Espantobre – Day 15 – Rocky Horror Picture Show

By: Claudio “Gams For Days” Cortés 

I know that this next statement may come off as a bit…adolescent, but today’s film is one of those that can serve as a bellwether for if we would be good friends or not. Today’s film has inspired countless generations of hot topic goths, theater kids, generally othered kids, and the edgier musical nerds to get all dressed up and yell at a screen. This film even spawned some misguided souls to attempt a sanitised kidz bop version on a shitty musical television show in the early aughts. It’s not a horror film by any stretch of the definition (unless you are some sort of repressed conservative type), today’s pick is…The Rocky Horror Picture Show!

Two years before punk broke, this subversive act of theater and radical performance was released on film to the sounds of crickets in a summer field, film critics hated it, however, the audiences that did see it, loved it and passed the word on to their fellow travelers. Very shortly after its flop release the distribution company began showing it at “midnight” screenings ….and just like that, it is the longest running release in the history of cinema. If you have not seen The Rocky Horror Picture Show, I recommend that you do, sure you may not get the whole midnight screening experience given our current plague, but its a damn fine couch watch with your homies. 

“It’s not easy having a good time, even smiling makes my face ache” – Dr. Frank N Furter 

You can take in this cinematic experience over at Hulu 

How does one find musical accompaniment for a musical without using a song from the musical?? You recommend a cover of the opening track, thats how. Today’s song rec is Science Fiction Double Feature by Me First and the Gimmie Gimmies

Keep up with the playlist as it builds Here

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