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I am thinking of an evening in 1992. 

I had obtained a copy of Rocky Horror on VHS, and a friend of mine wanted to hold a dinner party in which the tape would be played.

The audience consisted of:

DOC: Your humble narrator, and veteran of many midnight showings of RH; even played the Meat Loaf role in one live show.
MAX: Gorilla's roommate, and veteran of many midnight shows.
GORILLA: Lunatic, general fan of anarchy, and recent enthusiastic RH convert.
GG: Gorilla's girlfriend, never saw the movie before.
BRIT: British guy, exchange student, had HEARD of the movie and the phenomenon, but had never seen it.

So we barbecued on the deck, and had a delightful dinner, and then watched the movie. And it was a terrible disappointment. Brit and GG did not understand why the movie was the colossal cult happening that it was, even in the early nineties. Gorilla, Max, and I were... well, feeling let down. We'd gone into the experience waiting for that terrific crazy energy that goes with a RH performance... and now, we were feeling... well... I can't use the phrase I'm THINKING without going into Beekeepers, so I'll just say "let down, disappointed."

The Rocky Horror FILM and the Rocky Horror EXPERIENCE are two different things entirely; it's almost like two different MOVIES, albeit with the same soundtrack. It is a shared experience and electricity between people in the theatre; I could rattle off stories galore about happenings during past showings, like the time a screaming maniac accidentally poured a Big Gulp full of beer on my head, during "Wild And Untamed Thing," or that girl who got real excited and wet herself, or the time in Dallas where somebody shot off a bottle rocket in the theatre and it landed in some guy's giant Afro and exploded, and blew out a divot of Afro the size of a softball, and the guy went berserk and durn near tore the theatre apart in the middle of the performance looking for whoever shot off the bottle rocket, and he decked the usher who tried to calm him down, and the cops came and dragged him kicking and screaming out of the theatre while this enormous hole in his Afro was still literally smoking, and up near the screen, the cosplayers just kept acting out the movie, and the girl sitting next to me wearing a wedding dress and cleavage clear down to South America just couldn't stop giggling... it was one of the most surreal experiences of my life.

And watching the movie at home on VHS is just watching a movie at home on VHS. It wasn't exactly DULL, but it was a pale, sad, minimal thing in comparison. I fail to see how any TV production could be much of anything more. Or, for that matter, at all worthwhile. The only motivation I can see for this one is profit, and I can't see anyone wanting to watch an emasculated Rocky Horror more than once.

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I'd be mad if someone blew up my afro too! <_< Those things take a lot of work!


I wouldn't know. I tried, once, back in '79, and succeeded in looking much like Larry of the Three Stooges. My hair's too straight.


That being said, I don't know that I'd have what it took to personally grab everyone in the theatre by the throat and scream, "DID YOU SHOOT THAT *&^%$ BOTTLE ROCKET AT MY HEAD?" to every single person in the theatre. He tried. He got through two whole rows and coldcocked one usher before the cops got him.


As they dragged him away, I got a good look at a hole in his hair, still smoking, big enough to hold a volleyball. Next to me, the girl in the wedding dress who was on the verge of oozing out the front of her outfit giggled madly, despite the horrified look on her face. Didn't figure out until later that the dear thing was high as a kite...

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