Virgin In A Time Warp

Up until Halloween, I was a virgin.

Noooooooo!  Not THAT kind of virgin.

I’ve been married for a while, after all.

But a couple of weeks ago I got a text from a close friend.

“Hey, we’re going to see Rocky rocky horror photo from wikipediaHorror Picture Show at the Capital  on Halloween. Tix are $10. Wanna go?”

Truth?  I hesitated.

Many years ago, when I first started dating Steve (the guy I’m married to now) he told me about The Rocky Horror Picture Show (TRHPS)and how a big bunch of his friends went to the show every time it played when they were in college. Since then, I’ve heard about it constantly from half the people I know.

Any time a person lifts a glass, they all say, “TOAST,” and start laughing.

Has this bothered me?

Yes.  Yes, it has.

I’d heard about the audience dancing along with the film (the exact dance steps to
The Time Warp), throwing food  and other props at the correct times, and talking back to the screen at certain points in the movie. I’d avoided going.

So…To anybody who has seen TRHPS in a theater, complete with audience participation….Yeah. Technically, I was a virgin.rocky horror Star_Wars_Role-Playing_Game_1987

This started to really bother me.

After all, I like a number of cult films.

I LOVE the original Star Wars, and that’s easily a cult film now. When Steve is working on something and struggling, I’ve been known to suddenly channel Obi-Wan Kenobi.

“Use the force, Steve!”

*End with Darth Vader heavy breathing*

Androcky horror star trek the Original Star Trek? Heck yeah, I quote from that too.

*I’m behind the wheel, driving down the interstate*

Steve: Can you get around this guy?

Me:*horrid Scottish accent* I’m givin’ her all she’s got cap’n! *end horrid accent*

I love love LOVE Monty Python and the Holy Grail because it makes me laugh like a loon, and I quote lines from it constantly.

Steve: Have you seen my sunglasses?Rocky Horror monty python

Me: *Cheesy French accent*  “I fart in your general direction! Now go away or I shall taunt you a second time!”  *end accent*

(For anyone who hasn’t seen the film, that means no, I have not seen Steve’s sunglasses.)

It’s ridiculous, really. I can quote almost the entire script of The Holy Grail.

But The Rocky Horror Picture Show is something else entirely.

This showing started at 10 pm.  The perfect way to spend a Halloween evening. How could I refuse?

We arrived almost an hour early, and the theater was already half full.  People wandered the aisles in strange costumes.  Yes, it was Halloween, but an awful lot of these folks were dressed up as characters from the film.

Rocky Horror bagWhen we went in, we were given a bag of props.

Can you believe that?  We paid ten dollars, and we got a bag of props to throw during the film.  Normally I pay almost ten bucks for a movie ticket, and STILL have to shell out another seven for popcorn.

That’s my bag of goodies over there on the left—the red bag.

I looked through my props but did not throw a single one.

I saved them for you, and this blog. Because right away I saw that you should be in on this.  Okay reality check. I needed the support.

Some of the prettiest girls I’d ever seen were there in the theater, all tricked out in corsets and leather thongs.rocky horror tutu

Except…they weren’t girls.

See that picture over there on the right–the one with the the guy in the white t-shirt?  While I suspect that white-shirt guy is not, in fact, a vampire, I will be honest about the costumes of the other two. I have no idea whether they are just very, very dedicated to Halloween fun, or…

Maybe they’re actually transvestites. Cross dressers.

I thought the one on the right was a woman until just a bit ago.  Getting ready for this blog, I looked at the photo in the light of day and saw the Adam’s apple. He was seriously pretty, and he moved like a girl.

The guy in the middle—the one with the green tutu?—He was gorgeous.  Gorgeous like a supermodel.  He had a line of people wanting to have a photo made with him, and he was eating it up.  He OWNED that tutu.  Yes, he did.

The theater was full of people like these three.  Doing their thing.  Being COMPLETELY who theyrocky virgin were.  It was like a big, warm-hearted circus, but the audience members were the performers.

I knew enough to avoid getting my face painted with the required “V” for “virgin.”

That was a good thing, because before the movie started, a bunch of folks from the Western Kentucky University theater department called all the virgins up onto stage.

