For the second edition of our new weekly series, it felt fitting to highlight the best of the best: The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
What’s It About?
Based on the 1973 musical production by Richard O’Brien, this bat-shit crazy but highly addictive film sees engaged couple Brad Majors (Barry Bostwick) and Janet Weiss (Susan Sarandon) stranded with a flat tire and desperate for help. They soon seek shelter in a nearby castle inhabited by a group of brilliant outballs who are holding an Annual Transylvanian Convention. Soon they meet the “sweet transvestite” Dr. Frank N Furter (Tim Curry), and become caught in a crazy series of events.
What Makes It A Cult Film?
The original production was written as a satirical tribute to horror B movies from the 1930s to 1970s, as well as the science fiction genre, and it was the fresh and outlandish nature of the show that originally hooked audiences. The film allowed fans, old and new, to revel in the devilishly fun music and lyrics, and to this day it is played during midnight screenings for fans all over the world. But it’s not just about watching; these fans dress up and get down, singing along to every word.
The Time Warp is a undoubtedly the film’s most popular number, and if you head to any midnight screening you are guaranteed to be standing up and singing along. You could say everyone goes a little bit mad when watching Rocky Horror…in the best way possible of course.
Why We Love It
Where do we begin?
From the insanely cool title sequence to Meat Loaf’s wee cameo, it’s hard to find a fault. Sure critics and indeed some audiences didn’t quite get the film upon release — but I’d wager they’ve changed their tune since then.
Tim Curry completely slayed as Dr. Frank N. Furter, and despite a long and successful career since the film’s release, no one will forget his turn as this mad scientist.
This film might not be for everyone…but it might just be for you.