Over here at Horror Freak News, we were pretty mum when it came to the made-for-TV Rocky Horror Picture Show reboot that aired last week on Fox. I admit that, as a writer, the topic was of little interest to me personally. And not because I dislike the original, rather I’m such a huge fan of it, I knew without watching that the remake would disappoint me. Well, it came and went with little fanfare (not much love from fans or critics), but one thing remains: Nostalgia.
The only reason I even bring up the Rocky Horror reboot is because it gives me a chance to talk about the original. The film, released in 1975, was based on a stage play that ran for 3 years in the UK. I dug up an old, behind the scenes video that I think you’ll enjoy. It features candid interviews with director Jim Sharman, writer Richard O’Brien (who also played Riff Raff), and star Tim Curry (who played Dr. Frank-N-Furter).
More than marveling about how young Curry and O’Brien look, what I found most interesting about this video is that no one had a clue they were creating a cult phenomenon of epic proportions. Also, Tim Curry discusses how playing Frank-N-Furter for hours on end left him feeling “schizophrenic”!
In the Original Rocky Horror: In this cult classic, sweethearts Brad (Barry Bostwick) and Janet (Susan Sarandon), stuck with a flat tire during a storm, discover the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry), a transvestite scientist. As their innocence is lost, Brad and Janet meet a houseful of wild characters, including a rocking biker (Meat Loaf) and a creepy butler (Richard O’Brien). Through elaborate dances and rock songs, Frank-N-Furter unveils his latest creation: a muscular man named “Rocky.”