That’s some of them in that photo down there on the right. Sorry for the blurry picture. It was a long way to the stage, and I took irocky horror virgins on staget with my phone.

But….See the guy in the green sundress?  Yeah, he was really hunky.  I think maybe he doesn’t usually wear a dress….Just sayin.

Anyway…

There was a contest. Each virgin got on his/her knees in front of a non-virgin from the theater department, and….wait for it…

They had to suck the jelly out of plastic jelly packets. Whoever accomplished this the fastest got a tiara.

The audience went wild.

rocky horror riceI laughed until I couldn’t breathe.

Ahem.

So back to my little red bag of props…

There ‘s a wedding scene in the opening of the film.  And yep, there was rice in a little baggie for us to throw, along with the movie characters. That’s the rice from my bag–over there on the left.

Rocky Horror confetti and hornSo I might as well say up front that this film is a fantastic spoof of horror flicks from the 1930s to the 1960s.

When Dr. Frank-N-Furter (yes, that’s a spoof of Dr. Frankenstein) awakened his creation, “Rocky” and took the monster away, everyone blew their party horns and threw confetti.  It was Rocky’s birthday, after all.

That’s my confetti and party horn on the right.

Rocky Horror all contents  That’s the entire contents of my prop bag, over there on the left.  Newspaper to cover my head during a rainstorm, a card to throw for some reason I’m still not sure about (my card was the Joker), and toast.  Because when Dr. Frank-N-Furter hosts dinner, he lifts his drink and proposes a toast.

And the entire theater full of people threw toast at the screen.

And at that point, I started smiling, and I haven’t stopped since.

Everybody was supportive of everybody else, no matter what.  This was just plain old fun.

The odd thing?  There is no explanation for why this crazy film took off.rocky horror toast

The Rocky Horror Picture Show started as a theater production in (best I can tell) 1973-74 in a theater with 60 seats. Two years later it was a film, and between 1975 and 1976, it took off, moved to bigger venues, and quickly became a phenomenon.

Within the first year, the audience started participating—talking back to the screen, doing the dance, and throwing rice, etc.

Nobody knows why. At least nobody I found in my (admittedly scanty) research.

So as we were leaving the theater, my friends said..”Okay, do you want to watch it on video now, so you get to actually see the movie?”

He meant…did I want to watch the movie without all the yelling from the audience, and the theater cast running down the aisles acting out the parts.

Yeah. I do.

rocky horror doc frankI’m a convert to this cult film, and the crazy-awesome performance by Tim Curry as Dr. Frank-N-Furter.

I love the music, the acting, and the fact that it steps WAY  past the crazy and plants its foot firmly into the bizarre.

In the same way, I also fell in love with Star Wars, the original Star Trek on TV, and Monty Python humor.

A few years back, when vampire romance took over the world, I admit that I did not catch the craze. I read a few vampire romances, and I could get addicted to that, but I didn’t.  I resisted.  At this point, I may yet become a fan, but I’m late to that party.

And I’ll tell ya straight..I don’t get the whole zombie culture thing.

But the rest of the world seems to get both!

Fads come and go, but some things seem to transcend the “fad” and move into the larger culture.

I think, probably, vampire romance has done that. I’m guessing that it may not be as wildly popular ten  years from now as it is today, but I figure it will never go away.

Zombies? I don’t know about that.

Monty Python, Luke Skywalker and Doctor Frank-N-Furter of The Rocky Horror Picture Show–they’re here to stay all these years later.

Why do some things catch on and become timeless, and others fade into obscurity to be called “fads” (Bell bottoms, anyone?)  while just a few become part of our lives forever?

What do you think, Bandits and Buddies?

Is there a “cult” romance out there?

Maybe “Pride and Prejudice?”  How many film versions are there of that book?

If you had to pick one romance that was a “cult” romance novel–a pinnacle of the genre, OTHER than Pride and Prejudice–what would it be?

Do you remember the first vampire or shifter romance you read?

Did you become a fan?

Or would you rather stick with “human” romance?

Have you fallen for any “fads” in movies or reading?

Have you seen The Rocky Horror Picture Show?

Or are you a Virgin, like I was?

Any other cult films that you like or hate?

