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(Guardian)   Happy 40th birthday to the Rocky Horror Picture Show, with insight from some of the people who made it   (guardian.co.uk) divider line 114
    More: Interesting, Rocky Horror Picture Show, horror movies, Jesus Christ Superstar, Richard O'Brien, B-movies, backing track, House of Horrors, Susan Sarandon  
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2013-03-05 09:22:50 AM  
In hindsight, that movie sucked.
 
2013-03-05 09:25:28 AM  

RexTalionis: In hindsight, that movie sucked.


Unless you were a fat person looking to take off your clothes.
 
2013-03-05 09:26:05 AM  
Insight and Rocky Horror Picture do not belong in the same sentence together.
 
2013-03-05 09:27:31 AM  

LineNoise: RexTalionis: In hindsight, that movie sucked.

Unless you were a fat person looking to take off your clothes.


I'm only one of those, not the other.
 
2013-03-05 09:27:53 AM  
I finally saw this a few years ago, in a theater as is the best way, or so Im told. I went with a couple of people who had seen it a combined total of 3000 times. Meh, at least I got to see some tits during the underwear scene
 
2013-03-05 09:28:00 AM  

RexTalionis: In hindsight, that movie sucked.


Hindsight? The movie always sucked, that was part of the fun.
 
2013-03-05 09:28:28 AM  
used to be fun going to watch in berkeley at midnight.
The movie is horrible, but on a big screen.. with audience participation-epic
 
2013-03-05 09:29:56 AM  
Insight only if you are a Sweet Transvestite from Transexual, Transylvania.
 
2013-03-05 09:31:27 AM  

RexTalionis: In hindsight, that movie sucked.


If you were watching the movie you lost the point.  The fun was watching the audience goofing off reacting to a barely-watched movie.
 
2013-03-05 09:31:52 AM  
I still think I like Shock Treatment better. It's a shame that movie is overshadowed the way it is.
 
2013-03-05 09:32:16 AM  
It's astounding.
 
2013-03-05 09:32:55 AM  
The first time I saw the movie was on cable. I thought it was terrible. A few years later I was at a Halloween party dressed as a priest. The party was winding down and someone suggested we go to the midnight movies. When we got there, they were having a costume contest and I got pulled onstage. I won for best alternate costume. Apparently, Tim Curry has a scene as a priest early on. Been years since I thought of that.
 
2013-03-05 09:32:57 AM  
<nitpick> It's the Rocky Horror Show's anniversary, not the Rocky Horror Picture Show, which came out in 1975.</nitpick>

/the play is better than the movie.
 
2013-03-05 09:34:07 AM  
My brother was in a Rocky troupe in Edmond, OK in the late 80's.  He took me a couple of times.  I remember the girl who played Janet running around in her underwear.  She had a nice body.
 
2013-03-05 09:35:14 AM  

evilmrsock: I still think I like Shock Treatment better. It's a shame that movie is overshadowed the way it is.


Shock Treatment was poorly directed and choreographed. It would actually be a good candidate for a remake, the core idea and music are good.
 
2013-03-05 09:36:23 AM  
Saw a local production of the stage show this past October. It was a blast.
 
2013-03-05 09:38:38 AM  
The audience participation part is really what made this in both theatre and cinema. People dress up, make call-backs, use props etc. It's great fun. With scantily clad boobies as an added bonus.

So what if it's not a great movie in and of itself.There's a lot worse out there that had a lot more spent on them. Plus, you don't go to see a great movie in Rocky Horror, you go to have a good time. And a good time is often had.
 
2013-03-05 09:39:14 AM  
I saw this at several midnight showings in the early 1980's and the audience participation is what makes the entire experience great. Just sitting and watching it at home it is ok the first time.
 
2013-03-05 09:39:54 AM  
I saw this opening week in Hollywood at The Egyptian with two of my friends. We were 14. We thought it was the best thing EVER and in hindsight it was - given our options at the time.

I never liked the audience participation stuff. I find it annoying.
 
2013-03-05 09:40:35 AM  
Lost my virginity in the back row of the local Bijou Theatre to the Floor Show scene.

/Woo!
 
2013-03-05 09:42:49 AM  

evilmrsock: I still think I like Shock Treatment better. It's a shame that movie is overshadowed the way it is.


Everything casts a shadow on you when you are at the bottom.

/I'm just saying
 
2013-03-05 09:44:39 AM  
So here is my Rocky Horror story.

I already knew all of the songs before I ever went to the show because my mom (a child of the 60's and let's just leave it at that) had the albumn and I would play it a lot when I was a teenager.  She would not take me to actually see the movie so when I turned 18 I decided to go see it one night.

I called my buddy, one of the nerdiest kids I know --who actually wore those thick black glasses --and asked him what he was doing at midnight.  He said nothing, and so I said "We're going to a movie.  I'll pick you up".  So we went.  He had no idea what movie we were going to see.

