Rocky Horror and Clark
A week after seeing it in tenth grade, I had watched The Rocky Horror Picture Show more than thirty times. It played on loop, and quite quickly, I knew all the lines and lyrics. I researched the actors and actresses, its creator, and the movie’s history, and eventually I knew all kinds of Rocky Horror trivia.
Rocky Horror filled a hole I didn’t know I had—I discovered a new community of people that shared my passion for a plot-less, nonsensical 100 minutes of catchy music and alien mad-scientists. The story of Riff-Raff, Magenta, Rocky, Dr. Frank N. Furter, Brad, and Janet composed a significant chunk of my life in tenth grade, in which I obsessively immersed myself into their world.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a poster movie for acceptance and new experiences. Conservative couple Brad and Janet, for better or for worse, are left with a new perspective on the world after spending a night in Dr. Frank N. Furter’s castle. The RHPS community, particularly the midnight screening community, accepts all kinds of people—the ones who show up in Dr. Frank’s lingerie, Magenta’s maid costume, Brad’s trademark glasses, and even those who don’t dress up at all are invited to appreciate the magic of Rocky Horror.
Parallels between the RHPS and college can be drawn: both open doors to worlds one never ventured into before, provide an opportunity to see and experience new things, and have communities ready and willing to welcome new members. Frank’s statement, “Don’t dream it, be it!” resonates strongly through the Clark community, which I can confidently say encourages individuality and personal growth in multiple ways, though with not as many catchy tunes.
I went the CUFS’ (Clark University Film Society) midnight screening of Rocky Horror in October and enjoyed it thoroughly as I had not seen it in quite some time. I hope they show it again next year so I can have another opportunity to get to know the ‘veterans’ who love the movie as much as I do, and the newbies, who have not yet explored the world of Rocky Horror.