POPCORN FRIGHTS: When the Screaming Starts (2021)

Aidan Mendle (Ed Hartland) wants to be the kind of killing machine that gets his own Netflix doc or podcasts following his horrible crime spree. His girlfriend Julia (Katherine Bennett-Fox) is holding back sex until that happens; she’s also auditioning a family of their own, a cult of like-minded killers.

Nathan Graysmith (Jared Rogers) is looking for a way to get his filmmaking career going. True crime seems like the way to go; he finds Adam and Julia to be willing subjects.

There’s no way this is going to end well.

Adding Weird twins Veronika and Viktoria (Ronja Haugholt and Vår Haugholt), senior citizen Donald (John-Christian Bateman), butcher Jack (Yasen Atour), Masoud (Kavé Niku) who is looking for a yoga support group, rich goth girl Amy (Octavia Gilmore) and social media influencer Imogen (Sui-see Hung), they decide that their first night of mayhem will be a home invasion — the targets have been picked by Amy — with Nathan filming it all.

Director Conor Boru, who wrote this with Ed Hartland, has a cute concept that he’s infused with a great undercurrent of uncertainty; the horror and madness can intrude at any time and those that want to be a killer the most may not be prepared for what happens when someone who is a true murderer rears their head.

I saw When the Screaming Starts at Popcorn Frights. When there’s a way to watch it outside of fests, I will update this post.

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