Exploring Science Fiction Double Feature from Rocky Horror Picture Show; References, Lyrics, and Covers

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It All Starts with Science Fiction / Double Feature but Does Not Always. Let Us Introduce the Film First!

Welcome to the world of RHPS fandom and fans of the cult classic film The Rocky Horror Picture Show. This highly adored film was released in 1975 and directed by Jim Sharman. It is based on the stage musical of the same name, featuring music, lyrics, and a book by Richard O’Brien. The Rocky Horror Picture Show has become famous for its interactive and participatory theatrical experience. Audiences often dress up as characters, shout callbacks at the screen, and use props at specific moments during the film.

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show has gained a dedicated following over the years and is celebrated for its campy humour, catchy songs, and themes of sexual liberation and gender identity. It is often screened at midnight showings, with enthusiastic fans reenacting the film, using props like rice, toast, water pistols, and more to interact with the movie in real time. The film has become a cultural phenomenon symbol of counterculture and LGBTQ+ empowerment.

The movie’s story revolves around a newly engaged couple, Brad and Janet, who find themselves stranded on a rainy night and seek refuge in a bizarre mansion owned by Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a sexually liberated, cross-dressing scientist from Transylvania. The film features many memorable characters, including the iconic Tim Curry as Dr. Frank-N-Furter.

The First Song of The First Scene: Science Fiction Double Feature

We are currently discussing the opening song of the first scene of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The stage production and the 1975 film begin with the theme of Science Fiction/Double Feature. In the original stage play, the song is performed by Magenta, who also doubles as the usherette. During the song, she carries props on stage that give her different unofficial names such as “Miss Strawberry Time,” “Trixie,” and the “Belasco Popcorn Girl.” In the 1975 film, writer and composer Richard O’Brien performs the song while co-star Patricia Quinn lip-syncs as the iconic red lips. The version featured Ivy Levan, who played an usherette in the original stage play.

The lyrics of the cult classic’s first song are below. Which is your favourite line?

Michael Rennie was ill.
The Day the Earth Stood Still
But he told us where we stand.
And Flash Gordon was there.
In silver underwear,
Claude Rains was the Invisible Man.
Then something went wrong.
For Fay Wray and King Kong.
They got caught in a celluloid jam.
Then, at a deadly pace
It Came From…Outer Space.
And this is how the message ran:

Science fiction, double-feature
Doctor X will build a creature.
See Androids fighting Brad and Janet.
Anne Francis stars in Forbidden Planet.
Wuhu uh uh oh o-o-oh
At the late night, double feature, picture show.

I knew Leo G. Carrol.
It was over a barrel.
When Tarantula took to the hills.
And I really got hot.
When I saw Jeanette Scott
Fight a triffid that spits poison and kills.
Dana Andrews said Prunes.
Gave him the runes
And passing them used lots of skills.
But When Worlds Collide,
Said George Pal to his bride,
“I’m gonna give you some terrible thrills,”
Like a…

Science fiction, double-feature
Doctor X will build a creature.
See Androids fighting Brad and Janet.
Anne Francis stars in Forbidden Planet.
Wuh uh uh oh o-o-oh
At the late night, double feature, picture show.
I wanna go
Wuh oh o-o-oh
To the late night, double feature, picture show.

Wuh oh o-o-oh
To the late night, double feature, picture show.
In the back row,
Oh oh o-o-oh
To the late night, double feature, picture show!

Science Fiction / Double Feature
Written And Performed By 
Richard O’Brien, Ivy Levran, And Several Usherettes

Film References Within Science Fiction Double Feature

The song lyrics are packed with allusions to horror movies, B-movies, and TV series, which are cleverly parodied in the show. If you pay close attention, you will notice that the science fiction double feature references several films ching for their entertainment value. These references add an extra layer of depth to the song, making it even more enjoyable for fans of the genre.

  1. Michael Rennie
  2. The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
  3. Flash Gordon
  4. Claude Rains
  5. The Invisible Man
  6. Fay Wray
  7. King Kong (1933)
  8. It Came from Outer Space (1953)
  9. Doctor X (1932)
  10. Anne Francis
  11. Forbidden Planet (1956)
  12. Leo G. Carroll
  13. Tarantula! (1955)
  14. Janette Scott
  15. The Day of The Triffids (1962)
  16. Dana Andrews
  17. Night Of The Demon (1957)
  18. When Worlds Collide (1951)
  19. George Pal
  20. RKO Pictures

Watching The Rocky Horror Picture Show is an unforgettable experience, but to genuinely appreciate the film’s legacy, it is recommended to indulge in all the movies referenced in “Science Fiction Double Feature.” This movie marathon offers a fantastic opportunity for cinephiles and enthusiasts to explore the rich history of horror and science fiction. By watching the referenced movies, you can immerse yourself in the cultural context and influences that shaped The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show

You will gain a deeper understanding of the film’s intricate details, and the song itself pays tribute to science fiction and horror films, adding an extra level of enjoyment to the Rocky Horror experience. So, if you are enthusiastic about cinema, do not miss this chance to discover the genre’s roots and the cultural significance that makes The Rocky Horror Picture Show a timeless classic.

Check out the musical world of Rocky Horror by James M. Curran for incredibly detailed annotated lyrics of Science Fiction/Double Feature. Check it out. It is impressive.

Science Fiction Double Feature Covers Galore

Now that we have shown the references, don’t you think it is time to enjoy some Science Fiction double feature covers? We certainly do! These fantastic remakes of rock, punk, and acoustic covers offer a fresh and diverse interpretation of the classic song “Science Fiction Double Feature.” These covers cater to a wide range of musical preferences while keeping the spirit of The Rocky Horror Picture Show alive and relevant in several ways.

Science Fiction/Double Feature Rock Cover By Joan Jett And The Blackhearts

Science Fiction / Double Feature Punk Cover By The Dresden Dolls

Science Fiction / Double Feature Alternative Rock, New Wave Cover By The Sunsets

Science Fiction / Double Feature Cover By Mr. Scardinius

Science Fiction / Double Feature Acoustic Cover By Ivy Stokes

Science Fiction / Double Feature Vocal Cover By Naked Group And Sweet Jane

Science Fiction / Double Feature Spooky Halloween Cover By Kyla Gabka

Science Fiction / Double Feature Punk Rock Cover By the Misfits

Science Fiction/Double Feature Odd Art Cover By Sarah Pace Sings

Science Fiction/Double Feature Acoustic Cover By Sydney King

All In All

“Science Fiction Double Feature” from The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a crucial element of the film’s legacy. The song’s lyrics reference classic science fiction and horror films, establishing the mood for the movie and paying homage to the genre’s rich history. The song’s versatility is clear from the numerous covers and interpretations it has inspired, showing its timelessness and enduring relevance. From its debut in the 1970s to its continued presence in shadow cast performances during midnight screenings, “Science Fiction Double Feature” remains a delightful and enchanting tribute to the worlds of science fiction and horror, solidifying its status as a vital part of the Rocky Horror experience and an iconic piece of cinematic history.

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