The murmurs of teenage girls spilled onto the sidewalk outside the Palmetto Grande Theatre in Mt. Pleasant on Tuesday night, where droves of fans clutched their “Jacob” dolls and anxiously awaited the midnight showing of the latest Twilight flick, Eclipse. The scene inside the theater was nothing less than chaotic with ticket takers-turned-vampires-turned-bouncers shouting orders to keep the girls in line. Tired, supportive parents clutched steaming coffees, dreading the 2 hour and 44 minute movie with a 12:05 start time.
Some of the fans dressed as their favorite Twilight character or donned white faces, fang bites, and vampire attire to show the depths of their devotion. At 11 p.m., a costume contest awarded prizes to Jacob and Alice look-a-likes, and a couple of sultry vampires earned their due recognition.
As the ticket-taker announced that seating was starting for the film — almost a full hour before it was set to begin — the girls rushed the entrance, eager to snag a seat that would give them a good look at their beloved Edward Cullen. With dolls, posters, T-shirts, and cardboard cut-outs in hand and anticipations running high, the gaggle of giggling girls made their way into the theater for the long-awaited — seven months to be exact — Twilight extravaganza of the summer.