Get in the Halloween Spirit with Rocky Horror!
Posted on 09/20/2018
Get in the Halloween spirit at State Theatre New Jersey on October 26 for the ultimate audience participation film, The Rocky Horror Picture Show! The 1975 cult classic musical comedy film stars Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick, and Meat Loaf!
The story of Rocky Horror follows a young engaged couple whose car breaks down during a storm near a castle, where they seek a telephone to call for help. The castle is occupied by strangers in elaborate costumes celebrating an annual convention. They discover the head of the house is Dr. Frank N. Furter, the “Sweet Transvestite” mad scientist about to reveal his latest Frankenstein-esque creation–with a little help from drive-in usherettes, creepy sidekicks, and, of course, the “The Time Warp.”
After originally failing at the box office, Rocky Horror played on April Fool’s Day of 1976 as a midnight show at the Waverly Theater in New York City. The Waverly was known for producing successful midnight shows, so despite the movie’s dismal reviews, a large audience was still present that night. Music from the movie was played before the showing of the film, warming up the audience and creating a party atmosphere. The audience naturally began to respond, booing the villain and cheering on the heroes as the plot developed. Soon enough, a whole group of regulars started to attend the show weekly, establishing specific actions and participation during scenes throughout the movie. On Halloween in 1976, people attended in costume and talked back to the screen, and by mid-1978, Rocky Horror was playing in over 50 locations on Fridays and Saturdays at midnight. Today, Rocky Horror continues to be a cultural phenomenon all over the world.
Have no fear, Rocky Horror first-timers! All are welcome to participate, whether you are a Rocky Horror aficionado or not. Check out the official website for Rocky Horror website to learn about how to participate and participation etiquette. Everyone in attendance will receive a free goodie bag of props for participation during the movie, so there is no need to bring any of your own! Guests are also welcome to come early at 9pm to enjoy the full service bar and DJ, plus our “Time Warp Costume Contest!”
Come sing-along to the songs, dress up if you want to, and join us on October 26 at State Theatre New Jersey for the Rocky Horror Picture Show for a Friday night you'll never forget!
By Heather Wharton