Fright nights com­ing to Fort Laud­erdale

Film Fes­ti­val mov­ing from Mi­ami to Sa­vor Cin­ema

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Af­ter three years of fright­en­ing movie­go­ers in Mi­ami, the Pop­corn Frights Film Fes­ti­val will un­leash its zom­bies and chain­saw-wield­ing killers in Fort Laud­erdale.

The hor­ror-film fes­ti­val is leav­ing the in­de­pen­dent theater O Cin­ema, its home since 2015, and re­lo­cat­ing to the down­town Sa­vor Cin­ema. But be­fore the hor­ror fest re­turns for its fourth edi­tion Aug. 10-16, or­ga­niz­ers will screen three hor­ror films be­tween May and July, start­ing with the 1985 clas­sic “Re­turn of the Liv­ing Dead” May11.

Pom­pano Beach-based scream queen Lin­nea Quigley, who stars in “The Re­turn of the Liv­ing Dead,” will host the screen­ing of the hor­ror-com­edy, about a mys­te­ri­ous mil­i­tary chem­i­cal that an­i­mates the dead in a small town.

While O Cin­ema drew faith­ful Pop­corn Frights cinephiles for years, fes­ti­val or­ga­nizer Igor Shteyren­berg says the venue’s 100-seat au­di­to­rium couldn’t sus­tain de­mand, lead­ing him to turn movie­go­ers away from sold-out screen­ings. Sa­vor Cin­ema’s au­di­to­rium, at 216 seats, will help solve that prob­lem, he says.

“[Sa­vor Cin­ema] used to be a Methodist Church in the 1940s, and that was ex­actly the kind of holy hell that we needed to raise,” said Shteyren­berg, who op­er­ates the fes­ti­val with co-founder Marc Fer­man.

The de­ci­sion to move Pop­corn Frights north came af­ter Shteyren­berg re­searched Fort Laud­erdale’s re­cent surge of high-rises and re­vi­tal­ized art districts. Much of the hor­ror fes­ti­val’s at­ten­dees were also com­mut­ing to Mi­ami from Broward County, he says.

“The crazy, old Wyn­wood vibe, the mu­ral art — it’s all mov­ing north,” Shteyren­berg says. “We’re com­ing at the right time,

The Re­turn of the Liv­ing Dead

Where: Sa­vor Cin­ema, 503 SE Sixth St., in Fort Laud­erdale When: 10 p.m. May 11 Cost: Ad­mis­sion is $9-$10 Con­tact: and it’s go­ing to be big­ger and gorier than any­thing you’ve seen.”

Af­ter “The Re­turn of the Liv­ing Dead,” Pop­corn Frights will host a 10 p.m. June 15 remastered screen­ing of the 1974 film “The Texas Chain Saw Mas­sacre,” paired with a Texas-style bar­be­cue in the theater’s court­yard. That will be fol­lowed by a 10 p.m. July13 screen­ing of “ANight­mare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master,” which will in­clude slices of some­thing called “Freddy’s soul­fully de­li­cious meat­ball pizza.”

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