This year marks the first time I’m going to attend the Popcorn Frights Film Festival at O Cinema Wynwood from August 11 to the 17. According to the Miami New Times, this is the festival’s third run, hosted by cofounders Igor Shteyrenberg and Marc Ferman — both awesome people in the South Florida film community. From the looks of the first wave of films being screened, this festival will bring a bloody good time to Miami.
Festival badges are now on sale and single tickets will be on sale June 26, according to the New Times.
An early slate of films were recently announced, which include:
- Another Wolfcop
- Better Watch Out
- Dave Made A Maze
- Game of Death
- It Stains the Sands Red
- Tragedy Girls
Just by looking at the lineup, Another Wolfcop, directed by Lowell Dean, seems up my alley: a mix of what I hope is zany horror with slapstick appeal. It’s a friggin’ alcoholic werewolf as a police officer. Count me in!
O Cinema’s founder and director Kareem Tabsch spoke to the Miami New Times’ Juan Barquin:
“From the earliest days of cinema, filmmakers turned to horror as a way of engrossing audiences in storytelling. Today horror is one of the most beloved genres of filmmaking, and I’m proud to say Popcorn Frights Film Festival is the premier platform for horror films in the Southeast.”
Short films are also getting their shine this August with Homegrown: 100% Pure Fresh Squeezed Florida Horror! Local filmmakers will get a chance to showcase their films, with some making their Florida premieres. A gruesome film, Buzzcut, is one that seems to be on the “holy-crap-this-is-very-bloody” side of horror, so go in on an empty stomach.
Shteyrenberg and Ferman told the New Times:
This year’s inaugural Homegrown slate is not only strong and diverse, but fully represents what a film festival truly is: the gathering of a community of film lovers experiencing exciting, challenging, innovative, and thought-provoking films, with many of the artists behind them in attendance.”
The Walking Dead fans will be happy to see actor Steven Yeun (Glenn) wield a hammer and fight against people who get infected with a virus that causes them to lose their impulse control.
So grab your popcorn and get ready to hold your stomachs as Popcorn Frights Film Festival makes its way to Miami.