‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’ film is 40 this year!

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The_Rocky_Horror_Picture_Show posterMy Halloween tradition of watching The Rocky Horror Picture Show lives on! This year was the 40th Anniversary of the UK theatrical release of this cult classic. The Rocky Horror Picture Show was sort of a flop by today’s standards, but once midnight screenings began in NYC, there was no stopping this raucous and infectious work of madness.

Originally a stage play, it hopped from stage to screen with Richard O’Brien’s script. It was meant to be a tribute to the science fiction and B horror movies of the late 1930s through early 1970s. The costumes are now iconic and shadow casts around the county work painstakingly to imitate them. It’s been said that the film’s costumes were a big influence on the punk music scene with it’s ripped fishnets, dyed hair, and glitter makeup.

Rocky Horror is the right balance of shock and camp. It’s difficult not to sing along and no matter if you’re a die hard fan or not, you’ve been hearing quotes from this movie for ages. And speaking of quotes, when attending a midnight screening, the audience is encouraged, dare I say, required to quote along. It’s an immersive experience to say the least.

The Iconic Cast:Rocky_Horror_throne_screencap

  • Tim Curry as Dr. Frank N. Furter, a scientist
  • Susan Sarandon as Janet Weiss, a heroine
  • Barry Bostwick as Brad Majors, a hero.
  • Richard O’Brien as Riff Raff, a handyman
  • Patricia Quinn as Magenta, a domestic
  • Nell Campbell as Columbia, a groupie
  • Jonathan Adams as Dr. Everett V. Scott, a rival scientist
  • Peter Hinwood as Rocky Horror, a creation
  • Meat Loaf as Eddie, an ex-delivery boy
  • Charles Gray as The Criminologist, an expert
  • Jeremy Newson as Ralph Hapschatt
  • Hilary Farr as Betty Munroe Hapschatt (as Hilary Labow)

Rocky_Horror_Picture_Show_1975_Soundtrack_OST_CoverTrack list

  1. “Science Fiction/Double Feature” – The Lips (those of Patricia Quinn; voice of Richard O’Brien)
  2. “Dammit Janet” – Brad, Janet, and Chorus
  3. “There’s a Light (Over at the Frankenstein Place)” – Janet, Brad, Riff Raff, and Chorus
  4. “The Time Warp” – Riff Raff, Magenta, The Criminologist, Columbia, and Transylvanians
  5. “Sweet Transvestite” – Frank
  6. “The Sword of Damocles” – Rocky and Transylvanians
  7. “I Can Make You a Man” – Frank with Brad, Janet, Riff Raff, Magenta, and Columbia
  8. “Whatever Happened to Saturday Night” – Eddie and Transylvanians
  9. “I Can Make You a Man” (reprise) – Frank, Janet, and Transylvanians
  10. “Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch Me” – Janet with Magenta, Columbia, Rocky, Brad, Frank, and Riff Raff
  11. “Once in a While” (deleted scene) – Brad
  12. “Eddie” – Dr. Scott, Janet, Frank, Rocky, Brad, Riff Raff, and Magenta
  13. “Planet Schmanet Janet (Wise Up Janet Weiss)” – Frank, Janet, Brad, and Dr. Scott
  14. “Rose Tint My World” – Columbia, Rocky, Janet, and Brad
  15. “Fanfare/Don’t Dream It, Be It” – Frank with Brad, Janet, Rocky, and Columbia
  16. “Wild and Untamed Thing” – Frank with Brad, Janet, Rocky, Columbia, and Riff Raff
  17. “I’m Going Home” – Frank and Chorus
  18. “The Time Warp” (reprise) – Riff Raff and Magenta
  19. “Super Heroes” (only present in the original UK release) – Brad, Janet, and Chorus
  20. “Science Fiction/Double Feature” (reprise) – The Lips

 

Once you finally make it to a screening, you’re going to want to be prepared to get up and shake it. Here is a quick refresher for the all important audience participation Time Warp.

TimeWarp

 

 

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