Forty Years Of Sweet Transvestites

Dr. Scott! Janet! Brad! Rocky! Ugh! The movie version of The Rocky Horror Picture Show opened on this day in 1975. Via Digital Spy:

On its most basic level, Rocky Horror is a celebration of diversity, something midnight movie-goers took note of when 20th Century Fox started late-night screenings in ’76, where the film finally found its audience and became lauded as the cult curio it’s recognized as today. Though initially shrugged off by critics, Rocky Horror is now justly celebrated as a lipstick-smeared war cry against hatred and isolation. Its starry eyed musical delivery feels utterly unique – the closest anybody has ever come to replicating its heady brew of music and gender-play is John Cameron Mitchell with 2001’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch (even 1981’s psuedo-sequel Shock Treatment, by the same creative team, failed to capture the same furore). Forty years on, Rocky Horror‘s tongue-in-cheek message of acceptance is as relevant and powerful as it ever was, which perhaps partly explains why it’s that rare thing in the movie world; a true phenomenon.

What’s your favorite callback?

  • Sporkfighter

    Midnight every Friday and Saturday night at the Strand Theater in OB . . . I couldn’t guess how many times I participated in this event. A hundred? One-fifty?

    • Ray Taylor

      How could anyone forget the Strand, esp. the balcony.

      • Mark

        The Pawnee at south Broadway in Wichita, KS. Toast! Rice! Squirt guns!

    • Good Shot Green

      Saturday nights at the Harwan Theater in Mt. Ephraim, NJ, a hundred times at least.

    • Gustav2

      Let’s hear it for the Graceland Shopping Center Movie Theater in Columbus, OH.

      (And none of the matrons from Worthington just to the north or Clintonville to just the south ever figured out what was going on that late at night)

      • Joe in PA

        Highland Park Village, Dallas 12:00 am. Yikes, who can stay up till midnight? 🙂

        • Mark

          I took my boss’s wife and my supervisors wife to see it there. Of course – they asked for virgins – and both raised their hands. And when my boss’s wife came back from that – I got “I’m gonna kill you – you little sonofabitch!”

          • Joe in PA

            great story!

        • B Snow

          The Neptune in the University District in Seattle. As far as i know, it’s still playing there at midnight on weekends.

      • pickypecker

        The Uptown Theater in Minneapolis. Midnight showings every Saturday.

      • Piercedchrlz

        YES! I was there! Have great memories of that time in my life, that place, and the friends I shared it with.

        • Gustav2

          😉

  • bkmn

    Thanks for making me feel old.

    • Gustav2

      But we are, Blanche, we are…

      • David Walker

        Really. “When did THAT happen?”

        • Gustav2

          We all aged very quickly during the Bush II administration.

          • David Walker

            I blamed my high blood pressure on the twig. I now have no one to blame but myself.

          • Mark

            I’ve got at least 17 wrinkles completely caused by W.

        • Nychta

          It’s the Time Warp.

    • Sean

      I went to a live show in Menlo Park around 2003, when I was 31, and was astonished to find myself damn near the oldest person in attendance.

  • Gustav2

    Many a teenager in the 1970’s and 1980’s said they were staying at a friend’s house to sneak to the midnight show of validation.

    • SelectFromWhere

      I DID stay at a friend’s house and go several times–my friend who had the cool, liberal mom who even went with us once. Later she went again and we took my friend’s 11-YO brothers, his dad, and my dad as well. The mom even dressed up as Janet to my Brad. Good times…

    • hdtex

      EVERY. SINGLE. WEEKEND. Then off to the gay bar, “The Old Plantation” across the street for last call!

  • Mark

    There ain’t a tune in the flick I don’t know by heart. They are always..well. right there….on my lips.

    • LonelyLiberal

      And God said, “Let there be lips.”

      • Rrhain

        And there were.

        And they were good.

      • Man_in_the_mists

        And there were. And they gave good head.

    • JT
      • pickypecker

        SAY IT!!!!

