Photo by Twentieth Century Fox
In August 14 1975, was released one of the most iconic movies of all time, ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’. The movie talks about an newly engaged couple, Brad and Janet, who find a problem when their car halts in the rain. They both look for contact, only to find themselves at the castle of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a transvestite. A place to stay is offered, but Brad and Janet may not want to remain there. Especially when a large group of Transylvanians dance to the ‘Time Warp’, and Dr. Frank-N-Furter builds his own man and a whole host of participation for the audience to enjoy.
Stars: Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick
Director: Jim Sharman
To celebrate the 40th birthday, here are some of the curiosities about this film.
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- One night, during a typical midnight screening at a New York theater, a patron was asked to leave before the film ended. This patron was accused of being an impostor. The patron was Tim Curry.
- The set builders forgot to put an extra door in the lab set, thus Dr. Scott had to crash through the wall for his entrance.
- Steve Martin auditioned for the role of Brad.
- The green surgical gown that Dr. Frank ‘n’ Furter wears has a pink triangle over his heart. The triangle was used by the Nazis in concentration camps to denote that the wearer was a gay man, but it pointing downward. The pink triangle pointing upward is often used as a symbol of gay pride.
- The ads for the original release in 1975 parodied the film Jaws (1975)” They showed the red “lips” logo against a black backdrop and said, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show – a different set of jaws.”
- As Brad and Janet drive in the rain before reaching the castle, the radio is playing Richard Nixon’s resignation speech delivered August 8, 1974.
- The set had no heat and no bathrooms during the filming. When Susan Sarandon told the studio heads, they told her she was complaining too much. She soon caught pneumonia after filming the pool scene.
- The film is based on “The Rocky Horror Show” stage play written by Richard O’Brien who created it from his love of classic science fiction and horror films. It originally premiered at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs in London on June 19th, 1973 starring Tim Curry, Julie Covington, Christopher Biggins, Richard O’Brien, Patricia Quinn, Nell Campbell, Paddy O’Hagan and Rayner Bourton.
- Mick Jagger wanted to play Dr. Frank N. Furter in the film version.
- Pierre La Roche, a former personal stylist for David Bowie, created the film’s make-up styles. He also helped create the signature look for Frank-N-Furter.
- “The Time Warp” was originally written to fill space as the original stage production was only 40-minutes long.
- Filming took place at The Oakley Court in Windsor, England.