Second Wave of Popcorn Frights Film Festival Lineup Announced

 Jul 21, 2021 01:02 PM EST

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Second Wave of Popcorn Frights Film Festival Lineup Announced

Popcorn Frights, the Southeast U.S.' largest genre film event, is thrilled to unveil the second wave of programming for its virtual festival experience available nationwide.

The virtual experience, which will run alongside the event's in-theater program (August 12-15) and through the duration of the Festival (August 12-19), will be headlined by seven feature films including the frightening thrill ride THE ACCURSED, the chilling paranoid thriller DASHCAM co-starring Larry Fessenden, the Euro-horror-inspired genre treat DAWN BREAKS BEHIND THE EYES, the claustrophobic nail-biter IT CAME FROM BELOW, the horror mystery NIGHT AT THE EAGLE INN, the devilish dark comedy VAL, and the made in Florida horror moc-doc THE WILD MAN. 

Also premiering are documentaries such as THE HISTORY OF METAL AND HORROR, a nostalgia trip of some of the most iconic horror films told through candid conversations with John Carpenter, Tom Savini, Kirk Hammett, and Rob Zombie, among many others; as
well as the East Coast Premiere of WOODLANDS DARK AND DAYS BEWITCHED, the first feature-length documentary on the history of folk horror. 

The first-ever Virtual Reality experience created in partnership with the O Cinema, will allow guests to fully explore the VR world, walk the red carpet and even fly through the space before entering each designated portal to view the short films. The AltSpaceVR platform is free to all audiences and available through Quest or STEAM headsets or on PCs.

Below is the Virtual Feature Film Lineup:

The Accursed
World Premiere
United States | 2021 | 86 Min. | Dir. Elizabeta Vidovic & Kathryn Michelle
Inspired by Eastern European folklore, this shocking thriller stars Yancy Butler (Kick-Ass, Hard Target) as
a matriarch who spends twenty years suppressing a maleficent curse that was placed upon her
bloodline, only to have a family member knowingly release it forcing her to kill or to be killed.

North American PremiereChile-Argentina | 2021 | 94 Min. | Dirs. Sandra Arriagada, Camilo León, Lucio Rojas, José
Zúñiga, Samot Marquez
An anthology of four short but terrifying tales of the macabre told with great style and pulpy, grisly

Blood Conscious
Florida Premiere
United States | 2021 | 81 Min. | Dir. Timothy Covell
This shocking tale reflecting racial and social tensions of our time centers on vacationers who turn the
tables on an unhinged killer who claims to be fighting demonic forces.

World Premiere
United States | 2021 | 81 Min. | Dir. Christian Nilsson
This stunning psychological thriller follows a video editor at a local news channel who is inadvertently
sent secret dashcam video evidence that points to a possible conspiracy and government coverup.

Dawn Breaks Behind the Eyes
World Premiere
Germany | 2021 | 72 Min. | Dir. Kevin Kopacka
Equally mesmerizing and erotic, this Euro-horror-inspired tale centers on a couple who spend eternity in
a castle until their reality starts to shift and unimaginable horrors ensue, deteriorating their fading

The Ex
North American Premiere
Russia | 2021 | 87 Min. | Dir. Evgeniy Puzyrevskiy
The screws are tightened in this wickedly entertaining, juicy supernatural-thriller about the vengeful
spirit of an ex-girlfriend who makes life hell for the man who scorned her.

The History of Metal and Horror
World Premiere
United States | 2021 | 100 Min. | Dir. Mike Schiff
Filled with countless clips and entertaining moments, THE HISTORY OF METAL AND HORROR is a
nostalgia trip of some of the most iconic horror films through the perspective of visionary artists in both
the metal and horror worlds, including John Carpenter, Tom Savini, Gunnar Hansen, and Sid Haig, as well
as musicians such as Kirk Hammett, Rob Zombie, Dave Mustaine, Alice Cooper, and many more.

House at the End of the Forest
Florida Premiere
Sweden | 2021 | 84 Min. | Dir. Jonathan Katzeff

In this boundary-pushing frightening tale, a traumatized woman who was previously a victim of a brutal
attack by a stranger, is stalked by a killer in her summer cabin.

Howling Village
US Premiere
Japan | 2020 | 108 Min. | Dir. Takashi Shimizu
Best known as the creator of the Japanese Ju-on series and The Grudge franchise, Takashi Shimizu
returns with this new nightmare about a village at the end of a forgotten tunnel from which no one has
ever returned alive.