        • Rrhain

          SAY IT!! Consti——

          • Strepsi

    • motordog

      For a while back in the 80’s, I was a part of the group in Boston that put on the ‘live show’ in front of the movie as it played. In the 90’s, I went back to the old neighborhood to find the theater was being torn down. It was a beautiful old theater, with balconies, dressing rooms under the stage, stained glass everywhere…such a damn shame.

    • Strepsi

      My personal fave is There’s A Light….. it’s a beautiful song.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqE0Nm2DG3k

  • Mr. Spiffy

    Okay, yeah, it’s fun, but it goes to sleep right after I Can Make You a Man, and doesn’t wake up again until the floor show.

    • Mark

      DON’T get hot and flustered! 🙂

    • Halloween_Jack

      One of the things that serious devotees won’t admit is that the movie version isn’t very good… as a movie. If you sit down and watch it by yourself, it drags (and not in the fun way) in all sorts of places where it shouldn’t. The director, Jim Sharman, is a talented theatrical director responsible for bringing dozens of well-known plays and musicals to Australia, but he never directed another movie after the sequel to RHPS, Shock Treatment, which failed even among RHPS fans.

      • SelectFromWhere

        It’s precisely because it was NOT good as a movie that it bombed and was brought back as a cult event. If it had become known as an “actual movie”, it likely wouldn’t have had that afterlife.

      • Piercedchrlz

        Don’t get strung out
        By the way it looks
        Don’t judge a book by its cover

        • JW Swift

          I’m not much of a man, by the light of day,
          But by night, I’m one HELL of a lover!

  • pickypecker
  • Bj Lincoln

    Tim Curry was beautiful. Still gives me goosebumps.

    • fuow

      Yes, the elevator seen where he turns around and Janet sees him for the first time…wow.
      They played that seen on CBS news when the film was first commercially released and it just blew America’s mind to pieces.
      It was the beginning of the end for the christian hate-driven closet.

      • Bj Lincoln

        That’s the scene that gets me every time!

      • hdtex

        “Howdya Do I…..See You’ve Met My…..Faithful……Handyman!”

        • JW Swift

          He’s just a little brought-down because, when you knocked,
          he thought you were the… handyman.

          • Jay Kay

            ‘ he thought you were the … candyman. ‘ (delivering drugs)

          • Man_in_the_mists

            Don’t get strung out (on drugs) … by the way I look (same thing).

    • Cuberly

      That voice too. Pretty much any role he ever took, that voice…..shivers. In a very good way.

      • Mr. Spiffy

        Even when he was on Roseanne. “I can be such a beast.”

        • Cuberly

          He was wonderful in Clue as well.

          Then Pennywise the clown (shudder)….

      • Strepsi

        his voice here in Legend! Mmmmm

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1sQju88FP9I

        • Cuberly

          Oh yeah, in fact I think he’s the only thing I like about that movie…lol…well and the look and feel.

          Acting under all that makeup, with those lines…..talk about a challenge.

  • Reality.Bites

    There’s a new stage production starting in England next month, with Richard O’Brian playing the narrator. The boyfriend and I are going.

    • Câl

      Thanks, I have just looked it up and while it is not coming to my city until July 2016 (when who knows if I’ll be well enough to go) it is also being filmed and broadcast live to a lot of cinemas around the country here in September. However, I might make an exception and go up to London to watch it.

  • Anastasia Beaverhousen

    I hate that Tim Curry is still recovering from a stroke. He was fantastic in the role and it will never be duplicated.

    • Bj Lincoln

      It is sad we all get old but he will forever live on in films, this one in particular.

    • JT
    • Mark

      It all makes me wonder if TC knows how many he set free. I can honestly say that by the light of the night – he made it alright.

    • Octavio

      I’ve been wondering what happened to Curry since I first saw this post. Sorry to hear he’s had a stroke. Not good. 🙁

    • Strepsi

      While my pick for all time best actor overall is Jimmy Stewart, for me Tim Curry’s Frank is the single best performance in the history of cinema.

