The Rocky Horror Show (franchise)

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a 1975 British parody musical comedy that satirizes science fiction and horror B-movies. It was one of the first successful midnight movies and has gained a cult following. Because of the cult following, it has spawned an indirect sequel Shock Treatment, as well as merchandise such as video games, toys, comic books and trading cards. Richard O'Brien has also attempted to write scripts for movies and plays to further the story without any success.

Sequels[edit]

Rocky Horror Shows His Heels[edit]

Rocky Horror Shows His Heels (originally planned as The Curse of the Baby) was the original script of a direct sequel to Rocky Horror written by Richard O'Brien. It focused on the resurrection of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, and Janet being pregnant with either Frank-N-Furter's, Rocky's, or Brad's child. It was never filmed because director Jim Sharman did not want to make the same movie twice, and due to the unavailability of some of the cast members. Because of this, O'Brien shifted gears and started working on The Brad and Janet Show, which would become Shock Treatment.

Shock Treatment[edit]

Shock Treatment is a 1981 American comedy-musical and a follow up to Rocky Horror. It is more of a spin-off than a sequel, furthering the adventures of Brad and Janet. After Brad and Janet get married they travel home to Denton, to find it taken over by Farley Flavors and encased in a reality TV studio, and the duo are put on the game show Marriage Maze. Shock Treatment features many cast members from Rocky Horror but as different characters, with the exception of Jeremy Newson, who was the only actor to reprise his role, Ralph Hapschatt.

Revenge of the Old Queen[edit]

Revenge of the Old Queen was the second direct sequel script written by O'Brien[1] in the late 1980s. The script features original songs, composed by O'Brien and Richard Hartley. Despite being the third installment in the story, it is often referred to as Rocky Horror Picture Show: Part Two.[2]

The story takes place mostly on the distant planet of Transsexual in the galaxy of Transylvania and focuses on Frank-N-Furter's mother, the Old Queen, and her revenge against Riff Raff for killing her son. Janet returns with her illegitimate son, Sonny, hinted to be the son of Frank-N-Furter. Brad, meanwhile, became a bottomless go-go dancer in Las Vegas but fell to his death from a trapeze. He was buried wearing a rhinestone choker and six-inch high heels but nothing else.[citation needed]

The script is currently owned by 20th Century Fox which produced the two original films. Although the script has not been published, bootleg copies can be read on the Internet. Most individuals associated with the project, including O'Brien, agree that the film will probably never be made, owing to the failure of Shock Treatment and the aging of the cast.[citation needed]

Untitled stage sequel[edit]

In 2001 Richard O'Brien confirmed that he was working on a new sequel of his original play The Rocky Horror Show. Fans titled it Rocky Horror: The Second Coming, but O'Brien never confirmed the title. He did, however, state that it would include elements from the unmade Rocky Horror Shows His Heels and Revenge of the Old Queen. The play would be set nine months after the events of The Rocky Horror Show and would feature a pregnant Janet carrying either Frank-N-Furter's or Rocky's child. "Frankie Phoenix" was the only song leaked by O'Brien, and was stated to illustrate Frank-N-Furter's resurrection. It had also been intended to become a film like its predecessor if the play had become a financial hit, but after multiple false starts, the project has fallen into development hell.[citation needed]

Unproduced remake[edit]

In 2009, MTV Films and Sky Movies planned to release a two-hour long remake of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The remake was based on the original screenplay, was going to feature original songs and was going to be released around Halloween 2009. Richard O'Brien was not involved and did not give the film his blessing.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again[edit]

The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again is a tribute television film broadcast on the Fox network on October 20, 2016. The film is directed by Kenny Ortega and use the original script written by Richard O'Brien and Jim Sharman but O'Brien was not involved in the project.

In this version, Frank-N-Furter is played by Laverne Cox, Janet by Victoria Justice and Brad by Ryan McCartan.

Alternative versions[edit]

United States cut[edit]

The original United States cut of the film from 1976 changed the ending of the film slightly by omitting the musical number "Super Heroes" and cutting to the Criminologist's speech at the end of the number. The scene was omitted because 20th Century Fox thought it was "too depressing." "Science Fiction/Double Feature (Reprise)" was also cut in the original United States print.

