The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
Does The Rocky Horror Picture Show need any introduction? It’s a cultural artifact with unlimited lifespan — it creates new audiences for itself each screening, and will most likely continue to be shown in theatres until the end of linear time.
The plot of RHPS basically doesn’t matter (but here it is in brief anyway: an engaged couple get lost and wander to a nearby castle where they are captured, kind of, by a Transylvanian doctor in lingerie and his entourage who are attempting to create a life form but are actually, in some cases, space aliens – it’s complicated); all that matters is the experience of seeing it. The audience owns the movie now. They sing along, dress in costume, go through lines, and perform alongside the film as it plays.
Of course we’ll have a shadow cast for this screening; their live pre-show will start at 9:00pm. And if you’re a “virgin”, as first-timers are known, this is a perfect opportunity to learn what you’ve been missing all these years.
Guests are encouraged to bring their own toilet paper, cards, newspapers, toast and other props – but please, no hot dogs, rice or water guns. For a great audience-participation guide, visit www.badmovies.org/movies/rockyhorror/audience/ (Site contains adult language and content!)
Support is provided by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, Florida Council on Arts and Culture, the Arts Council of Hillsborough County, and the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners.