The film is a 1975 homage to early horror movies and presents many of the traditional cinema themes of sex and terror in a witty and subversive way that has made the film legions of dedicated fans. It is also a film with a lot of audience participation. At midnight showings, fans will sing along, add in their own puns after character lines, and use a collection of funky props (dry toast, for example, is traditionally tossed when the mysterious doctor Frank-n-Furter proposes a wedding toast).
Audiences are invited to come in costume (the more dedicated may perform on stage under the film, copying the voices and inflection with studied focus), but props will be provided by the film festival staff.
The event is a fund raiser for the Humboldt Film Festival, now in it’s 41st year of supporting non-profit independent film makers. Mark your calendars; the film festival happens March 24-30 of this year. Films are being accepted through the end of this weekend, and more information can be found on their website (http://www.humboldt.edu/~filmfest/).
Last year, the Rocky Horror fundraiser sold out and a second show was necessary. The same thing will likely happen this year, so get your tickets early (they are on sale at the Works in Arcata, and join the extravaganza.
When: February 14
Where: Humboldt State University Studio Theatre, Theatre Arts building 115
How much: five dollars
Maxwell Schnurer, Times Standard, February 14, 2008