The Rocky Horror Picture Show In The Spotlight - A Feature By Dave Christy- PLUS Giveaway!
LET'S DO THE TIME WARP AGAIN! Its been 45 years since Rocky Horror Picture Show was made in 1975. Its definitely a cult classic and well worth every bit of attention it gets. It actually took me a long time to see it. As hard is it is to imagine nowadays, for a while, it was never released for home viewing. It only had midnight showings. Even video store rentals, what most people don’t realize is that when these stores bought VHS tapes to rent out, they were $70-80 each, not the $20 sell-through copies that only the popular movies got. I know. I used to work in a video store. Then maybe a year or so later, you could buy a $20 copy. Nowadays, it hits BluRay and DVD a mere 3 months after a theatrical release. Even when Rocky Horror did eventually hit its first VHS release in November 1990, it was a priced a little higher at $90 AND you needed a valid credit card on your account to even rent it for security purposes.
During its original theatrical run, it was not doing well. Its only drew small crowds. Not until May 1976 when New York started having midnight showings did it start gaining the momentum and recognition it has today. Audience participation is a key part of these midnight showings, including yelling at the screen and throwing rice at the wedding scene. I'd hate to work the theater for these things.
**Melanie jumping in here to say LIVE shows with a shadow cast are the best! The only time when yelling back at everyone is not only allowed - it is encouraged! I have to wonder though if we will have that again now with all the Covid stuff. 'Sad Face' **
I could go into the story but it’s a classic. This is more about the legacy and how I discovered it. But I will include more personal experiences. Dallas Fan Expo 2017. Jenn and I had the chance to meet some of the cast. Barry Bostwick was amazing. He was just roaming the floor without security or anyone around him, free as could be. When I saw him approaching his table, I knew I wanted to meet him he just kindly said hi, asked for a few minutes so they could set up everything up and was so great. Patricia Quinn was great also. Lining up for the photo, she manhandled me, moving to the side so she could be next to Jenn, which is ok with me! She can do anything she wants to with me! And then there was the photo op with the legend that is Tim Curry. This was shortly after his stroke so he wasn't in the best shape but it was an absolute honor to meet him. The meeting was brief like all photo ops but we got to tell him how much we loved him and he appreciated it. Meatloaf and Little Nell were also there but as were a lot of others we wanted to meet so we didn't get to see them. If we had more time and money, we would have. We had to draw the line somewhere
So, put on your fishnets, and top hat and enjoy the late night, double feature picture show.
Thanks Dave! That was Fabulous! I'm going to jump in and throw my OLLLLLDDDDD video from VampireLovingDork days up - just because I LOVE RHPS - and long time followers of the page will know that we have had some of the local Hoopla Shadow Cast on our page too!
**Please Note That The VampireLovingDork Channel Is No Longer Active **
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Dave Christy loves horror, music, documentaries and more. He is also the co-runner of several fan based groups including Morningstars (THE Lucifer fan group also run by Melanie), and now is a member of the VIPers Spotlight Lounge team for Melanie's Muses. Other than "In The Spotlight" Features -check out his "31 Days Of Halloween Movies"
And Now Your Chance To Win A RHPS Prize Pack!
GIVEAWAY DETAILS & HOW TO ENTER!
Melanie's Muses will be giving away a RHPS Prize pack with a RHPS DVD sent in by Jennifer Rhodes Cleere , A Devil Dress Up Kit from Ali Foy, A Spider Web Face Sticker kit sent in by Vicky Pond, and random things from the Melanie's Muses Prize Collection!
For your chance to win- leave a comment ON THIS POST ON THE WEBSITE (comments left on shares around other social media WILL NOT COUNT) - Telling Us If You Have Ever Been To A Midnight Showing (With or without shadow cast)
The winner will be picked randomly from qualifying comments.
Winner will be announced during the Live show on November 1st (and then posted here on the blog as well on the 2nd). Full Rules Below!
Good luck everyone!