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  • 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. O'Brien didn't understand why, noting that the motorcyclists could have been anyone. Instead, the actors had to change costumes back and forth.
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  • Actor-Inspired Element: O'Brien was supposed to sing "Science Fiction/Double Feature" but when Quinn threatened to quit if she couldn't, they settled that O'Brien's voice would be dubbed over Quinn's lips.
  • Banned in China: The film 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 Pop! had an online giveaway where they would give some of their Rocky Horror Funko Pop figurines to people who shared their favorite quote 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."
  • Big Name Fan: The fan club's president, Sal Piro. He even has cameos in the sequel and remake.
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  • Box Office Bomb: Budget: $1.2 million. Box office at initial run: $139,876,417. However, this film has been Vindicated by History, being the Cult Classic and definitely making its money back and much more with home video and midnight screenings.
  • California Doubling: Denton is implied to be (somewhere) in America (there is a Denton in Texas) but filming took place in Berkshire, England.
  • Cowboy BeBop at His Computer:
    • 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 is correct. 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.note  Columbia also has a similar problem: occasionally, people call her "Little Nell" instead of Columbia, which is the nickname of her actress, Nell Campbell.
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    • 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 and then returned at the climax. This may have been because Columbia only has a few speaking lines.
    • 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 film might be confusing the song for "The Time Warp".
    • A few of the questions in the trivia game, which was written by Sal Piro (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 film came out in 1971. The stage show didn't come out until 1973, and the film two years later.
    • Some sources, including the Netflix description, claim that Frank-N-Furter is a vampire.note  James Rolfe made the same error, as well.
    • An article about Kelly Osbourne dressing up as Magenta for her birthday claims that Magenta is Frank's sister. Magenta is actually the sister of Riff Raff.
    • The 366 Weird Movies review says that Dr. Scott came to the castle looking for his son, when Eddie is actually his nephew.
    • The Danny Peary Cult Movies List mentions that Magenta was killed by a Ray Gun blast at the end, when it should have said Columbia.
  • Creator Backlash:
    • Susan Sarandon refuses to talk about it, 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 VH1 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 appears in the 2016 remake as the Criminologist.
    • Peter Hinwood (Rocky) is only slightly embarrassed by being in the film, largely because he was never a professional actor and thinks his performance was cringeworthy. Contrary to popular rumor, he's never thrown anyone out of his shop (he became an antiques dealer) 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  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 film has been Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny, filmed over thirty years later.
  • Cut Song:
    • "Once in a While", featured in the stage show. For the film, the song was to have been sung by Brad after his... erm... encounter with Frank. Footage was shot but left out of the film, allegedly for slowing down the overall pace; a "reconstruction" using the footage and other scenes has appeared as an extra feature on every home release since the 1995 LaserDisc edition.
    • To a lesser extent, the American print had the exposition song "Super Heroes" all but cut out except for the final verse (the Criminologist's "And crawling..." speech). The result is an extremely jarring edit. You can optionally restore it in the DVD release. (Occasionally you'll see a version that also omits the Dark Reprise of "Science Fiction Double Feature".)
    • To an even lesser extent, verses were removed from "Over at the Frankenstein Place" (Brad had another verse after the first chorus) and "The Sword of Damocles". These were apparently never even shot.
    • The Comic-Book Adaptation omits "Science Fiction Double Feature" and its Dark Reprise.
    • "The Sword of Damocles" and "Planet Schmanet Janet" were cut from the original soundtrack album for reasons unknown, but have since been restored on later releases.
  • Deleted Scene: As mentioned above, one of Brad singing "Once in a While" was filmed but not used. A reconstruction can be found in the special features of most copies of the DVD.
  • Descended Creator: Creator Richard O'Brien plays Riff Raff.
  • Development Hell: O'Brien has been mulling over making a direct sequel note  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.
  • DVD Commentary: O'Brien and Quinn did one.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: In the original stage show, Tim Curry dyed his hair peroxide blonde.
  • Enforced Method Acting: Several examples:
    • Curry was the only one who knew Eddie's corpse would be under the table. All of the actors' reactions as he tears the tablecloth away are genuine.
    • For the scene where Dr. Scott is dragged into the laboratory via electromagnetnote , 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 
    • During the dinner scene, Brad stamps his foot and Janet jumps at the table in shock; Bostwick actually hit 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 final product.
  • Executive Meddling;
    • The film was supposed start in black and white as a nod to The Wizard of Oz but Fox wanted a more conventional look. This version can be chosen on most DVD/Blu-ray releases.
    • The RKO tower during the floor show was meant to be a 20th Century Fox logo but, for some unknown reason, Fox wouldn't let them.
