|Directed by||Adam Wingard|
|Produced by||Lane Hughes
E. L. Katz
|Written by||Lane Hughes
E. L. Katz
|Music by||Justin Leigh
|Edited by||Adam Wingard|
|Distributed by||HALO 8 Entertainment|
In 2003, filmmaker Adam Wingard approached Mexican American actor Lane Hughes with the idea of doing a semi-autobiographical film about a recent breakup. They conceived the film as "one-part psychedelic, one-part horror and one-part romance" and made it for $2,000.00.
The film 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.
Pop Skull screened at several major film festivals, including the American Film Institute and the Rome Film Festival. It won the jury award at the Boston Underground Film Festival and the Grand Jury Prize at the Indianapolis International Film Festival.
|Italy||October 7, 2007||Rome Film Festival|
|Italy||October 18, 2007||Rome Film Fest|
|United States||November 2, 2007||American Film Institute|
|New Zealand||July 21, 2008||New Zealand International Film Festivals|
Reviews were generally enthusiastic. LA Splash said Hughes gave "a truly magnetic Manson vibe the entire time, allowing director Adam Wingard to make great use of the extreme close-up". The Grudge screenwriter Stephen Susco remarked that it was "unlike any horror film you've ever seen - or will ever see..." Variety called the movie "powerful" and suggested it created "a new genre: acid horror."
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