It's become the longest-running movie in history: literally, it's always been playing in a cinema somewhere in the world since that date. No other film in entertainment history can make that claim over so long a period. In fact, RHPS has been called 'the most iconic cult movie of all time'.I think I first went to see it in the late '70s, with 2cents. It was an eye-opener: not so much the movie (which was funny-in-a-schlocky-way) but the audience participation part. There were accepted catch phrases that the audience would holler at the screen: "Where's your neck?" (at the narrator). "Ass****!" at the male lead (Barry Bostwick; I could never watch his later performance as George Washington without hearing that whispering in the back of my head). You would fling props at the screen: rice at the wedding scene, toast at the banquet when Dr. Frank N. Furter (played by Tim Curry; I couldn't get that image out of my mind when I saw him in his later role in Hunt For Red October).
A couple years later, 2cents and I were at another screening. There were a group of guys in the row in front of us, and one of them was clearly at the movie for the first time - they were explaining all the audience participation parts to him. At the banquet scene, things played out sort of like this:
His friends, to him: The toast - where's the toast?Good times, good times.
Him: I don't have it. I ate it.
2cents (and me), pointing at him: Ass****!
If you were a RHPS fan, click through to Peter's post, which will be a waltz down memory lane.