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Your worst nightmare? This horror film festival’s full lineup

Popcorn Frights Film Festival will host several North American premieres when it returns to Miami Beach on Aug. 11, as announced most recently on Monday. 

The niche festival is lauded for screening the most horror films in Florida. This year, Popcorn Frights will feature more than 40 debuts plus an opening night of “Tragedy Girls,” “Terrifier” and “Jackals.” The films include horror comedies, gothic nightmares and psychological thrillers. If that sounds like a lot to pack into one festival, then festival co-founder Igor Shteyrenberg is doing his job.

When they launched the first festival in 2015,  Shteyrenberg and co-founder Marc Ferman envisioned Popcorn Frights as a celebration of eveyr facet of the horror film genre. For the Third Annual Popcorn Frights, that means several dozen films from eight countries that will be viewed over the course of seven days.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled with this year’s Popcorn Frights Film Festival program as it offers something exciting for every horror lover. These films brilliantly showcase the breadth and quality of genre work being produced worldwide and serves as a great reminder that the genre form is both thriving and continuously evolving,” Shteyrenberg said in a written statement.

Likely to be a huge highlight of this year’s festival is the new program Homegrown: 100% Pure Fresh-Squeezed Florida Horror, which seeks to highlight talent from the local film making community. Here are the films, as described by the team at Popcorn Frights:

  • “Primal Scream” directed by Rodney Ascher US: 30 minutes, 2017 FLORIDA PREMIERE. Acclaimed filmmaker Rodney Ascher (Room 237, The Nightmare) has created a singular hybrid of documentary and horror that explores how pop culture can scar you for life.
  • “Buzzcut” directed by Jon Rhoads & Mike Marrero US: 9 minutes, 2017 MIAMI PREMIERE. Jane is out to get a buzzcut and ends up dealing with apocalyptic matters of a special kind while trying to fix the haircut her barber botched so that she can get laid before she dies.
  • “It Began Without Warning” directed by Jessica Curtright & Santiago C. Tapia US: 6 minutes, 2017 FLORIDA PREMIERE. A body horror-tinged tale that crawls.
  • “5 The Midnight Service” directed by Brett Potter & Dean Colin Marcial US: 10 minutes, 2017 FLORIDA PREMIERE. A true-crime home invasion episode about an urban legend, notorious criminal, occult pop culture, and first-hand account of the unknown.
  • “Pandemonium” directed by Luis Mendez US: 15 minutes, 2017 FLORIDA PREMIERE. As a catastrophic epidemic devastates the world, a man survivor fights to save his daughter from the mysterious virus that has already consumed his wife.

The first wave of screenings were announced June 12. For the complete seven-day line up, visit


When: Aug. 11- Aug. 17

Where: Varies Tickets: Single screening tickets are $12 at