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The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

aka The Rocky Horror Picture Show

"A Different Set Of Jaws."

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Details: 100 mins · English · R (USA)

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Fantastic art direction and phenomenal music.

*This is partially a review of Rocky Horror as a movie and partially a review of the Rocky Horror midnight screening experience.*

Going to see The Rocky Horror Picture Show with an audience is quite the to-do. People get dressed up, or rather undressed for the occasion, and diehards go regularly, if not weekly to late-night screenings. There's an intense atmosphere of excitement over what's to come: yelling at the screen, singing along, throwing things in the air, and watching costumed local performers act out the events on screen. While it's nice to be able to shout during a movie without fear of punishment, the number of inside jokes and callbacks can be overwhelming to the uninitiated. So can the actors up in front of the screen during the picture. One or the other would be sufficient, but both at the same time are too much at points. And the whole thing feels a bit too, forgive the expression, cultish (in a bad way). Maybe it gets better the more you go...(more)

*This is partially a review of Rocky Horror as a movie and partially a review of the Rocky Horror midnight screening experience.*

Going to see The Rocky Horror Picture Show with an audience is quite the to-do. People get dressed up, or rather undressed for the occasion, and diehards go regularly, if not weekly to late-night screenings. There's an intense atmosphere of excitement over what's to come: yelling at the screen, singing along, throwing things in the air, and watching costumed local performers act out the events on screen. While it's nice to be able to shout during a movie without fear of punishment, the number of inside jokes and callbacks can be overwhelming to the uninitiated. So can the actors up in front of the screen during the picture. One or the other would be sufficient, but both at the same time are too much at points. And the whole thing feels a bit too, forgive the expression, cultish (in a bad way). Maybe it gets better the more you go. It has to if other people are so into it.

The film itself has some real highs and lows. Its plot makes absolutely no sense whatsoever which will either bother you or it won't, depending on the type of person you are. Its acting is nothing to write home about either, with the exception of Tim Curry, who is dynamite. However the movie's art direction is fantastic and its music is phenomenal. Just try to watch it without singing along to rousing classics like “Time Warp,” “Damn it, Janet,” or “Hot Patootie (Bless My Soul)”. Those aspects, combined with the movie’s bold, forward-thinking statements about sexuality make Rocky Horror a total blast to watch. So even if you’re stuck at a late-night screening and not digging all the fanfare, you’ll still be able to latch onto the things that make the film such an engaging spectacle on its own. Plus if you’re with friends, the experience still beats watching a movie by yourself. (less)

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Absurdity to an Extreme

Rocky Horror Picture Show is one of those cult classics that I have struggled not once, but twice to enjoy. While many view it as a hilarious piece full of catchy tunes, transsexual representation, and overall goofy and fun concepts, I personally find that the film is simply too random. The film focuses less on plot and character development and more on the music it presents and the ridiculous ways they can be introduced and played off of. And seeing as I found none of the songs particularly engaging, the film left me wanting something more. Tim Curry is quite endearing in his role, and there are a few somewhat funny bits sprinkled throughout, but as a whole, this film is less about story and more about presenting an outlandish vision, one that I'd rather not have to revisit again. However, I would say that everyone should at least try Rocky Horror Picture Show at some point, as it's a movie that needs to be seen to be truly understood and appreciated.

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I've seen this movie so many times I've lost count of it. It is hilarious and I love the catchy music. However, what I particularly enjoy is the fact that this movie is from a time where I imagine that including themes such as transsexualism and toying with homosexualism was not okay, hence I am in awe of the main characters courage to portray the different characters.
Furthermore, I am a tad jealous of the actors ability to wear high heels.

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Cast:

Small Dr. Frank-N-Furter - A Scientist
Small Janet Weiss - A Heroine
Small Brad Majors - A Hero
Small Riff Raff - A Handyman
Small Dr. Everett V. Scott - A Rival Scientist
Small Eddie - Ex Delivery Boy (as Meatloaf)
Small Magenta - A Domestic
Small Columbia - A Groupie (as Little Nell)
No_movie_poster Rocky Horror - A Creation
Small The Criminologist - An Expert
No_movie_poster The Transylvanians
No_movie_poster The Transylvanians
No_movie_poster The Transylvanians
No_movie_poster The Transylvanians
No_movie_poster The Transylvanians
No_movie_poster The Transylvanians (as Annabelle Leventon)
No_movie_poster Bridesmaid (uncredited)

Crew:

No_movie_poster Peter Suschitzky Cinematography
No_movie_poster Terry Ackland-Snow Art Direction
Small Richard O'Brien Screenplay
No_movie_poster Jim Sharman Director
No_movie_poster Graeme Clifford Editor
Small Lou Adler Executive Producer
No_movie_poster Michael White Producer
No_movie_poster Sue Blane Costume Design
No_movie_poster Jim Sharman Writer
Small Richard O'Brien Story Contributor
No_movie_poster Graeme Clifford Editing

Taglines:

"A Different Set Of Jaws."

