PopcornFor this week’s Cheeseball Cinema film, we are heading back into the horror genre to find another gem for me to review for all of you out there. I stumbled upon the movie Popcorn once while I was looking through the horror section at my local video store, but I never took the time to actually watch it until now. In the movie, Maggie (Jill Schoelen) is a film student who has been having weird dreams that are inspiring her next film. When she heads to class one day, she finds out that the film department is in desperate need of money. So, the students decide to throw together a horrorathon at one of the local theaters in hopes of making enough money to support the film department. What they don’t realize is that Maggie’s dreams are turning into reality after watching a film from a mysterious figure known as Lanyard Gates (Matt Falls) as she believes that he is the one attacking them. The film also stars Tom Villard (One Crazy Summer) as Toby, Dee Wallace (Cujo) as Suzanne, Derek Rydall (Beethoven’s Big Break) as Mark, Malcolm Danare (Christine) as Bud, Freddie Simpson (A League Of Their Own) as Tina, Tony Roberts (Serpico) as Mr. Davis, Kelly Jo Minter (A Nightmare On Elm Street 5: The Dream Child) as Cheryl, Karen Lorre (The Vineyard) as Joy, Ray Walston (My Favorite Martian) as Dr. Mnesyne, and the film was directed by Mark Herrier (Porky’s).

popcorn 2I thought before watching the film that it was going to be a complete cheeseball of a film (hence why I chose it), but it actually wasn’t really too bad of a horror flick. Some of the kill scenes could have been better, but some of the kill scenes that it has are really good like the mosquito scene. The film at first seemed a little rushed, but they get it together towards the end when the actual killer in the film is revealed to all of you and you are definitely going to be surprised when you find out who it is. The make-up for the character is where it’s at as they have a Mission: Impossible thing going on with the face changes. The music for the film however is where it becomes cheesy as they have some reggae and some horrible music about movie theaters that you unfortunately have to sit through during the film. Tom Villard does an excellent job in the film playing the usual goofball he is, but he steps it up big time in this film and Jill Schoelen was really good as well. I definitely love the idea of them giving the audience that come to see the film costumes to wear as well because it just adds a little extra to the film. One of the other cheesy elements is the movies that they show on the screen, I wondered how many of these were real, but obviously they were not. On a scale of one being close to an A-List Hollywood film and five being the cheesiest film of all time I am going to give the film an 3 for a final grade.


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