Popcorn (1991) (Special Edition) (Blu-ray Review)

Popcorn (1991) (Special Edition) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Mark Herrier, Alan Ormsby
Starring: Jill Schoelen, Tom Villard, Dee Wallace
Rated: UR/Region: O/1:85/1080p/Number of disc: 1
Available from Synapse Films

A group of film students plan an all-night horror film festival in order to raise funds for their cinema club. They decide to show a number of (fictional) horror films from the 1950’s that rely on gimmicks such as 3-D, “Odorama”, and electrical “buzzers” in seats. Unbeknownst to the group, a homicidal maniac is stalking the theater where the festival is being held. A filmmaker named Lanyard Gates, who murdered his family during a screening of his only film in the 1970’s, supplies the decoy killer character, since young Maggie may or may not be his missing daughter…

Popcorn is another one of those movies that have a very long history of trying to make its way to the Blu-ray format. Synapse had released this in a cool steel book but finally, has it on a standard Blu-ray release for those who didn’t want to fork over $50 for a steel book. I for one am happy about that because while I like Popcorn, I don’t love it. When you compare it to other early 90’s horror films it tends to stand out due to the rest being so awful (most the time). Popcorn has a cool concept, I’ll give it that. It is a little goofy as well, but somehow it tends to make it work, more or less, for the film to have some value to it. In the movie, our main girl is having some very strange dreams. Her group she’s with from film school decides to have an all-night horror marathon and while setting up she finds a reel with her dream on it. That sets the stage for her mom to clearly know more than she’s letting on and for people to start dropping like flies during the marathon.

We have some cool effects in Popcorn and we have some blood, but I do wish we had just gotten a little more. Our killer is an interesting character that is able to at times disguise himself as other people, which adds a whole new element to the story and helps a lot. The movie still has a cool atmosphere and I think for many people that could be why everyone seems to dig it so much. I remember renting it at the video store when I was a kid, way back in 1993. I watched it once but was never full on hardcore about it like a lot of folks were. The bottom line on the movie for is still that it is a fun and worth a watch film. I just don’t think it is as great as it sometimes gets branded as. I do, however, think Synapse did a great job with the look of the film and am a fan of the transfer and extras on the disc.


– NEW 2K Scan of an Archival 35mm Interpositive
– NEW Blu-ray 7.1 Surround Sound Mix Supervised by Synapse Films (Original 2.0 Stereo Mix Included)
– NEW 5.1 Surround Mix for DVD
– Audio Commentary with Director Mark Herrier, Stars Jill Schoelen, Malcolm Danare, and Special Makeup Effects Artist Mat Falls
– Midnight Madness: The Making of Popcorn featuring interviews with Director Mark Herrier, Stars Jill Schoelen, Derek Rydall, Dee Wallace, Malcolm Danare, Ivette Soler, and Elliott Hurst, Special Makeup Effects Artist Mat Falls, Composer Paul Zaza, and Distributor Executive Jonathan Wolf (55 mins, HD)
– Electric Memories – An Interview with Actor Bruce Glover
– Original Theatrical Trailer, Television Trailer and TV Spots
– Still Gallery
– English Subtitles for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
– Blu-ray reversible cover art by Chris MacGibbon

Quality of Transfer: 93%