Halloween event! A science fiction double feature picture show3 min read

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Ewan Hollander

Just sharing things that interest me in the hopes that they interest others as well

On the 29th of October, the British Film Institute (BFI) will be hosting a Halloween event. The BFI’s science fiction double feature picture show will consist of a back to back screening of the cult classics; The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Shock Treatment.

What is it?

In their own words, ‘Join us for the ultimate Science Fiction Double Feature Picture Show as we stage shadow cast screenings of Rocky Horror Picture Show and Shock Treatment. Performers will take to the stage to shadow Richard O’Brien’s cult musical mayhem masterpieces and Shock Treatment cast and crew will reunite for a celebratory panel discussion marking the 35th anniversary of the film’s release.’

Once the films and panel have concluded, everyone is invited to the ‘Time Warp Ball’. Here you can enjoy Transylvanian themed cocktails as well as spooky Halloween themed music.

Where & when can you find this Halloween event?

Saturday 29th October from 18:00
BFI Southbank – South Block, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XT


The BFI’s Halloween event is looking to sell out quickly so if you want to attend, book your tickets soon. Tickets cost £26.40 for non-members and £18 for concs. Members can enjoy a discount of £1.70 off ticket prices. The BFI are keen to mention that tickets cannot be purchased separately for the two films and are limited to two tickets per booker. To buy tickets, head over to their site 

The films
The Rocky Horror Picture Show


UK-USA 1975
Dir Jim Sharman
With Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick

It is a dark and stormy night when Brad and Janet’s car breaks down. Calling at a nearby castle to borrow the telephone, they stumble upon a convention of aliens from the planet Transsexual and a certain sweet transvestite who wants to show them what he’s been working on in his lab. Based on Richard O’Brien’s wildly popular stage show, The Rocky Horror Picture Show is forty years old this year and has played its part in introducing many a movie goer to the possibility of queer sexuality. So break out your fishnets and join us to celebrate this musical tribute to B-movies, rock and roll, sci-fi and Hammer Horror, featuring one of the best swimming pool orgy scenes ever filmed.

Shock Treatment

Halloween event

USA 1981
Dir Jim Sharman
With With Jessica Harper, Cliff De Young, Richard O’Brien, Patricia Quinn, Little Nell

Richard O’Brien’s follow-up to his cult hit claimed, ‘It’s not a sequel… It’s not a prequel… It’s an equal’. Well, that may not be strictly true. While the transgressive pleasures of Rocky Horror ensured its place in midnight movie history, Shock Treatment proved slightly more challenging for audiences. Set a few years after the first film, our now-wedded heroes Brad and Janet find themselves propelled to small-screen stardom, when an impromptu appearance on the TV show ‘Marriage Maze’ puts their relationship to the test. Once deemed a cynical attempt to cash in on its predecessor’s popularity, Shock Treatment has aged incredibly well. As a scathing critique of celebrity culture and reality TV the film feels more prescient than ever, complimented by an unruly narrative, startling set design and the post-punk leanings of O’Brien’s ingenious songs.

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Ewan Hollander

Just sharing things that interest me in the hopes that they interest others as well

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