With a landscape boasting sun, fun, sand and surf, Florida is hardly the land of Edgar Allen Poe-ish gothic horror, right?
Don’t you believe it.
This year, the 3rd edition of South Florida’s only horror movie festival, Popcorn Frights, is celebrating Florida’s native scariness with a new category: “Homegrown: 100% Pure Fresh Squeezed Florida Horror.”
Popcorn Frights co-founder and co-director Igor Shteyrenberg says the festival promises to deliver the “coolest, most twisted, beautiful, mind-bending, horrifying, and hilarious films to South Florida audiences.”
The “Homegrown” series is dedicated to reinvigorating the audience's engagement with the state’s homegrown talent. “This platform is designed to be a springboard for new filmmakers from Florida,” says Shteyrenberg.
Among the offerings is a short film set and shot in Key West. “Buzzcut” follows the travails of a young woman who runs headlong into a zombie apocalypse while searching for a stylist to repair her bad haircut.
South Florida-based filmmakers Jonathon Rhoads and Mike Marrero co-directed the movie.
Marrero says the sight of the zombie makeup and gory special effects during the shoot stopped a few mild-mannered Key West denizens and visitors dead in their tracks.
“Our lead actor just running around, completely covered in blood,” he recounts with a laugh. “I think we might have ruined a tour or two.”
Popcorn Frights Film Festival
August 11 to August 17
O Cinema Wynwood
90 NW 29th St., Miami