The genius of Richard O'Brien is responsible for The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the legendary spoof sci-fi musical that became a midnight movie sensation in the late '70s.
And yes, I was one of those cult film maniacs in the audience, with my umbrella, rice, hot dogs and rubber gloves for the required participatory elements. The disembodied red lips that opened the 1975 film were those of Patricia Quinn (Magenta) synced to the song Science Fiction/Double Feature, sung by O'Brien himself in a searing falsetto.
It's one on the most provocative intros to any movie in history, and it's been kicked to the curb (perhaps intentionally) in the opening title sequence and first five minutes of Fox's The Rocky Horror Picture Show reboot, coming next month. Directed by Kenny Ortega, this remake will be a two-hour, live musical feature using the original script written by Richard O'Brien and Jim Sharman and starring Laverne Cox as Dr. Frank-N-Furter, Victoria Justice as Janet Weiss, Ryan McCartan as Brad Majors, Annaleigh Ashford as Columbia, Adam Lambert as Eddie, Reeve Carney as Riff-Raff, Christina Milian as Magenta and Staz Nair as Rocky.
Here's the new version of that iconic prelude and the opening number, with pop singer Ivy Levan dressed in a theater usher outfit with the referenced movie posters in the background, just in case viewers were unfamiliar with the classic sci-fi flicks featured in the lyrics.
Have at both renditions and tell us which one you'd dance the time warp to again!
Fox's The Rocky Horror Picture Show airs Oct. 20, 2016, at 8 p.m.