Skip to main content

Rocky Horror Picture show gets midnight streaming on HBO Now, tweets encouraged


HBO has streaming’s answer to midnight showings of the Halloween cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show and hopes it will be just as rowdy. The premium network announced Wednesday that HBO Now will offer the first-ever midnight streaming of RHPS on Halloween in honor of the film’s 40th anniversary. Fans are encouraged to dress up with friends and share their viewing experience on social media.

Theater viewings always include outrageous costumes, a bizarre mix of props, food whizzing through the air, and loud singing — however out of key — but there’s no need to miss out on the fun, even from home. (In fact, some props, like water pistols and candles, may go over a lot better.) To maintain the spirit of the experience, HBO Now is calling for fans to get creative about bringing the film’s well-known participation cues to social media.

HBO Now is showing off emoji translations of some of the musical’s most beloved songs as an example of the kind of social engagement it hopes to see. The streamer also suggests that viewers create GIFs and videos to share, along with throwing rice at their tablets. HBO Now has already dibsed a Twitter hashtag to unite its midnight streamers: #RHPS40.

If you’re not currently an HBO Now subscriber, fear not. The streamer offers a free 30-day trial, so if you sign up now, you’ll be able to check out the midnight streaming. Another option is to find a friend with the service and enjoy a group viewing party, something the streamer is all for.

It’s a cool idea and potentially a cheaper alternative to the cinema, especially if you opt for the free 30-day subscription. However, as HBO’s standalone streaming service, HBO Now features the premium network’s addicting content, so intentions to cancel the trial may melt away.

Check out HBO Now’s emoji version of The Time Warp below.

HBO NOW: The Rocky Horror Picture Show “The Time Warp”

Editors' Recommendations

Stephanie Topacio Long
Stephanie Topacio Long is a writer and editor whose writing interests range from business to books. She also contributes to…
The 31 best sitcoms on Netflix right now (June 2024)
The gang from How I Met Your Mother hanging out at McLaren's Pub.

Netflix has loaded up with so many older sitcoms in 2024 that it's easier to overlook just how lean this year's original programing is. Tires, a new sitcom that was recently launched and subsequently renewed by Netflix, is one of the rare exceptions. But it's already been overshadowed by How I Met Your Mother, which is back on Netflix after an extended period away.

How I Met Your Mother now joins recent additions including Reba, Martin, The Jamie Foxx Show, and My Wife and Kids, as well as all-time classics like Seinfeld. Those shows are the ones that make the best sitcoms on Netflix a real destination for comedy fans. And it's nice to be able to put on something funny whenever we like.

Read more
3 underrated movies on Max you need to watch in June 2024
Angelina Jolie as Fox in Wanted.

While Max's lineup of movies isn't quite as impressive as it used to be, it still has a number of films that are worth getting excited about. That's especially true when it comes to the movies of the last 20 years, which have been buried by the seemingly endless barrage of streaming films. Now, it's almost impossible to watch every new release, which only makes it more important to remember the underrated movies of the past before they're completely forgotten.

This month's picks for the three underrated movies on Max that you need to watch in June include one of Julia Roberts' best rom-coms, a horror remake that really delivers, and a comic book action film that has some serious star power.
America’s Sweethearts (2001)

Read more
If you have to watch one Amazon Prime Video movie in June 2024, stream this one
if you have to watch one amazon prime video movie in june 2024 stream this robert de niro midnight run

Coming into June, there's one movie that the vast majority of Amazon Prime Video subscribers are likely to check out: Oppenheimer. Christopher Nolan's latest film is also the reigning Oscar-winner for Best Picture, and it's coming to Prime Video on June 18. But because it's such an obvious pick, it's not the film we went with when choosing the Amazon Prime Video movie that you have to watch in June.

Instead, we're going with Midnight Run, a 1988 action comedy starring Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin. It's also one of the best-ever films in its genre, and very few movies have improved upon the formula that director Martin Brest and screenwriter George Gallo used here. Even 36 years after its release, Midnight Run withstands the test of time. And we're sharing the reasons why it should be at the top of your Prime Video viewing plans in June.
Robert De Niro elevates the material

Read more