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: June 1, 1989
DVD Release Date: January 23, 2007
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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

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.
Brandon Siddall
Wow, this is a bad movie. But really who comes into a horror movie expecting great thespian heights! Popcorn is full of bad acting and even worse bad story! But… 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
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
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
Anthony Valletta
The movies with the movie are a laugh riot.