that in the 60s another film was shown where the last scene was to be acted out live on stage at the theatre. That last scene was the director killing his family and burning the building with everyone inside. Sadley for our film students a new killer is stalking there marathon intent on finishing the former directors work.
With a movie within a movie gimmick in a horror setting you can't go wrong. The chemistry of the cast is so good it's almost shocking. The film, although clearly done on a modest budget makes the most of everything and everyone it has and delivers on of the best horror films of the 90s
Sadley if the film had been made in the 80s it no doubt would have been a money making hit, instead of a cult favorite. The slashers has just finished there Glory days in the cinema and home video horror still had another year or two to catch on. Surely everyone remembers the iconic VHS sleeve for Popcorn with the tagline "Buy a bag, go home in a box" but it never hit big like it deserved to.
There have been a few DVD issues out there, but they all suffered in quality and had zero special features. Luckily the fine folks at Synapse have released Popcorn on Blu-ray and loaded it with special features
All Region Encoded/Playable Worldwide!
All-New 2K Scan of an Archival 35mm Interpositive
All-New 5.1 Surround Mix for DVD (Original 2.0 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 mins)
Electric Memories – An Interview with Actor Bruce Glover
Original Theatrical Trailer, Television Trailer and TV Spots
English Subtitles for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
The beautiful transfer, in audio as well as visual captures everything. From the film itself to the 50's style gimmick films playing at the theatre.
If your a fan odds are you have already ordered your copy, if you haven't seen the gem of a movie head over and pick it up now.
Overall 4 out of 5 Stars.