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What is The Rocky Horror Picture Show?
Le Rocky Horror Picture Show is a 1975 movie, based on the 1973 London musical.
It tells the story of Brad and Janet, who have just got engaged and go to DrEverett Scott to tell him the good news. On their way, their car breaks down. It’s the night and it’s raining hard. The couple finds shelter in a castle inhabited by strange characters, and more particularly by Dr Frank N Furter, a “Transvestite from Transylvania”. They also meet a hunchbacked butler, nymphomaniac domestic, a made up Tarzan, a frozen rocker and many more…
What does RHPS mean?
RHPS are the initials for Rocky Horror Picture Show. These initials arecommonly used in English to refer to the movie.
In France, we usually use “Le Rocky” (“The Rocky”)
What does RHS mean?
These are the initials for Rocky Horror Show. It refers to the 1973 musicalwhich inspired the movie. Still today, the musical is played by professional and unprofessional casts in the USA and elsewhere.
Who are the characters?
There are 10 main characters: Brad and Janet, Frank N Furter, Rocky Horror,Riff Raff, Magenta, Columbia, Eddie, Dr Everett Scott and the narrator.
There are also a few other characters, for example Ralph Hapschatt and BettyMunroe who get married at the beginning of the movie as well as the 18 Transylvanians who are in Frank’s castle.
Who is Chuckie?
Chuckie is name given to the narrator.
Who is Trixie?
Trixie is the name given to the Usherette who sings ‘Science Fiction DoubleFeature’, the opening credit song.
Who plays who?
Have a look at the Actors bios
Whose lips are singing ‘Science Fiction Double Feature’?
The famous lips (the movie’s symbol!) actually belong to Patricia Quinn (whoplays Magenta).
Who sings the opening and ending songs (‘Science Fiction Double Feature’and ‘Science Fiction reprise’)?
Initially, it was Patricia Quinn who sang these two songs. Rumour has it that just before the film premiere, Richard O’Brien decided to sing the two songs, so he re-recorded them and it is only during the film premiere that Patricia Quinndiscovered this last minute change! But the truth is Pat Quinn got a call well before the release of the film, that the producers wanted Richard O'Brien to sing the opening song, obviously upset that her small part was made even smaller they compromised on her lips and his voice.
What’s the Floor Show?
It is one the final scenes of the movie which is the highlight of Brad andJanet’s adventures in Frank’s castle. This dance scene shows (in order of appearance) Columbia, Rocky, Brad, then Janet all wearing corsets and garter belts!
Is there a sequel to The Rocky Horror Picture Show?
Yes and no! The movie ‘Shock Treatment’, shot in 1981, is considered by some asthe unofficial sequel to The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Indeed, this movie was also written and played by Richard O’Brien. The storytakes place in Denton and it features Brad and Janet, Betty and Ralph Hapshatt as well as Richard O’Brien, Patricia Quinn, Little Nell and Charles Gray (but in different roles). Apart from that, there are no real connections between the two movies (however, a few Shock Treatment live casts perform in the USA).
But be warned, neither Tim Curry, nor Barry Bostwick, Susan Sarrandon or PeterHinwood are featured in Shock Treatment.
What’s the story of Shock Treatment?
A few years after the RHPS, Brad and Janet (who are now husband and wife) comeback to Denton which has become the setting of a giant TV show controlled by a mysterious character.
Unsurprisingly enough, Brad and Janet are selected to take part in thegame “Marriage Maze” and once again Brad acts like an ‘asshole’…
So Janet (played by Jessica Harper) is offered the possibility to submit Brad(Cliff DeYoung) to a shock treatment (hence the title!!!). She finally accepts because REALLY Brad is an asshole!
Then poor Brad finds himself locked up and in the hands of twisted-mindeddoctors Cosmo and Nation McKinley (Richard O’Brien and Patricia Quinn).
But in fact, all this was nothing but a trap set up by Farley Flavors, Brad’slong lost twin brother, who wants to seduce Janet…
Where can I find “Shock Treatment”?
This movie, which was a big flop in cinemas at the time, was released on videoin 1985 in the USA only. Consequently, only the NTSC video (in English, no subtitles) can be found.
