With movie theaters currently forced to remain closed indefinitely due to the pandemic, we've seen an unexpected resurgence in drive-in theater numbers and popularity. IFC Midnight's creature feature The Wretched (read our review) is a shining example of this, as it's dominated the box office charts for three weeks straight since beginning its drive-in run.
We expect to see drive-ins continue to thrive throughout the summer months, and Popcorn Frights, the largest genre film event in Southeast US, will be contributing to their success.
Popcorn Frights has announced the launch of its all-new drive-in summer film series, the Popcorn Frights Drive-In Horrorshow.
The event is scheduled to take place in "pop-up" drive-in theaters throughout South Florida, kicking-off on Saturday, May 30th with a double-bill feature presentation of the horror anthologies, Scare Package and The Mortuary Collection, each receiving their Florida Premieres.
The limited engagement series will provide genre fans with a safe moviegoing experience in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, that is in accordance with current public health guidelines.
"At a time when film fans are craving opportunities to come together after months of social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we're thrilled to be taking the spirit of Popcorn Frights on the road as we reinvent a classic moviegoing experience for people to enjoy together safely. We want to remind our community of the magic of going to the movies again and seeing big, bloody, and loud films that just want you to have fun. We are determined to overcome this time of anxiety by joining together and celebrating incredibly fun genre films with our incredible community," said Igor Shteyrenberg & Marc Ferman, Co-Founders & Co-Director of Popcorn Frights.
The press release adds...
Popcorn Frights' drive-in double-bill will open with the Florida Premiere of Scare Package, a fantastically splatter-packed love letter to horror anthologies and the VHS era of yesteryear. Creator, Producer & Segment Director Aaron B. Koontz shared the following about having his film premiere as part of Popcorn Frights' new drive-in experience:
"Scare Package was created to be a fun escape in front of rabid horror crowds and midnight audiences, but when Covid-19 hit, those moments came to an abrupt end. So to get the chance now, to play this at the drive-in, as part of one of our favorite genre festivals Popcorn Frights, is an honor we immediately jumped at. And hopefully our absurd love-letter to horror can be a small reprieve for that South Florida audience on May 30th." -- Aaron B. Koontz, Creator, Producer & Segment Director
Popcorn Frights alum Ryan Spindell's (The Babysitter Murders) period set horror anthology The Mortuary Collection will close the double-bill with its Florida Premiere presentation. Ryan said the following about his film playing at the drive-in event:
"Horror movies have always been a fantastic form of escapism, and that’s something we all could use a little of these days. Our friends at Popcorn Frights have put together something pretty special here, and we’re beyond excited to be a part of it!" -- Ryan Spindell, Writer, Director
The Popcorn Frights Drive-In Horrorshow series will run throughout the summer in different neighborhoods in South Florida. Additional locations and programming details will be announced in the coming weeks. To learn more about the Popcorn Frights Drive-In Horrorshow, as well as its showtime, ticketing, and location information visit popcornfrights.com.