As ECU students we are offered free movies in the Hendrix Theatre in Mendenhall. Recently, in celebration of Halloween, the Rocky Horror Picture Show was shown. The show itself is nothing special but the audience participation is what viewers go to see. Many people who know the show will dress up and walk around in full costume. Some of these people actually look like they are straight out of the movie.
The best part of the show is how the audience interacts with the movie. Because the movie itself is so ridiculously stupid, audience members have jokes that go along with every line and character of the movie. Some are very crude and quite hilarious but they are all in good fun.
The final part is the props. As the movie progresses, each audience member has a prop bag that they use along with the show. Inside are various objects that each serve a purpose.
Rice: At the beginning of the film is the wedding of Ralph Hapschatt and Betty Munroe. As the newlyweds exit the church, you should throw the rice along with the on-screen wedding guests.
Water pistols: These are used by members of the audience to simulate the rainstorm that Brad and Janet are caught in. (Now do you see why you should use the newspapers?)
Candles, flashlights: During the “There’s a light” verse of “Over at the Frankenstein Place, “you should light up the theater with candles, flashlights, lighters, etc.
Rubber gloves: During and after the creation speech, Frank snaps his rubber gloves three times. Later, Magenta pulls these gloves off his hands. You should snap your gloves in sync each time to create a fantastic sound effect.
Noisemakers: At the end of the creation speech, the Transylvanians respond with applause and noisemakers. You should do the same.
Toilet paper: When Dr. Scott enters the lab, Brad cries out “Great Scott!” At this point, you should hurl rolls of toilet paper into the air (preferably Scotts).
Toast: When Frank proposes a toast at dinner, members of the audience throw toast into the air (preferably unbuttered… things could get sticky).
Cards: During the song “I’m Going Home,” Frank sings “Cards for sorrow, cards for pain”. At this point you should shower the theater with cards.
At the end of the night I was covered in confetti and rice but it was so much fun. The SAB (Student Activities Board) shows many movies like this each weekend, this just happened to be one of my favorites! So there are plenty of opportunities to go experience something you never had before, all for free at East Carolina University!