The Denver Film Society announced today a late addition to this summer’s Film on the Rocks lineup. Guaranteed to add a much-needed chill in July, Wes Craven’s 1996 horror masterpiece Scream will slash through the silver screen in honor of its twentieth anniversary on Thursday, July 7.
Scream, written by Kevin Williamson, turned the horror genre on its ear with its darkly comic and meta tale of teen friends who find themselves fighting against an attack from a ghost-faced killer who uses their knowledge of modern slasher films against them.
Scream and its three sequels aimed to change the face of modern horror, which up until their release had been given an expiration date. The first film was a sleeper hit and created Ghostface, an iconic boogeyman with a revolving identity who joined the ranks of spooky greats Jason Voorhees and Freddy Krueger. It became a major career milestone for stars Neve Campbell, Rose McGowan, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Drew Barrymore, Skeet Ulrich, Jamie Kennedy and Matthew Lillard.
Scream's Ghostface is a cut above other horror-movie stalkers.
“We had been cooking up some way to honor Wes Craven," who died last August of cancer, says Britta Erickson, festival director for the Film Society and programmer for FOTR, "and this monumental horror film’s anniversary for a while. But with his death last year, it became clear that the right way to let fans of scary movies pay tribute is with a screening at our amazing outdoor venue that has proven so successful in riling up goosebumps with showings we’ve done of The Shining, Jaws and Friday the 13th.”
A yet-to-be-determined band will open for the movie, and viewers are invited to take a cue from the Scream Screen series at the Denver Film Society’s home theater, the Sie FilmCenter, and dress up as their favorite “final girl” of horror greats. Costume contests will pay tribute to the strong female pioneers of horror-movie survival. (Masks are not allowed at Red Rocks, so leave your scary ghost face at home.)
Campbell's Sidney Prescott is one of horror's most enduring "final girls."
The TBD band will perform at 6:30 p.m., and the film will play, naturally, when it gets good and dark. Tickets are $15 and available at denverfilm.org.
Here's the updated Film on the Rocks lineup for the rest of the summer:
June 15 – Citizen Kane, in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the dedication of Red Rocks Amphitheatre
June 20 – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, with Strawberry Runners and the Baltic
July 7 - Scream, with musical guest
July 11 – The Sandlot, with special guests and Brent Cowles
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July 25 – Labyrinth, with a School of Rock tribute to David Bowie
August 23 – Deadpool, with he Blue Rider
September 6 – Star Wars: The Force Awakens, with Rose Quartz