The long-time horror movie classic, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, has a lengthy yet fast pace history to its conception that fits in with the offbeat style it cleaves to.
Back in 1975, The Rocky Horror Picture Show was adapted from its original form as a book, to a soon after British rock musical stage production, to a film revision that quickly soared in popularity.
Taking the literature scene by surprise, and then storming the Broadway stage set a good tone to the construction of the films’ status that has turned Rocky Horror into a must-see Halloween event during the Fall.
Our own Howell showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show took place October 27 at the Opera House downtown. In the dark and spooky spirit of the annual showing, the two runs of Rocky Horror were both solely in the evening. For participants who attended the eight o’clock showing, tickets sold for $20 and included one drink and a participation bag, with a cash bar and concessions available. For those who went to the eleven-thirty show, tickets were sold for $12 and only came with a participation bag and the availability of the cash bar.
With the show being an R-rated film, children and students under 17 years old could not get in without an adult present. Even with the caution towards the raunchiness of Rocky Horror being well known the show continues to attract a large audience that includes some too young to get in by themselves.
Howell High School senior, Anna Dodd, being old enough to go without an adult, viewed the 11:30 p.m. live show Saturday with a few friends for her first time.
“The crowd is extremely interactive, they throw stuff and scream,” said Dodd later describing the craziness of seeing The Rocky Horror Picture Show in downtown Howell. “The whole audience sings along and uses props they’re given to go along with the film. It’s incredibly rowdy and fun.”
Dodd also experienced very enthusiastic participants wearing outfits like fishnets, lingerie, and other out-there costumes in the character of the prospect the film demonstrated. “A lot of the people were really dressed up and got very into it,” said Dodd.
Abby Harrington, also a Howell High School senior, attended the Rocky Horror showing in the group of friends with Dodd.
It was Harrington’s first time going to a live show as well, but has seen The Rocky Horror Picture Show simply as a movie. “It’s crazy,” laughed Harrington. “I would recommend for people going to have prior knowledge to it, ‘cause it could get confusing if you didn’t already have an idea of what was going on.”
Throughout the film, stand-out scenes mentioned by Dodd and Harrington both included the rousing character Franken Furter. Dodd’s favorite scene was where he originally enters into the film by coming down the elevator as [lead characters] Brad and Janet are singing “Sweet Transvestite”.
“It’s the most popular song in the movie, and the whole audience sings along really loud,” Said Dodd.
“Whenever Franken Furter dances and they start chasing people around the crowd gets really rowdy and it’s really entertaining,” said Harrington smiling on her favorite Rocky Horror moment. “I definitely recommend seeing it, it’s really fun, and is a great opportunity to meet some different people there.”