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The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Released 1975
Distributor 20th Century Fox

About The Rocky Horror Picture Show

“Let’s do the Time Warp again!” And again. And again. Although virtually ignored in its initial rollout, Jim Sharman and Richard O’Brien’s movie version of their wacky horror musical stage show has since become the longest running theatrical release in movie history through endless audience-participation midnight screenings. Its knowing spoofery of 40s and 50s sci fi/horror movies was actually shot at Bray Studios, home of the Hammer Films it lovingly lampoons.

About Darren Bousman

Darren Lynn Bousman was born in Overland Park, Kansas, and is a graduate of the Film School at Full Sail University. After co-writing and directing Saw II, Darren went on to direct Saw IIISaw IV and the cult Rock-Opera Repo! The Genetic Opera.  His directing credits also include Mother’s Day, 11-11-11, The Devil’s Carnival and The Barrens.
  • Cinematic Cteve

    Great movie.

    This is a film where the director really knew how to work within a tight budget. During the Time Warp dance number, look closely at the tiny size of the ballroom and the relatively small number of people at the party. Tight framing, fast cutting and several quick dolly shots create the illusion that it’s actually a big shindig. Similarly, if you look closely at the set design it’s pretty obvious that a high school theater group could do no worse. The “cut & print” one-take urgency prompted by the low budget can also be seen in a few other amusing scenes, notably during the climactic song and dance (RKO Pictures) sequence where Little Nell pulls up the front of her costume as casually as possible to conceal her breasts, which have been exposed while dancing. An early example of wardrobe malfunction.

    None of this should be construed as criticism; it’s all part of the film’s itchy & scratchy appeal.

    As an aside, notice also that Susan Sarandon’s name is misspelled in the credits at the end of the trailer.

  • DarthDave

    A passionate, enthusiastic commentary – well done Darren! I like O’Brien’s Shock Treatment a lot as well; a very odd film, but visually striking and packed full of prescient ideas about Reality TV long before any of us had heard of the phrase.

  • Richard Stegman Jr.

    I love this movie! Hell,the ad budget alone was so low that they spelled Susan Sarandon’s name as “Saradon” in this trailer. LOL!