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All Hail The Popcorn King

With Squee Projects’ All Hail the Popcorn King, filmmaker Hansi Oppenheimer paints a vivid picture of award-winning author and screenwriter Joe R.Lansdale (“Bubba Ho-Tep”, “Cold in July”) in what’s been described as a “five star” film (GrimdarkMagazine). Chronicling the life and career of the Lone Star State’s “writer of the purple rage”, the acclaimed documentary also features new interviews with the likes of Bruce Campbell, James Purefoy, Joe Hill, Don Coscarelli, Mick Garris, Del Howison, Amber Benson, novelist David J. Schow and former Fangoria editor Tony Timpone. All Hail The Popcorn King has been touring the country and will be released wider over the coming months.


All Hail the Popcorn King trailer about writer Joe R. Lansdale who’s written over 50 novels and 500 short stories including Bubba Ho-Tep, Cold in July, The Drive-in, the Hap & Leonard series. Joe is also a Master in Martial Arts and created his own technique. He’s well known for his unique voice as well as his generosity and support of other writers and filmmakers.

All Hail The Popcorn King

The documentary is a truly insightful voyage of Joe’s life. It takes us right back to the beginning where we learn how he started writing at an incredibly young age. From there, we learn all about the trials and tribulations of his life which has led him to where he is today. With some great input from giants in the industry, the documentary is must-see for any horror aficionado.

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As for director Hansi Oppenheimer, she’s an independent filmmaker and the CEO of The Squee Project, a media network supporting representation, feminism & diversity in pop culture. They encourage collaboration not competition.

Hansi is the Producer/ Director of:
All Hail the Popcorn King : The Joe R. Lansdale Documentary
Squee Fu: Fans Celebrate the Return of Joe Bob Briggs
Squee! Identifying as a Fangrrl
Squee! Costuming, Cosplay & Identity 
She created and produced
Color Me Obsessed; A Film About The Replacements.
She produced the fan-centric creative event SqueeCon 12/18. As well as this, she also produces a podcast; The Grr in Fangrrl on BlockTalkRadio. She has produced fan film festivals and is currently touring with All Hail the Popcorn King.


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So today we’ve had a sneak preview of what looks to be an AWESOME movie!  BRUTAL centres on Trevor (Morgan Benoit), abducted from his backyard at the age of fifteen by an unseen alien presence. Forced into nearly two decades of no-holds-barred fights against other abductees inside an unearthly mixed martial arts arena, Trevor has evolved from an innocent boy into a brutal fighting machine. Derek, (Jeff Hatch) an ambulance-chasing lawyer, is the latest lab rat abductee to face Trevor.

As the two men exchange ever-increasing beatings over the course of weeks and months, the brutality of their existence and the true nature of their humanity is slowly revealed. With elements of the Twilight Zone, Brutal explores through science fiction, allegory and psychological drama, man’s violent nature and our propensity to commit unthinkable acts of violence against each other. Yet through this prism of brutality our capacity to love one another, even in the worst of circumstances is celebrated.


The fight sequences were created by one of Hollywood’s top stunt performers, Colin Follenweider. Colin was Paul Rudd’s stunt double in ANT MAN and he has over 70 credits to his name including AVATAR, X-MEN, LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD and DIVERGENT.

It looks awesome and the sound of bone-snapping will haunt me for quite a long time! God knows what else we’ll be subjected to when the full film is released, but judging by this shot to the jewels it looks like we’re in for some grotesque, toe-curling gore!


Keep an eye out for this one folks! It’s available on Pay Per View this month in the US and should be available on DVD from May. Not based in the US? Fear not! A global release is planned for later in the year!

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