The film festival staff has been preparing for the event for almost four months now by creating 200 prop bags and putting together spooky decorations for the event, according to assistant festival director Kayleigh Graham, who is also a “Rocky Horror” veteran.
“I have a theater background, so it naturally suits me on my level — that and the community that’s involved around it,” Graham said. “It’s such a great energy, and it’s OK to be weird, and it’s OK to be out there. All people love this movie, not just the weird movie people.”
According to Graham, there are several surprises in store for attendees, and they should expect a group experience, chanting, cheering and throwing props along with the film.
Margaret Smith, a senior from Jackson, attended the show last year and said she is considering it again for her Halloween plans.
“I normally go once a month to see ‘Rocky’ in Memphis, but I love the Halloween show here,” Smith said. “It’s always filled with friends and people I know, a lot of whom have never seen ‘Rocky Horror’ before.”
She said the Oxford screening provides a high-energy environment for anyone wishing to experience the show for the first time.
Addington added that festival staff had to turn away some moviegoers at the door last year, and those interested should purchase their tickets in advance to secure a spot. Proceeds from Tuesday night’s event will benefit the general budget toward festival expenses such as venue and car rentals, insurance, gas and other event needs.