30 Interesting Facts from the filming of Rocky Horror

The Rocky Horror Picture show is an iconic cult movie with a devoted following of fans. These fans relish any opportunity slip into their fishnets and attend any of the 200+ special screenings or performances that have taken place since the movie premiered in 1975.

At Arthouse hotel we pay homage to this amazing piece of movie madness with our Rocky Horror Show room musical floor.

As with any movie, there are plenty of weird and wonderful facts associated with production, even more so with a creation as spectacularly bizarre as The Rocky Horror Picture Show, check out what we discovered here.

Stay the night if you dare

That’s right you can actually visit the building that was used to film Rocky Horror and stay the night.

Frank-N-Furter’s mansion/spaceship has now been converted into a splendid luxury hotel, Oakley Ridge, in Windsor.

Derelict, freezing, then on fire!

The listed building used for filming was in such a terrible condition that actors cast and crew were forced to huddle together in a designated “warm room”. As the cast and crew were quite large they had to take it in turns to visit the room, that is until it caught on fire!

Time Warp was a space filler

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It seems the most iconic path of the film might never have been if it weren’t for the length of the script. Due to the finished film only being 40 minutes long using the original script, Time Warp was added as a space filler. Thank the lord it was because it’s the best party dance ever.

A gruelling film schedule

Most movie masterpieces and even certain independent films can take years to create. Actors, crew members, directors and producers all take huge chunks of time out of their lives to create a memorable piece of movie magic.

Not Rocky Horror Picture Show, this blockbusting masterpiece took only 6 weeks to film

Loyalty to the cast

Original members of the theatre production of Rocky Horror remained in their designated roles for the movie. Leading role Tim Curry, writer and actor Richard O’Brien and Meatloaf are just a few among others who have been a part of the show since it’s inception.

Creepy coffin clock

At the start of the song, “Time Warp” Richard O’Brien’s character, Riff Raff can be seen caressing a skeleton in a coffin with a feather duster.

The creepy reality is that this is a genuine human skeleton which went on to be sold at auction for £35,000 at London auction house Sotheby’s.

Set builder error

When Dr Scott comes crashing through the wall of the lab in his wheelchair, this was not scripted. It turns out the set builders had forgotten to build a door. Instead, the directors used the situation to their advantage, adding to the weird and wonderful nature of the finished movie.

A German Frank-N-Furter

Frank-N-Furter’s voice was originally going to be accented in German. It’s only after hearing the posh English lilt of a woman he’d overheard on the bus that he decided to model the character’s voice on Queen Elizabeth II.

On set injury

The character of Brad, played by Barry Bostwick, smashes his fists down on the table at dinner. In doing so he pounds Janet’s fist, played by Susan Sarandon. Her reaction is genuine. Perhaps in revenge later on in the movie, Sarandon places a well-heeled foot right on Bostwick’s instep causing him very real pain.

Perhaps in revenge, later on in the movie Sarandon places a well-heeled foot right on Bostwick’s instep causing him very real pain.

An unexpected dinner guest


When Eddie’s body is revealed under the table after dinner the looks of surprise on the actor’s faces are genuine as only O’Brien and Curry knew that the body was there.

Love lives off set

According to Richard O’Brien, Susan Sarandon who played Janet and Barry Bostwick who played Brad were having an off-screen romance.

Skinny stunt double

As Meatloaf, playing the character of Eddie ould not ride a motorcycle a slimmer stunt double was used for the “Hot Patootie” number.

The close up’s of Eddie belting out the lyrics were filmed as he was pulled around on a wheelchair.

Not tonight Tim

Tim Curry was refused entry to one of the iconic midnight showings of the Rocky Horror Picture Show suspected of being an imposter.

After he proved his identity using his passport he was he was apologetically invited in, but declined.

In Drag or Not in Drag that is the question

Tim Curry says his Frank-N-Furter costume is not drag, it’s just how Translyvanians dress.

Royal fans

Princess Dianna was a fan of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. During an interview, she had requested between Tim Curry and herself the princess apparently turned to Curry with a cheeky smile confiding in him that the movie “quite completed her education”.

Longest running theatrical production

The Rocky Horror Picture Show holds the record for longest theatrical release in history and continues to play in theatres across the US today.

Dedication to Rocky Horror

An ancient museum style cinema in Munich has screend the Rocky Horror Picture Show once a week since 1977.

O’Brien’s equivalent of a crossword puzzle

Rocky Horror was written by Richard O’Brien as a way to keep him occupied when he wasn’t working.

It is said that on winter nights he would take to his study and pour out his thoughts on science fiction into song. After completing a collection he showed his director friend the work who insisted it was put into production.

Whose lips are they?

If you have ever wondered whose body and head belonged to the floating red lips that sing the opening credits, then wonder no more.