This was in the Prudential Town Center outside of Detroit about 25-30 years ago.  They had a pretty active crowd.  Tons of rice and such being thrown around, the whole nine yards.  A good show, unlike some of the tamer ones I have been to since.

So we watched the movie and my friend had never seen anything like it before in his life.  We had a blast and hung out after the show at a White Castles (which became a post show tradition) since it was the only thing open.

We ended up going over 100 times after that.

Somewhere around the 20th time my mom brought me home a pair of tiny gold lame' shorts that she found in a thrift shop.  I bought some used hightop shoes and spraypainted them gold.  The theater said you had to wear a shirt, but an ACE bandage was good enough for them and so I started showing up dressed as Rocky.  (I had enough of a body at that point to pull off Rocky.  Today, not so much....)

We went every Friday and Saturday night as regulars, bringing along an even increasing amount of friends.   I even managed to find a "groupie" my friend nicknamed "plastic fark doll" who could do some amazing things.  The time she handcuffed me to a steering wheel in a church parking lot at 3:00am is a different story...

One day a friend bought an entire shopping bag of rice, opened it up in the front row, and declared war on the audience before the movie had started.   It was a Saving Private Ryan moment of Rocky Horror fandom.

My mom and her friends decided to go one night which was particularly embarassing as I'm strutting around in gold booty-shorts yelling "Asshole!" every time Brad comes on screen.   I sat on the other side of the theater and I think she was as happy about that as I was.

The gold shorts ended after two guys decided one day that they wanted to have them as a trophy.  They chased me around the theater, out of the theater, and across the parking lot.  I frantically made it into my car and locked it before they could aquire their gold lame prize.  After that I was too afraid to wear them anymore.

All and all I lost track of the amount of viewings at 117 and I estimate I went about 125 times.
 
2013-03-05 09:46:31 AM  
There is a statue to Rocky in Philly.

There is a statue to Riff Raff in Hamilton, NZ
 
2013-03-05 09:51:16 AM  

abfalter: So here is my Rocky Horror story.

I already knew all of the songs before I ever went to the show because my mom (a child of the 60's and let's just leave it at that) had the albumn and I would play it a lot when I was a teenager.  She would not take me to actually see the movie so when I turned 18 I decided to go see it one night.

I called my buddy, one of the nerdiest kids I know --who actually wore those thick black glasses --and asked him what he was doing at midnight.  He said nothing, and so I said "We're going to a movie.  I'll pick you up".  So we went.  He had no idea what movie we were going to see.

This was in the Prudential Town Center outside of Detroit about 25-30 years ago.  They had a pretty active crowd.  Tons of rice and such being thrown around, the whole nine yards.  A good show, unlike some of the tamer ones I have been to since.

So we watched the movie and my friend had never seen anything like it before in his life.  We had a blast and hung out after the show at a White Castles (which became a post show tradition) since it was the only thing open.

We ended up going over 100 times after that.

Somewhere around the 20th time my mom brought me home a pair of tiny gold lame' shorts that she found in a thrift shop.  I bought some used hightop shoes and spraypainted them gold.  The theater said you had to wear a shirt, but an ACE bandage was good enough for them and so I started showing up dressed as Rocky.  (I had enough of a body at that point to pull off Rocky.  Today, not so much....)

We went every Friday and Saturday night as regulars, bringing along an even increasing amount of friends.   I even managed to find a "groupie" my friend nicknamed "plastic fark doll" who could do some amazing things.  The time she handcuffed me to a steering wheel in a church parking lot at 3:00am is a different story...

One day a friend bought an entire shopping bag of rice, opened it up in the front row, and declared war on the audience before the movie had ...


Sounds like you might have lost your virginity that night in the parking lot
 
2013-03-05 09:53:35 AM  
Washington's Gay Men's Chorus (not that there's anything wrong with that) did the Rocky Horror Show last year and it was fantastic.
 
2013-03-05 09:56:43 AM  
I say that life is an illusion.
 
2013-03-05 09:57:21 AM  

RexTalionis: In hindsight, that movie sucked.


That's the whole point. Except for Tim Curry.  He was fantastic.  The audience participation is RiffTrax before there was RiffTrax.  And each theater does it a little different.  Give it a try.
 
2013-03-05 09:58:15 AM  
We usually pop it in around Halloween or so. It's become pretty standard viewing for that time of year, along with the original Halloween by John Carpenter.
 
2013-03-05 10:03:31 AM  

MyKingdomForYourHorse: Insight and Rocky Horror Picture do not belong in the same sentence together.


I always took it as the film equivilant of a drug trip. Not much to explain. It is whatever your experience makes of it. Usually fun if you're in the right frame of mind but god awful if not.

Back in 1999, at the Baton Rouge showings, I had some friends involved. I saw parts but never stayed for a full showing though. Bought the blu-ray and still get a kick out of it.
 
2013-03-05 10:07:31 AM  

Mrbogey: I always took it as the film equivilant of a drug trip. Not much to explain. It is whatever your experience makes of it. Usually fun if you're in the right frame of mind but god awful if not.


