Popcorn Frights Second Wave Virtual Program Announced

Popcorn Frights Announces Second Wave of Programming for Virtual Festival

Virtual festival program is available nationwide with highlights including eight feature film World Premieres, Popcorn Frights’ first-ever Virtual Reality experience, Sneak Preview of Alex Proyas’ new short film set in the DARK CITY universe, and a record-setting 68 film premieres

The Seventh Annual Popcorn Frights Film Festival will be a hybrid experience offering both in-theater and virtual film offerings from August 12-19, 2021

Popcorn Frights, the Southeast U.S.’ largest genre film event, is thrilled to unveil the second wave of programming for its virtual festival experience available nationwide. Running parallel to its in-theater program (August 12-15) and through the duration of the Festival (August 12-19), Popcorn Frights’ virtual experience is headlined by seven feature film World Premieres, including the frightening thrill ride THE ACCURSED, the chilling paranoid thriller DASHCAM co-starring Larry Fessenden, the Euro-horror inspired genre treat DAWN BREAKS BEHIND THE EYES, the claustrophobic nail-biter IT CAME FROM BELOW, the horror mystery NIGHT AT THE EAGLE INN, the devilish dark comedy VAL, and the made in Florida horror moc-doc THE WILD MAN.

Documentary feature films premiering at Popcorn Frights include the World Premiere of THE HISTORY OF METAL AND HORROR, a nostalgia trip of some of the most iconic horror films told through candid conversations with John Carpenter, Tom Savini, Kirk Hammett, and Rob Zombie, among many others; as well as the East Coast Premiere of WOODLANDS DARK AND DAYS BEWITCHED, the first feature-length documentary on the history of folk horror.

Popcorn Frights is also presenting the North American Premieres of the Spanish horror anthology APPS, the juicy supernatural-thriller THE EX, and the brutal shocker STOKER HILLS co-starring Tony Todd and directed by Florida native Benjamin Louis.

Other highlights in the feature film program include the US Premieres of Takashi Shimizu’s (creator of the Ju-on series and The Grudge) new nightmare HOWLING VILLAGE and the timely yet thoroughly unpredictable sci-fi-cum-survival-thriller TIN CAN, the East Coast Premieres of the morbid dark comedy KEEPING COMPANY, the gleefully creepy LAIR, and the boldly original THE YELLOW WALLPAPER; as well as the Florida Premieres of BLOOD CONSCIOUS, HOUSE AT THE END OF THE FOREST, and THE LAST MATINEE.

Complimenting Popcorn Frights’ feature film program is its first-ever Virtual Reality experience created in partnership with the O Cinema, an independent non-profit based in Miami. Hosted on AltSpaceVR, the Virtual Reality environment features live events and an exclusive selection of short films premiering in this one-of-a-kind digital experience. Visitors have the opportunity to fully explore the VR world, walk the red carpet and even fly through the space before entering each designated portal to view the short films. The AltSpaceVR platform is free to all audiences and available through Quest or STEAM headsets or on PCs.

Headlining Popcorn Frights’ short film program, which features 37 short film premieres, is a special sneak preview of Alex Proyas’ new film, MASK OF THE EVIL APPARITION, a story set in his Dark City universe. Accompanying the virtual presentation is an extended Q&A with the legendary filmmaker moderated by filmmaker, The Movie Crypt podcast host, and Popcorn Frights alum Joe Lynch.

Leading up to the 2021 festival, Popcorn Frights is hosting a three-week summer film series under the stars in partnership with the City of Miami Beach. Running across five different public parks in the city from July 22 through August 5, the family-friendly program features genre classics, family favorites, and exciting blockbusters, such as Beetlejuice and Little Shop of Horrors, and is available for all community members to enjoy for free. The program is dedicated to bringing the South Florida community together after the tragic building collapse in Surfside, FL.

Diving into the 2021 Film Festival program by the numbers, Popcorn Frights’ audience will experience a lineup boasting of a record-setting 68 film premieres in-theater and virtually, including 26 World Premieres, 3 North American Premieres, 3 US Premieres, 8 East Coast Premieres, 5 Southeast US Premieres, and 12 Florida Premieres.

Popcorn Frights’ virtual offerings are geo-locked to the United States and are available to view on the Eventive platform until August 19. The Eventive virtual platform functions on multiple internet browsers as well as Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast and other connective devices to ensure the most wide-reaching compatibility, as well as comfort for viewers. Access to virtual film screenings is available through individual tickets or an all-access virtual pass, which provides an all-inclusive experience for the festival’s entire virtual program. Separate individual tickets and all-access badges are also available for Popcorn Frights’ in-theater program, which is exclusively hosted at the Silverspot Cinema Coconut Creek. To order an In-Theater All-Access Badge, click here, to order a Virtual All-Access Pass, click here.

A portion of all proceeds from the festival will go to benefit those impacted by the building collapse in Surfside, FL.


