In addition to being the most popular cult film of all time, The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) is writer Richard O’Brien’s campy, sly pastiche of Mary Shelley’s story of creative obsession and social marginalization. Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry) is a transvestite Transylvanian living in an out-of-the-way castle who is obsessed with “making a man, with blonde hair and a tan,” the titular Rocky (Peter Hinwood). Much to Frank’s chagrin, shortly after coming to life, Rocky is drawn to the naive Janet (Susan Sarandon). As events continue to veer away from Frank-N-Furter’s plans, chaos, violence, and rousing musical numbers ensue. This performance at Campbell Hall will be lead by a veteran shadow cast. At midnight on October 26, come up to the lab, and see what’s on the slab.
Tickets for this event will be available for $4 at the door at Campbell Hall.
This event is sponsored by Magic Lantern Films and the Carsey-Wolf Center.
Composed with the urgency and rage of youth, Frankenstein was published in 1818 when its author Mary Shelley was only eighteen years old. To honor the novel’s 200th anniversary and its enduring legacy, the CWC’s fall series is devoted to exploring multiple afterlives of the novel on film. The series will range from classical horror to science fiction to avant-garde experimentation, and will feature a recent biopic and a masterpiece of Spanish cinema. In our series, Frankenstein emerges as a complex tale about gender and sexuality, uncanny families and feminist rage; the films we will present plumb questions about creativity, personal tragedy and the relationship between life and death.