Oh and word to the wise…if you go to see TRHPS, don’t let them know you’re a virgin.  Shhhhh.

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  • Amy Conley says:

    GR cominv to In!

  • Cassondra, what a fun piece! Love that you went. I haven’t seen Rocky Horror in years. When I was a student, there was a theatre in Fortitude Valley that showed it every night for about 20 years and I went a whole stack of times. I got so I knew all the words of the songs – t-t-t-t-t-touch me! I actually went so often because I had a major crush on Tim Curry. I used to wait in antici……..pation for his appearance as the sweet transvestite. Not sure what it says about me that I found a man in such heavy make-up and fishnets so incredibly sexy but it’s a really hot performance!

    Thanks for the trip down memory lane!

    • Cassondra says:

      It IS a hot performance, Anna! And I have to say, he’s absolutely brilliant. Those facial expressions, exaggerated by the makeup–I can’t imagine anybody else pulling that off as well as he does.

      And the music is fantastic! and the blond bald guy– Riff Raff–wrote the movie and all the music, apparently.

      • Anna Sugden says:

        Yes, he did, Cassondra. I remember it at the theatres back when I was at school and, being the naive teenager I was, being shocked at my first trip – though absolutely LOVED the music!

        • Cassondra Murray says:

          Anna, I’m glad someone else was naive enough to be a bit shocked at that age.

          I admit that this time I wasn’t shocked at all. But if I could see this live again, I would go for the people watching opportunities. Even if I’m not shocked, it was a lot of fun seeing droves of people in drag like that. You just don’t see that to often on the streets of this smaller town.

      • Amy Conley says:

        Cassandra, how can a man be “blonde and bald”? Wouldn’t one or the other be redundant?

        • Cassondra says:

          Amy he has that male pattern baldness where he’s completely bald on top, but he has long blonde hair around the edge of his head–it goes down past his shoulders.

          *grin*

  • flchen1 says:

    Fascinating, Cassondra! Thanks so much sharing your experience with us! I have heard so much about Rocky Horror but have never seen it myself–it sounds like QUITE the adventure!

    As for cult romances? Hmm… Pride and Prejudice does sound like a good possibility. I’m trying to think of ones with a wide readership–GWTW? Fifty Shades (although I personally haven’t hopped on that particular bandwagon)? Twilight? And I honestly wouldn’t consider either of those two pinnacles of their genre… Blergh 😉 Hmm… Windflower? One of Georgette Heyers? Kathleen Woodiwiss? One of La Noras?

    As for first shifter/vampire romance… at this point, I can’t remember what that might have been! I AM a fan, but I also love “human” romances 🙂 I kind of love them all 😀

    • Cassondra says:

      Fedora, you’ve named some of the same possibilities I considered with Woodiwiss and Heyer. Every now and then someone will mention The Flame and the Flower or some of that ilk here on the blog, and nearly EVERYONE chimes in that they’ve read those old books. I struggle with the behavior of the characters now, but times have changed, and that used to be the way.
      I’d say that GWTW has definitely approached cult status in many ways. I tend to not call that romance, but in many ways it is that too.

      • Amy Conley says:

        What about OUTLANDER? Specially now there is a seriez behind it.

        • Cassondra says:

          Yes, I think that’s definitely going to be one in the future…although the show probably doesn’t lend itself to audience participation I’m guessing (don’t know–haven’t seen it) it’s just so freaking popular with both males and females!

          • Amy Conley says:

            What about all the John Hughs films? I know my hubby has seen 16 Candles and Breakfast Club more than I have…mostly cause he has a major crush on Molly Ringwald. Also Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

  • Helen says:

    Hi Cassondra

    Woohoo I love TRHPS although i have never seen the movie I have seen a live show twice back in the 70’s and it still brings back memories 🙂

    I am not sure about a cult romance perhaps Outlander at the moment

    The first shifter book I read was Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh I won it here and loved it and have not stopped reading that series although I too am not a big fan of vampires and will not touch a zombie book but I do love shifters

    Have Fun
    Helen

    • Cassondra says:

      Oh Helen, that’s so cool that you are a RHPS fan! I think Outlander could easily approach cult status at some point. It’s popular with both men and women, and has an enormous following. I’m guessing people will be dressing up as those characters for Halloween, and at DragonCon soon, too.

