Palmyra, NJ's time warp

Seems a campy rock musical featuring an alien in drag and Susan Sarandon in her underwear is a bit too scary of a Halloween treat for some in Palmyra.

The Burlington County borough will host a free showing of  "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" on Saturday -- for adults only.


A special curfew will require unaccompanied under-18s to be home by 10 so as not to inadvertently encounter the outdoor showing of the 1975 cult classic. The normal Saturday curfew is 11 p.m.

"We had not gotten any complaints, but we were being pro-active," Mayor Karen Scheffler tells me, adding that the Palmyra Halloween Parade committee has received positive responses to the plan.

"The whole movie is a spoof, and [the event] is for adults," says the mayor, accurately: Besides Sarandon in a bra and panties and Barry Bostwick in tighty whities, the film also features an interplanetary "sweet transvestite" (Tim Curry) in fishnets.

The mayor acknowledges having seen the movie (as did I, back in the day). "We can all sing the songs," she adds.

To that end, the borough website  is inviting adults to dress up as their favorite Rocky Horror characters; costumed sing-alongs sprang up around midnight showings of the film in the late 1970s and early '80s, and have become a staple at revival showings ever since. Particularly during Halloween.

Let's do the time warp again...