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Rocky Horror Picture Show: HBO to mark anniversary with midnight broadcast

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HBO is getting into the midnight-movie spirit.

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the premium cable network will broadcast the cult comedy-musical at 12 o’clock sharp on Sept. 26, on the main HBO channel.

Based on the 1973 stage production The Rocky Horror Show and directed by Jim Sharman, Picture pays kitschy tribute to B-movies of yesteryear, with a cast featuring Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, and Barry Bostwick. A box-office flop at first, the film somehow survived and flourished as an underground favorite.

Although watching the campy, glam-rock-inflected movie in the privacy of one’s own home might not pack the same transgressive punch as a participatory screening at the local repertory cinema, there’s nothing stopping viewers from inviting their friends over to don some sequins, sing along, and throw toast in the air.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show is also available on the streaming services HBO Now and HBO Go.

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