Collector’s Edition blu rays continue to be a popular commodity in today’s horror market. With several noteworthy releases hitting shelves last year including a steelbook of Dario Argento’s PHENOMENA, there’s a lot to look forward to in 2017. Today, Synapse Films has announced the full details on their steelbook of the long awaited blu ray edition of the 1990 cult classic, POPCORN!
The story follows a small but dedicated film studies group that decides to raise money for their department by hosting an all night horror-thon at the local abandoned movie theater. One student, Maggie (Played by Jill Schoelen, THE STEPFATHER) has been having strange nightmares about the theater about a maniacal film director named Lanyard Gates and his insidious arthouse abomination, POSSESSOR. As the horror-thon goes underway, people start getting killed in ways themed on the gimmicks of the movies playing on the big screen by a mysterious phantom able to mimic anyone’s appearance. Will they survive the night, or go home in a box?
The movie is a funny as hell post-modern horror comedy with a lot of allusions to various horror sub-genres like the gimmicks of William Castle, the giant monster movies of the 50’s, and of course, slashers! Also starring Dee Wallace Stone of THE HOWLING, Ray Walston of Galaxy Of Terror, and Tony Roberts of AMITYVILLE 3-D! POPCORN was directed by PORKY’S actor Mark Herrier and written under a pseudonym by Alan Ormsby, (CAT PEOPLE, DEATH DREAM) who also directed the films within the films. As well, there’s an un-credited influence by Bob Clark of BLACK CHRISTMAS and CHILDREN SHOULDN’T PLAY WITH DEAD THNGS fame.
The Collector’s Steelbook comes packed to the brim with special features including:
ALL REGION / PLAYABLE WORLDWIDE!
Brand-New 2K Scan of a 35mm Interpositive Vault Element
All-New Blu-ray 7.1 Surround Sound Mix Supervised by Synapse Films (Original 2.0 Stereo Mix also Included)
5.1 Surround Mix Included on DVD
Audio Commentary with Director Mark Herrier, Stars Jill Schoelen, Malcolm Danare, and Special Makeup Effects Artist Mat Falls
MIDNIGHT MADNESS: THE MAKING OF “POPCORN” featuring interviews with Director Mark Herrier, Stars Jill Schoelen, Derek Rydall, Dee Wallace, Malcolm Danare, Ivette Soler, and Elliott Hurst, Special Makeup Effects Artist Mat Falls, Composer Paul Zaza, and Distributor Executive Jonathan Wolf (55 mins, HD)
Electric Memories – An Interview with Actor Bruce Glover
Original Theatrical Trailer
Television Trailer and TV Spots
Liner Notes from Michael Gingold
English Subtitles for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
New Collector’s Edition Cover Design by Justin Osbourn/Slasher Design
POPCORN is a fun as hell horror comedy that seems to be made by horror fans for horror fans and I cannot recommend it enough!