BIFF to Celebrate Rocky Horror in Style
BIFF has been planning the party for more than a decade and it is finally time to dress up and celebrate like there is no tomorrow when Dr. Frank N-Furter and The Rocky Horror Picture Show come to the Beloit International Film Festival.
“Don’t dream it, be it,” is the message of the timeless cult classic, starring Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick, and Meatloaf. The annual BIFF Sing-Along will celebrate the R-rated cult classic that raised B-level horror films to an art form, at a 10 p.m. screening at La Casa Grande on Feb. 25.
BIFF Executive Director Greg Gerard predicts it will be “the singalong-to-end-all-singalongs. The show will start with a parade from the BIFF Box Office on Grand Ave. at 9 p.m., to La Casa Grande, lead by local LGBTQ+ organization, Yellow Brick Road. And then it will be time to dance the Time Warp with one of the greatest musical films of all times.”
The longest-running theatrical release in film history, the 1971 film tells the story of a newly-engaged couple that has a breakdown in an isolated area and must seek shelter at the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-n-Furter. Even the Library of Congress has included The Rocky Horror Picture Show in its national registry of film classics, calling it “culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant.”
The Rocky Horror Picture Show will join a long list of popular BIFF Sing-Along events that have included The Sound of Music, The Blues Brothers and Phantom of the Opera. Once again, prizes will be awarded for the best original costumes.
Limited tickets for this great communal experience are $10 with student tickets at $5. The film is rated R. (Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. The film contains some adult material and parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking young children.).
2023 marks the 18th season of the Beloit International Film Festival, the region’s major international cultural event. BIFF is generously sponsored by the Hendricks Family Foundation and Visit Beloit in association with Beloit College. Support for the Festival comes from area businesses and civic organizations, and the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. Critical individual support for BIFF is provided through gifts and membership in the BIFF Film Society of Beloit.