  • Amy Conley says:

    I’ve never seen TRHPS, although most of my friends have.
    I read vampire novels year ago, so thjs latest go-rounf I’ ve skipped them. Kind of “been there, done that”

    • Cassondra says:

      Ah, Amy! Another Virgin *high five*

      Or maybe that should be *elbow sex!* (Yes, that’s cheesy as heck, but I couldn’t resist, which I guess makes me a convert.)

      According to my husband, you could see all the generations right there in the theater, because the things you yelled at the screen are different now than they were (in some cases) back when he was in college. “Elbow sex” was new to him.

  • Jennifer Tanner says:

    Take a step to the left…and a jump to the right…wow, this takes me back!

    I’ve seen Rocky Horror at least six times. Brought my props for certain scenes, a flashlight, stale toast (stolen from the dining hall) and a squirt gun. I think the Sound of Music is one of those cult movies, and possibly a cult romance (Maria and the Captain). I’ve watched that movie countless times. The Castro hosts a Sound of Music singalong during the holidays. There’s a contest for best dressed characters. Gretl and the Lonely Goatherd won the last time I went.

    • Cassondra says:

      OH, Good one, Jennifer!

      Yes, I’d say TSOM definitely qualifies on both counts–for book and movie.

      I don’t know anybody who hasn’t seen it, though I’m guessing there are a few holdouts.

  • Fiona Marsden says:

    I first saw TRHPS in 1976 when I was at boarding school in Brisbane. It was at the Village Twin cinema in Fortitude Valley which added to the general seediness of the enterprise. Every time someone from school wanted to go see it, I volunteered to accompany them so I saw it seven times in the cinema. I had left Brisbane by the time they were having late night events at the Regent Cinema in the city with all the bells and whistles so I never got to do that until they showed it here at a community centre film night with all the fun stuff early this year. And the playing cards…the penultimate song…Cards for sorrow…cards for paaaain…give yourself over to absolute pleasure… I corrupted all my children by forcing them to watch it and they in turn corrupted their school friends. My work is done.

    • Cassondra says:

      LOL! Fiona I am so impressed with you, corrupting your children!

      It’s interesting that at one time in my life, I probably would have been appalled at the men dressing up as women, and realizing that many of them are not doing that just for the film or for Halloween. Now? I love it. I’m like, “Get on with your bad, beautiful self!”

      I’ve come a long way, but admit that I thought about trying to tell my mother about this experience, and can’t imagine it. I might be pleasantly surprised, but I’m thinking she wouldn’t be happy to hear about it.

      If I were a mom, I’d wanna be you.

  • Shannon says:

    II saw TRHS in college a couple of times; I introduced my husband to. He longed after a corset. He thought it’d look great with his long hair.

    As for cult favorite, I have some friends who adore Blake’s 7 a British sci-program that tried to capture the magic of Dr. Who. It did have some great lines:

    Idiot Crew Member: I have a headache.
    Vila (anti-hero): May I suggest an amputation?

    Cult kinda romance: For me Prison of Zenda. And there’s Lady Hawke.

    Fads in reading: I like a lot of the steampunk out there. (I have one half-way read, and I can’t get beyond a plot hole; aww, there’s three more in the series, and I loved the first three.) Along those lines, I have picked up a couple of counter-factual histories. It is fun to think about what if Napoleon won?

    My big dilemma about TRHS is that it is on stage locally with live actors. My usual film/movie buddies are 75, 84, and 93 respectively. I not only would have to explain the plot, keep them from getting a V, and the prompt them on the props. Right now, I’m doing la-la-lah, what?

    • Cassondra says:

      Shannon said,
      Idiot Crew Member: I have a headache.
      Vila (anti-hero): May I suggest an amputation?

      Snork! Okay I just spewed coffee on the monitor. I’m so gonna steal that.

      And ah, yeah, I think I would wait for the movie for your friends. At least the first time. They might go “What?” to you a few…fewer…times if they knew what was going on ahead of time.

  • Laurie G says:

    I like TRHPS. I’ve seen it on TV several times. When we lived in Milwaukee they had weekly live (east side of town)shows with a dedicated cult following. They had a movie marathon on Halloween weekend down here in Florida,a few years back. Glee also had a show dedicated to Rocky Horror’s characters and songs.

