A guy dressed in leather with greased-back hair, a fake scar on his forehead, and a saxophone comes riding into Peery's Egyptian Theater in Ogden on a Harley-Davidson with a girl dressed in almost complete glitter, a top hat and tap shoes.
This may seem unorthodox, maybe even illegal. But at a showing of the cult classic "Rocky Horror Picture Show," this type of thing is considered normal. And the guy on the Harley? He works for the movie theater. They pay him to ride in dressed up as one of the characters from the movie, Eddie.
"Eddie" gets up, welcoming everyone to the "Occupy Transylvania Rally." And looking around the crowd, you can tell this group is going to get wilder than the one on Wall Street. People are dressed up in costumes, mostly as characters from the movie. Transvestites, maids, men in spacesuits, and people in nothing but their underwear.
People from different walks of life gather here at Peery's Egyptian every year around Halloween to watch "Rocky Horror." And in movie theaters across the country, the same thing occurs.
When "Rocky Horror Picture Show" (rated R) debuted in 1975, it wasn't necessarily a hit. One of the movie's stars, Meatloaf, recalls seeing the film in a local theater and being the only one in the audience. But through the years, this has changed drastically. Now, every October, people flock to their local theaters to see the movie, only now, there are added "rituals" that create an awesome atmosphere.
When I walked into the theater the last weekend in October dressed up as a movie character and carrying my prop bag, I was immediately excited. I had seen the movie -- about a couple who find themselves in the castle of a scheming and all-around weird Dr. Frank-n-furter -- countless times, but never in one of the special showings. As you enter, people are extremely nice, talking to strangers, complimenting each other's costumes, helping others fill up their water guns. Disregarding the gaudy drag, they seem like regular, even-tempered people.
But when the doors close and the Harley-Davidson is driving around, everything goes nuts. People scream, cheer and jump up, and when the "Time Warp" comes on, they dance around. By far the best dancer was a boy, about 7 years old, dressed as the character Rocky. You could tell he knew all the words and moves, and was having the time of his life, like the rest of us. Everyone in the audience screamed and celebrated his awesome performance.
Then the lights dim and the movie rolls. The film itself is quirky, cheesy and hilarious. But it cannot compare to everything else going on around it. There are two things that are signature to watching "Rocky Horror" -- one, the props; two, the yelling.
The first scene begins -- a wedding. Everyone in the audience throws handfuls of rice everywhere. There's laughing and screaming. During the song "There's A Light," everyone holds up a flashlight and shoots water guns to simulate rain. When one character cries "Great Scott!," toilet paper fills the air, flying around wildly (this pretty much continues for the rest of the show, because it is so fun). A character proposes a toast, everyone chucks a piece of toast (however tempted, do not eat the toast, because it's a lot more fun to throw).
During the entire film, people yell out chants and phrases common to a showing of the movie, or just make crude, hilarious jokes. Whenever the narrator appears on the screen, everyone shouts "Boring!," while occasionally screaming "Where's your neck?." Whenever something weird and all-around unexplainable happens on screen, people ask questions, like "What's with the rag?" (a reference to a bloody rag used in the film to wipe something up).
And people know the movie so well they can have a conversation with the characters on screen. If timed correctly, you can scream "Hey Frank, what's your favorite color?," and the person on screen will say "Magenta." Quickly, the audience yells, "What's your favorite drink?" -- "Columbia," the character says. It goes on and on, everyone laughing and pretty much doing things that would be unacceptable at most other movie theaters.
"Rocky Horror" is definitely amazing. For about two hours you and a group of complete strangers are acting like best friends, having the greatest time. By the time you leave, you have rice, confetti and toilet paper in your hair. But if you go with an open mind, ready and excited for anything -- and I mean anything -- it will be one of the best movies you will ever see.
Zoe Fetters is a junior at Bonneville High School who loves music, '80s movies and Stephen Colbert. Contact her at email@example.com://youtu.be/4BZl7pR-65c