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Bruce Campbell Takes on the Stanley Hotel

This isn't exactly how Bruce Campbell will show up at the Stanley. The real thing will be much better.
This isn't exactly how Bruce Campbell will show up at the Stanley. The real thing will be much better. Stanley Hotel/Bruce Campbell

Fans of horror, from the Evil Dead flicks to Stephen King’s The Shining, will have only one thing to say about BruceFest, the brand-new and super-spooky team-up of Bruce “Ash Williams” Campbell and Estes Park’s infamous Stanley Hotel: Groovy.

Campbell is perhaps best known for his role in the Sam Raimi series of movies, from Evil Dead to its sequel to Army of Darkness, but also through other movies, comic books and more. Since the first film’s debut in 1981, both the movie and its chiseled-chinned star have become cult classics, influencing much of the horror that’s come in the four decades that have followed.

In November, perennial fan favorite Campbell will grace the storied hallways of Colorado’s Stanley Hotel, inspiration for The Shining and ghost stories galore, for the first-ever BruceFest, a multi-night event running from Friday, November 12, through Sunday, November 14. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday September 17.

Packages for admission to the ultimate weekend experience in grueling horror come in three levels: the “Deadite Package,” the “Necronomicon Ex-Mortis Package” and the “Kandarian Demon Package.”

The Deadite Package ($300) includes the following:
  • Watch With Screenings: the "centerpiece of the weekend’s events" are the screenings of the Evil Dead series, "featuring Bruce Campbell delivering hilarious and enlightening live commentary while answering questions from the audience."
  • Quintessential Horror Film Exhibit: a self-guided, curated exhibit, complete with informative displays.
  • Evil Dead Photo Op Experience: a unique photo experience that features larger-than-life set pieces, providing guests a once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunity in the Evil Dead universe.
  • Ghostly Scavenger Hunt: a custom game through the woods surrounding the Stanley Hotel, combining a traditional nature hike with a treasure hunt for relics from Evil Dead films.
  • Continuous Showings of Your Favorite Bruce Movies, including Evil Dead, Evil Dead II, Army of Darkness, Bubba Ho-Tep and My Name Is Bruce.
  • Additional Surprise Activations: event-wide competitions, prizes, and so much more.
The Necronomicon Ex-Mortis Package ($450) includes all of the above, plus:
  • A signed event poster
  • Preferred access to events and screenings
  • Access to the Evil Dead VIP Groovy Cocktail Party hosted by Bruce Campbell himself, billed as “a moment to remember featuring custom cocktail recipes, hors d’oeuvres, and the chance to chat with Bruce!”
The ultimate fan package, though, is the Kandarian Demon Package ($600), which includes everything from the first two categories, plus a VIP photo op and an invite to the Evil Dead VIP Murder Mystery Dinner Party with Bruce Campbell. The delicious dinner will be catered by Chef Binotto, who trained under Iron Chef Morimoto and is currently the consulting chef for the Tim Burton-themed “Beetle House” restaurant group. The dinner will also include the sparkling wit of Bruce Campbell himself and an interactive murder mystery to solve, all of which comes together to create "one of the most memorable meals of the guests' lives!”
Hotel rooms at the Stanley are separate from event packages, but are available until capacity is met; attendees can make room reservations directly with the Stanley. For more information about the event, see the BruceFest website — and get ready to Hail to the King, baby.

The premiere of BruceFest live at the Stanley Hotel runs November 12 through 14. For tickets, check AXS online or call 888-929-7849.
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Teague Bohlen is a writer, novelist and professor at the University of Colorado Denver. His first novel, The Pull of the Earth, won the Colorado Book Award for Literary Fiction in 2007; his textbook The Snarktastic Guide to College Success came out in 2014. His new collection of flash fiction, Flatland, is available now.
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