Saturday, October 31, 2015

the rocky horror picture show

Madness took its toll on creatures of the night when they went to lab to see what was on the slab in this outrageous erotic nightmare.   Richard O'Brien wrote The Rocky Horror Show while in London as a tribute to the science fiction and horror b-movies he loved.  With director Jim Sharman, they developed it into a successful stage show.   They filmed  'The Rocky Horror Picture Show' with some of the original London cast at a Victorian Gothic country house in Berkshire, England called Oakley Court, as well as  Bray Studios  and Elstree Studios.  The film was panned at the time; but went on to become a cult classic, being shown at midnight with local actors miming the action on the screen.   Audience members would dress up and yell at the screen and continue to come back for the experience, bringing more friends.  'The Rocky Horror Picture Show' continues to be shown in limited release and is the longest running theatrical release in film history.  

O'Brien says:  "I wrote a musical I thought I would like to go and see ... I’ve never been ambitious. I never wanted to be a star, make a lot of money or be famous.  If you’re on your deathbed and you’ve gained the world, you’ve got everything, and there’s nobody there, nobody gives a f*** whether you’ve lived or died. Is that success?...[The nice thing about Rocky is] it was a slow burner in small theatres. I’m actually truthfully very grateful that I didn’t get a wodge of money right at the beginning. If I had, I wonder whether I’d still be here. I think I probably would be a creature of excess...I hope what I’ve done professionally on stage has entertained and made people feel a little bit better when they leave the theatre. I’ve never done anything for back-slapping purposes, to make myself feel elevated in any kind of way ... It’s just a very nice light, frothy Rock N Roll evening out where you don’t have to take your brain along, and there’s nothing wrong with that, it’s pure good entertainment and value for money on that level to cheer you up. But if it was just that I doubt it would have lasted as long as it has. And I think it taps into root fairytales and pleases on a subconscious level or subliminal level, that once again we don’t have to think about it, but we feel satisfied, because it really is a retelling of the fall and rites of passage; Adam and Eve are Brad and Janet and the serpent is Frank-N-Furter. So from that point of view I think it works as well. It’s also a parable or analogy for the fall of the American Empire; Brad and Janet have walked out of the past of the American Dream of Eisenhower’s America of the 50s, slap bang into the present and the trouble with sex and drugs and Rock N Roll and depravity, and you know, all the confusion… it’s as if America had been living in a perpetual state of childhood and suddenly - the Vietnam War was probably a part of this as well – you step out of the 50s into the 60s and the disaffected youths at university, the students protesting against the war, and dope coming in and peace and light… you know it was an interesting period and I think Rocky kind of charts that as well. But once again, not as agit-prop, it doesn’t bring it along and force anybody to listen to a message, that’s all kind of invested into the subtext isn’t it."

Tim Curry as Dr. Frank N. Furter, a scientist
Susan Sarandon as Janet Weiss, a heroine
Barry Bostwick as Brad Majors, a hero
Richard O'Brien as Riff Raff, a handyman
Patricia Quinn as Magenta, a domestic
Nell Campbell as Columbia, a groupie
Jonathan Adams as Dr. Everett V. Scott, a rival scientist
Peter Hinwood as Rocky Horror, a creation
Meat Loaf as Eddie, an ex-delivery boy
Charles Gray as The Criminologist, an expert
Jeremy Newson as Ralph Hapschatt
Hilary Labow as Betty Hapschatt (née Munroe)


"Time Warp" 

"Sweet Transvestite"
The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Tim Curry en "Sweet Transvestite" from maru on Vimeo.

"Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch Me"

"Hot Patootie – Bless My Soul" 

full album:

All songs written and composed by Richard O'Brien.

Side one
1. "Science Fiction/Double Feature"   Richard O'Brien 4:30
2. "Dammit Janet"   Barry Bostwick, Susan Sarandon 2:51
3. "Over at the Frankenstein Place"   Barry Bostwick, Susan Sarandon, Richard O'Brien 2:37
4. "Time Warp"   Richard O'Brien, Patricia Quinn, Little Nell 3:15
5. "Sweet Transvestite"   Tim Curry 3:21
6. "I Can Make You a Man"   Tim Curry 2:07
7. "Hot Patootie – Bless My Soul"   Meat Loaf 3:00
8. "I Can Make You a Man (Reprise)"   Tim Curry 1:44
Side two
1. "Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch Me"   Susan Sarandon, Little Nell, Patricia Quinn, Tim Curry, Barry Bostwick, Richard O'Brien, Trevor White 2:27
2. "Eddie"   Jonathan Adams, Little Nell, Susan Sarandon, Tim Curry 2:44
3. "Rose Tint My World":
a. "Floor Show"
b. "Fanfare/Don't Dream It"
c. "Wild and Untamed Thing"   Little Nell, Trevor White, Barry Bostwick, Susan Sarandon, Tim Curry, Jonathan Adams 8:13
4. "I'm Going Home"   Tim Curry 2:48
5. "Super Heroes"   Barry Bostwick, Susan Sarandon, Jonathan Adams 2:45
6. "Science Fiction/Double Feature (Reprise)"   Richard O'Brien 1:26

'The Rocky Horror Picture Show'
full film:

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) Film... by imigliorifilm

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