Gender, Sexuality, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show

The Rocky Horror Picture Show was released in 1975 to the shock of audiences and a flurry of bad reviews. Its over-the-top performances, blatantly sexual themes, and unusual plot made it ripe for cult status. Today, super fans of Rocky Horror perform shadow casts, in which they act out the movie in front of the movie screen as it plays. This creates a new, incredibly unique way for the film to engage audiences and expand upon its themes of personal identities and exploration.

Join in as I interview a local shadow cast actor and break down the concepts of sexual shame, identity, gender fluidity and dominance in the film. Dr. Frank N. Furter will be glad you’re here.


Referenced materials:

Women and Gender in Musicals Week: ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’ and the Pitchfork of Puritanism

The Rocky Horror Picture Show: A Cult Classic that Challenged Sexual Mores

Cult Truth: Why The Raunchy ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ is Hilariously Humanizing

The Astonishingly Non-Nonsensical Plot of The Rocky Horror Picture Show


About The Author

Casey Chapman

Hi, my name is Casey Chapman. I'm a Mass Communications senior at LSU, with a minor in Sociology. I work in the nonprofit sector as a program specialist, and I genuinely have a passion for helping people. In my free time, you can usually find me playing roller derby, hiking, or planning my next international trip.