Popcorn
Popcorn (1989)

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.… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 23, 2007
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29%
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40%


Critic Score: 29% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

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

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Richard Harrington
Washington Post

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

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Ralph Novak
People Magazine

While it's not campy or spoofy enough to be worth its salt, this campy, spoofy horror movie shows some ingenuity and generates an occasional controllable chuckle.

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

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.

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Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

It is the recreation of these old horror movies that provide Popcorn with its few inspired moments... Unhappily, the real movie proceeds in the interim.

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Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

The plot becomes repetitive and tiresome, though the movies-within-the-movie (created by the filmmakers, rather than pulled from the film vaults) are funny.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

[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.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

Popcorn seems to be a case of too many ideas; the basic story could probably have made a very effective short.

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Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun

The festival structure gives director Mark Herrier a chance to parody the delirious contrivances of '50s black and white horror to some effect, but the mock scenes are never as funny as the real thing.

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Flixster Audience Score: 40% Flixster User Reviews
vieras esine
The psychopath was brilliant.
Sylvester Kuo
Surprisingly impressed me, popcorn is about a bunch of film students wanted to raise money by hosting a horror movie marathon but a serial killer is on the… More
Bruce Bruce
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… More
Anthony Valletta
The movies with the movie are a laugh riot.
Lafe Fredbjornson
Interesting concept of having a student horror film festival with different physical gimmicks - and a real madman coming on scene and killing off some kids.… More