For years, the MSU Procrastinator Theater has hosted a screening of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” in the spirit of Halloween. “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” described as a musical screwball comedy horror film, is a cult-favorite that debuted in 1975. Now, over 40 years later, theaters all over the country continue to hold screenings for the film’s avid fans. Each year, The Procrastinator dedicates their showing of the film as a fundraiser for the Gallatin Valley Food Bank, opting for cans of food instead of money as admission. This year the filmed showed on Oct. 27 and 28.
The movie itself has a worldwide cult following which has made the screenings an entertaining, if not crazy, experience for viewers. At certain points throughout the movie, the audience is expected to yell certain obscenities or phrases at the screen, and throw rice, toast or other objects at each other. Participants even get up and dance during the film-favorite, “Time Warp.” This makes screenings an experience worth trying at least once, and for virgins to these interactive showings, initiation games can be expected beforehand. This year, the games included a version of simon-says with dixie cups of water, a strip-trivia game and a scavenger hunt for everything from a kiss from an audience member to a copy of their script for the screening.
The movie revolves around newly-engaged couple Brad Majors and Janet Weiss, who get caught in a rainstorm and wind up at the home of the zany Dr. Frankenfurter. They discover upon entering that he is hosting a convention to feature his new creation: Rocky. The night involves murder, sex, aliens, musical numbers and all things necessary to make a cult movie great, leaving the audience in awe of the bizarre brilliance that is “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”
“Rocky Horror” is a long-standing Halloween tradition at MSU, where viewers are encouraged to dress in costumes. The “Rocky Horror” veterans dress as their favorite characters from the film, while others also come dressed in their Halloween costumes. This year, there was a mix of Rockys, Magentas, Janets and Dr. Frankenfurters, as well as other Halloween favorites.
If you didn’t get a chance to go this year, make sure you mark it on your calendars for next Halloween weekend as viewers do the time warp once again.