These cuts have since been restored in newer theatrical prints and the DVD releases.

Oz recut[edit]

Richard O'Brien originally intended for the film to be in black and white for the first 20 minutes and turning to color when Frank-N-Furter appeared, starting with red color on his lipstick and spreading color throughout the picture as the song continued—a direct allusion to The Wizard of Oz. It was vetoed by 20th Century Fox for a more conventional look. In the 25th Anniversary DVD, an Easter egg appears that converts the film to a semblance of O'Brien's original vision, with the film switching to color instantly when Riff Raff swings open the doorway during the Time Warp.

Alternate soundtracks[edit]

The Rocky Horror Punk Rock Show[edit]

The Rocky Horror Punk Rock Show is a 2003 cover soundtrack performed by various modern punk rock bands including The Ataris, Tsunami Bomb, Alkaline Trio, and Me First and the Gimme Gimmes

The 15th Anniversary Celebration[edit]

A four-CD box soundtrack set released for the 15th Anniversary Celebration. The set consists of: the original motion picture soundtrack; the Rocky Horror Show original Roxy cast recording; Songs from the Vaults, rare tracks from various cast members, tracks from the Shock Treatment soundtrack and radio advertising spots for the original release; and Rocky Horror International, a collection of tracks from cast recordings around the world along with the previously unreleased film cast recordings of The Sword of Damocles, Once in a While and Planet, Schmanet, Janet. Also included is a 24-page commemorative booklet, and comic book.

The Rocky Horror Glee Show[edit]

On October 26, 2010, the fifth episode of season two of Glee, "The Rocky Horror Glee Show" pays tribute to both the stage version and the 1975 film adaptation.[3] The cast of Glee released an EP on October 19, 2010, called Glee: The Music, The Rocky Horror Glee Show featuring, "Science Fiction Double Feature", "Hot Patootie", "Damn It, Janet", "Sweet Transvestite", "Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch Me", "There's a Light (Over at the Frankenstein Place)" and "Time Warp".[4]

The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again[edit]

This album is the original soundtrack of the 2016 tribute television film from the Fox network.

Cast and characters[edit]

Character Film
The Rocky Horror Picture Show Shock Treatment The Rocky Horror Picture Show:
Let's Do the Time Warp Again
1975 1981 2016
Dr. Frank-N-Furter Tim Curry Laverne Cox
Janet Majors (née Weiss) Susan Sarandon Jessica Harper Victoria Justice
Brad Majors Barry Bostwick Cliff De Young Ryan McCartan
Riff Raff Richard O'Brien Reeve Carney
Magenta Patricia Quinn Christina Milian
Columbia Nell Campbell Annaleigh Ashford
Dr. Everett Von Scott Jonathan Adams Ben Vereen
Rocky Horror Peter Hinwood Staz Nair
Eddie Meat Loaf Adam Lambert
The Criminologist / Narrator Charles Gray Tim Curry
Ralph Hapschatt Jeremy Newson Jeff Lillico
Betty Monroe (formerly Hapschatt) Hilary Farr Ruby Wax Kelly Van der Burg
Farley Flavers Cliff De Young
Dr. Cosmo McKinley Richard O'Brien
Dr. Nation McKinley Patricia Quinn
Nurse Ansalong Little Nell
Judge Oliver Wright Charles Gray
Bert Schnick Barry Humphries
Macy Struthers Wendy Raebeck
"Rest Home" Ricky Rik Mayall
Emily Weiss Darlene Johnson
Harry Weiss Manning Redwood
Irwin Lapsey Barry Dennen
Neeley Pritt Betsy Brantley
Officer Vance Parker Chris Malcolm
Kirk Eugene Lipinski
Oscar Drill Gary Shail
Brenda Drill Claire Toeman
Glish Davidson Donald Waugh
'Bit' Drummer David John
'Bit' Guitarist Gary Martin
Frankie Sinitta Renet
Guy on Pay Phone Sal Piro (uncredited)
Trixie Ivy Levan
The Butler Jayne Eastwood
Photographer uncredited Sal Piro
The Criminologists' Assistant Nell Campbell (uncredited)

