Popcorn Frights Wicked Weekend Presents Premieres and Anniversaries of Favorite Fear Fare

Having just recently presented its annual full festival version, Florida’s Popcorn Frights now announces its annual Wicked Weekend program, feature film events, filmmaker visits, restorations, and special screenings, taking place from September 28 through October 2. From opening night feature Smile to a double bill of Halloween sequels and much more, this is one wild weekend that fright-fare fanatics won’t want to miss. Following is the official press announcement.

Just in time for the spooky season, Popcorn Frights is thrilled to announce its annual Wicked Weekend program celebrating all the eerie, weird, wild, and strange things that go bump in the night! The event, running September 28 through October 2, will feature nine film events plus a host of filmmakers, restorations, and special screenings.


Everything kicks off with the opening night debut of SMILE, the disturbing new horror from Paramount Pictures starring Sosie Bacon (13 Reasons Why) as a doctor whose life unravels as increasingly bizarre forces drag her to the edge of sanity.

Wicked Weekend is also headlined by the North American Premiere of the fun and fantastically splatter-packed love letter to horror anthologies and the VHS era of yesteryear SCARE PACKAGE II: RAD CHAD’S REVENGE, as well as the hotly anticipated sequel to the cult-favorite slasher TERRIFIER 2 featuring the demonic killer Art the Clown who is up to his old tricks once again.

Scare Package II: Rad Chad’s Revenge

Other highlights include the 35th anniversary of Kathryn Bigelow’s ultra-violent triumph NEAR DARK starring the late-great Bill Paxton and the 25th anniversary of the Kevin Williamson penned (Scream) 90s slasher I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, and Freddie Prinze Jr. 

This year’s Wicked Weekend will feature one hell of a family reunion with a special double-bill presentation of HALLOWEEN 4: THE RETURN OF MICHAEL MYERS and HALLOWEEN 5: THE REVENGE OF MICHAEL MYERS, which will include a Michael Myers & Jamie Lloyd costume contest with special prizes and giveaways.

Spirit Halloween: The Movie

Rounding out the program is the Florida Premiere of SPIRIT HALLOWEEN: THE MOVIE starring Christopher Lloyd & Rachel Leigh Cook in a Nickelodeon meets The Goonies diabolical coming-of-age thriller, as well as a celebration of Alex Proyas’ gloriously gothic and brutal revenge tale THE CROW starring Brandon Lee as a badass antihero in his final electric performance.

Celebrated as one of “The World’s 50 Best Genre Festivals” by MovieMaker Magazine, Popcorn Frights recently wrapped its eighth edition this past August with more than 10,000 filmgoers and industry professionals attending its summer week of wicked films, events, and parties. The ninth annual Popcorn Frights Film Festival will take place August 10-20, 2023 across South Florida with submissions now open via Film Freeway. Shorts, features, documentaries, animation, film and video — all are welcome and can be submitted at the link: https://filmfreeway.com/popcornfrightsfilmfestival

Popcorn Frights showcases features and shorts by filmmakers from around the world to an audience of horror lovers and filmmakers, industry, and journalists. Amongst others, Lucile Hadzihalilovic, Scott Beck & Bryan Woods, Issa Lopez, Jenn Wexler, Leigh Whannel, Justin Long, Jennifer Reeder, Adam Egypt Mortimer, Natasha Kermani, Joe Lynch, and horror legend Chuck Russell have attended, participated, and premiered their films at the Popcorn Frights Film Festival.




United States | 2022 | 116 Min. | Dir. Parker Finn

After witnessing a bizarre, traumatic incident involving a patient, Dr. Rose Cotter (Sosie Bacon) starts experiencing frightening occurrences that she can’t explain. As an overwhelming terror begins taking over her life, Rose must confront her troubling past in order to survive and escape her horrifying new reality.

The Crow

United States | 1994 | 102 Min. | Dir. Alex Proyas

A man brutally murdered comes back to life as an undead avenger of his and his fiancée’s murder in Alex Proyas’ gothic revenge tale starring the late-great Brandon Lee.

Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers

1988 | 88 Min. | Dir. Dwight H. Little

Ten years after his original massacre, Michael Myers awakens on Halloween Eve and returns to Haddonfield to kill his seven-year-old niece.

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers

1989 | 96 Min. | Dir. Dominique Othenin-Girard

One year after the events of Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, the Shape returns to Haddonfield once again in an attempt to kill his now-mute niece.

I Know What You Did Last Summer

25th Anniversary Presentation

1997 | 101 Min. | Dir. Jim Gillespie

In screenwriter Kevin Williamson’s iconic 90s thriller, four young friends bound by a tragic accident are reunited when they find themselves being stalked by a hook-wielding maniac in their small seaside town.

Near Dark

35th Anniversary Presentation

1987 | 94 Min. | Dir. Kathryn Bigelow

A small-town farmer’s son reluctantly joins a traveling group of vampires after he is bitten by a beautiful drifter in Kathryn Bigelow’s ultra-violent genre triumph starring Bill Paxton, Jenny Wright, and Lance Henriksen.

Scare Package II: Rad Chad’s Revenge

North American Premiere

2022 | 98 Min. | Dirs. Aaron B. Koontz, Alexandra Barreto, Anthony Cousins, Jed Shepherd, Rachele Wiggins

When horror guru Rad Chad Buckley’s funeral turns into an elaborate series of hilarious death traps, the guests must band together and use the rules of horror to survive the bloody game.

Spirit Halloween: The Movie

Florida Premiere

2022 | 87 Min. | Dir. David Poag

When a Halloween store opens in a deserted strip-mall, three friends, thinking they’ve outgrown trick or treating, decide to spend the night locked inside. But their night of spook-filled fun soon turns to outlandish survival in this coming-of-age thriller starring Christopher Lloyd and Rachel Leigh Cook.

Terrifier 2

Florida Premiere

2022 | 137 Min. | Dir. Damien Leone

Resurrected by occult forces, Art the Clown returns to wreak bloody havoc on the residents of Miles County, targeting a frazzled mother and her kids.

Joseph Perry
Joseph Perry fell in love with horror films as a preschooler when he first saw the Gill-Man swim across the TV screen in "The Creature from The Black Lagoon" and Mothra battle Godzilla in "Godzilla Vs. The Thing.” His education in fright fare continued with TV series such as "The Twilight Zone" and "Outer Limits," along with legendary northern California horror host Bob Wilkins’ "Creature Features." His love for silver age and golden age comic books, including horror titles from Gold Key, Dell, and Marvel started around age 5.

He is a contributing writer for the "Phantom of the Movies VideoScope" and “Drive-In Asylum” print magazines and the websites Horror Fuel, Diabolique Magazine, The Scariest Things, B&S About Movies, and When It Was Cool. He is a co-host of the "Uphill Both Ways" pop culture nostalgia podcast and also writes for its website. Joseph occasionally proudly co-writes articles with his son Cohen Perry, who is a film critic in his own right.

A former northern Californian and Oregonian, Joseph has been teaching, writing, and living in South Korea since 2008.