CUT THROUGH THE FICTION OF THE HORROR CLASSIC “SCREAM” AND UNCOVER THE INSPIRATION BEHIND THE FILM IN
“THE REAL STORY: SCREAM”
Available on DVD from Public Media Distribution, LLC on September 5th
Arlington, Va. – August 31, 2017 – Public Media Distribution, LLC announced today it is releasing the Smithsonian Channel™ program “THE REAL STORY: SCREAM” on DVD. The program is a closer look at the slasher classic that revitalized horror movies when it was released in 1996 by including elements of black comedy, ”whodunit” mysteries, and meta-commentary on the genre.
“Scream” kick started a new horror franchise and created a new subgenre of horror that spawned a number of imitators. The gorefest may seem like Hollywood fiction, but it was actually loosely inspired by an actual killing spree that sent an idyllic Florida university town into a panic, known as the Gainesville Ripper case. Viewers will uncover the terrifying true events behind the horror film as the program investigates the parallels between the fictional serial-killer and the real-life serial-killer.
“THE REAL STORY: SCREAM” will be available on DVD September 5, 2017. The run time of the program is approximately 50 minutes, and the SRP is $14.99.
The serial killings of Danny Rolling, the “Gainesville Ripper,” sparked a student exodus in the university town and the largest manhunt in Florida’s history. “THE REAL STORY: SCREAM” explores the impact Rolling’s shocking killing spree had, from the media frenzy to the mass paranoia that swept across the small community. The program follows the trials and tribulations of the year-long investigation to track down the murderer. Viewers will hear firsthand from witnesses, homicide investigators and scientists how the forensic team finally pieced together the murderer’s methodology, and uncovered the trail of evidence that finally led police to unmask the killer.
About The Real Story
They've thrilled us, horrified us, and devastated us. They've raised questions about our past and given us hope for a brighter future. They are some of Hollywood's biggest hits, all works of fiction, but all inspired by real events more dramatic than anything a screenwriter could dream up.