About People Like Us

When Fox Studios released The Rocky Horror Picture Show in September of 1975, it came and went with little fanfare. A film adaptation of a hip underground London musical, it seemed to have failed to capture the frenetic energy of the live show and engage audiences as it had on stage. Little did anyone know, it would make an unconventional return to its theater roots, set the record for longest theatrical release of all time, and go on to become the ultimate cult movie.

For the past four decades, attending a midnight showing of Rocky Horror has become a rite of passage for American teens, something as ubiquitous as attending your first rock concert. The raucous shows are partly vaudeville’s last gasp (with their explicitly bawdy humor) and part new religion for the sexually liberated and socially progressive. It’s an environment where bold sexual innuendos and puns are used freely with an almost innocent humor. There’s an accepting “anything goes” atmosphere and a sense of being in a place where the rules outside don’t apply. For regulars and casual aficionados alike, Rocky Horror is a safe haven where people of all persuasions go to have a good time and be accepted as they are.

People Like Us documents the tight-knit community of dedicated fans who perform in and produce the weekly shows and who, in doing so, have kept the film on screens in the pop-culture collective consciousness for forty years. These “shadow cast” performers spend countless hours on painstakingly accurate reproductions of their characters’ costumes, special theme nights, set fabrication, and promotions. The film, with its gently satirical silver screen archetypes and saucy one-liners lending themselves to an abundance of internet memes and fan fiction, becomes an anchor for their world.

Images from the live shows focus on the relationships between cast members as well as the participatory nature of the film-going experience, while the environmental portraits take the performers out of the theater setting and portray them in their everyday lives. Cultographies: The Rocky Horror Picture Show author Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock explores some of the thematic elements of the performance in his preface, while sixteen short texts by the cast members themselves provide an inside perspective on this timeless phenomenon.

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Slate

The Faces That Keep The Rocky Horror Picture Show Alive

The Faces That Keep The Rocky Horror Picture Show Alive

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Flavorwire

Local ‘Rocky Horror’ Cast Members Live the “Don’t Dream It, Be It” Philosophy in Lovely Photo Portraits

Local ‘Rocky Horror’ Cast Members Live the “Don’t Dream It, Be It” Philosophy in Lovely Photo Portraits

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Fast Company

Inside The Campy, Colorful World Of Rocky Horror Picture Show Fandom

Inside The Campy, Colorful World Of Rocky Horror Picture Show Fandom

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ABC News

People Like Us: The Cult of 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show'

People Like Us: The Cult of 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show'

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L.A. Record

Check out L.A. Record Photographer Lauren Everett's Rocky Horror Picture Show Photo Book

Check out L.A. Record Photographer Lauren Everett's Rocky Horror Picture Show Photo Book

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The Huffington Post

Exploring The Ritualistic Customs Of ‘Rocky Horror’ Superfans

Exploring The Ritualistic Customs Of ‘Rocky Horror’ Superfans

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The Creator Project

Die-Hard 'Rocky Horror Picture Show' Fans Get a Photo Book

Die-Hard 'Rocky Horror Picture Show' Fans Get a Photo Book

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Den of Geek!

People Like Us Shadows a Rocky Horror Picture Book

People Like Us Shadows a Rocky Horror Picture Book

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Frontiers Media

Rocky Horror’s 40-Year Phenomenon is Examined in New Book About Midnight Screening ‘Shadow Casts’

Rocky Horror’s 40-Year Phenomenon is Examined in New Book About Midnight Screening ‘Shadow Casts’

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Beautiful Decay

Lauren Everett’s Portrait Project Documents The Various Casts Of The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Lauren Everett’s Portrait Project Documents The Various Casts Of The Rocky Horror Picture Show

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