    • Diogenes Arktos

      From wikipedia: “On 23 May 2013, Curry was said to have suffered a major stroke at his home in Los Angeles. Although many sources suggested the stroke had made it difficult for him to speak, his longtime agent Marcia Hurwitz told the Daily Mail “Tim is doing great,” and that ‘He absolutely can speak and is recovering at this time and in great humour’. Shortly after the initial report, Hurwitz told The Hollywood Reporter that the stroke actually occurred in July 2012 and that Curry had been going to physical therapy.”

  • DaveDocSC

    My favorite line:
    “come up to the lab and see what’s on the slab”

  • Michael Smith

    I see you shiver with antici…

    • Michael Smith

      …pation

    • Steverino

      A fitting song for the GOP to co-opt for their 2016 presidential campaign.

      • Mark

        It’s just a step to the LEFT!

        • JW Swift

          Sorry, it’s a JUMP to the left (then a step to the ri-i-i-i-ight).

          • Mark

            LOL! At my age..it is most definitely just a step! LOL!

          • JCF

            Put your hands on your hips—

          • JW Swift

            Then bring your knees in ti-i-i-ight…

          • bdsmjack

            But it’s the pelvic thrust that drives me in-sa-a-a-ane!

          • Lets…do… theTimeWarp.. again!

            Dear gawds – that’s how I lost my virginity!

      • motordog

        If the GOP touches any song from this show, I just might have to take my earrings off and cut a bitch!

  • Goodboy

    Wow. 40 years ago. Damn. Another decade and it will be a half century which will really blow you away.

    • SelectFromWhere

      Unfortunately (though inevitably) many of the “tag lines” have changed in the years since I was a regular. Even 20 years ago, some of us went and many of the “traditions” were unrecognizable. Things evolve with the times…but I wouldn’t know what to yell out anymore, and people wouldn’t get the references I do know.

      • Mark

        First time I saw it – I was ready to stand up and tell all them people to STFU cuz I couldn’t hear the movie.

        • JW Swift

          Heh. I was lost, myself, the first time I saw it. Had never heard of the movie before but I was on a night out with the boss and a couple of co-workers (one of the few things I was allowed to go into the city after dark and participate in–having lived a pretty sheltered life for the most part). The boss turned out to be a very liberal, free-thinking type. The night out wound up being a trip to a hot-tub joint (it was all the rage for a short period of time to go to these places, they were a little like the tanning salons of today, but you would go there and “rent” a room with a hot-tub and hang-out) followed by a midnight showing of RHPS. Someone had to explain the concept of the callbacks to me.

        • B Snow

          LOL, yes, especially during the narrator’s expositions. OTOH, if you watch it by yourself after seeing those midnight showings, you miss the energy and chaos of all the shouting. 🙂

  • fuow

    One of my favorite movies, ever.

  • MattM

    Was in a Rocky cast in college. Great memories.

    • Bj Lincoln

      I’ve seen several live shows. It looks like fun.

    • David Walker

      Any pics? Who were you?

    • SelectFromWhere

      I was Brad and looked eerily like him. Even had a red plaid bowtie and cummerbund. We didn’t have an official cast but I always dressed up and sometimes found a girl in the theater to get up and sing “Dammit Janet” with me.
      The rest of the time, I was the shyest, nerdiest kid you could imagine–one of the wonders of RHPS.

    • People4Humanity

      as Rocky?

      (asking for a friend)

      • olandp

        the snatch, clean, and … jerk.

        • WildGift

          OFF!!

      • MattM

        Dr. Scott. But I regularly slept with one of our Rockys (cast members played different roles for different shows).

  • Jay Kay

    The house on the corner of the street where I live is an old, stone mansion. And very often, late at night, high up on the third floor, there’ll be a light …

    • JW Swift

      …in the darkness, of everybody’s life.

