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A World Without Popcorn (09/14/2007)

released: Sep 14, 2007

description: A UFO streaks through the air above the small town of Hootersville and touches down in the middle of the woods. Life continues on as normal for the residents of the town, as the employees of Michael's Movie House clean up for the evening. Ushers Jerry and Carl discuss their lack of success with women while Julie, the concessions counter girl, begs off early to meet her boyfriend Joey.

Meanwhile, deep in the woods, a tentacled being emerges from the space ship and slithers towards civilizations. As it does, a human skin forms around it and it takes the shape of a man.

Julie and Joey park at the Peak, but quickly find themselves interrupted by the sight a completely nude man. The two teenagers flee the scene, abandoning Joey's car. The alien eases into the car and finds a kernel of popcorn that Joey removed from Julie's teeth. He puts it in his own mouth and is immediately smitten. He sets about driving to town, learning to speak by listening to the radio. He goes to the mall and obtains clothes, sunglasses, and some mad skateboarding skills. The alien then finds himself more popcorn and a help wanted ad for a popcorn server at Michael's Movie House.

Joey files a police report regarding his missing car with Sheriff Mildred Tubbs. The sheriff does not believe that a nude man could have threatened the teenagers so incredibly, but Joey remains indignant. The sheriff's daughter, Katie, asks her mother for permission to go to the movies and a brief moment of recognition passes between Joey and Katie before they part ways, Joey to find his car and Katie to see "Bratz: The Movie."

At the movie house, Julie has decided to go home early after being traumatized by her boyfriend running away from the naked man. The alien approaches the two ushers and expresses his interest in the available job. Given his impressive credentials and their immediate need for counter help, the two hire him on the spot. They train him on the popcorn machine and show him the popcorn stock room, where the alien immediately sets about fulfilling his insatiable need for popcorn and reproducing.

Julie returns to the movie house to get back to work and discovers herself replaced by a familiar face. She is terrified at first, but the alien wins her over. She allows herself to be lead to the popcorn warehouse, where all the young aliens are feasting and dancing. Meanwhile, Joey and Sheriff Tubbs find Joey's missing car at the same moment. They are mulling over this mystery when a wave of popcorn carries Joey away and into the movie house. The sheriff, stuck, attempts to eat her way out of the popcorn flood.

In the projection booth, Jerry and Carl suspect things may not be running normally and make their way to the popcorn warehouse. There they find the alien surrounded by his young. Joey rolls up on the wave of popcorn and confronts the alien on stealing his car and his girlfriend. He challenges the alien, who accepts the fight but points out Joey will also be facing his thousands of children as well. Joey begins to take on the aliens, yelling to Jerry and Carl that he has a full tank of gas in his car and a book of matches, and they should use that to take out as many of the aliens as they can. In the middle of this chaos, Sheriff Tubbs appears and reveals herself to be an alien as well.

Jerry and Carl dash out to the parking lot, where they set the car on fire and drive it into the movie theater. They dive out as it crashes into the midst of the alien fight, taking out all of the aliens except for the original, but also surrounding Joey and Julie in a ring of fire. They all claw their way out of the perilous movie house to the parking lot, where they find themselves followed by the alien, who has shed his human skin to reveal he is completely metal. The four frantically think what can conquer metal, and Jerry realizes humans are most entirely water. He valiantly sacrifices himself and in doing so conquers the alien.

Carl, Joey, and Julie escape to safety. Meanwhile, Katie Tubbs surveys the ashy remains of the movie house. She finds a kernel of popcorn, and a tentacle ominously emerges from her body to pick it up and put it in her mouth.

cast & crew:

Directed by . . . Jason Chin
"Bratz" Moviegoer . . . Jorin Garguilo
Alien #1 . . . Amy Verdon
Alien #2 . . . Colleen Breen
Alien #3 . . . Jorin Garguilo
Alien #4 . . . Kristen Studard
Alien #5 . . . Mel Evans
Alien #6 . . . Rob White
Alien #7 . . . Roger Payton
Alien #8 . . . Sean Kelley
Big and Tall Clerk . . . Kristen Studard
Carl . . . Rob White
Deer . . . Kristen Studard
Jerry . . . Sean Kelley
Joey Kristianapolis . . . Roger Payton
Julie . . . Mel Evans
Katie Tubbs . . . Colleen Breen
Old Woman . . . Kristen Studard
Orange Julius Cashier . . . Jorin Garguilo
Sheriff Mildred Tubbs . . . Kristen Studard
Skateboarding Teenager #1 . . . Jorin Garguilo
Skateboarding Teenager #2 . . . Sean Kelley
The Alien . . . Michael Johnson


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