    Cult romance tragedy- Romeo & Juliet

    Cult shows: Harold & Maude, the Princess Bride, Star Wars

    First vampire book was Twilight. I liked the series but paranormal is not my first choice in my reading selection. I have to be in a certain mood.

    • Cassondra Murray says:

      Oh, I didn’t know Glee had done a tribute. I love their musical remakes. I wonder if that’s out on a cd? I’ll have to look. (I admit that now I want the sound track to TRHPS, and I’m guessing it’s available.)

      Oh yeah…Romeo and Juliet–definitely qualifies as cult I think.

      and OMG! How could I have forgotten The Princess Bride?!

  • Anna Sugden says:

    Oh I LOVE TRH(P)S. Seen it countless times and yes, dressed up and did all the alternative script! I have the video, the DVD and the soundtrack album.

    I’m just amazed you hadn’t until now!

    I love in-jokes and being part of a select group who know them (probably because I so wasn’t in the in crowd at school!). The hockey podcast I listen to has a number of those. So, for example, every time I see or hear Cuba Gooding Junior, I mutter ‘puck bunny’. You had to be there LOL.

    • Cassondra says:

      Anna, I love in-jokes too, and maybe for the same reason. I was definitely not an “in” girl in school. I was the artsy, uber-independent sort. And a little too uptight about religion for my own good at that time.
      Yeah, I’m over all that.
      This was pure, unadulterated fun, but now I’m afraid that if I saw the film at home it might just be “meh” because I realize that what I really, really enjoyed was the people watching opportunity.

  • Jacqui Sue-Ping says:

    Going to see Rocky Horror at least once a month at the now defunct Roxy Theatre in Toronto was a must in HS. I was unusual in the fact that while I loved doing the audience participation, I didn’t care for dressing up all the time, well , except for Halloween. Have to say though that it’s been decades since I saw it live.

    As for a romance cult film? First one that comes ot mind is The Princess Bride. I can pretty much quote that film verbatim. When it first came out in the theatres, it did an ‘okay’ job but didn’t take off until it went to VHS and then DVD.

    A few other romantic cult films I’d say would be Pretty Woman, Love Actually, Dirty Dancing and Ghost.

    • Cassondra says:

      Hey Jacs!

      I think that’s kind of common with a lot of cult films. Of course, Star Wars was huge, but an awful lot of the cult films didn’t do well at the box office. RHPS’s initial run here in the States was a bomb, apparently, but then it hit a theater in New York and people started participating and it grew from there. I can see how it’s definitely not necessarily a “mainstream” movie, but now that’s what makes it so popular I think.

      And YES to Dirty Dancing for certain! That’s a great one. It’s well on its way to a huge cult following.
      “Nobody puts Baby in a corner!”

  • Hi Cassondra –

    I’ve seen TRHPS movie on tv – but I’ve never seen in a theatre with audience participation. I want to go as it sounds like a hoot and I already know the lines :). One of these days.

    I’ve never gotten into vampire stories and I’m really not into shifters. I guess that makes me a fan of “people” romance. I am a fan of the Walking Dead with the zombies. I have no interest in the other zombie stories but the hooks of the TV show drew me in. Love it.

    I can’t think of a film or book that hasn’t already been mentioned to add to the cult list. Isn’t it interesting that we have this sort of base shared culture of films that we can say one line “Beam me up, Scottie” and everyone knows the context. Fun post!

    • Cassondra says:

      Donna, it’s exactly that common cultural base that interests me. There are many, many tv shows and films that I’ve never seen (especially in the past few years, with more networks and producers getting into the game).

      But “Beam me up, Scotty” is something that I know instantly and honestly, I don’t know anybody (at least anybody from an English-speaking country) who I think would not know that.
      Maybe that’s what defines at true cult film/book phenomenon–that almost everybody knows the quotable quotes?

  • Dianna Love says:

    I love this show, the actors and the audience!!! I’m on a dash or I’d stay longer, but wanted to say I’m so glad you got to do that. Looks like you had a blast. 🙂

    • Cassondra says:

      Hey Dianna! *waves wildly*

      I DID have a wonderful time, and I want to do it again now.

