Rocky Horror: From Concept to Cult
When a small company of jobbing actors set out on the very first production of The Rocky Horror Show at the Royal Court Theatre on the Kings Road, London, in 1973, no one could have realised what a world-wide phenomenon it would become. Initially receiving mixed reviews, the stage show would enjoy a short life, but the subsequent film would steadily build a cult student following, filling hundreds of cinemas on a weekly basis, and gaining huge video sales.
Now, in the 25th anniversary of the making of the infamous movie starring Tim Curry, Richard O'Brien, Susan Sarandon, Meat Loaf and Barry Bostwick, we find out what went on behind the scenes from those who were there. This celebration of Transylvanian proportions brings the true fan completely up to date, interviewing the main stars of stage and screen productions, describing how each evolved, the good times, the squabbles, the tantrums, the jealously and the greed as Rocky Horror made a special piece of history.
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Rocky Horror: From Concept to Cult By Scott Michaels and David Evans Publisher: Sanctuary Publishing Limited Published In: London, UK Date: May 25th, 2002 Pgs: 361 Summary: A behind the scenes look at the musical and film that after being a hit musical in London spawned a cult following after flopping at the box office. Made up largely of interviews with cast members and designers, this is a wonderful look back at the days when Rocky ruled. Genre: nonfiction Why this book: I have loved Rocky Horror since the first time I saw those red lips appear on the screen at a midnight movie at Northtown Mall in Dallas, TX. This Story is About: As to the musical/film, being yourself regardless of who you are and what people may think of that person. As to this book, make sure your agent isnít the same as the agent representing everyone else involved in the production. Scott Michaels and I differ on this point. He states in the text that the show is about stardom; dictators, both good and evil; sin; and repentance. But, we agree on the idea that when Hollywood gets involved itís ďabout the conflict between the libertine and the latter-day saint, the free thinker and the fundamentalist.Ē Credibility: The pacing of the movie sweeps you along and while you may identify with character along the way. Itís more in hindsight that you truly appreciate the movie for what it is. The book gets bogged down in minutiae with some of the Transylvanians, but by and large is a great read. The authorís tone lends to the credibility of the piece. He seems to come to the piece from a place of love for the original art and therefore treats it with respect even in instances where the people who were actually there cold shoulder him or let their animosities toward other cast and crew members show through. Favorite Character: The main character in this book is the entity known as The Rocky Horror Picture Show in whatever form she/he may be. Least Favorite Character: From the way he seems to be presented, Lou Adler. Not laying the fault for all the troubles at his feet, but the money seems to be an issue for all those involved. Money is the root of all evil. A root deeper than whatever hid in the psyche of our friend Frank N Furter. Character I Most Identified With: Barry Bostwick from his interview seems to be the most at ease with his Rocky Horror self. Heís not happy about the tons of merchandising and movie money that somehow didnít trickle down to the players, but he respects the fans and still seems to love the piece. The Feel: Itís left me sad really. The people not liking each other very much. The walls between them. Tim Curry seemingly ashamed of it when it was such an incredible performance, legendary even. Favorite Scene: When one of the Transylvanians tells the story of when Meatloaf had to ride the motorcycle up the ramp on one side of the laboratory and then down the other. And, apparently, Meatloaf wasnít very much of a motorcycle rider in those days. That would have been some awesome behind the scene footage. Settings: N/A Pacing: Itís well paced. The interviews are edited, not to bite size, but, to a manageable size. Plot Holes/Out of Character: N/A Last Page Sound: N/A Author Assessment: I would consider other things written by this author. Editorial Assessment: Nothing seems out of place here. Well done. Disposition of Book: Iím conflicted on this one. I doubt Iíll ever want to re-read it. But, this is a look at the inner workings of one of my favorite films ever. :/ This requires more thought. Why isnít there a screenplay? N/A Casting call: N/A Would recommend to: Other aficionados of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. But as I stated previously, be prepared to be saddened by the ways that many of them view each other nowadays.
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Rocky Horror: From Concept to Cult By Scott Michaels and David Evans Publisher: Sanctuary Publishing Limited Published In: London, UK Date: May 25th, 2002 Pgs: 361 Summary: A behind the scenes look at ...
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