August 14th 1975
On this day in horror history The Rocky Horror Picture Show had it's worldwide premiere in London, England, and hasn't stopped since.
Rocky Horror began it's remarkable life not as a film, but rather a small production in London that author Richard O'Brien wrote to keep himself busy on winter nights when he was an out-of-work actor. It was originally called "They Came from Denton High," after that, "The Rock Hor-Roar Show," then finally The Rocky Horror Show.
The play opened at the Royal Court's experimental Theater Upstairs as a six-week workshop project in June of 1973 to fantastic reviews, and packed houses of 60 or so people a night. A good omen for Rocky Horror was that Vincent Price was amongest the opening night attendees.
It was filmed in the UK, in an old building next to the Hammer House of Horror studios. It wasn't an actual set: it was an old Victorian gothic revival house a paddock away from the studios that had been for other films. Listed, gloomy and semi-derelict, with its owner living abroad, it was perfect.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show was shot in only 6 weeks with many of the persons in the film being first time actors. Tim Curry for example made his screen debut in the London, Los Angeles, and Broadway versions of the show as Dr. Frank N Furter transvestite scientist from outer space. For Dr Frank-N-Furter’s accent, Tim Curry used a combination of a highly exaggerated High-English accent combined with elements of his mother’s “telephone voice.”
In the scene where Eddie's corpse was revealed under the dining table, came as a "real" shock. None of the actors had been aware that it was there apart from Tim Curry – playing Dr Frank N Furter – because he was the one who had to whip the tablecloth off. The director wanted a natural reaction.
This wonderful cult classic has been playing theaters nonstop since it opened so long ago. It has since developed one of the largest cult followings of any film, with people still lining up for midnight showings and interacting with the film in an incredibly complex scripted way that only the most seasoned and hard-core fans can perform without notes.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show was produced by Michael White, and directed by Jim Sharman from a screenplay by Jim Sharman, and Richard O'Brien. The film is a screen version of the award winning hit stage musical with book, music, and lyrics by Richard O'Brien.
"When you do something like Rocky, which is undefinable somehow, it always becomes difficult to lose that. Not that I have any interest in saying goodbye to Rocky. I absolutely adore being involved and a part of something that is really a phenomenon. And I have no problems with that at all. If it overshadows anything else, I can understand completely why and again it doesn't worry me." - Richard O'Brien
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