    • The last two songs were cut from the U.S. version because Fox thought they were too depressing.
    • Fox wanted popular musicians cast while Sharman wanted the stage actors. They settled for replacing Brad and Janet with American actors and dropping the budget.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • Cols for Columbia.
    • Crim for the Criminologist.
    • 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 it in a theater with a live cast as part of the Audience Participation are referred to as "virgins" while those who've gone regularly are called "sluts".
  • Hey, It's That Place!: The exterior of Frank's castlenote  has been used in a few other horror films.
  • Hostility on the Set: 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).
  • I Am Not Spock: Go watch any movie/show with Tim Curry in it. Chances are, "Sweet Transvestite" will start playing in your head.
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  • Inspiration for the Work: Obviously various B-Movies. Word of God said it was these combined with Marvel Comics and Rock n Roll music.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: The music that plays during the main menu of the Blu-ray is the reprise of "Science Fiction/Double Feature", where the lyrics describe the ending. There are also several fake movie posters that give away several of the plot points. For instance, there is one poster entitled They Came from Outer Space, which not only spoils the plot twist that Frank, Riff and Magenta are aliens, but the poster also shows a picture of Rocky carrying Frank'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.
    • Along the same lines, Julie Covington was the original stage actress for Janet, but she had to quit very quickly after an injury. Belinda Sinclair replaced her, and it's Sinclair that was used for the original UK record. As a result, no samples of Covington's performance as Janet exists.
  • No Budget: The film's budget was estimated at about $1.2 million, cheap even for the early 1970s, and it definitely shows.
  • Non-Singing Voice
    • The lips singing "Science Fiction/Double Feature" are Patricia Quinn's (who played the usherette who sang it in the stage show), but they're lip-syncing to Richard O'Brian's vocals.
    • Trevor White dubbed Peter Hinwood when it was discovered that Hinwood was completely incapable of singing.
  • Prop Recycling: The tank that Rocky first emerges from and the dummy that was meant to be him inside it were first used in The Revenge of Frankenstein.
    • 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.
    • Costume designer, Sue Blane borrowed the corset that Curry wore in a production of The Maids for Frank to wear.
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  • Romance on the Set:
    • At the time, O'Brien was married to Kimi Wong, who played one of the Transylvanians.
    • In 2013, O'Brien revealed that Sarandon and Bostwick were dating at the time.
  • Stunt Double: According to the commentary;
    • The motorcyclists at the start are stunt doubles with the Transylvanians hanging onto the back wearing their tuxedos under their motorcycle gear.
    • Meat Loaf couldn't ride a motorcycle and needed a double when it was moving.
    • 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. 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 the rest is history.
    • Columbia flashing her nipple was Campbell's own idea. O'Brien had always assumed it was accidental until Quinn told him in the commentary that Campbell would practice it in their trailer.
    • Dr. Scott bursting through the wall of Frank's lab was written in because they forgot to put in a door when building the set.
  • Trope Namer: For Rocky Roll Call.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: Avoided for the most part thanks to its sheer strangeness. In fact, in quite a few ways the film was ahead of its time: it looks more like the 80s than the 70s (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 setting does anchor itself in the mid-1970s early on by playing a radio broadcast of President Richard Nixon's 1974 resignation speech.note 
  • Vocal Evolution: In the original stage shows, Curry originally played Frank with a German accent. He quit after a few shows, as he decided it was easier to just use his normal accent. Also, compare the original stage version of "Time Warp" to the more well-known film version. Can you believe that's O'Brien and Quinn in both versions?
  • What Could Have Been:
    • 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.
    • Steve Martin auditioned for the part of Brad. Oddly enough, he'd go on to play a character similar to Eddie in another rock 'n roll musical film a decade later.
    • Vincent Price auditioned for the part of The Criminologist.
    • According to Meat Loaf, Elvis Presley was the studio's first choice to play Eddie in the film, 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 two separate characters.
    • 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.
    • Quinn almost backed out 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 O'Brien's vocals.
    • Alec Guinness was offered an unspecified part, presumably the Criminologist, but declined.
  • Word of Gay:
    • The unmade sequel Rocky Horror Shows His Heels would have said that Brad and Dr. Scott turned gay after the events of the first film.
    • Revenge of the Old Queen implies it happened to Brad — he left Janet and became a bottomless go-go dancer in Las Vegas.
  • Word of God
    • According to 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.
  • Word of Saint Paul:
  • Working Title: Planned titles for the play were They Came from Denton High and The Rock Hor-Roar Show.
  • Written by Cast Member: Was written by O'Brien, who played Riff Raff.

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