The original Rocky Horror Picture Show was released on September 26, 1975. It’s based off a British stage play by the same name. Still in limited release 35 years after its premiere, it has the longest-running theatrical release in film history.
It quickly gained a cult following when midnight screenings became popular in the mid to late 70′s. Theater owners would play the record album of the RHPS soundtrack before the showing to warm up the audience giving it a party atmosphere. Audiences soon began participating with the film in theatres by booing the villain and cheering the heroes. Before long the audiences sang along with every song, even acting out parts of the movie. The huge cult following is due in part to the fan participation during these midnight showings.
Besides the soundtrack being wonderful, the costumes in this movie make the characters! Dr Frank-N-Furter, Magenta, Riff Raff and Columbia all have over-the-top wild costumes. Talk about a great theme for your Halloween costumes this year!
Next week’s episode of Glee is the much-anticipated Halloween themed episode of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” It’s fittingly titled “The Rocky Horror Glee Show.” Finn and Rachel naturally play Brad and Janet, Kurt plays Riff Raff and Mercedes plays Dr. Frank-N-Furter. Glee is such a good show and The Rocky Horror Glee Show is going to be one you don’t want to miss!