The Rocky Horror Picture Show
|Name:||Rocky Horror Picture Show, Rocky Horror|
|Creator:||Richard O'Brien, 20th Century Fox|
|Date(s):||Original release: 1975; still playing today.|
|Country of Origin:||US, UK|
|External Links:||IMDB profile|
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A movie based on a stage play (The Rocky Horror Show) by Richard O'Brien, which had a poor showing during its original release. After being shown as a midnight movie, it became a cult classic, wherein fans shouted lines at the screen, apparently interacting with the characters, and dressed up as those characters. In many theaters, the entire movie is acted out in front of the screen simultaneously.
Rocky Horror is a musical that parodies old science fiction and horror B movies. Narrated by Charles Gray (Mycroft Holmes), the story follows two newlyweds who stumble on a castle crawling with strange people in fishnet stockings and owned by the "Transylvanian transsexual" alien Dr. Frank N Furter, who creates a man a la Frankenstein and names him Rocky. Then he kills Meat Loaf. Everyone has sex with everyone else, while other people are jealous. Frank N Furter gets his just desserts, but not before everyone is forced to don leather for a song in the swimming pool. See the Wikipedia article for more details.
Performance and participation
The major fan activity associated with Rocky Horror is the tradition of having a live stage performance with the film projected onto a screen behind the actors. Audience participation is a significant part of the experience, as viewers deploy props (cards, rice, newspaper) and shout memorized MST3K-style call-out lines at various points during the film. Many people wear costumes, including those who don't usually engage in cosplay.
A moderate amount of fanfiction has been written, mainly archived at fanfiction.net, which has nearly a thousand stories. It's a Yuletide staple. Rocky Horror-themed fanfiction sometimes gets written in other fandoms.