  • Mark

    Late in 1978, stationed at Lajes Field, Azores, some unknowing Dudley-Do-Right ordered the film for the Halloween Scare Fest at the on-base theater. The place was absolutely packed with those of us who knew – and all those mommies and daddies with their kiddies. Everything went along just fine until Frank whips off that cape and struts his way to the stage. Suddenly the whole place is in a turmoil as those mommies and daddies are herding them kids out the door – with orders of “don’t look! don’t look!”. Funny as all hell – and they still played out the rest of it!

    Next day – it was like a mob after the AAFES heads!

    • Bj Lincoln

      That is great! What a great story.

    • SelectFromWhere

      But I bet that was a moment of epiphany for at least a few of those young soldiers…

      • Mark

        There are some things these lips will never, ever tell….but I do believe it kind of started a ‘service’ industry…:)

  • Rocketeer500

    I was only 11 when this movie came out. I can still remember my mother talking to a neighbor lady about “that pervert movie”. Ah, how times have changed–mother not so much.

  • SelectFromWhere

    The title of this item should have been “It Was Great When It All Began” 🙂

    • Mark

      I was a regular Franky fan!

      • JW Swift

        …but it was over when he had the plan
        to start workin’ on a muscle man.

        • Good Shot Green

          But it was over when I fucked a man
          I now go both ways whenever I can

    • Good Shot Green

      I was a certified lesbian!

  • CPT_Doom

    Man, brings me back to the summer of ’85, right after high school graduation, when my friends and I went nearly every Saturday night. The first time I went, deeply in denial about being gay, I was blown away. I couldn’t believe something so odd, so surreal and yet so touching could exist. Then Freshmen year my college hosted a screening and I learned that while some call-outs are universal (“Damn it Janet, let’s go screw”) there were myriad regional variations. Who knew we were the only ones who yelled out “shoot the cripple, they get the best parking spaces” when the professor is threatened?

    • olandp

      WE SAID, “Damn it Cram it, piss on you.”

      • Good Shot Green

        Cram it, Janet, up your ass!

      • Man_in_the_mists

        In Phoenix it was “Fuck off, bitch. Go get screwed.”

    • Mr. Spiffy

      In Louisville, KY it was Damn it, Janet, I wanna screw. At least through 1981 it was.

  • ShakesbearSF

    My favorite line:
    “I didn’t make him…FOR YOU!!!”
    Ray of Light Theater in SF is doing The Rocky Horror Show this October with D’Arcy Drollinger as Frank N. Furter. Can’t wait!!!

  • It’s just a jump to the left…

  • Duh-David
  • shellback

    Frank: What do you think?

    Janet: I don’t like men with…er, with too many, muscles.

    Frank: I didn’t make him for you.

    • Good Shot Green

      Frank: What do you think?
      [LIE, JANET!]
      Janet: I don’t like men with…er, with too many, muscles.
      [JUST ONE BIG ONE!]
      Frank: I didn’t make him for you.
      [BUT SHE GETS HIM ANYWAY!]

      • Bingo! Thank you for remembering (most) of the original call backs. The last bit got added some time after I started doing Frank, and the women in the audience were assigned to it. Gods but I miss those days.

    • olandp

      Frank: What do you think?

      Janet: I don’t like men with…er, with too many, muscles.

      THAT’S OBVIOUS

      Frank: I didn’t make him for you.

  • Bj Lincoln

    Do any of you remember when Drew Carey did a dance off between Rocky Horror and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert?

    • TimCA
      • eyechart

        The website Previously.tv (similar to the late Television without Pity) has a feature called King of Disparate Things where people put clips and other tv show bits up against each other. I submitted this clip, and a couple of weeks ago it fought a good fight, but lost to “Dad’s Dead!” (the moment on Roseanne when Jackie tried telling an aunt on the phone about their father’s demise to much hilarity).
        I’m lucky enough to know the head of the RHPS fan club, Sal Piro, who is quite a character himself. He always asks me to be on his trivia teams when there’s a contest. I haven’t the heart to tell him I’ve seen it only once, and not in a theater (on VH1).

