Rocky Horror Appears on Box Office Charts 46 Years After Its Release
The Rocky Horror Picture Show was back on the box office charts this weekend, 46 years after it first appeared in theaters. Although initially released to poor reviews in 1975, the film has since grown to be one of the most beloved cult classics. The film holds the record for longest-running theatrical release. Even today, midnight viewings hold it.
The iconic film stars Tim Curry as Dr. Frank N. Furter. He is an alien from Transexual Transylvania, which is not in Europe, and has arrived on Earth to do experiments and have fun. The film’s unique experience was viewed by many people, despite its initial rejection. This led to midnight viewings. People still travel from all over to dress up and shout jokes at each other. Sometimes, depending on the theatre’s rules, they even throw rice and toast at the screen. Some screenings have a shadow cast that performs the movie in front the screen.
According to The Wrap, The Rocky Horror Picture Show is back at the top of the box office charts 46 years after it was released. Disney, who now manages the film after buying 20th Century Fox, announced that the film earned 250,000 dollars during Halloween weekend. It landed at number 15 on the box-office charts. It is believed that the film grossed more than 120 million dollars in its theatrical run. This is still happening! The following is the list.
The film’s popularity is unlikely to end soon. The film is so important to its fans, that when Disney bought Fox and announced that Fox would end their open catalog policy, they made Rocky Horror a special exception. This horror-musical masterpiece is too great to be left out of cinemas or away from diehard fans.
The film’s last year was difficult due to its closing of midnight screenings because COVID. However, the recent increase in viewership is a sign that The Rocky Horror Picture Show may be on the right track. Many theatres are opening their doors once again, allowing people to return to the cinemas for midnight screenings all over the globe. Many people are eager to get back to the joy of singing along to “Sweet Transvestite,” Dammit Janet, and, of course, “Time Warp” after a difficult year. With the popularity of Rocky Horror streaming on Disney+ and viewership increasing, it’s very possible that this film is gaining a lot more attention. The theatres could be seeing new faces at screenings, eager to do that famous “jump left, then a step right” move. “Phantom of the Paradise” is one of the most memorable films of Brian De Palma’s entire career. However, it hasn’t received the same attention as The Rocky Horror Picture Show despite being a much better film. Brian De Palma is an incredibly talented filmmaker. The film Phantom of the Paradise was truly original for its time. He incorporated elements from musicals and gothic storytelling with absurdist comedies. This was then used to transform horror into something new.
Phantom of the Paradise, a novel interpretation of classic horror stories like Faust and Phantom of the Opera, is a unique take on the genre. It even links to The Picture of Dorian Gray. Winslow Leach, a tortured songwriter (William Finley), has his music stolen from him by a greedy producer. He uses it to make Phoenix (Jessica Harper) his latest puppet. Leach is disfigured by a horrible accident and plots to vengeance against the man who made it this way.
Phantom of the Paradise has a complex and multilayered storyline. This is made even more interesting by De Palma’s obsession with bloody, giallo cinema. Each scene is a different way that the director attempts stylization with visuals and scene composition. The Rocky Horror Picture Show, on the other hand, tells a story that is entertaining and focuses on bizarre characters and absurd situations but lacks the artistry, depth, and ambition of Phantom of the Paradise. Phantom of the Paradise is the best horror musical of the period, despite Rocky Horror Picture Show being an undisputed and timeless cult classic.
Brian De Palma is known for his extraordinary visuals, which play with the attention of the audience. Phantom of the Paradise is a great example of this. The director uses split screen, uninterrupted track shots and lots of tropes more evocative of Hitchcock’s filmography and foreign horror. Rocky Horror, however, has a more attractive art style, but the camerawork is not up to Phantom of the Paradise’s standards. Curiously, the films were released one year apart, in 1975 and 1975 respectively, and both dealt with similar commentary on gender roles. Rocky Horror entertains with its ideas but reduces them to a lot of camp. However, Phantom of the Paradise integrates these themes into its larger narrative. To further indict the recording industry, it uses conformity, gender and image.
The memorable music that has made Rocky Horror a cult movie is responsible for a lot of the film’s popularity. Paul Williams, the Oscar-winning composer of Phantom of the Paradise, also played the role of Swan, the film’s villain. Although Phantom of the Paradise’s music isn’t as well-known as Rocky Horror’s, it is easily comparable in quality and a strong representation of Williams’ talents. Rocky Horror featured memorable performances from actors such as Susan Sarandon and Tim Curry, but Phantom of the Paradise introduced Jessica Harper, who would later star in Dario Agento’s Suspiria. Phantom of the Paradise’s exaggerated style and the talent it introduced are both reasons to be loved as much as The Rocky Horror Picture Show.