Michael Sauter
May 31, 1991 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Popcorn

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
91 minutes
performer
Dee Wallace Stone, Jill Schoelen, Tony Roberts, Tom Villard, Ray Walston
director
Mark Herrier
author
Alan Ormsby
genre
Comedy, Horror

We gave it a B

If you passed on this in theaters because you thought it was just another schlock horror movie, now’s your chance to make up for the mistake. Mixing a sick sense of humor with a stream of cinema in-jokes, Popcorn is actually a subversive spoof of schlock horror movies — itself included.

The action unfolds at an abandoned movie palace, where a group of film students is holding an all-night ”horror-thon,” unaware that a disfigured psycho killer is lurking in the wings. The parallels with The Phantom of the Opera are nicely underplayed, though the plot is pretty much secondary to the elaborate movies-within-the-movie parodies of ’50s grade Z thrillers. This Popcorn is as deliciously junky as the stuff in those microwave packs. B

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