Launched to support independent filmmakers whose movie releases were upended by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Popcorn Frights Drive-In Horrorshow is a pop-up summer series that, over the last three months, featured more than a dozen film premieres of international genre films and reached over 1,500 film fans.
We've learned today that the drive-in series will conclude on Friday, August 14th with the world premiere of Ten Minutes to Midnight, starring Caroline Williams in her first-ever return to the DJ booth since her star-making turn in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2! The drive-in event will also feature the Southeast US premiere of Jay Baruchel’s Random Acts of Violence as part of its double-bill of mayhem experience that will include short film premieres, rare nostalgic and weird video clips, and other surprises.
"Despite the extraordinary circumstances and challenges of 2020, we are proud to have been able to continue our mission to bring community together and celebrate the best that genre cinema has to offer. We are indebted to our partners – Shudder, Twilight Features, and Mass District – as well as the filmmakers who shared their work with us, and especially all the horror fans who joined us night after night celebrating these incredible films in this unique movie going experience. We’re grateful to have spent this summer together feeling joy, fear, and just being able to have a great time at the movies again," said Igor Shteyrenberg and Marc Ferman, Founders & Directors of Popcorn Frights.
Popcorn Frights’ drive-in double bill will open with Random Acts of Violence, adapted from the popular horror graphic novel by the same name, starring Jesse Williams (Cabin in the Woods) and Jordana Brewster (Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning). In this shocking gorefest, a comic book writer visits the town where a serial killer previously wreaked havoc, only to encounter scary similarities between the character he created and the horrific real-life events. Shudder will be releasing the title on the streaming service later this month.
The Drive-In Horrorshow double-bill will close with the world premiere of Ten Minutes to Midnight. In this stunning blend of over-the-top gore and violence, a bite from a rabid bat turns a punk rock DJ (Caroline Williams) into a blood-sucking vampire as she prepares to perform her last broadcast during a raging storm. The film also stars Nicole Kang ("Batwoman") and late genre-favorite Nicholas Tucci (You're Next) in one of his final performances.
The Popcorn Frights Drive-In Horrorshow will also feature the world premieres of two short films directed by Popcorn Frights Film Festival alums: Mathew and Nathaniel Barber’s home alone thriller No One is Coming and Zach Wincik and Danny Salemme’s claustrophobic nightmare Cottonmouth, which stars horror icon Heather Langenkamp.
To learn more about the Drive-In Horrorshow and Popcorn Frights Film Festival, visit their official website.