1. “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” holds the record for the longest theatrical release in film history.
The same film reels have continually squeaked in theaters across the world since its 1975 release.
2. Mick Jagger wanted to play Dr. Frank N. Furter in the film.
3. And Steve Martin auditioned for the role of Brad.
4. Brad and Janet’s radio broadcasted Richard Nixon’s 1974 resignation speech as they drove in the rain.
O’Brien has stated he didn’t like that touch, as it “locks the film into a time.”
5. The actors weren’t told of the corpse under the dining room tablecloth. When Frank ‘n’ Furter reveals it, their looks of horror were completely genuine.
6. And the skeleton in the clock is supposedly real.
O’Brien has said that the body of bones in the clock was an authentic skeleton belonging to the woman who commissioned the clock. In 2002, Sothebys auctioned off the coffin-clock which sold for £35,000.
7. Richard O’Brien (Riff Raff) wrote “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” as well as the 1973 musical and book.
8. Patricia Quinn (Magenta) initially turned down the film role, but later agreed to join as long as she could lip-sync “Science Fiction - Double Feature” in the opening. She loved that song in the play.
Vocals were performed by Richard O’Brien (Riff Raff).
She is quoted as having said: “Well you can take your movie and shove it where the sun don’t shine. Not interested.”
9. Meatloaf never rode the motorcycle in the film. A stunt double was used except for the close-ups. For those scenes, Meatloaf was pushed in a wheelchair.
10. In the opening wedding scene the minister is Tim Curry (Dr. Frank N. Furter), the “old man” to his left is Richard O’Brien (Riff Raff) and the “wife” to his right is Patricia Quinn (Magenta).
11. Quinn’s hair was not dyed, but SPRAYED RED every single day of shooting.
12. It was Tim Curry’s feature film debut.
And he immediately took the world by storm. Talk about a debut, man.
13. The red triangle Dr. Frank ‘n’ Furter wears over his heart was used by the Nazis in concentration camps to denote that the wearer was a gay man, but it was pointing downward. The triangle pointing upward is often used as a symbol of gay pride.
14. Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick are the only Americans in lead roles.
15. Tim Curry, Patricia Quinn and Nell Campbell reprise the same roles here that they’d played in the original stage production.
16. The set had no heat and no bathrooms during filming. When Sarandon mentioned it to the studio heads, they said she was complaining too much. She caught pneumonia after filming the pool scene.
17. Peter Hinwood (Rocky Horror) had never acted before and was just a model. His cast members were pleasantly surprised by his performance.
18. Pierre La Roche, David Bowie’s personal makeup artist, served as the “original makeup designs creator.”
19. At the midnight showings, not only do patrons dress up, they bring props. There are no hard-and-fast rules on props, but the following is a list of some of the most common:
- Rice (to be thrown at Ralph and Betty’s wedding)
- Water pistols (back row squirts them during rain scene)
- Newspapers (for front and middle rows to shield themselves from rain)
- Flashlights or cigarette lighters
- Rubber gloves (during and after the creation speech, Frank snaps his gloves three times)
- Noisemakers (the Transylvanians applaud Frank’s creation - so should you)
- Toilet paper (when Brad yells “Great Scott!”, throw a roll)
- Confetti (at the end of the “Charles Atlas” reprise, the Transylvanians throw confetti)
- Toast (when Frank proposes a toast at dinner)
- Party hat (when Frank puts on his hat to wish Rocky happy birthday, so does the audience)
- Bell (“When we made it/did you hear a bell ring?”)
- Cards (“Cards for sorrow/cards for pain”)
20. Dr. Frank N. Furter’s “castle” was shot partially at Oakley Court which also served as the set for numerous Hammer horror films. It was built in 1859, refurbished in 1981 and is now a luxury hotel.
Meaning, YOU CAN STAY HERE! For a pretty pence, obviously.
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