All of us enter the "Rocky Horror Picture Show" universe at some point. And while some have experienced it via their home screening on their TV or streamed to their tablet, truth be told, Rocky Horror (as it is commonly referred to by fans) is best experienced on the big screen and with a large audience of fans.
And the fans of Rocky Horror are unlike any other in cinema history as this popular cult film, which almost immediately gained notoriety, is also an example of how audience participation has shaped this film to become something legendary.
Originally released in 1975, Rocky Horror tells the story of two lovebirds Brad and Janet who, after their car breaks down in the middle of a thunderstorm, must seek shelter in a castle just a few clicks from their breakdown.
And while these two are on their journey inside the castle of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a transvestite scientist, they will engage with an unbelievable cast of wild characters, including a rocking biker and a deliciously creepy butler.
The whole film is filled with eccentric dances and a thrilling rock score as Dr. Frank-N-Furter unveils just what he’s cooked up with this refuge that is anything but in the end.
I experienced this film in places like NYC but also Grand Rapids’ Studio 28 (now demolished) and can attest to how addictive this show is for fans of interactive film experiences.
In fact, I strongly recommend folks who are even a tiny bit curious to seek out the experience Rocky Horror in a local theatre. Last year's Halloween screening was so popular that it sold out rather quickly, so please secure your tickets early.
And while fans of the Studio 28 days may recall the chaotic and fun mess that this film creates as fans toss items timed to the events of the screen from toast to rice to even water, Wealthy Theatre reminds us that they only allow pre-approved items in its historic space. To accommodate fans' desire to participate in a meaningful manner, Wealthy Theatre will be selling Rocky Horror grab-bags in the lobby at the event.
Purchase advanced general admission tickets at the Community Media Center's website