A Rocky Horror Film Festival – a Science Fiction Duodeca Feature

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The Rocky Horror Picture Shows’ introductory theme song – Science Fiction, Double Feature – (written by Richard O’Brien) references eleven science fiction films (well, one movie serial and eleven films to be accurate.  And to be even more accurate, only one of the Dr. X films is actually referenced but you’ll have to choose which one).

Looking for something beyond the usual binge watch of that new series everyone is flocking to out of bored desperation? Now you can watch these classics in order, online, and time waste with a purpose!

There’s a total of 19 hours and 39 minutes of genre film history here – get cracking!

Just follow the “bouncing” lips through the lyrics and click on the film image at the appropriate time:

SCIENCE FICTION DOUBLE FEATURE as  sung by Richard O’Brien and as referenced by floating, disembodied lips –

Michael Renni was ill
The Day the Earth Stood Still
but he told us where we stand

Michael Rennie was ill

and Flash Gordon was there
in silver underwear

Flash Gordon was there

Claude Rains was The Invisible Man

says so right in the credits

Then something went wrong
for Faye Wray and King Kong
they got caught in a celluloid jam

Something went wrong

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

This one stars Faye Wray, but has no creature
This one doesn’t have Faye Wray, but it does have a creature…and Humphrey Bogart

See androids fighting, Brad and Janet
Anne Francis stars in Forbidden Planet
at the late night double feature picture show

didn’t Anne Francis have silver underwear too?


I knew Leo G. Carrol
was over a barrel
when Tarantula took to the hills

Leo G. Carrol takes to the hills

and I really got hot
when I saw Jeanette Scott
fight a Triffid that spits poison and kills

well, she actually doesn’t have that much agency

Dana Andrews said prunes
gave him the runes*
and passing them took lots of skills
(*the film was based on a 1911 short story Casting the Runes by M.R. James)

no bathroom scenes as I recall

But When Worlds Collide
said George Pal to his bride
I’m gonna give you some terrible thrills
like a

thrills, yes. Terrible? well…..

Science Fiction, Double Feature
Dr. X will build a creature
See androids fighting Brad and Janet
Anne Francis stars in Forbidden Planet
At the late night, double feature picture show
I want to go
To the late night double feature picture show
By RKO

To the late night, double feature picture show
In the back row
To the late night double feature picture show

Now play SCIENCE FICTION DOUBLE FEATURE, REPRISE (also by Richard O’Brien), and you’re done!

(Remember what the Criminologist said in conclusion:  “and crawling on the planet’s face, some insects called the human race.  Lost in time, lost in space, and in meaning.”)

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