Patricia Quinn who played Magenta in the movie is the person behind the pout. Her excitement to play the role of Magenta was solely down to the fact that she got to sing ‘Science Fiction Double Feature’ for the opening of the performance.

This part that went to O’Brien in the movie, much to Patricia’s dispair.

The lips that Tim Curry is reclined across in many of the movie’s marketing belong to model Lorelei Shark.

Don’t Blow the Budget

The Rocky Horror movie was allocated a considerably large budget by 20TH Century Fox, with the proviso that the director casts current rock stars and icons in leading roles. Declining the offer and keeping the original cast the budget and time

By declining the offer and keeping the original cast, the budget and time constraints were significantly reduced. The director believes this largely contributed to the films amazing cult following.

Coveted role

Rolling Stones legendary frontman, Mick Jagger, desperately wanted to play the lead role of Frank -N -Furter. Being the showman and performer that he is, it might not have been such a bad thing.

Another famous face associated with the movie

The role of Eddie and Dr Scott were always played by the same people on stage. Meatloaf was incredibly disappointed when he could not play Dr Scott in the movie, insisting he did a brilliant Dr Scott.

In one stage production, from the theatre archives of Australia in 1988, we can see the talents of Russel Crowe skillfully taking on both roles of Dr Scott and Eddie and doing them justice, of course. Watch here.

Master of Make – up

How is it that Tim Curry sort of pulls of that amazing full face of theatrical make-up?

 

The same person who created David Bowie’s iconic Aladdin Sane album cover look, was responsible for Frank-N-Furter’s dramatic Transylvanian appearance.

That was of course until Tim Curry mastered it himself as he felt the process took too long.

First appearance of a British acting legend

The Rocky Horror Picture Show is to thank for bringing the talents of Tim Curry to the world. Rocky Horror was Curry’s feature film debut.

Since then we have seen him in Stephen King horror movie IT, alongside the muppets in Muppet Treasure Island, playing the villain in the musical Annie and a comedic role in Home Alone Two.

Props brought to midnight screenings

Here’s a list of props that people attending midnight showings of Rocky Horror bring along;

– Rice (to be thrown at Ralph and Betty’s wedding)
– Water pistols (back row squirts them during rain scene)
– Newspapers (for front and middle rows to shield themselves from rain)
– Flashlights or cigarette lighters
– Rubber gloves (during and after the creation speech, Frank snaps his gloves three times)
– Noisemakers (the Transylvanians applaud Frank’s creation – so should you)
– Toilet paper (when Brad yells “Great Scott!”, throw a roll)
– Confetti (at the end of the “Charles Atlas” reprise, the Transylvanians throw confetti)
– Toast (when Frank proposes a toast at dinner)
– Party hat (when Frank puts on his hat to wish Rocky happy birthday, so does the audience)
– Bell (“When we made it/did you hear a bell ring?”)
– Cards (“Cards for sorrow/cards for pain”)

Sick, sick Susan

Susan Sarandon had the flu which turned into pneumonia during filming.

Little surprise really after weeks of working in a leaky building with no heating and being flung into a pool clad in only fishnets and a basque.

An early symbol of gay rights

During the lab scene, the red triangle on Frank-N-Furters medical gown is a symbol that Nazi’s used to mark gay men in concentration camps.

The red triangle today symbolises gay rights, giving the film early links to the LGBTQ movements.

Definition of man

The actor that played Frank-n-Furter’s man creation Rocky had actually never acted and was an underwear model. He had no lines and his singing parts were dubbed. The man was literally used to be the symbol of the perfect man.

Auctioned hot pants

The actor who played Rocky sold his teeny tiny golden shorts at auction for just $1000.

Rocky Horror II, III and IV?

Richard O’Brien penned a second film to follow up the success of the first. The plot of Rocky Horror Shows His Heels, was to centre around Janet’s pregnancy with the baby of either, Rocky, Brad or Frank-N-Furter. The movie was never put into production due to original cast members

Another sequel written by O’Brien was titled Revenge of the Old Queen. Set on planet Transexual the plot focuses on the revenge of Frank-N Furter’s Mother, the Old Queen even Janet makes an appearance with her son, supposedly the son of Frank-N-Furter. This script has never been published and most likely never will be because of cast restrictions.

Finally, O’Brien wrote a full script for a play that he hoped would become a hit movie in the style of Rocky Horror. As yet untitled, the script used elements of Rocky Horror Shows His Heels and Revenge of the Old Queen and was destined for greatness. Sadly the entire project failed due to developmental issues.

Book your stay at Arthouse Hotel

Slip into your very own Time Warp and stay with us in our Rocky Horror Picture Show themed suite. The room can sleep up to six guests under a pair of glistneing red lips. The rest of the room is decadently dark and delightfully decorated to reflect the glamour of the greatest cult movie of our time.

Call us on 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk, our helpful team will let you know all about your suite and what’s happening in Liverpool during your stay.

 

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