The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a 1975 British musical comedy film that parodies science fiction and horror films. Still in limited release nearly 34 years after its premiere, it has the longest-running theatrical release in film history. It gained notoriety as a midnight movie in 1977 when audiences began participating with the film in theaters across the United States. “Rocky Horror” is the first movie from a major film studio, such as 20th Century Fox, to be in the midnight movie market. Widely known by mainstream audiences, it has a large international following and is one of the best known and most financially successful midnight movies of all time. In 2005, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”
The film, considered a cult classic, is an adaptation of the British musical stage production The Rocky Horror Show. Richard O’Brien, author of the stage show, was assisted by Jim Sharman in writing the screenplay. The movie introduces Tim Curry and features Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick along with cast members from the original Kings Road production of the play performed at the Royal Court Theatre.
Tagline: A Different Set Of Jaws.
Make Up Department
Ramon Gow … hairdresser
Pierre La Roche … original makeup designs creator
Peter Robb-King … makeup artist
Graham Freeborn … assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Ernest Gasser … assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Helen Lennox … assistant hair stylist (uncredited)
Mike Lockey … assistant hair stylist (uncredited)
Jane Royle … assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Special Effects Department
Colin Chilvers … special effects
Wally Veevers … special effects
Roy Spencer … standby special effects (uncredited)
The set here is a special 3 disc edition with two discs devoted to ROCKY HORROR and a single disc for SHOCK TREATMENT. The ROCKY HORROR portion includes the movie, audience participation tracks and video, commentary by Patricia Quinn and O’Brien, segments from a “Where Are They Now?” special on VH-1, and tons of featurettes featuring cast, crew, and fans.
SHOCK TREATMENT includes a remastered print of the movie (for the first time in widescreen on DVD), a commentary track from the fan club president and his friend (they tell trivia and do some of their “act” for screenings), two features with interviews from cast and crew members about the making of the film and the score, and trailers (which are bizarre and worth a look). Richard O’Brien does not make an appearance in ANY of the extras, so we have to rely on people involved with the production such as director Jim Sharman and Patricia Quinn to fill us in.