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Directed by Jim Sharman
Screenplay by Richard O’Brien and Jim Sharman
The Rocky Horror Picture Show isn’t the first midnight-cult-classic, but the beautiful, weird and dark musical is without a doubt, the most famous. The film celebrates its 40th anniversary this week and so what better time to add it to my list of greatest cult films.
For the unfamiliar, The Rocky Horror Picture Show is the film adaptation of a popular musical stage production composed and written by Richard O’Brien, a struggling actor at the time who was best known for his performances in such musicals as Hair and Jesus Christ Superstar. For O’Brien, The Rocky Horror Picture Show was an homage to drive-in double features and science fiction B-movies of the fifties, and ironically, the film itself went on to become the ultimate midnight movie. Trhps opened Sept. »
In the recent rush to acclaim Tom Cruise as the world's greatest living movie star (hot on the heels Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation), one phase of his career has been conspicuously overlooked. That's the brief interlude between 1983's Risky Business and 1986's Top Gun, during which he briefly acquired flowing rockstar locks and starred in Ridley Scott's fairytale flop Legend.
Not only has the 1985 film been wiped from Cruise's CV, it's also rarely spoken of when discussing Scott's career. All this despite arriving right after the director's stone-cold classics Alien and Blade Runner, and in the midst of the '80s swords and sorcery craze that gave us Arnie punching a camel and Dolph Lundgren as He-Man.
Why does Scott's last fantastical excursion until Prometheus continue to languish in obscurity? On one level the answer is simple: it was a huge box office bomb on release and only »
The film celebrates its 40th anniversary this week. It opened Sept. 26, 1975, advertised with the iconic poster of a lipsticked mouth with the tagline “A different set of jaws” — a reference to Steven Spielberg’s shark movie, which had opened three months earlier.
Execs at 20th Century Fox knew they had an unusual film which would require a different approach to marketing. Before the film’s U.S. premiere at Los Angeles’ UA Westwood theater, Fox hired a promotion company to distribute flyers to people in line at other films, concerts and clubs, at beaches “and other spots where youth gathers,” said a Daily Variety story at the time. The company handed out 100,000 flyers in the eight weeks before the film opened, which included postage-paid envelopes »
- Tim Gray
Read More: Watch: 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show' Turns 40 HBO is airing a science-fiction double feature. "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" turns 40 this year, and HBO is celebrating the camp classic's anniversary with a special midnight screening. The freaky phenomenon, based on the stage musical of the same name, famously flopped in theaters before gaining a cult following and a second life as a midnight movie staple. The film stars Susan Sarandon, Tim Curry, Barry Boswick and a host of others in the unnerving tale of an extraterrestrial transvestite and his unwitting guests. HBO is airing "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" at midnight on September 26, as well as streaming the flick on its HBO Go and HBO Now platforms. Read More: Why the Midnight Madness of 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show' Still Matters 40 Years Later »
- Karen Brill
HBO is airing a science-fiction double feature. "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" turns 40 this year, and HBO is celebrating the camp classic's anniversary with a special midnight screening. The freaky phenomenon, based on the stage musical of the same name, famously flopped in theaters before gaining a cult following and a second life as a midnight movie staple. The film stars Susan Sarandon, Tim Curry, Barry Boswick and a host of others in the unnerving tale of an extraterrestrial transvestite and his unwitting guests. HBO is airing "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" at midnight on September 26, as well as streaming the flick on its HBO Go and HBO Now platforms. Read More: Why the Midnight Madness of 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show' Still Matters 40 Years Later
- Karen Brill
In recent times, Hollywood has enjoyed going back into the 1990s to come up with belated sequels to previous hit movies. So, we finally got Dumb & Dumber 2, for instance, whilst a third Clerks, a second Mallrats, a new Sister Act and a Naked Gun reboot are being cooked up somewhere. Further belated sequels? Zoolander 2 finally arrives next year, and Anchorman 2 celebrates, quietly, its second birthday this Christmas.
It was only at the end of the 1990s that comedy sequels suddenly really took off. There were exceptions beforehand of course, but few things raise the eyebrows of Hollywood high brass than lots of cash. This, whilst the enormous box office takings of Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me were in part down to an utterly inspired marketing campaign, »
It’s a big week for cult horror fans, as there are some supremely awesome titles making their way home on September 22nd, including The Sentinel from Scream Factory and Tobe Hooper’s Eaten Alive, which is being released by Arrow Video. For all you Time Warp fans out there, 20th Century Fox is celebrating The Rocky Horror Picture Show’s 40th anniversary in grand style with a stellar Blu-ray set and Kino Lorber is resurrecting the often overlooked early ’90s thriller Lisa, starring the adorable Staci Keanan from My Two Dads.
