Daily Dead is thrilled to be one of the media sponsors of this year's Popcorn Frights Film Festival in Fort Lauderdale, and we've been provided with the second wave of programming to share with our readers!

Stay tuned to Daily Dead for further announcements, visit Popcorn Frights Film Festival's website for more information, and read the full second wave announcement below:

Press Release: Fort Lauderdale, FL – Popcorn Frights Film Festival is proud to announce its second wave of programming for the annual celebration of all things genre. The complete lineup features more than 50 film premieres from 15 countries and promises more thrills than ever before as the Festival rages through South Florida from August 10-16.

“We’re thrilled to unleash these badass and daring films, each presenting a uniquely innovative, visionary, defiantly weird, utterly unnerving, and of course, bloody as all hell tale for every bloodthirsty horror fanatic. For seven terrifying nights unholy cinematic mayhem will reign in the Sunshine State!” said Igor Shteyrenberg & Marc Ferman, Co-Founders & Co-Directors of the Popcorn Frights Film Festival.

As the Southeast United States largest gathering of genre films and fans, Popcorn Frights is bringing the latest and greatest in genre cinema from around the globe to the Sunshine State. Popcorn Frights keeps the scream-machine churning with a Closing Night triple-bill of rampage featuring the East Coast Premiere of the psycho-sexual thriller Piercing starring Mia Wasikowska and Christopher Abbott, the North American Premiere of the gruesomely creepy Deadly Still, and the East Coast Premiere of the cheerfully gory Japanese zombie comedy One Cut of The Dead.

Rounding out the feature film lineup is the World Premiere of the supernatural thriller Cursed Seat; the Florida Premieres of Jenn Wexler’s wildly energetic slasher The Ranger and Issa López’s award-winning nightmare Tigers Are Not Afraid; the Southeast US Premiere of the joyously gory Framed; the East Coast Premiere of the disturbingly insidious tale The Farm; the Florida Premieres of Xavier Gens’ Lovecraftian creature feature Cold Skin and Michael Tully’s atmospheric psycho-religious chiller Don’t Leave Home; and the South Florida Premiere of the coming-of-age thriller Summer of ’84.

Popcorn Frights is also proud to present for a second year its “Homegrown: 100% Pure Fresh Squeezed Florida Horror” program that is dedicated to renewing and reinvigorating the audience's engagement with Florida’s local filmmakers and homegrown talent. This platform is designed to be a springboard for new filmmakers from Florida and a space that helps forge a new direction for Florida’s genre scene by further cultivating and nurturing its growing film community. Films headlining the program include the World Premiere of The Stag and the Horse, the US Premiere of Riley Was Here, and the Borscht Corp produced Möbius.

Besides the Homegrown short film program, Popcorn Frights will present an additional 30 short film premieres from 10 countries, furthering its commitment to providing a fertile ground for new and emerging filmmakers.

It's time for rampage. It's time for chaos. It's time for Popcorn Frights!


FEATURE FILMS                                                                                                                                 

Directed by Xavier Gens
Spain-France | 108 minutes | 2018

FLORIDA PREMIERE. In this Lovecraftian creature feature that tells the tale of isolation and madness set on a desolate island, a young man on his way to assume the lonely post of weather observer finds a deranged castaway who has witnessed a horror he refuses to name.

Directed by Nadezhda Mikhalkova
Russia | 95 minutes | 2018
Russian with English subtitles

WORLD PREMIERE. In this gruesome shocker, a group of teens are haunted by evil forces that’s set to claim their lives.

Directed by Anton Zenkovich
Russia | 80 minutes | 2018
Russian with English subtitles

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE. A chilling-to-the-bone creepfest about an antique camera that appears to hold the power of life and death over those who use it.

Directed by Michael Tully
USA | 86 minutes | 2018

FLORIDA PREMIERE. Intrigued by an Irish urban legend, an American artist ends up in danger after traveling to the ramshackle estate of a priest responsible for a work of art containing the image of a girl who has vanished, along with her likeness in the painting.

Directed Hans Stjernswärd
USA | 80 minutes | 2018

EAST COAST PREMIERE. The classic horror tale of a young couple who take a wrong turn and stumble into a small town full of people with nefarious intentions is turned on its head in this disturbing ode to blood, guts, and human flesh.

Directed by Marc Martínez Jordán
Spain | 80 minutes | 2018
Spanish with English subtitles

SOUTHEAST US PREMIERE. A group of friends at a going-away party are taken hostage by masked strangers who force them to play an increasingly sinister game that makes them objects of unimaginable torture for a viral streaming show.

