Richard O’Brien’s “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” is a Halloween Tradition
By: Brooke Price
Gather your fishnets and feathered boas because “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” is taking over this Halloween season! This cult classic film has garnered a huge fan base over the years, making it a tradition to see around Halloween.
The film centers on newly engaged Brad Majors and Janet Weiss, who were college sweethearts.
While driving to visit Dr. Everett Scott, a teacher who had both Brad and Janet as students, a storm brews and they get a flat tire. They have no choice but to go into a castle owned by the flirtatious mad scientist, Dr. Frank-N-Furter.
Brad and Janet have come at just the right time because it is the Annual Transylvanian Convention, and Dr. Frank-N-Furter is creating a man “with blond hair and a tan.”
The cast of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” includes some well-known actors and actresses.
Dr Frank-N-Furter, the “sweet transvestite from Transsexual Transylvania” is played by Tim Curry. Peter Hinwood plays Rocky Horror, the man created in the lab on a slab.
Susan Sarandon plays the “innocent” Janet Weiss. Barry Bostwick portrays the nerdy Brad Majors.
Patricia Quinn stars as Magenta, the maid and Riff Raff’s sister. Richard O’Brien plays Riff Raff, the hunchback servant and Magenta’s brother.
Nell Campbell plays Columbia, the tap dancing groupie. Meat Loaf portrays Eddie, the rock and roll motorcyclist.
Dr. Everett Scott, a scientist, is played by Jonathan Smith. The narrator and criminologist is played by Charles Gray.
Richard O’Brien wrote the songs and screenplay for the 1975 film. He even starred as Riff Raff in the film.
O’Brien also wrote the entire script of the play “The Rocky Horror Show” in the 1970’s which was later turned into the 1975 movie.
“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” consists of original rock and roll songs sung by the characters in the film. One of these songs is the all famous “Time Warp”.
The steps from the “Time Warp” are said by the narrator and chorus during the song from the play and film. “It’s just a jump to the left, and then a step to the right. With your hands on your hips, you bring your knees in tight and do the pelvic thrust that really drives you insane.”
“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” was originally a stage adaptation and then became a movie in 1975.
Shortly after the film’s release, the movie began to play at midnight in theaters. People would come to the theaters all dressed up as the characters and yell call back lines at the screen.
Normally when “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” is played in theaters, they have a shadow cast that performs alongside the characters in the film. A shadow cast is where a group of people perform as characters from the movie in front of the screen and lip sync to the songs.
When the shadow casts perform at movie theaters, the audience receives a prop bag filled with props to use during the film. For example, they could get a water gun to use when it is raining in the film, or a piece of toast to throw when Dr. Frank-N-Furter says “a toast.”
Locally, the St. George Theatre screens “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” on Saturday, October 27. Tickets are $25 and admission includes a pre-show concert by “The Flesh Junkies”.
A prop bag is also included with admission. Doors open at 9pm for the concert and the film starts at 11pm.
Currently, the play “The Rocky Horror Show” is shown at the Bucks County Playhouse from October 12 to the 28th. The theater is located in New Hope, Pennsylvania.
Check out either the play or the film and “give yourself over to absolute pleasure!”