For over twenty years, the Bloor Cinema has celebrated Halloween with an interactive screening of the 1975 cult classic, The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Co-manager of the theatre, Paul Bordonaro, attributes the success of the program year after year to its shadow cast--Excited Mental State (originally Erotic Nightmare)--whose select members have been performing in the show since 1999.

Regular attendees of the theatre's monthly screening enjoy the Rocky Horror experience so much that "some of them have come over one hundred times. I sometimes want to ask them, 'Are you OK?'" Bordonaro laughs. However it's October's screenings that bring in the real crowd. On Halloween night, the Bloor's seating capacity of 830 is swiftly filled with RHPS fans, mainly composed of high school and university students.

Halloween regulars are often eager to introduce their friends to the show, many of whom are oblivious as to what it entails. Cast Director of Excited Mental State, Amy Taylor, advises newbies on some of the tricks and treats in store for them: "For any time of year, a newcomer should expect that people yell at the screen, get up and dance, and throw specific things at specific times of the movie. Also, they should know the movie contains the following presented in a satirical way: swearing, adult situations, transvestism, aliens, violence, and cannibalism."

In a nutshell, it's the perfect Halloween experience! Bordonaro suggests that, "it's why the sequel is called Shock Treatment..." Taylor warns that people "should not expect to sit back and enjoy the movie in silence--because it is an experience, not like seeing any old movie--Rocky Horror is Movie THEATRE. On Halloween, a newcomer should expect it to be hectic, loud, and generally a fun time!"

Rather than watching it on TV Halloween night, get out and experience Rocky Horror in all its perverse glory. Although prices have gone up slightly--due to cleaning expenses and prizes for the show--at $15 ($12 for members) you're guaranteed to get a bang for your buck.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show Halloween Bash runs Oct. 30-31, with screenings at 8:30pm and 11:30pm both days at the Bloor Cinema (506 Bloor St. W). Best Costume prizes at each show.

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