The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

100m, 2680 metres
35mm, Eastmancolor, 1.66:1 [negative ratio], 1.85:1 [intended ratio]
mono [theatrical prints], Chace Surround [on video/laserdisc/DVD], English

An adaptation of Richard O'Brien's much loved stage show, directed by Jim Sharman. Although often thought of as a purely British film (and indeed it was made by a British company) the original copyright was held by a Dutch company.

Plot Summary

Brad Majors and Janet Weiss find themselves stranded at a daunting castle one wild and stormy night. Owner of this imposing gothic retreat is Frank N. Furter, a deranged transvestite scientist from the planet Transylvania who's created a perfect specimen of manhood, Rocky in his lab.


* = uncredited

Directed by: Jim Sharman
© MCMLXXV [1975] Houtsnede Maatschappij N.V.
Twentieth Century Fox presents a Michael White-Lou Adler production. Michael White Productions Ltd. Released by Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation
Executive Producer: Lou Adler
Produced by: Michael White
Associate Producer: John Goldstone
Screenplay by: Jim Sharman and Richard O'Brien
Director of Photography: Peter Suschitzky
Film and Music Editor: Graeme Clifford
Original Musical Play, Music and Lyrics by: Richard O'Brien
Incidental Music by: Richard Hartley, Richard O'Brien
Sound Recordist: Ron Barron
Original Costume Design by: Sue Blane
Make Up: Peter Robb-King
Based on Original Make-up Designs Created by: Pierre La Roche
Hairdresser: Ramon Gow
Special Effects: Wally Veevers, Colin Chilvers
Design by: Brian Thomson
Locations: Oakley Court, Berkshire, England, UK *

Tim Curry as Doctor Frank-N-Furter (a scientist)
Susan Sarandon as Janet Weiss (a heroine)
Barry Bostwick as Brad Majors (a hero)
Richard O'Brien as Riff Raff (a handyman)
Patricia Quinn as Magenta (a domestic)
Little Nell [real name: Nell Campbell] as Columbia (a groupie)
Jonathan Adams as Dr Everett V. Scott (a rival scientist)
Peter Hinwood as Rocky Horror (a creation)
Meatloaf as Eddie (ex-delivery boy)
Charles Gray as the criminologist (an expert)
Jeremy Newson as Ralph Hapschatt
Hilary Labow as Betty Munroe
Perry Bedden, Christopher Biggins, Gaye Brown, Ishaq Bux, Stephen Calcutt, Hugh Cecil, Imogen Claire, Tony Cowan, Sadie Corre, Fran Fullenwider, Lindsay Ingram, Peggy Ledger, Annabelle Leventon, Anthony Milner, Pamela Obermeyer, Tony Then, Kimi Wong, Henry Woolf
Rufus Collins [Transylvanian] *
Gina Barrie, Petra Leah, Koo Stark [bridesmaids] *
Frank Lester [father at wedding] *
John Marquand [father] *

Alternative Titles

Festival Rocky de Terror – Portugal
Orgía de horror y locura – Argentina
Die Rocky Horror Picture Show – West Germany (television)
Rocky Horror Show – Greece

Shock Treatment (1981)

See also
The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)
The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
Doctor X (1932)
Flash Gordon (1936)
Forbidden Planet (1956)
The Invisible Man (1933)
It Came from Outer Space (1953)
King Kong (1933)
Night of the Demon (1957)
Tarantula (1955)
When Worlds Collide (1951)

Extracts included in
100 Years at the Movies (1994)
AFI's 100 Years, 100 Laughs: America's Funniest Movies (2000)
Meat Loaf: To Hell and Back (2000)
Precious Images (1986)
Rocky Horror 25th Anniversary Special (2000)
The Rocky Horror Double Feature Video Show (1995)



  • Empire November 1998 p.100 – review
  • Entertainment Weekly vol.1 no.562 (6 October 2000) P.63 – review (by Rob Brunner)
  • Hollywood no.1 (November 1995) (Croatia) – article (by Koraljka Dilic)
  • Screen International no.254 (16-23 August 1980) p.8 – note (World news desk: South Africa by Rod Hay)


  • 500 Essential Cult Movies: The Ultimate Guide by Jennifer Eiss with J.P. Rutter and Steve White p.278 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review
  • Comedy-Horror Films: A Chronological History, 1914-2008 by Bruce G. Hallenbeck pp.109-112; 218 – review; credits
  • Encyclopedia of Rock Music on Film by Linda J. Sandahl pp.96-97
  • English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.123, 279
  • Film Review 1976-1977 by F. Maurice Speed p.180
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.331
  • Horrorshows: The A-Z of Horror in Film, TV, Radio and Theatre by Gene Wright p.102 – illustrated credits, review
  • Rock on Film by David Ehrenstein and Bill Reed pp.96, 99, 213, 227, 228
  • Rock-Film: In 450 film, trent'anni di Cinema & Rock by Paolo Belluso and Flavio Merkel p.187-188 – credits, note
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show Book by Bill Henkin (ed.) – production notes
  • Terror Tracks: Music, Sound and Horror Cinema by Philip Hayward (ed) p.8
  • Uneasy Dreams: The Golden Age of British Horror Films, 1956-1976 by Gary A. Smith pp.186, 188
  • The World of Fantasy Films by Richard Myers p.112

Other sources

  • BFI Southbank Programme October-November 2019 p.23 – illustrated note