It Came from Below
World Premiere
United Kingdom | 2021 | 81 Min. | Dir. Dan Allen
In this riveting, claustrophobic nail-biter, a caving expedition goes horribly wrong as the explorers
become trapped and ultimately discover that they are not the only dwellers of these ominous caverns.

Keeping Company
East Coast Premiere
USA | 2021 | 82 Min. | Dir. Josh Wallace
This bloody, brutal, breakneck, black-hearted treat follows a fateful chain of events that begins to
unravel after two brash insurance salesmen go knocking on the wrong door and find themselves trapped
in a stranger's basement, who is actually a cold-blooded serial killer.

East Coast Premiere
USA | 2021 | 95 Min. | Dir. Adam Ethan Crow
In this chilling story of terror, murder and unknown evil, a fractured family is forced to face their demons
as they unwittingly become embroiled in a man's attempt to prove the existence of the supernatural in
order to overturn a friend's murder conviction.

The Last Matinee
Florida Premiere
Uruguay | 2021 | 88 Min. | Dir. Maximiliano Contenti
Set in Montevideo, Uruguay, this ultra-violent neo-Giallo slasher follows a serial killer who slashes up an
audience one by one during the final showing of a horror film in a small downtown cinema.

Night at the Eagle Inn
World Premiere
USA | 2021 | 70 Min. | Dir. Erik Bloomquist
Fraternal twins embark on a pilgrimage to a remote inn to investigate the last known whereabouts of
their father who mysteriously disappeared the night they were born - their exploration leading to

shocking revelations as the property's dark secrets ensnare them in a hellish labyrinth they must escape
before dawn.

Stoker Hills
North American Premiere
USA | 2021 | 91 Min. | Dir. Benjamin Louis
Three students filming a horror movie stumble upon something much worse, and their only hope for
survival is two detectives who find the camera that was left behind.

Tin Can
US Premiere
Canada | 2020 | 104 Min. | Dir. Seth A. Smith
As the world faces a deadly plague, a frontlines parasitologist is imprisoned in a life-suspension
chamber. To escape she must destroy the last of her kind.

World Premiere
USA | 2021 | 90 Min. | Dir. Aaron Fradkin
A criminal on the run breaks into the home of a high-class escort, only to discover that you get more
than you bargain for with Val - short for "Valefar" - a demon who offers to make all his problems
disappear if he agrees to follow her rules.

The Wild Man
World Premiere
USA | 2021 | 95 Min. | Dir. Ryan Justice
In this Florida moc-doc, a young student journalist and her friends travel to a small town in Central
Florida to collect documentary footage about the Skunk Ape (aka The Wild Man or Bigfoot), a legendary
local monster who they believe is behind the disappearance of many young women.

Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched
East Coast Premiere
USA | 2021 | 194 Min. | Dir. Kier-La Janisse
Filled with thoughtful commentary, lush visuals, and a myriad of perspectives, this landmark film is the
first feature-length documentary on the history of folk horror and a resplendent treasure for horror

The Yellow Wallpaper
East Coast Premiere
USA-Ireland | 2021 | 99 Min. | Dir. Kevin Pontuti
This dark, visually rich, and disturbing contemporary adaptation of the well-known and controversial
gothic feminist horror story is a chilling and boldly original vision of a woman suffering from hysteria.

The Virtual Reality Experience schedule is as follows:

Body of the Mined
South Florida Premiere
USA | 2021 | 15 Min. | Dir. Eric Jungmann
A quiet, young woman moves into a new building and meets a reclusive engineer at the brink of
completing a bizarre, extraordinary machine.

I'm A Vampire
Florida Premiere
Mexico | 2021 | 15 Min. | Dir. Sofia Garza-Barba
At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, 8-year-old Jackie is so confused by her
bewildered parents' behavior that she thinks she's turning into a vampire.

MeTube: August Sings "Una Furtiva Lagrima"
Southeast US Premiere
Austria | 2020 | 8 Min. | Dir. Daniel Moshel

The intergalactic music nerds August and Elfi conquer the opera stage and orchestrate an extraordinary
adventure in an opulent manner.

The Wheel
East Coast Premiere
USA | 2021 | 15 Min. | Dir. Nikhil Bhagat
A woman is terrorized by a cursed antique.

For more information, including a list of short films that will premiere, as well as information on tickets, please go to

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