  • People4Humanity

    O my Gersh. Now I’m seriously dated. But I bet Rocky hasn’t aged a whit.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d7f2c6cd7f0f8eed9e3b9746e6c9963f466f7b9c8bf96cb2c2bea7a8a80c66bd.png

    • Cherry

      I’d seen the movie a bunch of times in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s and I am just now realizing that the horse is shaped like a dick? LOL I graduated in 1980 from HS and I guess a bit naive.

      • People4Humanity

        Uncut, at that.

        • Mr. Spiffy

          But wrapped. Strange to see a condomized dick that early.

  • Andrew

    The entire movie is a FAB experience but Brad in his undies…now THERE is a major Hollywood talent!!

  • BobVT

    The first time I saw this film it was 1976 and I was a twenty year old student at THE Ohio State University. It was a Saturday night and I saw where it was showing at the student union theater as an “art film.” I had read about it previously in Newsweek and wanted to see it. I went and there may have been twenty people in the audience. I got to hear every word, every note. And then it wasn’t long until there were midnight showings in Columbus as there had been in the larger cities.

    • Good Shot Green

      I snuck out to a midnight show when I was 13. I thought it was going to be a horror movie so when people started screaming stuff I got scared.

  • TimCA

    Memories of high school (yuck!) and the old Strand Theater on Market Street in San Francisco.

  • TLA in Philadelphia represent!

    Heisting a parent’s car, grabbing the gang, and heading in from the ‘burbs for a night down on South Street… the movie, the great shorts and previews (that introduced us to everthing from “Paradise by the Dashboard Lights” to, via the trailers, the great wide world of John Waters), and great Chinese afterward until the early hours of the next morning. Drag ourselves home, slog the next week – and do it all over again…

    • Jeffg166

      I was going to add TLA.

  • olandp

    As we used to say… Cram it! Dr. Cock! Cram it! Crab! Crotchy!

  • another_steve

    A favorite of gay men’s choruses across the country.

    In my area, both the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington D.C. and Baltimore’s gay chorus put on wonderful productions of it.

  • Nychta

    I was initiated into RHPS by coworkers when I worked at a restaurant in Chicago during the late 70s. One night after the restaurant closed we gathered props (I needed help ’cause I didn’t get what the newspapers, toast, etc., were for) and headed to the theater.

    It was a revelation.

  • Octavio

    I’ve only seen Rocky Horror one time. I was on a “date” at an expensive French restaurant in SLC when the hostess seated six statuesque Tim Curry Clones wearing leather teddies, fish-net stockings and heels. I was a bit nervous. We were in SLC, after all. One of the “ladies” came over to our table and just gave me and my date a pair of tickets to the Blue Mouse Cinema. I remember choking on my Fruits de la cocotte de la mer as I tried to say, “Thank you.” Those girls certainly weren’t my first encounter with drag queens. Far from it. But they were so perfectly turned out, right down to the platform heels.

    After dinner we found our way to the tiny theatre under the Cosmic Areoplane bookstore and totally unprepared for the screening. We had no popcorn, rice, champagne and other stuff to drink and throw at the screen.

  • CityWOOF

    I used to go every weekend in the eighties as a baby gay. I was in the live show, but I only got to play Ralph Hapshat, who is getting married at the beginning. I longed to be Frank N. Furter. I still think I could do it (though a heftier version).

    • JW Swift

      I did pull together a passable Frank N. Furter costume for Halloween one year (several years and many pounds ago). Quite fun.

  • Puckfair52

    I must have seen it 20 times at the Waverly (still had the balcony) and a few more on 8th Street. My best buddy was sharing an apartment with Sal Piro on Morton Street back then. One of the other crowds I used to go with were from Uncle Paul’s Bar which hadn’t turned into a hustle palace yet it was lots of fun. Favorite line was from Magenta “But I though you liked them” (delicious pause) “they liked you”

    • Brent Smalley

      Get defensive Riff.
      “They didn’t like me!”
      Get really defensive Riff.
      “NOBODY liked me.”