Directed by Ueda Shinichiro
Japan | 96 minutes | 2018
Japanese with English subtitles

EAST COAST PREMIERE. In this cheerfully gory horror comedy, a low-budget film crew about to shoot a zombie movie at a desolate warehouse is suddenly attacked by real zombies. The uncompromising director forces them to confront the living dead head-on for the sake of capturing it all in one single take, with no consideration for their lives.

Directed by Nicolas Pesce
USA | 82 minutes | 2018

EAST COAST PREMIERE. Mia Wasikowska and Christopher Abbott star in this lusciously filmed adaptation of Ryū Murakami’s novel that delves into the darkest domains of human nature with a color-saturated tale of deviant desire and unspeakable urges.

Directed by Jenn Wexler
USA | 77 minutes | 2018

FLORIDA PREMIERE. Pursued by the police, punk rocker Chelsea and her lawbreaking friends decide to lay low at her uncle's backwoods cabin but soon find themselves facing an even bigger problem: an ax-wielding forest ranger with homicidal intentions.

Directed by François Simard, Anouk Whissell, and Yoann-Karl Whissell
Canada-USA | 105 minutes | 2018

SOUTH FLORIDA PREMIERE. The directing trio behind cult favorite Turbo Kid deliver a startling throwback to 80’s classics in this eerily resonant coming-of-age horror flick.

Directed by Issa López
Mexico | 83 minutes | 2018
Spanish with English subtitles

FLORIDA PREMIERE. In this tragic and engulfing nightmare that’s populated with eerie fairytale imagery, a young girl with a missing mother joins a band of street misfits in an effort to survive amidst rampant cartel violence in modern-day Mexico City.

SHORT FILMS                                                                                                                         

Directed by Just Philippot
France | 18 minutes | 2018
French with Engish subtitles

SOUTHEAST US PREMIERE. An ominous cloud is taking shape and it’s slowly moving inland, forcing people to run for cover. As the cloud keeps on moving forward inescapably, panic strikes. That cumulus is acid.

Directed by L. Gustavo Cooper
USA | 7 minutes | 2017

FLORIDA PREMIERE. A surreal and distorted glimpse into a killing spree that captivated a nation in the early 1900s set against the backdrop of the deadliest heat wave in recorded history.

Directed by Alessandro Bavari
Italy | 7 minutes | 2017

SOUTHEAST US PREMIERE. Let the rhythm get into your head.

Directed by Zev Chevat
USA | 5 minutes | 2017

FLORIDA PREMIERE. A young street artist encounters a group of local schoolchildren and learns what really makes monsters.

Directed by Tony Morales
Spain | 12 minutes | 2018
Spanish with English subtitles

FLORIDA PREMIERE. Since 1998 the appearances of the BEC has been constant, and the consequences of looking directly into their eyes has been irreversible.

Directed by Brian Lonano
USA | 13 minutes | 2018
English and Japanese with English subtitles

SOUTH FLORIDA PREMIERE. Three dorky American girls magically transform into beautiful Japanese Superheroes and fight a tampon monster as they begin their journey into womanhood.

Directed by Carlson Young
USA | 13 minutes | 2018

FLORIDA PREMIERE. Margaret has been plagued with dreams of a strange world since she was a little girl. After a mysterious man with a map visits her one night, she decides to give in to the incessant calls of The Blazing World.

Directed by Anthony Cousins
USA | 7 minutes | 2018

FLORIDA PREMIERE. The kids at Camp Nawgonamakit are about to find out the tragic tale of Squirt Reynolds is more than just a legend.

Directed Lorenz Wunderle
Switzerland | 10 minutes | 2018

FLORIDA PREMIERE. A coyote loses his family to a vicious attack by wolves. Tormented by fear, anger and grief, he sees a chance to avenge their deaths…

Directed by Michelle Brost & Dane Cree
USA | 4 minutes | 2017

FLORIDA PREMIERE. An unhealthy competition — the American pastime.

Directed by Alex Greenberg
USA | 8 minutes | 2017

FLORIDA PREMIERE. A deranged Soviet scientist has stolen an ancient relic from the lost island of Zanzuki to harness the power of the weather. Little did he know, it would awaken a horrible creature who stops at nothing to retrieve the magical artifact.

Directed by Kevin Sluder
USA | 12 minutes | 2018

FLORIDA PREMIERE. Based on Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart,” an overlooked associate struggles to complete a corporate presentation as a horrific secret gnaws at her conscience.

Directed by Jonathan Cuartas
USA | 10 minutes | 2018

WORLD PREMIERE. After being abducted by Edith, Carson is held captive in her motor home.

