Rocky Horror Picture Show: The Cult Film That Will Never Die

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Tim Curry as Dr. Frank N. Furter in 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show.' Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a cult movie that outgrew the term. This horror-film satire, starring Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick and Meatloaf, gained a huge following and was shown all over the country as a "midnight movie" -- and is still shown today. The story of mad Transylvanian transvestite Dr. Frank N. Furter, complete with rollicking rock soundtrack, is an American institution.

When The Rocky Horror Picture Show, a British-American film, premiered in 1975, it wasn't a huge hit. In fact, due to poor ticket sales, its run was cut short, and plans for a Halloween screening in New York City were canceled. Then a second poster -- featuring a pair of lips and touting "a different set of jaws" -- was produced, and Fox studio was able to convince theaters to screen the film in the emerging midnight movie category. There, it thrived.

This crazy film was intended to be a satirical take on low budget horror and old science fiction films dating back to the 1930’s. The film opened with a huge pair of red lips singing about that very genre of films, poking fun of their evolution.