Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Rocky Horror Memories

Someone unknowingly brought back a great memory for me the other day. Thanks Denise!

Almost 20 years ago, I saw a movie with my ex and a bunch of our friends. I only saw this movie once on the ‘big screen’, but it was a night and experience I’ll never forget!

A popular theatre in the area was closing and they were giving a final midnight showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Let There Be Lips!

Have you ever seen this movie?


Don’t run out and rent it if you haven’t, it’s just not the same unless you experience it LIVE!

When we got to the theater, I wasn't sure if I had arrived to see a movie, or attend a costume party?!?!?

People waiting in line were dressed in their PJ's, raincoats, wedding dresses and all sorts of outfits that looked like a bus on the way to a retro convention had exploded in the parking lot.

After everyone was inside and had taken their seats, we had to wait for almost 15 minutes while the theater dude was trying to quiet the crowd. They wouldn't start the movie until the yelling and craziness had stopped.

Poor guy. Nobody was listening to him. Nobody could HEAR him LOL.

Finally, one of the guys in our group stood up, cupped his hands around his mouth and yelled "SHUT THE FU*K UP!!!!!!!!"

You could hear a pin drop.

Then thunderous applause!

The theater dude slunk sheepishly back to the control booth and finally started the movie.

Did I mention I've never been to anything like this before? I had NO idea what I was in for!

is definitely a cult classic. Those who attend this movie, for the most part, have seen it a million times. They know the dialogue and songs and bring the term 'audience participation' to a whole new level!

Not only were people dressed up like their favourite characters, they had PROPS!

Toast, rice, toilet paper, newspapers, water guns, things I had no idea what they were, and so many things I can't even remember.

The audience shouted things back to the characters onscreen. - Did you know you can buy an
Audience Participation Soundtrack on Amazon.com? And you can find an audience participation script HERE.

When the characters got married, the audience threw rice, during the dinner scene, they threw toast, and lookout when it rained!!! The squirt guns were pulled out and the crowd got soaked!

So THAT'S why people had newspapers over their heads?????

For over 30 years, people have been jumping out of their seats, running down to the front of the theater so they can dance the 'Time Warp' with their beloved characters.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show is all about audience participation. You can sing, yell, dance and throw things when normally this type of behaviour would get you thrown out!

You can try and watch the MOVIE when you go to the Rocky Horror Picture Show ... but if you do, you'll miss the best part of the SHOW ;-)

Like I said, the sights, the sounds, the characters in the audience ... it was totally awesome! A night I'll never forget!

Or maybe it was just the brownies .... 'Wadda ya mean we just saw Sound of Music?!?!?' ;-p

Let's do the time warp aaaaggggaaaaiiiinnnnn ......!!!!!



Sue said...

OMFG, I've got the songs in my head again! And the dances! I've never seen it live, but oh boy have I had parties with it on VHS!!!

CraftyLzrd said...

I grew up with my parents getting dressed up (for some reason I remember my Mom was *always* Columbia) and leaving us with a sitter to go see that movie. I had the soundtrack from a very young age, wore out the cassette and then *had* have it on CD when I got older. I've never actually seen it live, but I own the DVD now too. DH thinks I'm a little nuts but what does he know?

CraftyLzrd said...

oh yeah, and my generic ringtone on my cell is the Time Warp! :)

Kim's Korner said...

Sue, I've never been to a RHPS video party, but I'm thinking that would be LOTS of fun :-) Renting it, and watching it just the two of us, just wasn't the same :-(

Seeing it again at the theater is definitely on my bucket list though :-)

Lzrd - That's REALLY cool that your parents did that!!!! Glad I could bring back some happy memories for you too!