‘Time Warp’ comes to Troy tonight

Published 8:21 pm Monday, October 4, 2010

After tonight, Sartain Hall may never be the same.

Much as “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” entrenched itself in movie history 25 years ago, so it will do tonight for a new generation of horror show fanatics.

Tonight’s 10 p.m. showing of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at Sartain Hall is an event of the 2010 Frankenstein Film Festival and is sponsored by the Troy University College of Communication and Fine Arts as its contribution to the university’s Common Reading Initiative of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein.”

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“‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’ is a cult film that came out 25 years go and is one of those films that is often played at midnight around Halloween,” said Dr. Maryjo Cochran, College dean. “It’s an audience participation film and many people dress up and participate in the movie, which is a parody of science fiction and B-movie horror films.”

Cochran said “Rocky Horror” is the rock opera version of Frankenstein and is the story of a newly engaged couple that have a breakdown in an isolated area and must pay a call to the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-N-Furter.

During earlier runs of the movie, those who attended participated by putting newspapers over their heads when it rained, throwing toast when one of the characters was “toasted” and “lighting” the theater with yellow rubber light bulbs.

“We’ll have goody bags for the audience so they can ‘participate,’” Cochran said. “Some of the students’ parents probably danced the Time Warp at the end of the movie and, at the end, our students can dance the Time Warp. It will be a lot of fun and we hope to have a large crowd.”

The previous Frankenstein Film Festival movies have attracted 100 or more and “Rocky Horror” should be even more popular.

“We’ve had standing room only at several of the events so tonight’s ‘show’ will be at the Sartain Hall basketball arena,” Cochran said. “Those who would like to come in costume are encouraged to do so. This is a cult movie that has a life of its own and tonight’s audience will become a part of its history.” The doors will open around 9:45 p.m. and the show will begin at 10 p.m. Dr. John Jinright will be the faculty host and will give background information before “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” hits the JumboTron.

Sodexho will have hotdogs, snack items and soft drinks available for sale to complete the movie experience. The public is invited to this unique movie experience; however, “Rocky Horror” is not for young children.