The Rocky Horror Picture Show actually has a set participation guide. At the midnight showings, not only do patrons dress up, they bring props. There are no hard-and-fast rules on props, but the following is a list of some of the most common:
- Rice (to be thrown at Ralph and Betty’s wedding);
- Water pistols (back row squirts them during rain scene);
- Newspapers (for front and middle rows to shield themselves from rain);
- Flashlights or cigarette lighters;
- Rubber gloves (during and after the creation speech, Frank snaps his gloves three times);
- Noisemakers (the Transylvanians applaud Frank’s creation – so should you);
- Toilet paper (when Brad yells “Great Scott!”, throw a roll);
- Confetti (at the end of the “Charles Atlas” reprise, the Transylvanians throw confetti);
- Toast (when Frank proposes a toast at dinner);
- Party hat (when Frank puts on his hat to wish Rocky happy birthday, so does the audience);
- Bell (“When we made it/did you hear a bell ring?”);
- Cards (“Cards for sorrow/cards for pain”)
It is also customary for the audience members at these interactive film screenings to take part in “callbacks” throughout.
A quick Google search will give you a mindbogglingly long list of appropriate – but actually extremely inappropriate – retorts to shout after certain lines in Rocky Horror. There are also certain props that the audience can bring along – for example, a party hat to put on at the same time as Dr Frank to wish Rocky a happy birthday. And woe betides anyone who strays from the script.
There’s a set participation guide for these screenings (and it’s extensive). Visit the official participation guide site here.