Late-night Shock Theater, with all its classic horror and monster movies, will be relived on the big screen at Greer City Park next month with Thursday Thrillers, a four-week movie series that ends the night before All Hallows' Eve with a true cult classic, The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Fans of these movies have very likely only seen showings in movie theaters or on television. Bringing the thrillers in an open-air venue presents a completely new viewing experience, said Laurie Campbell, City of Greer events coordinator.
Thursday Thrillers builds on the successful Moonlight Movies summer series, at which crowds topped out at more than 600 viewers in the 500-seat City Park amphitheater, Campbell said.
The Halloween series opens Oct. 8 with Invasion of the Body Snatchers, the 1956 science-fiction horror film about a small-town doctor who discovers that townspeople are being replaced by emotionless alien duplicates that have killed and disposed of their human victims.
The Birds, a classic Alfred Hitchcock thriller, will be shown Oct. 15, followed by a double-feature monster marathon Oct. 22. The Creature from the Black Lagoon introduces audiences to a creature lurking in the deep, black waters of the Amazon, while The Wolf Man will have viewers wandering the forests of Wales when the full moon rises.
Twilight Zone: The Movie, a 1983 film based on tales from Rod Serling's television series, will be shown Oct. 29. A costume contest will precede the show with prizes for the best dressed.
Concessions and beer sales will begin at 6 p.m., and movies will be shown at 8 p.m.
Thursday Thrillers concludes on a Friday, Oct. 30 to be exact, with a rare outdoor showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, restricted those who are 18 years old and older. Viewers will be swept into the bizarre world of Dr. Frank N Furter, the sweet transvestite from Transsexual, Transylvania.
Concessions and beer sales will begin at 9 p.m. that evening, followed by preshow activities and an 11 p.m. show time.