Other titles being released on Tuesday include Arrow: Season Three, The Flash: Season One, and a pair of kid-themed Halloween movies perfect for younger viewers this upcoming October.
Meet The Maniac & His Friend. Nearly a decade before he donned Freddy Kruger's famous red and green sweater, »
- Heather Wixson
"Rocky Horror never surprises me," says Lou Adler, who executive-produced The Rocky Horror Picture Show. "I can be sitting in the most conservative meeting about some other subject, and somebody will say, 'I have to admit...,' and then they give me their Rocky Horror story."
Later this month, Adler will be able to say he's heard four decades' worth of Rocky Horror lore, since the cult movie about newlyweds trapped in a mansion with a "sweet transvestite from Transsexual, Transylvania" will be turning 40. To celebrate, the film will be »
Cary Fukunaga spoke out for the first time this week on his departure from Warner Bros.' forthcoming "It" remake, and while the "True Detective" Season 1 director didn't get specific, one thing is clear from his comments: the studio didn't trust in his vision enough to keep him. “[Co-writer] Chase [Palmer] and I had been working on that script for probably three years. There was a lot of our childhood and our experience in it," Fukunaga told EW. "Ultimately, we and New Line have to agree on the kind of movie we want to make, and we just wanted to make different movies." While the film certainly isn't dead -- "Mama" director Andres Muschietti was subsequently hired as a replacement -- Fukunaga's exit was no doubt a letdown for fans of Stephen King's epic novel. So can the project still be salvaged? And can anyone ever really live up to Tim Curry »
- Chris Eggertsen
Over the years that Den Of Geek has been going, we've regularly been charting the assortment of reboots and remakes that are making their way through the Hollywood system. This, then, is the current state of play. We've removed a bunch of projects that seem utterly dead - the once mooted remakes of Videodrome and Timecrimes, for instance - but we'll keep this list up to date as and when we hear of more.
Without further ado, here's what's coming up...
One of Hollywood's most on and off projects, the current state of the live action Akira remake is that it's back in the works. Marco J Ramirez, the showrunner for season 2 of Netflix's Daredevil show, has been hired to pen a screenplay. Warner Bros is still backing the film, »
"Enter at your own risk!!" screams a sign early on in The Rocky Horror Picture Show. It's a fair warning for a film that's as unapologetically bonkers as you'd imagine a Cyndi Lauper sleepover or a John Waters nightmare to be, swimming in batty humour, extravagant costumes and hummable anarchy. With Tim Curry tottering around in high heels and suspenders, and Susan Sarandon harmonising in nothing but her bra, director Jim Sharman's 1975 musical adaptation is a veritable anthem to the odd.
Risky? Yes, but in the intervening 40 years, it's become a cult phenomenon that's stood the test of time remarkably well, partly because it never belonged to a discernible time period anyway. Based on Richard O'Brien's 1973 stage show (then called The Rocky Horror Show), the film sends up and celebrates the schlocky sci-fi/horror tropes of the '30s, '40s and '50s, revelling in a kitschy timelessness. »
Nearly four decades ago, the ultimate midnight movie was released in theaters and to celebrate, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will release The Rocky Horror Picture Show 40th Anniversary Blu-ray / DVD on September 22nd, complete with special features aplenty.
Press Release: "Los Angeles, CA (July 29, 2015) – Get ready to do the time warp again as The Rocky Horror Picture Show 40th Anniversary – the ultimate midnight movie – comes home on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD September 22 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Featuring an all-star cast, including: Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick and Meat Loaf, The Rocky Horror Picture Show quickly became a pop cultural phenomenon passed down from generation to generation. Now, after four decades, it’s back stronger than ever with an all-new Ultimate Collector’s Edition, featuring limited edition packaging, exclusive collectible pink surgical gloves, fishnet stockings and a soundtrack for its army of die-hard fans!
- Derek Anderson
It was a great disappointment when Cary Fukunaga dropped out of the director’s seat for Stephen King’s It. He had stuck with the project, promised us two parts, and was rumoured to be very close to signing surprise choice Will Poulter in the role of Pennywise the clown. However, with suggestions that he wasn’t getting the budget he felt necessary for such a mammoth undertaking, Fukunaga left the project.
