For long-time horror fan Jason Sheppard, coming across the film festival called Popcorn Frights in 2015 changed the way he experienced horror films in South Florida.
The event, which took place last weekend, is one of the largest genre-based festivals in the southeastern United States. It the past three years, organizers say they have screened films from more than 20 countries.
“I feel welcomed every time and I get to meet people that like the same thing as me, whether it’s an event or an individual screening,” said Sheppard.
Founders Igor Shteyrenberg and Marc Ferman said they wanted to give horror fans a home in South Florida, which previously had nothing similar. They say they are looking to continue growing the event, which went from 400 attendees in 2015 to more than 6,000 in 2017,.
Sheppard said he appreciates the growth.
“Every year you see it grow and every year it is more fun than the last,” he said.
The festival ran from Oct. 4 to Oct. 7 with screenings at the Savor Cinema in Fort Lauderdale. As a tribute to director John Carpenter, it showcased presentations of “Halloween,” “Christine,” “The Thing” and “They Live.”