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Pop Skull

Montreal Premiere

  • Horror
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  • USA
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  • 2007
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  • 86 min
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  • HD
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  • English
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Hosted by Co-Writer/Director Adam Wingard

WINNER: Grand Jury Prize for Best Feature Film, Boston Underground Film Festival 2008

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“Distinctive, visually powerful and uncompromising” — Robert Koehler, VARIETY

“A strange film about a strange person who does and experiences some very strange things... a headf*ck in all the best possible meanings” — Johnny Butane, DREAD CENTRAL


Director: Adam Wingard
Screenplay: Adam Wingard, E.L. Katz, Lane Hughes
Cast: Lane Hughes, Brandon Carroll, Maggie Henry
Producers: E.L. Katz, Peter Katz, Lane Hughes
Print Source: Wild Bunch

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2008 | 7 min



STROBE WARNING: This film contains prolonged visual effects that may be harmful to epileptics.

When Adam Wingard’s POP SKULL exploded onto the genre circuit in 2007, it signalled a major new talent. He already had one feature under his belt — the gore-drenched HOME SICK, which world-premiered at Fantasia that same year — but it was POP SKULL that established the heady, interior sensibility that would make Wingard unique on the scene. With Wingard since becoming one of the busiest young directors in the genre (most recently signed on as one of the 26 directors participating in horror anthology THE ABC’S OF DEATH), we felt that POP SKULL was ripe for revisiting on the big screen.

POP SKULL depicts the lonely and disjointed life of Daniel, a young Alabama pill addict, as his efforts to cope with the trials of his day-to-day life collide with the increasing influence of murderous and displaced spirits that inhabit his home. As Daniel’s sense of reality deteriorates and phantasms run amok in his fuzzed-out mind, we too come to question what it is we are seeing and experiencing. The film moves in and out of Daniel’s head, beautifully contrasting moments of lucidity with frenzied chaos.

The low-light listlessness of POP SKULL would become a trademark for Wingard, and his characters going forward would routinely struggle for connection while simultaneously shrinking from the violence that inevitably lay at the end of that pursuit — see also A HORRIBLE WAY TO DIE and WHAT FUN WE WERE HAVING at Fantasia this year. The film takes some unexpected turns, and plays freely with genre conventions. Although there’s plenty here to please fans of cerebral horror, the film is as much a heady drug movie as a horror movie and belongs in the same select canon as MORE, THE PEOPLE NEXT DOOR and DRUGSTORE COWBOY, with hallucination sequences that rival drug-staple THE TRIP. With intense sound design and visuals that will blow your brain out the back of your head, POP SKULL is an unconventional but wholly unforgettable story of a life and a love gone wrong.

—Kier-La Janisse

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