Now New Line have picked up a new director in the form of Andy Muschietti. Muschietti is best known for his 2013 horror film Mama which was a very atmospheric and quite unsettling film.It proved a hit with audiences, making $150 million worlwide off a $15 million budget.
Stephen King’s It will be a huge task for anyone to take on, especially given the size of the book. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
We weren't quite at the long-term commitment level of Edgar Wright to Ant-Man, but still, director Cary Fukunaga had been attached to directing two films based on Stephen King's It since 2012. However, 'creative differences' popped up a month or two ago, and Fukunaga ended up leaving the New Line-funded project.
As promised, though, a replacement has now been found.
Andy Muschietti, the helmer of 2013's hit movie Mama, is in talks to take over Stephen King's It. For a while, Muschietti was set to direct the forthcoming reboot of The Mummy before he departed that project. He's expected to sign on the dotted line for It shortly.
Where all this leaves Will Poulter remains to be seen. The young actor had been cast in the pivotal role of Pennywise »
It looks like New Line could have a new director to take us into the haunted town of Derry. A little less than two months ago, Cary Fukunaga departed the adaptation of Stephen King's It, and now Mama director Andy Muschietti is in talks to helm the project.
The news of Muschietti's negotiations for the director's chair on It comes from The Hollywood Reporter. Originally written as a two-part adaptation by Fukunaga and Chase Palmer, the It adaptation's script is now planned to be altered to fit Muschietti's ultimate version of the epic 1986 novel. This new adaptation of It is still expected to comprise two films.
On the film's casting side, it's unknown if Will Poulter will be lined up for »
- Derek Anderson
Muschietti is in talks to replace Cary Fukunaga, who dropped out of the project over the Memorial Day weekend over budget issues. Fukunaga, best known for directing the first season of “True Detective,” came on board to the project in 2012.
King’s massive 1986 novel — with 1,136 pages in its original publication — was adapted as a TV miniseries in 1991 starring the late John Ritter and Tim Curry. The story follows seven outcast children who come together over summer break to take on a monster troubling their town, only to face their own personal demons in the process.
“It” is a shapeshifting villain who mostly appears in the form of a clown »
- Dave McNary
We've missed you, Tim Curry! Three years after he suffered a major stroke that left him in a wheelchair, the 69-year-old actor made a rare red carpet appearance Sunday night at The Actors Fund's 19th Annual Tony Awards viewing party in Los Angeles where he was awarded with the Lifetime Achievement Award. The Rocky Horror Picture Show star looked dapper in a black and white suit while posing for a few photos on the red carpet. "I'm doing well and I'm looking forward to it," Curry told Los Angeles Magazine about receiving the award Sunday night. "I've done a few benefits for the Actors Fund and I think it's a marvelous organization. I hope not to have to use »
Little orphan Annie is all grown up! There was a touching "Annie" reunion at the Actors Fund's 19th Annual Tony Awards Viewing party on Sunday in Los Angeles. Aileen Quinn (Annie) joined her costar Tim Curry (the evil Rooster Hannigan) at the event, where he was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award. It's been 33 years since the beloved 1982 musical hit the big screen -- and it's been that long since these two have seen each other. "He was so caring and nurturing. I know he's known for these crazy, wild, evil characters, but offscreen, he was so kind to me," Aileen told MovieFone on the red carpet. "He would protect me and hold my hand real tight during stunt work. He would ask, 'Are you nervous?' He was so sweet. I can't wait to give him a big hug." Tim suffered a stroke two years ago, and while his speech has slowed, »
- tooFab Staff
Tim Curry, who played the demonic Pennywise the Clown in ABC's 1990 miniseries adaptation of Stephen King's "It," addressed the developing remake/second iteration of King's epic novel in an interview with Moviefone Sunday night at an event where he was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Actor's Fund. There's not much to it, so I'll include the full text from Moviefone's article: He also wished "good luck" to Will Poulter ("We're the Millers"), who's been cast as the new Pennywise the clown in the upcoming remake of Stephen King's "It," a role Curry played to perfection in the 1990 mini-series. "It's a wonderful part," Curry said of Stephen King's unforgettable evil clown, who terrorizes a group of children. When I mentioned that a lot of people consider Curry's Pennywise a tough act to follow, the actor humbly said, "I don't know about that." It should be »
- Chris Eggertsen
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