  • Cuberly

    In the early 80s, before the Ogden theater in Denver issued a crackdown on bringing “props” into the theater, a friend of mine wanted us to sit towards the front. I had seen it before but sans audience participation.

    Toast Storm! And wet as hell holding a soggy newspaper laughing my ass off. Good times.

    http://24.media.tumblr.com/e988266c615184d59d8d32d3cdeb0e0d/tumblr_mo87xxeUP91s2zsmdo1_500.gif

    • pickypecker

      MEATLOAF AGAIN?!?!?!

    • SockMikey

      Most of the actors weren’t told of the prop corpse of Eddie under the
      dining room tablecloth. When it was revealed during filming, their looks
      of horror are genuine. The only three who obviously knew about the
      scene were Tim Curry, Richard O’Brien (the author), and Meat Loaf, who
      had to model the corpse.

      • Cuberly

        Ha! Sorta like the trick Ridley Scott pulled on the cast for the chest burster scene in Alien.

  • BrianInNH

    Don’t dream it. Be it.

  • Roger

    From 2010 special event, a star studed “Time Warp”!!! Madness Takes Control..
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9ylOs1ID5A

    • motordog

      Very cool!

  • Roger

    I been to countless midnight shows, introduced it to most of my friends, gay and straight. Obviously my straight friends are the most (positively) stunned that there is such an sexy and sexually anarchical flick!! And what young gayling didn´t fell the call while singing along “Don´t dream it, be-e it!”.

  • Diogenes

    If I’m not mistaken, Richard O’Brien, who played Riff Raff in the movie wrote the whole muscial.

    • Porkie

      And his were the lips on the opening credits. Clearly a man of many talents.

      • SockMikey

        Actually Patricia Quinn (Magenta) did the lips in the opening song of the movie sung by Richard O’Brien.

        She was upset when she didn’t get to sing the song in the film, but agreed to lip-sync the words as the pair of red lips in the beginning.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usherette_%28Rocky_Horror%29

        The filmmakers and producers wanted a montage of movie clips and stills
        to fade in and out during the song and Richard O’Brien was asked to
        record that opening song. It was believed when actress Patricia Quinn
        was offered the part she initially refused the role due to losing (not singing) the opening song. Quinn’s lips were shot as she lip-synched the song,
        creating the iconic opening.

        Brad had another song in the original version of the musical, and it was intended to be in the movie version. O’Brien can’t remember why it was ultimately left out, but he does mention it was cut in during the scene with Janet along in the laboratory. The name of the song is “Once in a While,” and here it is…

        Deleted song from RHPS.
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STDkwyC8DtE

        • Porkie

          Damn now I am seriously disapointed! Not that magenta wasnt fabulous too.

        • bdsmjack

          I forgot how cute young Barry Bostwick was. Nice voice, too. Thanks for posting this…did not know about it!

  • Câl

    I have seen the movie version only twice but seen touring stage versions quite a few (OK, over 10). Favourite memory of the show is not actually of the show itself but walking with two female work colleagues (dressed as Colombia and Magenta) the mile and a half from my house to the theatre on a summer’s evening so bright sunshine at 7pm with me dressed as Franky, black cape flowing back to reveal the full stockings, suspenders and basque. The women were amusingly furious by the time we reached the pub where we were meeting other friends as I had had far more whistles and comments shouted by passing motorists as they had! We had a few rude comments but most were loving it (“straight” men can be such flirts when they are on their own and safely out of reach). I had such an amazing high from it that I walked home as well- on my own, which thinking about it may have been a bit foolish!

  • hdtex

    I wrote a ground breaking theme paper in my senior high school English class some 35 years.”Don’t Dream It…Be It” I think it was called…. It was an eye-opener for my elderly teacher (I brought visual aids). I got an A+

  • hdtex

    Tim Curry also had a brief, but spectacular singing career. I recently tracked down the CDs on eBay. He’s every bit as good as I remember…..This video used to screen before RHPS…..https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NS4ZllDSQMk

    • JW Swift

      I do the rock, myself.

