What to bring along to the Rocky Horror Picture Show

 I loved going to “Rocky Horror” when I was in college, but watching on home video just wasn’t the same. I’m probably committing heresy but there’s a reason why this sci-fi, horror, B-movie satire, rock musical didn’t really make it big until theaters started showing it as a midnight movie and fans started attending in costume and talking back to the screen..  From absolute disaster to international success, few titles have had the roller-coaster ride of THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW.

 

Most fans will bring in such props as;

 Rice/Confetti

WHEN? 

1–At the beginning of the film is the wedding of Ralph Hapschatt and Betty Munroe. As the newlyweds exit the church, you should throw the rice along with the on-screen wedding guests.

2–At the end of the “Charles Atlas Song” reprise, the Transylvanians throw confetti as Rocky and Frank head toward the bedroom. You should do the same.

 Newspaper , Water pistols -flashlights –

WHEN?

During the “There’s a light” verse of “Over at the Frankenstein Place, “you should light up the theater with flashlights, lighters, etc. (Be careful to respect the theater’s policy about open flames – remember you are wearing newspapers on your head!)  These are used by members of the audience to simulate the rainstorm that Brad and Janet are caught in. (Now do you see why you should use the newspapers?) – To be worn on the head during the rain scene?   Newspapers – When Brad and Janet are caught in the storm, Janet covers her head with a newspaper The “Plain Dealer”. At this point, you should likewise cover your head

 Rubber gloves – During and after the creation speech,

WHEN? 

Frank snaps his rubber gloves three times. Later, Magenta pulls these gloves off his hands. You should snap your gloves in sync each time to create a fantastic sound effect

 Party Poppers /Noisemakers / Hats –

WHEN?

1.  At the end of the creation speech, the Transylvanians respond with applause and noisemakers. You should do the same. To be worn during the dinner party and/or birthday scene

2. Party hat -At the diner table, when Frank puts on a party hat, you should do the same.

 Toilet paper –

WHEN?

When Dr. Scott enters the lab, Brad cries out “Great Scott!” At this point, you should hurl rolls of toilet paper into the air.

 Toast –

WHEN?

When Frank proposes a toast at dinner, members of the audience throw toast into the air. (Preferably unbuttered – things could get sticky.

 Bell –

WHEN?

During the song “Planet Schmanet,” ring the bell when Frank sings “Did you hear a bell ring?”

 Cards –

WHEN?

During the song “I’m Going Home” Frank sings “Cards for sorrow, cards for pain”. At this point you should shower the theater with cards.

Originally a low-budget English stage show, it exploded into mainstream popularity and became one of London’s longest running musicals–but then died a quick and very painful death in New York. As an afterthought, the American company played a limited engagement in Los Angeles and once more the show was a smash hit and soon became a motion picture–which received mixed reviews and proved a box office dud. That probably would have been the end of it, but the film suddenly and unexpectedly emerged as a cult movie phenomena and ascended to international acclaim.

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