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|The Rocky Horror Picture Show
The movie of Rocky Horror
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"The Rocky Horror Picture Show" was filmed late in 1974. The original stage show had been seen by a producer named Lou Adler, who convinced 20th Century Fox to produce a movie version of the show.
Tim Curry, Richard O'Brien, Patricia Quinn and Little Nell reprised their stage roles of Frank N Furter, Riff Raff, Magenta and Columbia and were joined by Jonathan Adams as Dr Scott, who originally played the role of the Narrator in the stage production.
They were joined by Meat Loaf, in his first credited screen role as Eddie, Susan Sarandon as Janet, Barry Bostwick as Brad, Charles Gray as a Crimanologist (Narrator) and Peter Hinwood as Rocky. Did you know Peter Hindwood's singing was dubbed for the movie?
Filming took place in England at Bray Studios and nearby Oakley Court and took just six weeks to complete at a cost in 1974 of around a million US dollars.
Rocky Horror Picture Show was first screened in London on 14th August 1975 and in the USA on 26th September 1975. Initially the film wasn't a great success until a marketing person at Fox decided to screen it in a Midnight slot.
The movie began to attract a cult following with people turning up again and again to see it. It was in the USA that fans started to shout out lines to the screen and dress up as their favourite characters, this grew into the audience participation that we know today and has crossed back from the movie to the stage shows. Fans even started miming out the movie on screen in front of the projected images and Shadow Casting was born.
In the movies hey-day it was shown weekly in over 270 screens across America and around the world there were also weekly screenings. Here in the UK in the late eighties and early nineties the movie screened weekly, first at the Screen on Baker Street and then at the Prince Charles Cinema in London.
Nowadays the movie still has weekly screenings in the USA, but here in the UK there are only a few fan led screenings each year. In 2004 the Singalonga people decided to create their own version of the participation the audience had being doing for over twenty years and now tours the country with their own commercial version of the movie. Whereas you would pay around £5 to see the movie with a shadow cast of fans, they charge over £13 for one person introducing the movie and their projection of the words on screen. Always try and get to see a fan led screening if you can for what Rocky Horror Picture Show participation is really about.
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