Directed by Leah Shore
USA | 1 minute | 2017

FLORIDA PREMIERE. Good times! There’s more than one way to skin a…

Directed by Matt Reynolds
USA | 6 minutes | 2017

SOUTH FLORIDA PREMIERE. This woman can’t stop growing fingers.

Directed by Nathan Crooker
USA | 10 minutes | 2018

FLORIDA PREMIERE. A mysterious gift is delivered to an unsuspecting woman’s door at the stroke of midnight. The woman’s morbid fascination entices her to examine the gift, unleashing a sinister evil from within.

Directed by Santiago Menghini
Canada | 10 minutes | 2018

FLORIDA PREMIERE. On a late night, a young teen goes into the kitchen for a glass of milk. Upon encountering his sleepless mother, he quickly realizes things are not as they seem.

Directed by Sam Kuhn
Canada-USA | 15 minutes | 2017

FLORIDA PREMIERE. A moth-eaten tale of magic and mutation half-remembered by a teen poet whose beloved lies lifeless in a stream.

Directed by Noah Malone
USA | 2 minutes | 2018

FLORIDA PREMIERE. Morality grows on trees.

Directed by Špela Čadež
Slovenia-Croatia | 9 minutes | 2017
Slovenian with English subtitles

EAST COAST PREMEIRE. Attempting to remove an unresponsive badger from a dark road, a police patrol soon realizes that the animal is not dead but rather dead drunk. Things take an even stranger turn when the creature wakes up.

Directed by Bill Whirity
USA | 5 minutes | 2018

FLORIDA PREMIERE. While on a first date, a young couple finds themselves being pursued by more than just each other.

Directed by Rubén Pérez Barrena
Spain | 12 minutes | 2017
Spanish with English subtitles

SOUTH FLORIDA PREMIERE. On Halloween night during a thick fog, a college girl finds herself suddenly harassed by a terrifying unknown presence.

Directed by Mike Marrero & Jon Rhoads
USA | 15 minutes | 2018

US PREMIERE. Humankind narrowly avoided an apocalyptic event but some of those who survived struggle to move on after their horrific losses.

Directed by Donato Sansone
Italy | 6 minutes | 2017

US PREMIERE. Two cyborg warriors face off in a battle to the death.

Directed by Ben Meinhardt
USA | 2 minutes | 2018

FLORIDA PREMIERE. He’s some kind of hero.

Directed by Erik & Carson Bloomquist
USA | 12 minutes | 2017

SOUTH FLORIDA PREMIERE. A campfire story comes to life for a group of counselors on the last day of the summer of 1987 at Camp Briarbrook.

Directed by Wesley Alley
USA | 4 minutes | 2017

SOUTH FLORIDA PREMIERE. A young mother deals with the loss of her young daughter but refuses to give up on her. As she searches for her, she finds something much worse and soon discovers where socks go when they go missing in the dryer.

Directed by Dean Puckett
UK | 11 minutes | 2018

SOUTHEAST US PREMIERE. In an isolated church community in the English countryside, a powerful hate preacher prepares to deliver a sermon to his flock, but his daughter has a secret that could destroy them all.

Directed by Daniel DelPurgatorio
USA | 4 minutes | 2017

FLORIDA PREMIERE. Susan has more than just skeletons in her closet.

Directed by Gonçalo Almeida
Portugal-UK | 8 minutes | 2017

FLORIDA PREMIERE. An elusive stranger pays Bimbo a visit in the middle of the night to deliver a vital message.

Directed by Timothy Keeling
UK | 6 minutes | 2018

FLORIDA PREMIERE. Confronted by two radically unusual puddles on a woodland retreat, three family members are forced to make outrageous decisions.

Directed by Kevin Fermini
USA | 8 minutes | 2018

FLORIDA PREMIERE. Everyone’s favorite Super 8 vampire kung-fu revenge film.

Directed by Chris McInroy
USA | 6 minutes | 2017

SOUTH FLORIDA PREMIERE. They just wanted to be cool. Instead, they got a demon.


Festival Premiere Badges are on sale for a limited time for $99 per person and $69 for couples, and single screening tickets are available for $12. To purchase badges or tickets and view the Festival schedule, visit www.popcornfrights.com

All films will screen at Savor Cinema (503 SE 6th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301).


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Popcorn Frights Film Festival is Southeast US’s largest genre film event presenting the very best genre films from across the world as it celebrates the art of horror. Popcorn Frights prides itself on premiering films from emerging and established filmmakers enabling the industry and general audiences to experience the power of storytelling through genre film. The fourth annual Popcorn Frights Film Festival occurs August 10-16, 2018.

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