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The Rocky Horror Picture Show
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We've often been asked by cinemas about showing the Rocky Horror Picture Show and what to expect. Our Virgin's Guide to Rocky Horror gives a good idea of what the fans tend to do at the screenings, just be prepared to clean up a lot of rice and confetti. Rocky fans have been performing and participating with the movie for over thirty years now and Rocky Horror remains THE cult musical.
As the Official UK Fan Club, TimeWarp have been supporting the Rocky Horror Show / Rocky Horror Picture Show since 1988 and we are more than happy to help promote your screenings to the fans and virgins (people that haven't seen the movie/show) alike. If you would like to contact us for more information or ask us to help promote your event feel free to contact us vai our feedback form. Remember you can also visit our Virgin's Guide to Rocky Horror page for more information on props, etc.
When Rocky screened weekly during the 1990's at the Prince Charles cinema in London, I myself was emcee for hundreds of screenings and here is a (very) basic version of the Rocky Horror Picture Show introduction. Please help yourself to the introduction, use it, abuse it, alter it, that's half the fun and remember Don't Dream It, Be It!
It is a good idea when introducing the movie to make mention of those people who have not seen the film before, these people are commonly known as 'virgins' and I tended to start a movie introduction with.......
"Good evening and welcome to THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (pause for cheers)
Remember the Rocky Horror Picture Show is an audience participation movie, you are the audience, it's time to participate. I want everyone to become erect, er, stand up I mean.
Now everyone who has seen the film more than, say....400 times before sit down. Anyone who has seen the film more than 100 times sit down. Anyone who has see the film more than five times before sit down. Anyone who has EVER seen the Rocky Horror Picture Show before sit down.......NO CHEATING..........and we are left with the ...................VIRGINS!
O.K. On the count of three I want everyone in the audience to shout the same thing at the female virgins as we do to Janet in the film........1...........2...........3.........SLUT.
If they don't all shout back, ask them to do it again with a little more feeling and remind them that it is an audience participation movie.
On the count of three I want everyone to shout the same thing that we shout at Brad in the movie......1...........2..........3...........ASSHOLE!"
That usually breaks the ice and gets people into the swing of participating in the movie. You should also warn people that they can throw things amongst themselves but if any thing hits the screen the film stops. It's also worth telling people that TimeWarping is compulsory!
Try and get the Rocky cheers as the last thing before the movie:
"Give me an R........give me an O.....give me a C........give me a K......give me a Y...........What does that spell?..........ROCKY...........I can't hear you.......ROCKY.........one more time...........ROCKY.............roll the movie"
And then on cue the movie starts, well most times it did anyway!Remember enjoy the intro, adapt and perhaps survive introducing the RHPS. I managed to do it over 400 times in front of hundreds of people each time and look at me.......er....on second thoughts.....that's a bad example!
David Freeman - August 2000 - updated May, 2011
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