The Accursed
World Premiere
USA | 2021 | Dirs. Elizabeta Vidovic & Kathryn Michelle

North American Premiere
Chile-Argentina | 2021 | Dirs. Sandra Arriagada, Camilo León, Lucio Rojas, José Zúñiga, Samot Marquez

Blood Conscious
Florida Premiere
USA | 2021 | Dir. Timothy Covell

World Premiere
USA | 2021 | Dir. Christian Nilsson

Dawn Breaks Behind the Eyes
World Premiere
USA | 2021 | Dir. Kevin Kopacka

The Ex
North American Premiere
Russia | 2021 | Dir. Evgeniy Puzyrevskiy

The History of Metal and Horror
World Premiere
USA | 2021 | Dir. Mike Schiff

House at the End of the Forest
Florida Premiere
Sweden | 2021 | Dir. Jonathan Katzeff

Howling Village
US Premiere
Japan | 2021 | Dir. Takashi Shimizu

It Came from Below
World Premiere
United Kingdom | 2021 | Dir. Dan Allen

Keeping Company
East Coast Premiere
USA | 2021 | Dir. Josh Wallace

East Coast Premiere
USA | 2021 | Dir. Adam Ethan Crow

The Last Matinee
Florida Premiere
Uruguay | 2021 | Dir. Maximiliano Contenti

Night at the Eagle Inn
World Premiere
USA | 2021 | Dir. Erik Bloomquist

Stoker Hills
North American Premiere
USA | 2021 | Dir. Benjamin Louis

Tin Can
US Premiere
Canada | 2021 | Dir. Seth A. Smith

World Premiere
USA | 2021 | Dir. Aaron Fradkin

The Wild Man
World Premiere
USA | 2021 | Dir. Ryan Justice

Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched
East Coast Premiere
USA | 2021 | Dir. Kier-La Janisse

The Yellow Wallpaper
East Coast Premiere
USA-Ireland | 2021 | Dir. Kevin Pontuti


Popcorn Frights’ first-ever Virtual Reality world experience is created in partnership with the O Cinema, an independent non-profit based in Miami. Hosted on AltSpaceVR, the Virtual Reality environment will feature live events and an exclusive selection of short films that will receive their premieres in this unique digital space. The AltSpaceVR platform will be free to all audiences and available through Quest or STEAM headsets or on PCs. Short films premiering in Popcorn Frights’ VR world experience are:

Body of the Mined
South Florida Premiere
USA | 2021 | Dir. Eric Jungmann

I’m A Vampire
Florida Premiere
Mexico | 2021 | Dir. Sofia Garza-Barba

MeTube: August Sings “Una Furtiva Lagrima”
Southeast US Premiere
Austria | 2021 | Dir. Daniel Moshel

The Wheel
East Coast Premiere
USA | 2021 | Dir. Nikhil Bhagat


Mask of the Evil Apparition
Sneak Preview
Australia | 2021 | Dir. Alex Proyas

Animation Domination
The endless possibilities of genre animation are on dazzling display in this retina-reeling, round-the-world showcase of some of the medium’s most innovative, boundary-pushing, and mind-enhancing short films:

Le Cris, dirs. Charlotte Chouisnard, Ninon Dodemant, Baptiste Leclerc, Solène Michel, Justine Parasote, Anouk Segura-Diaz (France), The Expected, dir. Carolina Sandvik (Sweden), Expedit, dir. Baptiste Boutin (France), Mum’s Sweater, dirs. Anand Varma, Yi Chen Hsiao, Mauriziana Gualdrini, Ugo Offner, James Mann (France), Tio, dir. Juan Medina (Mexico)

International Midnighters
A celebration of some of the year’s most fantastic international short films from new emerging voices and established filmmakers:

Ad Lib, dir. Joseph Catté (France), Familiar, dir. David J. Ellison (United Kingdom), I Call Upon Thee, dir. Michael Anthony Kratochvil (Australia, World Premiere), Salmon Pink, dir. Jamy Steele (Canada, World Premiere), Sweet Mary, Where Did You Go?, dir. Michael Anthony Kratochvil (Australia, World Premiere), The Thing That Ate the Birds, dirs. Sophie Mair & Dan Gitsham (United Kingdom), Under the Lather, dir. Olivier Briand (France)

A celebration of new works from cinematic scaremongers that bring nightmares into waking hours with thrills, chills, and spills:

#NoFilter, Dir. Nathan Crooker (USA, World Premiere), Cutter, dir. Dan Repp & Lindsay Young (USA), Every Time We Meet for Ice Cream Your Wole F*cking Face Explodes, dir. Anthony Cousins (USA, World Premiere), Jumpin’ Jacob, dir. Alexander Deeds (USA, World Premiere), Koreatown Ghost Story, dir. Minsun Park & Teddy Tenenbaum (USA), Nagual: The Sin Eater, dir. Dan Lazarovits (USA, World Premiere), Nightmare of the Dog, Dir. Hans Stjernsward (USA, World Premiere), Poor Glenna, dir. Jean-Paul DiSciscio (USA), Significant Other, dir. Quinn George (USA), Snapper: The Man-Eating Turtle Movie That Never Got Made, dir. Jon Campopiano (USA), Specter of Weeping Hill, dir. Matthew & Nathaniel Barber (USA, World Premiere), The Tip of the Spear, dir. Travis Oberlander (USA, World Premiere), Wich, dir. Anthony Williams (USA)