My First Time Seeing The “Rocky Horror Picture Show”

By Katrina Uy, Staff Writer
@katreenz

Before they lost their Rocky Horror Picture Show virginities./PHOTO VIA Katrina Uy

On Friday night, I went to AMC Boston Common with a group of friends and finally lost my virginity. My “Rocky Horror Picture Show” virginity, that is.

“Rocky” virgin: n. anyone who hasn’t seen “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” performed “live.”

Let’s backtrack for a second. For other virgins out there, “Rocky Horror” is a cult film first released in 1975 that falls under a jumble of comedy, horror, and musical genres. It’s still shown at certain theaters at midnight with actors acting out the scenes while they play out on the big screen.

Audience participation is a huge part of what makes it such an interesting (to say the least) experience – for example, you’re guaranteed to hear people yell “SLUT!” whenever Janet is mentioned, and “ASSHOLE!” whenever Brad appears.

Not going to lie, I was more nervous than anything when we arrived. I mean, I sort of knew what to expect – I knew there would be a lot of sexual moments, so that didn’t surprise me. But I wasn’t expecting it to be so fun.

After we got our fill of popcorn and soda, we walked to our theater and each bought a “bag of [expletive]” for a dollar, filled with props to use during the showing.

Before the show started, the cast got everyone on their feet and picked out ten virgins to perform the famous “virgin ritual.” I chickened out of this one, but it was still fun to watch, as the cast brought them all up to the front, divided them into pairs, and made them act out sex positions that ranged from “The Kitty Litter” to “Breaking Bad” to “Polish Kielbasa.” At the end, they deflowered everyone and the show began.

The actual movie made zero sense to me, but just going felt like one big bonding experience with the entire audience. We threw rice and playing cards from the aforementioned “bag of [expletive]” at the screen, shouted lines back at the actors, and pulled newspapers over our heads just like Janet does when she’s walking in the rain. I even learned how to do the “Time Warp” dance by around the fifth time the song started playing in the movie.

I’ll admit it was intimidating at first. But you get used to it, and in the end, it was the perfect way to kick off our Halloweekend.

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