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New Rocky Horror Picture Show trailer includes audience participation

07.21.2016

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We've only managed to catch little tastes of Fox's remake of THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW that is set to hit network television in time for Halloween. Fox has been playing this fairly close to the vest thus far, but they've opened up the doors to Frankenstein Place a little wider for us to see what's going on inside. And it's... a bit strange? Stranger than even the source material would have you anticipated. 

Right now, Laverne Cox looks like she's going to absolutely kill it as Dr. Frank-N-Furter, adding to the overall legacy of the iconic character that Tim Curry established. But then what strikes me about Fox's version is that it's almost too nice. It's shiny. It's colorful. It has a lot of money clearly invested in it... and gone is that down and dirty vibe that we all associate with ROCKY HORROR. It's like the family-friendly version, which does seem to take away from it a bit. 

But what is truly strange is the virtual audience participation that the broadcast is seemingly going to incorporate into the production. Audience involvement is a big factor into what has made THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW the long-lasting success that it is... but can you really fake that? Can you try to make that a faux element of the show rather than something passionately organic? We'll have to see in the final cut, but, for now, it does seem weird.

THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW premieres on Fox in October.

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6:25PM on 07/21/2016
I went with my friends to the weekly midnight showing 4 times in 1980. We were "trying" to belong to the group there but we never did get the hang of it or think it was fun. I love the music and the movie itself is fun, but the audience participation wasn't like they're showing here at all. Granted it was '80 and the movie came out in '75 I think, but the movie and tradition never really took off until the late 70s anyway. I have no fond memories of it as it was in the grungiest theaters,
I went with my friends to the weekly midnight showing 4 times in 1980. We were "trying" to belong to the group there but we never did get the hang of it or think it was fun. I love the music and the movie itself is fun, but the audience participation wasn't like they're showing here at all. Granted it was '80 and the movie came out in '75 I think, but the movie and tradition never really took off until the late 70s anyway. I have no fond memories of it as it was in the grungiest theaters, and just a smattering of people. You just basically followed an invisible script of what one should do "at this time and at that time." A few amateur actors up on stage - same people week after week. It really does look like this movie is glamming up, and it wasn't like that. Not in my experience anyway. Maybe in some parts of the world it was though.

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