A more apt analogy could not be found. It's a lot like an acid trip. If you're ready and go with the fark flow, its an experience you won't forget. If you are not ready for it, its an experience you want to forget.
 
2013-03-05 10:08:09 AM  
karnal:
Sounds like you might have lost your virginity that night in the parking lot


Well, had I been a virgin I would have lost it that night...
 
2013-03-05 10:10:41 AM  

Dr Dreidel: I say that life is an illusion.


Agrees:  www.wearysloth.com
 
2013-03-05 10:14:48 AM  

RexTalionis: In hindsight, that movie sucked.


Don't worry. Once you have sex you will understand it.
 
2013-03-05 10:16:24 AM  

verbaltoxin: We usually pop it in around Halloween or so. It's become pretty standard viewing for that time of year, along with the original Halloween by John Carpenter.


We watch those, plus nightmare before christmas.
 
2013-03-05 10:17:35 AM  

Dr Dreidel: I say that life is an illusion.


www.wearysloth.com
Like his neck?
 
2013-03-05 10:24:28 AM  
It was a great movie

Dance to the time warp again......Dance to the time warp again.......

Just a jump to the left.....and a jump to the riiiiiiggghhhht

Put your hands on your hips...........

Now I hope you all can't get that song out of your heads all day long pppffffttttt
 
2013-03-05 10:27:29 AM  
CSB:

The only time I watched that movie in the theater there was this fat zit-faced white dude dressed in drag pantomiming Tim Curry on the stage in front of the screen.  Someone plastered this dude in the face with what appeared to be a full 32 oz soda.  Dude didn't miss a beat, just kept on doing his schtick.  Best part of the show.
 
2013-03-05 10:27:39 AM  
always had a thing for Columbia

thumbs2.modthesims.info
 
2013-03-05 10:30:10 AM  

NeoBad: It was a great movie

Dance to the time warp again......Dance to the time warp again.......

Just a jump to the left.....and a jump to the riiiiiiggghhhht

Put your hands on your hips...........

Now I hope you all can't get that song out of your heads all day long pppffffttttt


You could use a criminologist to point out those inaccuracies.
 
2013-03-05 10:36:12 AM  
Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday, dear Rocky...
 
2013-03-05 10:38:18 AM  

NeoBad: It was a great movie

Dance to the time warp again......Dance to the time warp again.......

Just a jump to the left.....and a jump to the riiiiiiggghhhht

Put your hands on your hips...........

Now I hope you all can't get that song out of your heads all day long pppffffttttt


That could be a problem, but on if you'd posted the actual song.

CSB:
My first stage experience was a truly terrible university production of RHPS.  I was Dr. Scott, but since I didn't turn up until the last third of the movie, I got drafted into being a Transylvanian and Ralph Hapschatt.  It was an eye-opening experience.  Pity a lot of the kids we drafted were high schoolers, so all the bras and panties running around backstage were underage.  I saw a lot of floors and ceilings.

Years later, I went to see it in theatres with three legal-age hot chicks in lingerie.

/went home alone
 
2013-03-05 10:39:45 AM  

Oscar_Madisons_cleaning_lady: Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday, dear Rocky...


Finish the song this week!
 
2013-03-05 10:40:29 AM  
Little known fact: the guy that played Riff Raff, Richard O'Brien, voices the role of Phineas and Ferbs dad.
 
2013-03-05 10:40:53 AM  

abfalter: RexTalionis: In hindsight, that movie sucked.

If you were watching the movie you lost the point.  The fun was watching the audience goofing off reacting to a barely-watched movie.


It's also fun to go to different locations and catch different troupes performing it, all kinds of things change from one place to the next.
 
2013-03-05 10:42:28 AM  

karnal: Lost my virginity in the back row of the local Bijou Theatre to the Floor Show scene.

/Woo!


Back row sucks...

/Front row swallows...
 
2013-03-05 10:44:00 AM  
Jack Lemmon over Tim Curry, worst Oscar snub ever.
 
2013-03-05 10:44:49 AM  

karnal: always had a thing for Columbia

[thumbs2.modthesims.info image 300x515]


Yep... I concur.
 
2013-03-05 10:47:54 AM  
When I was in rehab a few years ago for a broken hip (among other broken things,) one of the PTs had me doing some exercises. She said, "okay, now step to the left."  I said, " No, that's not right. It's a jump to the left and a step to the right," and proceeded to do the Time Warp. Hurt like hell, but it was worth it. All she could say was, "Oh...You're one of those."
 
2013-03-05 10:55:32 AM  

unchellmatt: It's astounding.


Time is fleeting.
 
2013-03-05 11:02:37 AM  

Snort: There is a statue to Rocky in Philly.

There is a statue to Riff Raff in Hamilton, NZ


Did they let him emigrate?  Thought he was turned down because he wasn't self-supporting.
 
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