Celebrating 40 Years of 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show'
Sep 26, 2015 | 12:04 PM
This weekend marks the 40th anniversary of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” To celebrate, we dug through the archives looking for everything we could on the science-fiction double-feature picture show. Read our interview with Tim Curry days before “Rocky Horror” would perform in Los Angeles, the original movie review, fan screenings through the years, thoughts on Brad (from the original Brad) and many, many glitter tributes.
Tim Curry, barely settled in L.A. for the “Rocky Horror” stage show (yes, before there was a movie, there was a play), spilled the beans on backstage secrets, including the time Rocky got a bad glitter reaction. “Rocky couldn’t go on,” Curry said. “You see, we use a lot of glitter in the show, and Rocky wears more glitter than anyone else, really. I don’t know if I should be telling you this ... Well, Rocky got some glitter down his trunks, and it set up an irritation. When we arrived at the theater, he was standing in the shower, and the show couldn’t go on.”
Then-L.A. Times staff writer Kevin Thomas completely embraced the sweetness of this oddball romp. “Indeed, there’s an underlying quality of tenderness and even innocence in this loving send-up of horror and sci-fi flicks and celebration of post-graduate sexuality.”
The L.A. Times dived headfirst into the cult of crazy that inhabited midnight screenings of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Take a trip back to the Tiffany Theater in 1978 to a world of rice-throwers and toast makers — a celebration of the notion that it’s OK to be weird.
The sequel follows Brad and Janet in Denton, U.S.A., which has now turned from a small town into a town obsessed with television. The couple is picked to participate in the TV series “Marriage Maze.” It’s insane, but also kind of terrible. Read the full review.
Let’s delve into the de-virginizing experience that still stands years later at the Balboa. “Just watching the movie is nothing like the experience,” cinema manager Mike Peterson said. “It’s the difference to listening to a play on tape and seeing a play.”
Frank N Furter (Tim Curry) announces the creation of Rocky with Magenta (Patricia Quinn) and Columbia (Little Nell) at his side in the cult-classic movie "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." (20th Century Fox / 20th Century Fox)
Costume designer Sue Blane, who created the original “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” stage ensembles in London and also designed the costumes for the film talks about the beginning of glitter rock. And the whole underwear as outerwear trend.
“I still think that Brad is the most underappreciated character in the piece. Whenever there is a costume contest, invariably the one that wins the Brad look-alike is a tall woman. She’s in a tuxedo with a plaid bow tie and cummerbund like my character. It’s just gender-bending. It’s great.” — Barry Bostwick
Dr. Frank N Furter (David Arquette) and the rest of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" cast at the Tiffany Theater in West Hollywood. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
David Arquette and Todd Oldham combine to make the most late-'90s 'Rocky Horror' ever
The “Time Warp” came back to the Tiffany in 1999, starring David Arquette as Frank N Furter, Timothy A. Fitz-Gerald and Lacey Kohl as Brad and Janet, and Paxton Whitehead as the narrator “to deadpan perfection.” And the costumes were created by Todd Oldham.