If you want to get it, the best thing to do is probably to regularly check outthe Amazon website because they have second hand copies from time to time… or you can try Ebay…
Finally, you may also try to find this rare video in second hand videos shops…
Is there a REAL sequel to The Rocky Horror Picture Show?
In fact, Richard O’Brien has written a sequel. This is called “The Revenge Of The Old Queen” but it was never shot. The script can be found on the internet but it was never seriously supposed to be shot. The story is about Riff Raff and Magenta coming back to Transylvania and facing the wrath of the Queen who is the mother of the late Frank N Furter.
Why is there a live cast?
Because The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a movie which exists only through andfor this kind of interaction between the film and the people! When it was released in 1975, it was a commercial failure and it was slated by the critics. It could only be destined to oblivion… But an unexpected event occurred: some audience members came back every week with props to mimic the characters and started to comment upon the movie. Very soon, some started to dress up as their favourite characters. Taking an active part in the showing, they were no longer passive audience members. Since then, the movie has become the backdrop for this interactive happening which turned The Rocky Horror Picture Show into a cult movie.
Is it possible to see the movie with no live cast in France?
No, the movie is shown only in Paris at the Studio Galande which owns therights and the only reel in France. So the only other possibility is to watch the DVD or the video…
If I haven’t seen the movie, will I understand the story?
Not too sure about that... even though the story is actually quite simple.So you'd probably better watch the movie before, not only to understand the story but also to understand all the call-backs and allusions that are done by the live cast. Because the story is actually just a pretext (as modest as it is minimal) for a unique interactive show. And this is exactly what made the RHPS so famous. This is also the reason why it is still shown at cinemas, almost 30 years after its first release.
Besides, the special charm of the movie lies in the fact that the audienceis no longer passive. Indeed, the show is more in the cinema room than on the screen.
If you wish to watch the movie quietly, you can always rent the video. Ifyou wish to live the movie, come and experience the live cast performance.
What does AP mean?
These are the initials for ‘Audience Participation’. It refers to all the kindsof possible interactions between the movie and the people in the cinema room during a showing of the RHPS. It can consist in call backs or in throwing rice and water…
What do I need to bring to take part?
The basic stuff are of course water and rice! But there are also many otherprops you may need… Have a look at the Props You Need…
Does the live cast performance change from one week to the other?
Yes and no! Of course the movie remains the same as it was more than 25 yearsago. As for the show, it always evolves. We constantly use our creative minds.
Besides, we regularly organise theme nights or special shows for particularoccasions.
What is the difference between the show in the USA and the show in France?
In the USA, the movie is much more famous than in France and it is a cultclassic. There are many live casts throughout the country. However, these casts just rigorously mimic what’s happening on screen with screen accurate costumes and props. And the audience members do the call backs.
In France, most of our audience members do not do the call backs. The SweetTransvestites have decided, from day one, to have screen accurate costumes and props and to move in synch with the movie. This is what connects us to what is done in the USA. Nevertheless, because we want our audience to enjoy the movie to the full, we, the cast members, also do the call backs (some are in English and some are in French). Consequently, a few call backs exist only in France.
Thus, the main difference lies in the intervention of the live cast members butalso in the call backs themselves.
Why do you do that?
Well, we are all big fans of the movie. It is a great pleasure to watch themovie and to watch the show, but we all felt at some point that it was time for us to join a live cast and to be involved in it.
Doing a great quality show and keeping the RHPS spirit and tradition alive areour main motivations.
Do you get any money from that?
No, not at all. Just like any other live cast that has performed or thatperforms in France or anywhere else, we are all voluntary.
However, we get paid to perform for private screenings (other than our Saturdayregular performances at the Studio Galande)
Where do you buy your costumes and your
props? Concerning the costumes, except for some regular clothes
for Brad, Eddie or Dr
Concerning the costumes, except for some regular clothes for Brad, Eddie or DrScott that we found at the flee market or in charity shops, it is Brigitte (our Magenta and the cast director) who makes all our costumes.
Concerning the props, it is Christophe (our Riff Raff) who makes them all.
For how long have you been performing?
The Sweet Transvestites exist since May 2001. The Cast History will give youfurther details…
Is it possible to join The Sweet Transvestites?
If you share our motivations and if you’re ready to spend time and work hard,of course it is possible to apply. You just need to fill in the on-line form.