      Thanks for stopping in!

  • Jeanne Adams says:

    Oh, my Evil Twin! How could you NOT have see RHPS??? Grins.

    Imagine the scene…High School. Have asked permission to go with boyfriend and a group of pals to a midnight movie, home by 2 am.

    Dad: “What’s the movie about?”
    Me: “Ummmmm, aliens?” (I’d been coached)
    Dad: “It doesn’t show at a more reasonable time?”
    Me: “It’s kind’a a cult film, and it’s a play on the Frankenstein story People act things out. Like the game Clue, or Mystery.”
    Dad, shocked: “They talk in the movie theater? How rude!”
    Me, desperate because I think he’ll say no: “Well, it’s a little bit like interpretive dance. Very modern.”
    Dad: *Harrumphs* “Well, since Melanie’s mother is agreeing to it, I guess you can go, but you all need to come right home.”

    SNORK! I just could NOT tell the man that the movie was about a transvestite who lures a young couple to his mansion, builds a monster, is discovered by a man in a wheelchair wearing fishnets….Oh, and that Meatloaf dies. Grins. So….yeah.

    I still snork over that conversation. “Well, you see, Dad…”

    It is SUCH a fun thing to go to a movie theatre and see/do RHPS. Gotta say, it’s a fun movie just to see, as there are nuances you miss with all the theatrics of the audience as well.

    And the soundtrack ROCKS!! Love it. Have it on my iPod.

    Have not yet corrupted my children with this one, although they’ve been corrupted with “Fechez la vache!” and “She’s not a witch, she’s my wife!” already. Snork!! Maybe next Halloween we’ll all go do RHPS. Snork!

    Dammit, Janet, I LOVE YOU!!!!

    • Cassondra says:

      Ha! This is exactly how I pictured it going down wtih my mom–back then there was no way I could tell her about that film–she would have been appalled.
      She no longer has the power to keep me from going of course, but explaining it to her–yeah, I’m probably just not gonna mention it.
      I could be surprised and she could think the whole idea is funny, but I figure it could go either way.

      I have no idea how parents decide when their kids are old enough for things like RHPS and Castle Anthrax in Monty Python. “Spank me too!”

  • Stacy Wilson says:

    I’m a HUGE fan of RHPS! Owned on VHS and now the dvd. We watch it at least once a year…..usually a few times. Just LOVE it!

    First vampire romance. …don’t recall. *shrugs* I prefer shifter romance. Can’t recall that first either, but I own lots. My daughter likes the vampire stuff. Still can’t understand the draw of zombie romance. Not my cuppa.

    As for other cult films…..hmm. There are bunches I like but for the life of me, I can’t think of one. I have RHPS soundtrack playing in my head. LOL!

    OH! Did you know there is a book out there titled Pride, Prejudice and Zombies?

    Stacy Wilson
    dragn_lady at yahoo.com

    • Cassondra says:

      Stacy, I DID know about Pride, Prejudice and Zombies! Isn’t that the best title?

      So cool that you have RHPS on both VHS and DVD.
      And the soundtrack is playing in your head? Ha! My work here is done. *grin*

  • catslady says:

    I’ve never seen it but I do know about it lol. We watch National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation every year ever since it came out and last year my one daughter got us tickets to see it in the theater – we had a blast because of course we can repeat many of the lines and audience participation made it that much funnier. We didn’t get a goody bag but they did give us all candy canes lol.

    • Cassondra says:

      Ooooooo! Catslady that’s a great one. I can’t believe I forgot about that one!

      That’s a huge cult flick!

