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    Arrow "Rockey Horror Picture Show"

    In the name of the Merciful Allah,
    Hi again, I ask about the meaning of "Rockey Horror Picture Show", as a title of the renowned film. I get "
    Rockey Horror" as the fear of Rockey's family, and "Picture Show"as the movie show. But if this was right, it would be, in my opinion, "The Picture Show Of Rockey's Horror. So, where are the apstrophe or preposition? And how could the title's words be in such an order? I wish I made my self clear. Thanks in advance.

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    Default Re: "Rockey Horror Picture Show"

    "Rocky Horror" is being used as an adjective qualifying 'Picture Show'

    The full sentence would be, 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show' - it is the picture show/movie about Rocky Horror..

    This occurs frequently in the titles of televsion shows eg
    The Benny Hill Show
    The Catherine Tate Show
    The Brady Bunch
    The Ed Sullivan Show
    The Tonight Show

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    oK. But did I understand " Rockey Horror " right? Yes,as a whole, it is an adjective. But this adjective means what?

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    Default Re: "Rockey Horror Picture Show"

    I'm not a teacher, but I do know that "Rocky Horror" is the name of one of the characters in the movie/stage show. So it is a "Picture Show" named after "Rocky Horror". Combine those elements and you get "The Rocky Horror Picture Show".





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    Default Re: "Rockey Horror Picture Show"

    The original production was a Broadway play, and was simply entitled The Rocky Horror Show. When it was turned into a movie, they changed the title to reflect the difference between the film and the play: The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

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    Default Re: "Rockey Horror Picture Show"

    Quote Originally Posted by Ouisch View Post
    The original production was a Broadway play, and was simply entitled The Rocky Horror Show. When it was turned into a movie, they changed the title to reflect the difference between the film and the play: The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

    Small point, the original was NOT a Broadway musical:

    The Rocky Horror Show is a long-running British stage musical, opening in Welcome to london on June 19, 1973. This was nearly two years before it opened on Broadway.

    There's also a statue honouring O'Brien in the NZ city in which he grew up.

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    To know about "picture show", I searched many online dictionaries and found that it means in WordWeb Online :a form of entertainment that enacts a story by sound and a sequence of images giving the illusion of continuous movement. Whereas on the dictionary of Infoplease. it is an older use for either 1- motion picture and 2- a motion-picture theater. On Dictionary & Thesaurus - YourDictionary it is also an old-fashioned expression of a film or a theater where films are shown. I understand that all of them are right, "picture show" had been used in the past to mean either movie or movie theater, but today it is this kind of movies in which a series of pictures projected on a screen in rapid succession with objects shown in successive positions slightly changed so as to produce the optical effect of a continuous picture in which the objects move, exactly as mentioned in the dictionary of Dictionary and Thesaurus - Merriam-Webster Online as a definition of "motion picture".
    Since I haven't watched this "Rockey Horror Picture Show", I'd like to ask those who watched it: does it belong to this kind of movies?


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    Default Re: "Rockey Horror Picture Show"

    In this case, "picture show" means "motion picture."

    Here's a classic scene from The Rocky Horror Picture Show, hope you enjoy it.

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    Default Re: "Rockey Horror Picture Show"

    Thanks! That was a fun little trip down memory lane. Not quite the same without the toast, the toilet paper, the squirt guns, and the rest, though...


    Note that it's ROCKY, not ROCKEY, as you keep using in your post.

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    Default Re: "Rockey Horror Picture Show"

    when I watched some clips from " Rocky Horror Picture Show", I got stunned because the only meaning that came to me after reading the definition of " motion picture" or " picture show" as synonyms is a movie like cartoon. Those clips was so regular, like the majority of movies. the only thing that looked little different is the inclusion of many successive shots in a short time.

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