- 1 hr 31 min
Popcorn is a horror movie that pays homage to the B horror movies of the 1950s and 1960s. The film's main character, Maggie (Jill Scholen), is a film major who suffers from horrible nightmares involving some type of film festival and murder. As it so happens, Maggie's professor proposes that if the class will help put on a 1950s B horror movie film festival to help raise much-needed funding for the class, then he will agree to show their independent films during the festival. Maggie and her classmates eagerly agree and work diligently to prepare the theatre for the festival. During the course of their preparations they come across a film entitled 'Possession,' a film made by a cult leader named Lanyard Gates who made the film, a documentary of his attempts at human sacrifice in front of his followers. Maggie confesses her problems with the nightmares to one of her classmates, Tobey (Tom Villard), who tells her that it could be possible that her dreams are actually flashbacks of memories that she may have repressed. Maggie begins asking questions of her mother, Suzanne, (Dee Wallace Stone), who tells Maggie she can't understand the source of her dreams, yet she goes to the theatre in search of clues, only to disappear. The film festival finally arrives. However, one by one Maggie's friends and teacher begin disappearing, including Maggie. Maggie's love interest, Mark, goes in search of clues, which leads him to Toby's apartment where he makes several startling discoveries. Maggie finds herself held hostage by Toby as he explains his plans for her. It seems that Toby's mother was a part of Gates' cult and that Suzanne is actually Maggie's aunt who rescued her from her father, Gates. Toby is seeking revenge for the death of his mother and the injuries he received from the fire Suzanne started to save Maggie.