  • MichelleMB says:

    Congrats on no longer being a Rocky Horror virgin. Though I’ll have to say I was a bit shocked that you were. I’ve seen it so often and love it so much it’s hard for me to believe there are people who haven’t. Even my 14 yr old daughter knows some of the songs (yeah probably from me watching the DVD & singing LOL) I first saw it in ’76 I think it was, and have done the participation thing a couple times. Unfortunately they don’t show it here on Hallowe’en any more {SIGH} Hope we’ve got another Rocky obsessed fan to join us and take that jump to the left. It’s much more fun than being with sane persons. 😉
    Pride & Prejudice is probably the closest to a romance cult book. It crosses all the genre for those who’ve read & love it, and argue about which version of movie/TV series is best (the 1995 Colin Firth version LOL) Woodiwiss might be close, cut my romance novel teeth on those as a very young teen when Flame & the Flower came out. Times change, but they were the best back then.
    The Holy Grail is of course the other cult movie that I can’t go without seeing at least once a year. “What’s he do? Nibble your bum?” This quote cracks me up every time and my sister loves the Black Knight “Come back and fight me ya pansy” My kids know the correct answers to What is yer quest, what is yer favorite color, and what is the relative air velocity of a laden sparrow. They both probably watched this when they were 12, and thought it were hilarious. May have to watch this again this weekend. Thanks for the reminder it’s time. 😀

    • Cassondra says:

      MichelleMB, we’re guarding our old VHS copy of Monty Python and The Holy Grail carefully. We don’t own it on DVD yet, but it’s on our list to get. Now TRHPS is on the list too!

      I think that would make a great weekend movie. WE might have to watch it too!

    • Cassondra says:

      Michelle also meant to address your surprise.
      I’m kind of surprised too, actually. All these years I’ve meant to go, but either I wasn’t around when it was showing (or was working) or something else interfered. Actually it apparently doesn’t show too often around here.

      I’m hoping that will change and I can make an annual thing of it.

  • Congrats on losing your virginity ! 🙂 I LOVE Rocky Horror Picture Show! I actually didn’t see it for the first time until I was in graduate school. Went with a bunch of friends from the music department at USM and had a blast! We made it an annual event the entire time I was in grad school.

    Another cult film we made an annual event was Mommy Dearest, the Joan Crawford bio pic based on her adopted daughter’s book. There were props for this movie too. We threw wire coat hangers at the screen and brought Bon Ami cleaner to scrub the floor. I think the theatre owner loved showing it because the floor was never cleaner.

    First vampire book I ever read? Dracula by Bram Stoker. After that Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice. Vampire romance? Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton.

    And I do love the Monty Python movies! Run away! Run away!

    • Cassondra says:

      Louisa, I had a hunch you might like TRHPS because the music is so phenomenal. In fact, it crossed my mind to wonder if you’d acted/sung in that at some point.

      Okay there’s another cult film I haven’t seen. Didn’t even know it WAS a cult film…Mommy Dearest.

      And really? Y’all cleaned the theater floor?

      I had a moment of “OMG!” when I heard they were showing RHPS at the Capital–it’s the historic theatre in our town. I was like, “Please tell me they won’t throw water or actual food like hot dogs!” (I was envisioning ruin of the seats with their comfy cushions). Then they told me a “bag of props” was provided, and I figured that was to make sure the building was safe.

      I was truly surprised that nobody did anything ugly, and I told Steve that I thought everybody was so well-behaved as compared to his stories. He said back in the day, apparently the whole audience participation was, as he put it, “a little more raw.”

  • Cassondra, what a fun post! I have friends who are huge fans of TRHPS. And you know how I am on Star Trek and Star Wars.

    As for your questions:

    *Is there a “cult” romance out there?

    The Princess Bride?

    *Maybe “Pride and Prejudice?” How many film versions are there of that book?

    Lots. I have still never read it, though.

    *If you had to pick one romance that was a “cult” romance novel–a pinnacle of the genre, OTHER than Pride and Prejudice–what would it be?

    The Princess Bride–except it’s too spoofy to be a pinnacle of the romance genre. Casablanca and GWTW don’t have HEA, which would disqualify them, I guess.

    *Do you remember the first vampire or shifter romance you read?

    No.

    *Did you become a fan?

    No, though I’m warming more to vampires and shifters of late.

    Or would you rather stick with “human” romance?

    *Have you fallen for any “fads” in movies or reading?

    I try to avoid the trendy, but Harry Potter sucked me in. And I loved Star Wars the day it opened, so I can say I was a fan before it was a fad.

    *Have you seen The Rocky Horror Picture Show?

    No.

    *Or are you a Virgin, like I was?

    Yes. 🙂

    Any other cult films that you like or hate?

    GalaxyQuest and Firefly