‘Rocky Horror’ celebrates 40 years of midnight showings, time warp

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By Derek Munyon
Arts & Entertainment Editor

Fans have been doing the time warp for 40 years this year. International cult-classic and Dundee Theater staple “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” was released on Aug. 14, 1975. It has since become a common film for midnight movies and a cultural phenomenon referenced in countless other shows.

The film stars Tim Curry as Dr. Frank N. Furter, a transvestite alien doctor, who creates the titular creature, Rocky Horror (Peter Hinwood). It also stars Susan Sarandon as the main heroine, Janet Weiss, Barry Bostwick as her fiancé, Brad Majors and Richard O’Brien as Riff Raff, an Igor-like character.

The songs have become well known outside of the movie as well. “The Time Warp,” “Dammit Janet,” “Science Fiction/Double Feature” have become common tunes for parties. The band, The Polyphonic Spree, even did a live recording of the entire soundtrack.

During screenings of the film, fans are generally encouraged to come in costume, sing their favorite soundtrack tunes and throw things at the screen. This tradition was carried on regularly at the Dundee Theater at 4925 Dodge St. until it closed for renovations in 2013.

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the film, Fox is scheduled to air a TV remake titled “The Rocky Horror Picture Show Event,” to air later this year.

You can catch the movie playing on Oct. 10 at the River’s Edge Park in Council Bluffs at 7 p.m. Admission is free.

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