The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Film)
The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a musical comedy horror film exploring themes of self-expression, the ethics of conformity, and gender and sexual freedom. Initially panned by critics, it has become a landmark cult film with a devoted global fanbase.
Based on Richard O'Brien’s 1973 musical stage production The Rocky Horror Show, it stars O'Brien, Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, and Barry Bostwick, and centers on a young couple seeking help at a remote castle after their car breaks down. They find the castle occupied by extravagantly dressed people celebrating an annual convention led by Dr. Frank N. Furter, an eccentric scientist, and visiting alien, who creates a man named Rocky Horror in his laboratory.
Embracing the show’s affirmation of gender expression, audiences began participating with the film at the Waverly Theater in New York City in 1976, and audience interaction has become an essential part of the Rocky Horror experience. In 2016, a television remake was made starring Laverne Cox as Dr. Frank N. Furter.
Still in limited release in 2023, Rocky Horror is the longest-running theatrical release in film history. The film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress in 2005.
The Rocky Horror Show, play (1973)
The Rocky Horror Picture Show, film (1975)
Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Comic Book, comic book (1980)
Shock Treatment, film (1981)
The Rocky Horror Glee Show, television show (2010)
The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again, television special (2016)