Sunday, November 1, 2015

Halloween - Rocky Horror Picture Show

Shadow of witch, in her hat
... viewing the dusk coming in ...
"Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975).  You have never seen it?"
...Halloween Eve falls at the lake...
... in a few moments the bats will begin to flit through the sky ...

I had to tell people, no, I had never seen the show.  Sometimes a cult film can just pass a person by for one decade and then another and then another.  All the way from the plays inception in 1973 as a musical to now.

Gillian had two tickets to see the show at a local theatre.  Those tickets already had names on them, one of them being Duncan's.

In preparation, people who had never seen the movie, also go to see the moview in a family viewing the night before.

We had everything -- the treats, the pre-reading done, and the movie downloaded.

I didn't know about the throwing of the toast nor the rice nor the spraying of the water, nor the dancing in the isles.

I was to learn all about this on the Friday night viewing.

And I was a passenger in the car as Ben and Duncan were dropped off at the corner of Quadra and Johnson Streets to join the queue of people showing their electronic tickets and being given entrance to the theatre.

When it is Halloween, I can't really tell if people are dressed up or not.  At least not in all cases.  For example, the person standing in line on crutches?  Were those crutches props, or the real thing.

At the intermission Duncan sent his mother a text saying, "This is better than I had ever imagined."

On the way home the men told us that it was just not the people in the isle seats that were dancing.  They reported that the whole theatre was alive with folk finishing off the evening with one last dance.

To refresh your mind if you are like all others, or just to say them again if you are new to The Rocky Horror Picture show ... read on:

(Guests) Let's do the Time Warp again.
Let's do the Time Warp again.
(Narrator) It's just a jump to the left.
(Guests) And then a step to the right.
(Narrator) With your hand on your hips.
(Guests) You bring your knees in tight.
But it's the pelvic thrust.
They really drive you insane.
Let's do the Time Warp again.
Let's do the Time Warp again.

I should have learned these moves while I still had two flexible hips!



  1. Sounds so fun. Would you believe I am one of those poor souls who has never seen this classic? Not even in my own home. I guess the audience was a lot livelier than that of the National Theatre's Hamlet audience. Though when I go to the encore on Monday, perhaps I will get up and dance in the aisles when poor Rosencrantz and Guildenstern die. I wonder if any other patrons will join me. A cruel fate was theirs.

  2. Re Hamlet:
    We are going again as well. Once was not enough.

    Re Rocky Horror Picture Show
    I was watching Rebecca teach her crim class. "Arrest and Detention". Three days of it. On the third day one of the students said to Rebecca about a problem, "Can we just jump to the left for a minute," to which Rebecca replied, "Then a step to the right / With your hands on your hips ...."

    The class burst out laughing.

    Apparently all of them have seen the Rocky Horror Picture Show, or at least danced the dance.

    Can hardly wait to find out how you like Hamlet. We aren't buying tickets ahead. At the premiere, all of these teachers had bought tickets for their whole class. I doubt that is going to happen again.