Richard O’Brien

By Machete Von Kill

rocky-horror
The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Director: Jim Sharman
Writers: Richard O’Brien (original musical play), Jim Sharman and Richard O’Brien (screenplay
Stars: Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Richard O’Brien, Barry Bostwick, Patricia Quinn, Nell Campbell
Rating: R; Run time: 100 min; Genre: Comedy, Musical; Country: UK; Language: English; Year: 1975

Sweethearts, and OH SO VANILLA, Brad (Bostwick) and Janet (Sarandon), newly engaged, are caught out in a storm when their car gets a flat tire. While looking for assistance, the straight laced couple discover the creepy mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Curry), a transvestite scientist from Transylvania, and a whole new (and FAR FROM VANILLA) world. As their innocence is lost, Brad and Janet meet a houseful of over the top characters, including Riff Raff (O’Brien), a creepy butler, Eddie (Meatloaf), a biker from the deep freeze, and Columbia (Campbell), a crazed groupie. During the Transylvanians’ celebration, Dr. Frank-N-Furter unveils his latest creation: a muscle man named Rocky.

 

It’s just a jump to the left, and a step to the right…My October just isn’t October without Rocky Horror. I honestly couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve seen the movie. I can say I have worn out one VHS and two DVD copies of this cult classic. I know every word and can do the Timewarp like nobody’s business. I’ve dressed up (and would gladly do it again) as Magenta (Quinn) and still find 1975 Tim Curry in drag to be the sexiest thing ever. The movie exposed sheltered, junior high me to kink, men in drag, and many more interesting things than I would see on an average day in my little town. (THANK YOU RICHARD O’BRIEN & JIM SHARMAN!!)

Rocky Horror

If the story and songs weren’t enough, the fact that the movie encourages audience participation makes it even more fun. If you haven’t attended a live performance or a viewing that allows fan partici…pation, YOU ARE MISSING OUT! Do it right now! You heard me, go Google it and find a showing or live performance, dress up, gather your props (you can use the fan participation script at the link above), and head up to the lab to see what’s on the slab.

And remember, don’t dream it, BE IT.

HALLOWEEN HORRORS: The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

HALLOWEEN HORRORS: The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

By Machete Von Kill

rocky-horror
The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Director: Jim Sharman
Writers: Richard O'Brien (original musical play), Jim Sharman and Richard O'Brien (screenplay
Stars: Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Richard O'Brien, Barry Bostwick, Patricia Quinn, Nell Campbell
Rating: R; Run time: 100 min; Genre: Comedy, Musical; Country: UK; Language: English; Year: 1975

Sweethearts, and OH SO VANILLA, Brad (Bostwick) and Janet (Sarandon), newly engaged, are caught out in a storm when their car gets a flat tire. While looking for assistance, the straight laced couple discover the creepy mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Curry), a transvestite scientist from Transylvania, and a whole new (and FAR FROM VANILLA) world. As their innocence is lost, Brad and Janet meet a houseful of over the top characters, including Riff Raff (O'Brien), a creepy butler, Eddie (Meatloaf), a biker from the deep freeze, and Columbia (Campbell), a crazed groupie. During the Transylvanians' celebration, Dr. Frank-N-Furter unveils his latest creation: a muscle man named Rocky.

 

It's just a jump to the left, and a step to the right...My October just isn't October without Rocky Horror. I honestly couldn't tell you how many times I've seen the movie. I can say I have worn out one VHS and two DVD copies of this cult classic. I know every word and can do the Timewarp like nobody's business. I've dressed up (and would gladly do it again) as Magenta (Quinn) and still find 1975 Tim Curry in drag to be the sexiest thing ever. The movie exposed sheltered, junior high me to kink, men in drag, and many more interesting things than I would see on an average day in my little town. (THANK YOU RICHARD O'BRIEN & JIM SHARMAN!!)

Rocky Horror

If the story and songs weren't enough, the fact that the movie encourages audience participation makes it even more fun. If you haven't attended a live performance or a viewing that allows fan partici...pation, YOU ARE MISSING OUT! Do it right now! You heard me, go Google it and find a showing or live performance, dress up, gather your props (you can use the fan participation script at the link above), and head up to the lab to see what's on the slab.

And remember, don't dream it, BE IT.

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show Turns 40

The Rocky Horror Picture Show Turns 40

By Stephanie Roisland

The Rocky Horror Picture show - Rocky' birthday party.

The Rocky Horror Picture show - Rocky's birthday party

On this day, August 15th, in 1975 (that's 40 years ago for you dumbasses), The Rocky Horror Picture Show was born. The screenplay was written by Jim Sharman and Richard O'Brien, it was based on a 1973 British- American musical and stage production. This horror comedy/ musical was directed by Sharman and he was joined by O'Brien who wrote the music, lyrics, and book. O'Brien also played Riff Raff" in the film and co-starred also side some of the Royal Court Theatre, Roxy Theatre, and Belasco Theatre cast members. It was shot in the U.K. at Bray Studios and also at an Estate named Oakley Court. Its estimated budget was between $1.2 and $1.4 million dollars, and its U.S. gross was $139.9 million.

In an era where sci-fi was booming, time warp had a whole new different meaning to us. We all remember dancing to that catchy tune with (Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick, and Richard O'Brien). A musical classic that will always bring a smile to fans faces. I have never had the privilege of seeing it on Broadway, but I have heard that it is an amazing piece to watch in person. The dancing, the sass, and the B movie vibe have sent audiences into uncontrollable laughter.

To this day The Rocky Horror Picture Show is one of the only movies that still holds midnight showings - with full audience member participation. The participants show up dressed in character clothing and act out their favorite scenes in the film. It is becoming more and more rare that these shows are scheduled, so if you see one at your local theatre... attend! It is an experience that will knock your socks off.

As we celebrate this cult classic's last 40 years of memories, madness, and Dammit Janets, we are still truly amazed by the impact it has made on the world. From DVDs , music soundtracks, clothing and housewares, it has paved the way in more aspects than people may think. Costume designer Sue Blane has been heard stating "the costumes from the movie have directly affected the development of the punk trends. Ripped clothing, torn fish nets, and dyed hair". Dr. Frank-N-Furter's (Tim Curry) character has lessened the stigma behind transgenderism and transvestitism. This comedy/musical opened many of people's eyes to a world of just simply being comfortable in ones own skin.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show collectible colored vinyl.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show collectible colored vinyl

I know we all enjoyed "A Creation" (Peter Hinwood) and his magical part in this classic. The women melted over him, the men envied him and some just really enjoyed his amazing gold underwear. From Eddie, Magenta, Riff Raff and Columbia to Dr. Frank, Dr. Scott, the criminologist, Frank and Betty" these character shared in the making of history. One filled with fun, filth and Transylvanians.

This movie (as sad as it sounds) was the highlight of many actors careers. We are not saying that their other roles following The Rocky Horror Picture Show were less important, but these are the characters for which they will always be known. Just as Kane Hodder will always be Jason to the world, so, too, will Patricia Quinn, Nell Campbell, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick, and Meatloaf be Magenta, Columbia, Janet, Brad and Eddie.

So here is to 40 more years of smiles and laughter. Long live The Rocky Horror Picture Show and the memories it brings you. May you awaken your children to cult- classic history and show them the meaning of making art, true art.

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