Continuing Popcorn Frights' commitment to South Florida filmmakers, the Homegrown: 100% Pure Fresh Squeezes Florida Horror program features a number of short films by locals and homegrown talent. The world premieres of A Doll for Edgar, Always Listening, The Final Girl Returns, and The Limits make their debut within the program, alongside the US premiere of Jon Rhoads and Michael Marrero's Call For A Good Time. Rhoads and Marrero won Best Short Film at the festival with Buzzcut in 2017.
Also featured in the program are the Florida premieres of two Borscht Corp productions: Brett Potter's Spirit No. 1 and Michael Arcos' Valerio's Day Out. The block of short local programming will be rounded out by the films Fever and Terror Road. These films are part of this year's collection of 50 shorts from 11 countries, a number of which will be eligible for distribution through the brand Alter, with which the festival is partnering for the first time this year.
But that isn't it for South Florida-based filmmakers. Erynn Dalton's directorial debut The Gravedigger, an adaptation of Joseph Zettelmaier's Frankenstein play of the same name, will make its world premiere at the festival. Additional world premieres from folks outside of our fair state include Micah Gallo's Itsy Bitsy, about a family that moves into a mansion only to find themselves targeted by a giant spider, and Tom Botchii's Artik, a thriller about a comic book-obsessed serial killer.
Other festival highlights include the US Premiere of Infección, Flavio Pedota's Venezuelan zombie film and social satire. The East Coast Premieres of Keola Racela's horror sex comedy Porno and Brandon Christensen's Z make their way to Popcorn Frights, rounded out by Southeast Premiere's of the doomsday epic The Unthinkable and the haunted house film The Girl on the Third Floor, starring C.M. Punk. Additional features include the North American Premiere of Queen of Spades: The Looking Glass, and a screening of Blumhouse's Bloodline starring Seann William Scott.
Popcorn Frights Film Festival 2019. Thursday, August 8 through Friday, August 16 at Savor Cinema, 503 SE Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale; 954-525-3456; fliff.com. All-access badges are on sale for a limited time for $99 per person and $169 for couples; single-screening tickets cost $12 via popcornfrights.com.