The Rocky Horror Picture Show is one of my favourite musicals of all time, so when I heard they have the movie playing with a live shadow cast at the Bloor Cinema, I knew I had to be there... And what better time to see Rocky Horror than around Halloween!
Unfortunately, everyone else seemed to have the same idea... so we made sure we showed up nice and early to get a good spot in line. Normally I hate lines, but this one was great, as we got to watch everyone else who was dressed up stroll past. I was happy I dressed up a Dr. Frank-N-Furter, as only one other guy had the balls to do it. Magenta and Columbia seemed to be the most popular, along with the various party goers.
Unlike normal movies, this event is hosted by an MC, who reads out birthday wishes, explains how the movie works etc. I found her a bit annoying, but this might have been part of the charm.
Then we moved on to a costume contest, followed by the rules of the theatre. Rocky is know for all the props everyone loves bringing, as well as people shouting at the screen at specific times.(or Callbacks).
Just when I though we were going to start the movie, they played a very strange (read horrible) Halloween music video featuring Tim Curry. At the time I though it was something done for specifically for Rocky Halloween showings, but it turns out it is from the movie The Worst Witch Ever. Apparently they start out every showing with a different cheesy video.
Overall watching my favorite movie with a bunch of people who share my passion was a great experience. Some of the callbacks got a little annoying (one person screamed "BORING" non stop when the criminologist was on screen), but this was far outweighed by all the witty comments everyone had.
The shadow cast did an Amazing job. They switched up genders a little(Dr. Frank-N-Furter and Eddie were both played by women), but it worked. My favourite parts were how dirty they got in the bedroom scenes (albeit, we only saw silhouettes... still it was fun), and how focused the actor playing Rocky seemed on playing with Janet's boobies.
Rocky Horror shadow casts are a lot more popular than I thought, being held on a regular basis all over North America. While Rocky doesn't rate that high on the Naughty meter (any more... at the time I bet it was quite a scandal...), it is definitely a great time. And at only $8.00, how can you go wrong.
Rocky Horror has been playing in Toronto for over 30 years now, so it's not that time sensitive, but be sure to put it on your to do list. It plays on the last friday of every month, plus extra show's on Halloween.