Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Phil's Horror Watch, Day 1: Phil attends the midnight screening of THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW at the Camera 3-October 1, 2011

Welcome my friends to the Halloween edition of Phil's Film Adventures! Starting today and going all the way until Halloween, I will be watching one horror film per day to celebrate this most wonderful time of the year! So to start off this annual event, I took my good friend Michele with me as I made my way to the Camera 3 in Downtown San Jose to partake in a cinematic ritual: attending a midnight screening of THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW! The film was presented by the Camera Cinemas, the Barley Legal production crew, and Psycho Donuts, home of the maniacal named snacks!

Like most of the other screenings that I have attended, the people in line are the best people to hang out with. So when you attend one of these midnight screenings, make sure to say hi to the person in front of you, as well a behind you, because you'll be seeing them every month. They will become your family, and what an awesome family to have! I seriously doubt that your folks will be dressed from head to toe in tight, black clothing, or your mom having her breasts pop out of a mid-evil corset. Your younger siblings parading around in black, punk/goth attire, your wacky uncle in a tight, pink, neon dress with his beard properly groomed. Here at ROCKY, this is normal. So how cool is that?

Another cool aspect of attending the screening is that inside the Camera 3 lies the awesomely delicious nirvana of Psycho Donuts, where you will find the best tasting and weirdly named donuts in town! Try the Cereal Killer; a donut covered with Cap'n Crunchberries! Or maybe the Headbanger; a raspberry jelly filled treat. My personal favorite is the Jekyll & Hyde; one side has chocolate sprinkles and the other side is covered with drizzle! To wash down your donuts, try their latest liquid refreshment; Beer shake!! Can you say yum!! Now on to the main attraction folks!!

Theatrical Movie Poster (1975)
ROCKY is the king of all cult films. What makes experiencing the film at a midnight screening so unique is the LIVE cast the acts along with it! The Barely Legal Production has been associated with the film here in the South Bay since 1995. With the retiring of the Indecent Exposure Production that same year (they had been performing with the film for over 20 years here), Barely Legal took over the reigns had have never looked back. Going on 16 years, they are now the keepers of the ROCKY flame, and this cast and crew puts on an amazing show. Hosted by Nathan McHavoc (Riff Raff), he's the man that makes the pre-show so much fun. He has the "virgins" (people who have never been to one of the shows before) come up on stage and make them participate in funny and degrading games for our amusement. He whips the crowd up and gets them ready for the show, and what a show it is! Fantastic props and sets, great acting from the cast, fun audience participation, and hilarious hijinks makes this a must on anyone's bucket list. Before you die, you MUST attend one of these screenings. After that then you can die happily. Now about the film...

...The film is freaking awesome!! There, that's all you need to know! OK, here's a little bit of trivia about the film. The film was released to theaters on September 26, 1975, and was DOA at the boxoffice. However, a little theater in New York called the Waverly Theater played it at midnight on April 1, 1976. The rest, as they say, is history.

There isn't anything that I can say that hasn't already been said. The film is talked about in books and periodicals, referenced in movies and TV shows, and I dare you to find anyone who doesn't know how to do the Time Warp dance. THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE has become part of the American Lexicon of cult films, a film that to this day, is the longest running theatrical released film in Hollywood history. After 36 years, the film continues to play in theaters, and it is playing every month at the Camera 3! To be part of film history, you can attend the next ROCKY screening on October 29th, so begin to make plans for this special Halloween event!

To view the film schedule of future screenings of THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW, or any of the fine films screening at the Camera Cinemas, visit their website at http://www.cameracinemas.com

Thanks for reading, and enjoy the show!

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