Pride and Equality Magazine hosted "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" this weekend. Originally the film, which played at the Guild Theater, was to run on Friday and Saturday (10/21-22) nights only but due to an overwhelming response they added a third viewing on Sunday (10/23). When the film was announced I dutifully purchased my ticktet along with many other Rocky lovers. I don't actually remember when the last regular showing of Rocky occurred in Albuquerque or in what theater but I do remember that it's been a very long time.
My attendance on Friday night was happy experience because Rocky fans aren't your regular, everyday movie goers. Rocky fans are a bit rebellious, a tad rambunctious, and generally funloving and carefree folk. And these fans don't sit passively. There's interaction that is fan to fan, fan to cast, fan to film - it's a three-way for all! And in what other film does the emcee lead the ritual virgin sacrifice, costume contest, and obligatory reading of the rules? What other film sports an entire live cast that plays out the film? Where else can rice, toast, and cards be thrown? And cheering and talking is encouraged.
Yes indeed, this show is a blast (unfortunately from the past). The point of this little blog isn't to tell the story of a successful viewing of the film with its many happy veterans and newly initiated virgins but it is to ask the question: why can't we rally the groupies and have at least a monthly Friday night showing of this film? It's been running non-stop in cities across America for over 30 years now. Surely we can revive this classic cult film in Albuquerque again.
Hopefully, and soon, we can welcome a whole new generation to the Time Warp.