It all started exactly 37 years ago, on August 14th, 1975: "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" premiered in London, and it hasn't stopped since. Feels like a bit of a time warp, huh? (Sorry.)
Yes, Jim Sharman's infamous cult classic has been playing theatres nonstop since it opened so long ago. It has since developed one of the largest cult followings of any film, with people still lining up for midnight showings and interacting with the film in an incredibly complex scripted way that only the most seasoned and hard-core fans can perform without notes. Fans throw rice during the wedding scene and have a constant dialogue running parallel to the films', among many other rites and rituals.
"The Rocky Horror Picture Show" tells the bizarre tale of newlyweds Brad and Janet, played by Barry Bostwick and a very young Susan Surandon, who stumble upon a creepy old castle while experiencing car trouble in the rain. Once inside, they meet a wide cast of morbid characters, not the least of which is transsexual Dr. Frank-N-Furter, played by Tim Curry in a performance of a lifetime.
Featuring the zany songs "Science Fiction/Double Feature", the classic "Time Warp", and a cameo by Meatloaf singing "Hot Patootie - Bless My Soul", this film is surely one to watch at least once because love it or hate it, "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" is sure to make us "pelvic thrust" for many more years to come.
Happy 37th "Rocky Horror"!
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