      • Mr. Spiffy

        John and Yoko farming beef
        Raising protein quota
        Sometimes they make love and art
        Inside the Dakota

        I wonder if he had to change that after December 1980.

        Edited to make it the right year.

      • motordog

        I do the swim!

  • Deanna B.

    If this movie were made today, trans activists would harass Tim Curry, accusing him of “appropriation and erasure.” And they’d launch an boycott petition, which would have lines like: “By referring to transsexual as a location on a distant planet, this cissexist film dehumanizes all transgender people and directly encourages the murder of transwomen, especially transwomen of color!”

    • hdtex

      Parker Malloy would CUT A BITCH!

      • Polterguest

        Oh, girl, how ’bout a trigger warning before that kind of talk?

  • patrick

    This may sound strange or silly, but those late 70’s midnight-showings of TRHPS, and the wild, outrageous people I met and saw at those theaters, really helped me come out to myself. That it was okay to be gay and that I’d be okay admitting it to myself – and to others.

    • JW Swift

      Hardly strange or silly.

  • jerry

    “I’m lucky, he’s lucky, the bannister’s lucky!”

    • William

      The bannister’s sticky!

    • motordog

      [What do you do with an uncomfortable cock!?]
      Magenta: “Shift it!”

  • William

    Favorite (audience) line, “Buzzard Sex!”

    Does anyone remember the ABC program Fridays? It was sort of a knock off of SNL. It was funny while it lasted. There was far more drugs and politics than over on the NBC. They were so tough on Reagan, the program was canned on orders from higher up.

    Now, let’s go back to 1980, Reagan had just been elected and we didn’t know what horror was about to be foisted upon the American public.

    The Ronnie Horror Picture Show
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rb-uw_uTdUI
    in two parts
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hupJFbKIIpc

  • Orla Bord

    I’d set something up to be taped off the telly after I’d gone to bed (can’t remember what) in the late 80s, and when I was watching it back I found a documentary about cult movies, the main subject of which was the RHPS. I wasn’t yet a teen and had never heard of it, but I kept on watching that documentary until finally, the film itself was shown. I recorded it, and was instantly in love with it. I watched it every day for years. I love this film – it was a real lifeline then and it’s like a comfy, sparkly pair of slippers now.

  • Rrhain

    My favorite callback is actually right before the song referenced. I’ve seen the movie all over the world and I even freaked out Sal Piro in New York City with it:

    At the end of “Wild and Untamed Thing,” Riff Raff comes in to spoil everybody’s fun (“Frank N. Furter, it’s all over! Your mission is a failure! Your lifestyle’s too extreme!”) So during that, you start complaining to the person next to you:

    I don’t understand this movie. Do you understand this movie? Ya got this guy in a corset and fishnets having sex with everybody he can get his hands on, some freaky cannibalism thing, and now they’re all doing a kickline? I paid 12 bucks to see this movie on a god damned Saturday night and I can’t understand one f—ing plot point of this movie and if I don’t understand it, I’M LEAVING!

    During this, you start getting louder and louder, stand up, make your way to the aisle, and start storming up it to leave. If you time it right, Frank interrupts right as you shout out “I’M LEAVING”:

    “WAIT!”

    [as a demand] WHAT?

    “I- I can explain.”

    This better be good. You got shot last week.

    You then go back to your seat. When I did it in London, much of the audience thought I had truly started to freak out…which was odd since I had been shouting out callbacks all through the movie. Did they not realize that this was part of it?

  • rusty57

    “If you want something visual,
    That’s not too abysmal,
    We could take in an old Steve Reeves’ movie.”

  • SockMikey

    The best part was the audience participation and some that acted it out on stage in nearly flawless costumes.

    Highland Park Village Theater, not that far from Oaklawn (gay section of Dallas at the time), had weekend midnight screamings [sic] of RHPS.

    I lost count of the number of times I went, well over 100.

