The Rocky Horrow Picture Show was a comedy musical movie released in 1975. The film was a parody of science fiction and horror movies. It was originally released in just a few test market cities and did not perform well. It never went into wide release and at the time was considered a complete failure.
On April Fools Day, 1976, the picture began it's second life. The Waverly Theater in New York City decided to play The Rocky Horror Picture Show as it's midnight movie. The midnight crowd at the Waverly took to the movie and started yelling and cheering at various parts of the film. Some of the things people were yelling at the screen caught on and became standard lines screamed by the entire crowd. Eventually the film turned into a big party with attendees dressing up as the characters, yelling lines at the screen and dancing to the "Time Warp", one of the production numbers in the movie.
The movie has turned into cult classic. Even today it is played at midnight night showings all over the world. And yes, people still dress up, party, and yell at the screens!
The plot of The Rocky Horror Picture Show revolved around a newly engaged couple, Brad and Janet, who have a flat tire and are looking for help on a rainy night. The film is narrated by a criminologist who describes the events that came to pass during the night. Brad and Janet wind up at a nearby castle where they ask to use the phone. The castle turns out to be inhabited by a group of strange individuals holding their "Annual Transylvanian Convention".
The leader of the group is a transvestite that goes by the namd of Dr. Frank N. Furter. In a scene similar to the movie Frankenstein, the Doctor creates his own lifeform and names him Rocky Horror. Mayhem insues as Furter seduces both Brad and Janet, Janet Seduces Rocky, and they all end up forced into a cabraet style floor show by Dr Furter's Medusa Transducer device. The movie ends with the Doctor's servants staging a coup. They kill the Doctor and Rocky and release Brad and Janet. They then take off in the castle, which turns out to be a space ship, to return to their planet of Transsexual in the galaxy of Transylvania.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show actually had some very famous people in the cast. At least they became famous later in life. Below are some of the cast members you will probably recognize:
Susan Sarandon - Janet
Sarandon went on to be an Academy Award winning actress who starred in films like Thelma and Louise, Bull Durham, and Dead Man Walking.
Tim Curry - Dr. Frank N. Furter
Curry went on to have a long career in acting. Some of the many characters he has played include the butler in the movie Clue, Gomez in the Adams Family Reunion, and Dr. Petrov in The Hunt for Red October.
Barry Bostwick - Brad
Bostwick has had a long career as an actor in both film and TV. He is probably best known as Mayor Randall Winston on the television series "Spin City".
Meat Loaf - Eddie
Meat Loaf is the chart topping rock artist who was voted 96th on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Rock. He made a cameo in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, playing Eddie, an ex-delivery boy who ends up being killed by Frank.
Tim Curry sings "Sweet Transvestite"
Susan Sarandon sings "Toucha Toucha Touch Me"
Barry Bostwick sings "Dammit Janet"