Other media[edit]

The Rocky Horror Show[edit]

The Rocky Horror Picture Show Computer Game as played on a Commodore 64

The Rocky Horror Show is a 1985 video game for the Apple II, Commodore 64, Commodore 128, ZX Spectrum and Amstrad CPC created by the CRL Group PLC. The game involved playing as either Brad or Janet and collecting pieces of the Medusa machine scattered around the castle, in order to free your partner from stone and escape the castle before it blasts off. Meanwhile, the other characters in the game can hinder your progress by stealing and hiding your clothes along with what you are carrying. Riff Raff can kill the player with his laser gun, and Eddie can run the player over with his motorcycle should he thaw out and escape from his freezer.

Rocky Interactive Horror Show[edit]

Rocky Interactive Horror Show is a 1999 PC Video game. Released in March 1999 for the PC by On-Line PLC. Similarly to the earlier CRL game, the player plays as Brad or Janet and must rescue their partner from the castle. Unlike the older computer game, its gameplay was more puzzle-oriented, and benefited from the added detail, graphics, and live video sequences that the PC could provide. Despite this, it was criticised for a clumsy user interface and for using two-dimensional graphics, at a time when most games were using 2.5D. The game featured Richard O'Brien who pops up from time to time taunting the player, but he does not play Riff Raff in the game. He also is a performer for songs from the play/film on the in-game jukebox. Horror star Christopher Lee replaces Charles Gray as the Criminologist.

The 15th Anniversary Rocky Horror Picture Show Comic[edit]

The Rocky Horror Picture Show Comic is a 1990 comic book adaption of The Rocky Horror Picture Show written and illustrated by Kevin VanHook, published by Caliber Press for the 15th Anniversary Celebration.

The Rocky Horror Trivia Game[edit]

The Rocky Horror Trivia Game is a 2005 trivia board game created by USAopoly for the 30th Anniversary Celebration. It features 1200 questions based on The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the actors from the film, and the sequel film Shock Treatment.

The Rocky Horror Show: Touch Me Game[edit]

An upcoming rhythm action game called The Rocky Horror Show: Touch Me has been announced. The creator of the series, Richard O’Brien, personally licensed the rights of the series to the developer.[5][6] The game was expected to be released in 2017.[7]

Other[edit]

In 1980, Fantasy Trading Card Company produced a 60-card set of trading cards featuring publicity photos of the main cast members. 50 of the cards told the story of movie by having an image on side, and the other had brief captions. In 1995 Comic Images created a 96-card set of trading cards for the 20th Anniversary Celebration.

In 2000, Vital Toys created Frank-N-Furter, Riff-Raff, and Columbia action figures. They were sold separately or together in a "box set". Two more planned series were never released due to poor sales. Frank-N-Furter was released as a CelebriDuck on CelebriDuck.com. McFarlane Toys released a fully 3D rendered sculpture of the film's poster available on Cultureboom.net.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Van Gelder, Lawrence (September 13, 1991). "At the Movies". NYTimes. Retrieved 4 September 2014.
  2. ^ Drees, Rich (27 September 2010). "Script Review: REVENGE OF THE OLD QUEEN". Film Buff Online. Retrieved 4 September 2014.
  3. ^ "Shows A-Z - glee on fox". The Futon Critic. Retrieved September 8, 2010.
  4. ^ Martin, Denise (April 26, 2009). "'Glee' team rewrites the school musical". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Company. Retrieved September 24, 2010.
  5. ^ "The Rocky Horror Show: Touch Me Game" (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/flci/the-rocky-horror-show-touch-me-game) Kickstarter. Accessed 12 May 2016.
  6. ^ Osborn, George (26 February 2017). "The case for a video game musical". Eurogamer. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  7. ^ Snow, Georgia (19 February 2016). "The Rocky Horror Show Touch Me app in development | News". The Stage. Retrieved 11 April 2019.