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21 Facts You Probably Didn't Know About "The Rocky Horror Pictures Show"

Time warp back to the BEST CULT FILM EVER MADE. Dammit, Janet.

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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.

4. Brad and Janet's radio broadcasted Richard Nixon's 1974 resignation speech as they drove in the rain.

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.

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."

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).

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.

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.

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.

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