Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Dollar Bin Review:Popcorn(1991)
As has been rhapsodized by Brandon and myself, the early-90s were not a great time for horror. Other than Silence of the Lambs, the mainstream audience, tired of the decade old slasher formula, turned away from our favorite genre in droves. And that is a shame because they missed out on this worthy gem from 1991.
The plot of Popcorn is simple enough. A group of film students plan an all-night horror film festival in order to raise funds for their cinema club. They decide to show a number of horror films from the 1950s that rely on gimmicks such as 3-D, Odorama, and electrical "buzzers" in seats. Unbeknownst to the group, a homicidal maniac is stalking the theater where the festival is being held. A filmmaker named Lanyard Gates, who murdered his family during a screening of his only film in the 1970s, supplies the decoy killer character, since young Maggie may or may not be his missing daughter.
What makes this movie work for me is the great acting(helped out, no doubt by a great cast of actors/actress who had been in the horror spotlight before). I enjoyed the killer's gimmick immensely. Very believeable, if not a bit melodramatic. The movies within the movie really made me wish they actually existed.
There is a camp factor as well, but I think it was intentional on part of the cast and crew. If you have not seen Popcorn, I say give it a shot. It won't make greatest horror movie lists, but at least it's fun.