Acting for Two: Tim Curry, Richard O'Brien and Patricia Quinn can be seen at the wedding, though it's possible that these could be Frank and co. in disguise.
In the play, Eddie and Dr Scott are always played by the same actor.
The Usherette is usually played by the same actress as Magenta.
The motorcyclists were the same actors that play the Transylvanians at the castle. Richard O'Brien didn't understand why, noting that the motorcyclists could have been anyone. Instead, the actors had to change costumes back and forth.
Banned in China: The movie was banned in South Africa several weeks after release by the Board of Censors, but not before it had been seen by some 250,000 viewers and had a strong cult following.
Beam Me Up, Scotty!: Funko had an online giveaway where they would give some of their Rocky Horror Funko Pop figurines to people who shared their favorite quote from the movie to them. A number of people had this (possible joke) response: "I'm Rocky Horror and this is my picture and this is the show during which I present my picture. Now let's dance and basically do sexy things."
Some people will misspell Columbia's name as Colombia. Even the listing on the Funko website of Columbia's POP figure of Columbia website misspells her name, but the packaging calls her the correct name. In addition, the back of the packaging of the Funko Pops calls Frank N Furter "Frank N Further".
Some people call Eddie "Meat Loaf", although that was his actor's name, not the character's name. Columbia also has a similar problem: occasionally, people call her "Little Nell" instead of Columbia, which is the nickname of her actress, Nell Campbell.
Often, people will confuse Columbia and Magenta for each other. See the What Could Have Been section for an ironic thing about this confusion between the characters.
One Retro Junk article claimed that Columbia only showed up at the beginning of the movie and then returned at the end of the movie. This may have been because Columbia only has a few speaking lines in the film.
The book The Celluloid Closet claims that Frank N Furter came back to life at the end of the movie. However, there have been several sequel ideas where that happens. Unfortunately, all those ideas have been in Development Hell, and the first sequel with the resurrection concept turned into Shock Treatment.
Some people believe that the Sweet song Ballroom Blitz was featured in this movie, and the people who think the song is in the movie might be confusing the song for The Time Warp.
A few of the questions in the Rocky Horror trivia game, which was written by Sal Piro (who is the president of the Rocky Horror fan club), have incorrect answers.
People will sometimes call the stage show "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" instead of "The Rocky Horror Show".
A worksheet about blockbuster films claims that the movie came out in 1971. The stage show didn't come out until 1973, and the movie came out 2 years later.
Some sources, including the Netflix description of the movie, claim that Frank N Furter is a vampire.note He isn't, but he's dressed as one when he descends in the elevator.James Rolfemade the same error, as well.
An article about Kelly Osborne dressing up as Magenta for her birthday claims that Magenta is Dr. Frank N Furter's sister. Magenta is actually the sister of Riff Raff.
The 366 Weird Movies review says that Doctor Scott came to the castle looking for his son, when Eddie is actually his nephew.
Susan Sarandon refuses to talk about the movie, but not for the usual reasons. It's because she hates the fact that none of the cast members get royalties from the DVD sales.
Tim Curry was very reluctant to talk about the film for years and even told VH-1 that he grew "chubby and plain" in order to try escaping the role. These days, he's more open to talk about the film and even sees it as a "Rite of passage" for teenagers. He even appeared in the 2016 remake as the Criminologist.
Peter Hinwood (Rocky) is only slightly embarrassed by being in the film. Contrary to popular rumor, he's never thrown anyone out of his shop for talking about the film. He only sees the film as a "part of the past" and rarely talks about it.
While happy with his performance in both the show and film, Meat Loaf didn't like that he wasn't allowed to play both Eddie and Dr. Scott, as was customary in the stage production, and felt that Jonathan Adams (the Criminologist from the UK production) was horribly miscast, especially because he didn't have the singing voice for "Eddie's Teddy." note According to the book Rocky Horror FAQ, Adams was originally asked to reprise the narrator/criminologist role for the film, but he complained about being bored with the part, so O'Brien offered him Dr. Scott instead. He also didn't like that other movie musicals would try to type cast him, as he prefers to keep his music and acting career separate. To date, his only other singing role in a movie has been Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny, filmed over thirty years later.
Cut Song: "Once in a While," featured in the stageshow. For the film the song was to have been sung by Brad after his... erm... encounter with Frank. Footage was shot for it but left out of the film; a "reconstruction" using the footage and other bits from the movie has appeared as an extra feature on every home release of the film since the 1995 LaserDisc edition.
To a lesser extent, the American print of the film had the exposition song "Super Heroes" all but cut out except for the final verse (the Criminologist's "And crawling..." speech). You can optionally restore it in the DVD release.
To an even lesser extent, verses were removed from "Over at the Frankenstein Place" and "The Sword of Damocles." These were apparently never even shot.
Development Hell: Richard O'Brien has been mulling over making a direct sequel note Shock Treatment doesn't count! to the original stage show for years. However, so far, all that's been seen are a few scrapped scripts and a vague concept that involves Frank coming back to life, though he's apparently written the first act to the sequel.
Tim Curry was the only one who knew Eddie's corpse would be under the table. All of the reactions from the actors as he tears the tablecloth away are genuine.
For the scene where Dr. Scott is dragged into the laboratory via electromagnetnote GO, SPEED RACER, GO SPEED RACER, GO SPEED RACER, GOOOOO!, the production designers realized they forgot to build a door for him. What did they decide to do instead? Use him to knock down the friggin' wall.note HEY, KOOL-AID! OH YEAHHHHHH.
During the dinner scene, Brad stamps his foot and Janet jumps at the table in shock; Barry Bostwick actually hit Susan Sarandon's hand with his fist during the take. Later on, she accidentally got even with him by stepping on his foot with a high heel during the floor show, which can be seen in the movie.