"Action-packed...lotsa larfs & sex...gorgeous gals...thrills & chills...Transylvanian parties...romance"

"He's the hero--that's right, the hero!!"

"Don't Dream it, Be It!"

"Give yourself over to absolute pleasure"

"Another kind of rocky"

Plot:

The film opens with a floating pair of lips singing an ode to science ficton movies ("Science Fiction/Double Feature") Then a criminologist narrates the tale of Brad Majors and Janet Weiss, a newly engaged couple ("Dammit Janet") who find themselves lost and with a flat tire on a cold and rainy late November evening in 1974. Seeking a phone with which to call for help, Brad and Janet walk to a nearby castle ("Over at the Frankenstein Place"), where they discover a group of strange and outlandish people who are holding an Annual Transylvanian Convention. Brad and Janet watch as the Transylvanians, servants and a tap-dancing groupie dance the film's signature song, "Time Warp". ("The Time Warp")


They are soon swept into the world of Dr. Frank N. Furter, a self-proclaimed "Sweet Transvestite from Transsexual, Transylvania". The ensemble of convention attendees also includes servants Riff Raff, his sister Magenta, and a groupie named Columbia. ("Sweet Transvestite")


Frank claims to have discovered the "secret to life itself". His creation, Rocky, is brought to life. ("The Sword of Damocles") The ensuing celebration ("I Can Make You a Man") is soon interrupted by Eddie (Meat Loaf), an ex-delivery boy, partial brain donor to Rocky, and Columbia's lover, who rides out of a deep freeze on a motorcycle. ("Hot Patootie – Bless My Soul") In a jealous rage, Frank corners him and kills him with an ice axe. He then departs with Rocky to a bridal suite near the laboratory. ("I Can Make You a Man (Reprise)")


Brad and Janet are shown to separate bedrooms where each is visited and seduced by Frank, who poses as Brad (when visiting Janet) and then as Janet (when visiting Brad). Janet, upset and emotional, wanders off to look for Brad, who she discovers, via a television monitor, is having a post-coital chat with Frank. She then discovers Rocky, cowering in his birth tank, hiding from Riff Raff, who has been tormenting him. While tending to his wounds, Janet becomes intimate with Rocky, as Magenta and Columbia watch from their bedroom monitor. ("Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch Me")


After discovering that his creation is missing, Frank, Brad and Riff Raff return to the lab, where Frank learns that an intruder has entered the building. Dr. Everett Scott, Brad and Janet's old high school science teacher, has come looking for his nephew, Eddie, but Frank suspects that Dr. Scott investigates UFOs for the government. Upon learning of Brad and Janet's connection to Scott, Frank suspects them of working for him. Frank, Dr. Scott, Brad, and Riff Raff then discover Janet and Rocky together under the sheets in Rocky's birth tank, upsetting Frank and Brad. After much hemming and hawing, Magenta interrupts the hubbub by sounding a massive gong and stating that dinner is prepared.


Rocky and the guests are served dinner, which they soon realize has been prepared from Eddie's mutilated body. ("Eddie") Janet runs screaming into Rocky's arms and is slapped and chased through the halls of the castle by a jealous Frank. ("Planet, Schmanet, Janet") Janet, Brad, Dr. Scott, Rocky and Columbia all meet in Frank's lab, where Frank captures them with the Medusa Transducer, transforming them into statues. ("Planet Hot Dog") They are then forced to perform a live cabaret floor show ("Rose-Tint My World") and have a semi-orgy in the pool ("Fanfare/Don't Dream It - Be It") (except Dr. Scott, who is stuck in his wheelchair), with Frank as the leader.


Riff Raff and Magenta interrupt the performance, revealing themselves and Frank to be aliens from the planet Transsexual in the galaxy of Transylvania. ("Wild and Untamed Thing") They stage a coup and announce a plan to return to their home world. ("I'm Going Home") In the process, they kill Columbia, Rocky and Frank, who has "failed his mission". They release Brad, Janet and Dr. Scott, then depart by lifting off in the Castle itself. ("The Time Warp (Reprise)/Spaceship")


The narrator concludes that the human race is equivalent to insects crawling on the planet's surface, interpreted by some as a hint to being from Transsexual while Brad and Janet sing about the results of their actions in the castle. ("Super Heroes")


As the credits start to role, the voice of the lips from the beginning of the film sings about the fate of the characters. ("Science Fiction/Double Feature (Reprise) ")

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 1975-09-26 : United States of America

DVD : 2000-10-03