The Rocky Horror Picture Show is celebrating it’s 40th anniversary and, for a film that flopped when it first came out, there’s a lot to celebrate. If there’s one constant in the world, it’s that RHPS is being shown every Saturday night at midnight somewhere in the world. The people attending may change, and the callback lines aren’t always the same, but my experience as a 13-year old running around in a Columbia costume is just the same as some fabulous Frank-N-Furter standing in front of the screen acting out the movie—joy.
In celebration of both the 40th anniversary and the release of the special edition Blu-ray, Entertainment Weekly sat down with Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick, Patricia Quinn, and Meat Loaf to talk about the making of the film and the impact it’s had over the decades.
Barry Bostwick explains the RHPS phenomenon pretty well. In regard to the cosplayers, he says, “…I think that’s what people respond to. That they can be any character in it if they have the balls to stand up and put those costumes on”.
I’d change it up for those attending just a bit –– everyone was a virgin once, but you can be your most free and joyous self if you have the balls to walk into the theater.
Photo by Art Streiber.