Mags or sometimes also 'Mag' (pronounced Majj) for Magenta.
Fan Community Nickname: Interestingly, only applies to a specific subset of the fandom: those who have never seen this movie in a theater with a live cast as part of the Audience Participation are referred to as "virgins" while those who've seen it regularly are called "sluts."
Hey, It's That Place!: The exterior of Frank's castlenote Oakley Court in Real Life. has been used in a few other horror films.
Hostility on the Set: Richard O'Brien confessed that at the time, he didn't like Tim Curry. O'Brien was resentful and envious because Curry was attractive and got all the good lines (which, considering O'Brien is the one who wrote those lines for Curry, is... interesting).
Late-Arrival Spoiler: The music that plays during the main menu of the Blu-Ray for the movie is the reprise of Science Fiction Double Feature, where the lyrics describe the ending of the movie. There are also several fake movie posters that give away several of the plot points of the film. For instance, there is one poster entitled They Came From Outer Space, which not only spoils the plot twist that Frank N Furter, Riff Raff, and Magenta are aliens, but the poster also shows a picture of Rocky carrying Frank N Furter's dead body in his arms.
Missing Performance: "Eddie's Teddy" was not part of the original play, and also absent from the original London record, although several sources (including Patricia Quinn on the commentary) do say that the song was implemented into the play soon afterward before moving to the US and Australia. However, an actual recording of Paddy O'Hagan (original actor for Eddie and Scott) performing the song was apparently never made, and thus we'll never know what the original sounded like. The earliest known recording of the song is a cover made by O'Brien's then-wife Kimi Wong which was included in a compilation of other songs written by O'Brien.
No Budget: The film's budget was estimated at about $1,000,000, cheap even for the early 1970s, and it definitely shows.
The throne that Janet sits on in Shock Treatment is Frank's after being upholstered red. The American Gothic Couple painting seen hanging in the dressing room is presumably the one from the first movie.
The motorcyclists at the start are stunt doubles with the Transylvanians hanging onto the back wearing their tuxedos under their motorcycle gear.
Rocky and Frank during the "King Kong" Climb scene. When the Frank double realized he had to wear feminine lingerie, he started acting extra manly so people wouldn't think he was gay. Richard O'Brien says he'd love to go back in time for half an hour and see this again.
Throw It In!: How the Audience Participation got started: one viewer during a screening shouted "Buy an umbrella, you cheap bitch!" during "Over At The Frankenstein Place" when Janet covers herself with a newspaper in the rain, and it just grew from there.
Too Soon: One of the Audience Participation gags which evolves with the times: when Riff-Raff shows Brad and Janet the skeleton near the start of the film, it's customary to shout out "SHOW US" and the name of whatever celebrity has most recently died. Bonus points if it's someone people really liked, especially if they had an early or especially tragic death.
Unintentional Period Piece: Avoided for the most part thanks to its sheer strangeness. In fact, in quite a few ways the movie was ahead of its time: it looks more like an '80s film than a '70s film (accurately predicting the punk/New Wave hair and makeup styles, as well as the satiric Black Comedy brand of humor that characterized comedies during the Reagan era). What's more, the casual bisexuality and Frank N. Furter's schizoid mix of Camp Gay and Hard Gay behavior are still quite shocking today, at least if you don't consume such entertainments on a regular basis. However, the movie does anchor itself in the mid-1970s early on by playing a radio broadcast of President Richard Nixon's 1974 resignation speech.
Before Jim Sharman decided to use most of the original West End cast, Mick Jagger auditioned for the part of Frank.
Sharman's first pick for Brad Majors was Cliff DeYoung, as he'd starred in his production Trials of Oz. When Barry Bostwick was unable to play Majors in Shock Treatment, DeYoung was tabbed to play Brad by Sharman.
According to Meat Loaf, Elvis Presley was the studio's first choice to play Eddie in the film version, and apparently Elvis actually had expressed some interest in doing so.
According to the DVD commentary, Columbia and Magenta were originally going to be one character instead of 2 separate characters.
Richard O'Brien has also stated that when writing the stage play, he actually envisioned himself playing Eddie, but the director hired for the play felt he would be a better fit for Riff Raff.
Ever wonder why the opening song is just a pair of floating lips against a black void? It's because clips from all the movies mentioned in the song were going to be superimposed over. This was dropped when the producers realized that it would've cost a fortune in royalties.
In an extended Shout-Out to The Wizard of Oz, the first third of the film was to be in black and white, switching over to color upon Frank's first appearance. His ruby red lips (see what they did there?) were to be the first thing to appear in color. This was cut for budget constraints.
Patricia Quinn almost backed out of the film when she learned that she wouldn't be singing "Science Fiction/Double Feature," but changed her mind when she saw the sets and costume sketches. She eventually compromised by playing the disembodied lips in the opening, lip-syncing to Richard O'Brian's vocals.
According to Richard O'Brien, it was actually Riff Raff who did most of the work on Rocky. Riff's line "Everything is in readiness, master. We merely await your... word". is pretty clearly a stab at Dr. Furter.
O'Brien also explained that Brad and Janet are listening to Nixon's resignation speech three months after it occurred in real life because Brad taped it so he could listen to it whenever he wanted. He's just that much of a nerd.
Darren Lynn Bousman has said on his Formspring account that the Graverobber from his movie, Repo! The Genetic Opera is Riff Raff's son.
Patricia Quinn has said in the commentary that Magenta and Riff Raff's relationship is completely innocent, and that the Brother–Sister Incest is all in the minds of perverted fans. (Richard O'Brien, on the other hand, was fully aware of the incestuous vibes. In fact, their analogues in the not-sequel Shock Treatment, once again brother and sister, actually are sexually attracted to each other.)