June 19th, 2014: The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Cast and Crew:   Jim Sharman (Director, Writer); Richard O’Brien (Writer, Actor); Lou Adler (Producer); Charles Grey, Meat Loaf

What It’s About: Newly engaged Brad Majors (Barry “The Good Guys Always Win-Even in the 80s” Bostwick) and Janet Weiss (Susan Sarandon) are stranded when their car breaks down on the way to tell Dr.Scott (Jonathan Adams) the good news.  They stumble in the woods until they find the laboratory of Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry), where Transylvanians have gathered for the unveiling of the Doctor’s latest creation…

Why Watch it Today?: The original Rocky Horror Show debuted on this date in 1973, becoming a cult hit that eventually spanned today’s film, which itself became a cult hit.  In fact, you may even be able to see this in a midnight screening somewhere near you, which really might be the best.  As a movie, the film is amusing, particularly if you know the movies being referenced, but as a midnight movie experience it’s something else entirely.

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2 comments on “June 19th, 2014: The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

  1. geelw says:

    Ah, Rockyyyyy. I’d avoided seeing this until sometime in the early 80’s, mustered up the courage to see it downtown in the Village at a midnight show with some friends and had a blast. It’s definitely worth seeing in public and again at home just for the differences in the experience. It certainly was a much better film that I expected and while I’m not one of those to dress up, I can certainly see the appeal it had and still has to this day.

    • T.A. Gerolami says:

      I think it’s definitely a better film than it should be considering it’s known for having a cult of followers that ritually heckle it. There’s movies that deserve that kind of treatment, but I’m not sure Rocky does, exactly, even if the ritual is fun. I did actually dress up for it as part of the “in front of the screen” cast in college, but that was small potatoes…I think the first one I did was only the second time I’d ever seen the film.

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