HORROR BUSINESS Episode 63: SPOOKIES & POPCORN

Greetings, and welcome back to Horror Business. We have one awesome episode in store for you guys. In this episode we’re talking about 1986’s Spookies and 1991’s Popcorn.

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We start by briefly discussing what we’ve done lately involving horror. Justin talks about seeing Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark, Liam talks about the surprise of finding out that The Walking Dead comic book series wrapped up, and we discuss the trailers for Underwater, Antlers, The Pool, Bliss, Happy Face, Satanic Panic, Parasite, The Death Of Dick Long, The Golden Glove, Climate Of The Hunter, Scream, Queen!, Rock Paper Scissors, Something Else, and Deerskin. Justin also talks about attending Monster Mania Con in Cherry Hill last weekend.

We begin by talking about Spookies. We give a basic outline of the plot and discuss the troubled production of the film, in which the entirety of the film was shot and then the financier decided to shoot additional footage with a different director to pad the running time.

The weird phenomenon of actual adults looking for a place to drink and party in the beginning is discussed. We talk about how the movies strength (the excellent practical effects) is also is its biggest weakness, in that the film is clearly just an extended set up to show off the various effects.

The unfortunate problematic nature of the Asian spider women is touched upon. Some of our favorite parts of the movie are discussed. We talk about the phenomenon of a bad movie being made earnestly being somewhat redeeming.

We conclude by talking about how despite being flawed it is still a rather charming movie, and how it’s a shame it’s so hard to find on home media.

Next up is Popcorn. We give a brief outline of the movie and discuss how it has developed a cult following since it’s been released, despite being widely panned critically. We talk about the movie’s failed attempt at offering some kind of “meta” commentary on slasher films. The troubled production of the movie is touched upon.

We talk about what doesn’t work for the movie, including lackluster performances, disjointed narratives, and a weak storyline. Justin argues that the movie isn’t clever or good enough to accomplish what it sets out to do, which is lightly parody and skewer the William Castle style gimmicks of 1950s/1960s horror and scifi movies.

The films attempt at being subversive and failing is touched upon. Liam argues that movie actually succeeds at being “respectful” to the movies it’s attempting to skewer. Some of inconsistencies in the movie are discussed

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Justin Lore

Greetings and salutations. My name is Justin Lore and I am the creator and cohost of the Horror Business podcast as well as the social media guru of Cinepunx. I occasionally write movie reviews and retrospectives as well. I’m a weird dog dad and my favorite movie of all time is AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON. Tell me Spielberg didn’t direct POLTERGEIST and I’ll call you a liar.

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Comments

  1. Just be glad you’re too young to have seen both of these shit shows in the theater in 1986 & 1991. Tom Villard was great in One Crazy Summer though. I saw spookies on a double bill with Ghoulies.

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