    It was so cool of the venue to allow us to use props like rice, toilet paper, toast, newpapers, waterguns, etc…

    I went to a Halloween party one time at NTSU (Denton – home of happiness) dressed as Frank-n-furter. One guy during the party freaked out because some of us were dressed up for RHPS and he started talking about Jebus. We found it funny at the time. I don’t think it was my imagination but he seemed rather fascinated and interested. He was a good looking corn-fed boy and I totally could see him running out and buying some fishnet stockings to try out. 🙂

  • JCF

    “I would like to take you”

    UP THE ASS!

    “…on a strange journey.”

    UP THE ASS IS A STRANGE JOURNEY!

  • astroworf

    One of my best friends turned me onto this movie, knowing I was gay before I was willing to admit it to myself. Oh, Rocky!!!

  • bdsmjack

    I used to go every Saturday night with my best friend, who was very straight in every sense of the word, so it kinda surprised me that he liked it so much.

    One weekend, he says he’s bringing his mother along. I was like, “are you crazy?” But my friend insisted his mom was cool enough to get it.

    So we bring his mom to the show. And she loves it. She throws rice. She dances the Time Warp. Everything is golden –up until Tim Curry whips off the cape. The look on her face was priceless. Utter horror. She sat in her seat in stunned silence the rest of the show.

    And my straight-laced, straighty friend? All of a sudden, he HATED Rocky Horror and never went back, again. What a dick.

  • Will Kohler

    Man first Stonewall and now this. Get your history right people RHPS opened on September 26th, 1975. http://www.back2stonewall.com/2014/09/day-gay-history-september-26-rocky-horror-picture-show-opens-theaters.html

    • Rrhain

      Um, not everything in the world starts in the US. Especially The Rocky Horror Show (which was originally a British musical).

      The Rocky Horror Picture Show opened in England on August 14, 1975 and in the United States on September 26th.

      Get your history right.

  • Dale082

    FSM I love this film! I have wonderful memories of going with my small group of friends all through Junior and Senior year of High School (’81 and ’82). I’m also proud to be the one who introduced the film to my nieces (ages 16 and 14) over a long Thanksgiving weekend a few years ago. We watched it at home, at midnight, with their mother (I took my sister to the theater to see it when she was about 16).

  • In all the years I attended, I quit counting how many times I played Frank in the screen cast somewhere around 350… that was about 2 years before I retired from it. If I go to my grave never leaving my house again, that will remain the single most unadulterated fun thing I’ve ever done.

    Favorite call is and always will be “Antici…” SAY IT! MASTURB – “pation!” THANK YOU!

    Second has to be “The man you are about to see has no fukkin neck!” and up pops the good doctor.

  • mammaleh

    I used to go see this every weekend I could get to the Varsity theater in University City in suburban St. Louis. They used to show 2 Tim Curry videos and a Meatloaf one, and you could pick up a free RHPS trivia quiz-“how many times does the clock strike at the beginning of the Time Warp?” and so on.
    Not only did I have the soundtrack, but I had the picture disc, too. AND all of Tim Curry’s records. Still love him madly.

  • David Ehrenstein

    “GET AN UMBRELLA YOU CHEAP BITCH!!!!”

  • David Ehrenstein

    Bray studios were so damp and drafty Susan Sarandon caught pneumonia. She was also in the process fo getting a divorce. So making the film wasn’t exactly a pleasant experience for her (though she never shows it for an instant.) When it became the object of Mass Passion that we know it today, however she certainly knew why and has proudly embraced TRHPS as one of the high points of her career.
    “Damn it Janet!” We adore you!

  • Mark

    Dammit Joe!

    Three days later….

    Cuz I’ve seen blue skies through the tears in my eyes…….

    Over and over and over…..

  • Diogenes Arktos

    I saw RHPS at Purdue in the 1970s. Amazingly, it was well attended. You can tell how conservative the place was since the callback was “Dammit, Janet, I love you!” OTOH considering the surrounding countryside, West Lafayette was a liberal hotbed.

    Since I’m from Cleveland, I’ve been able to confirm to people that there really was a newspaper named “The Cleveland Press”. It was an afternoon daily which perished in 1982.