Technically, Rocky Horror isn’t a “horror” movie. Well, unless you’re a homophobe. Then I suppose this shit’s downright terrifying. But while it’s short on scares, this flick is a Halloween staple all over the world, and chances are there’s a theater near you playing Rocky Horror at midnight on Halloween. (Not for the faint of heart, mind you).

For the few of you who aren’t familiar with Rocky Horror, let me see if I can properly summarize the plot. After getting engaged, Brad Majors and Janet Weiss (played by a young, hot Susan Sarandon) are driving in the rain late at night when their car has a blowout. They walk to a nearby castle to ask for help and find themselves in the middle of an annual gathering of residents of the planet Transsexual (in the galaxy of Transylvania), hosted by the “sweet transvestite” Dr. Frank N. Furter, who is about to unveil his scientific breakthrough: a male sex slave he has created in his laboratory, Frankenstein-style.

Get all that?

Yeah, this flick is fucked up in a major way. But it’s also awesome. Tim Curry is absolutely genius as Frank, the premise is completely over-the-top and absurd (but so much fun), and – most notably – the music is nothing short of incredible.

I’m a guy who generally detests musicals because the music is usually schmaltzy, sappy, Liza Minnelli-style bullshit. You know, the type of garbage that only middle-aged uber-gay men and their mothers can possibly enjoy. But the tunes in Rocky Horror are bad ass. Hell, my old band Stone Nowhere used to cover The Time Warp because it rocks so damn hard. Yeah, there’s the occasional bit of sappy fluff thrown in, but it’s all done tongue-in-cheek and in parody. Plus, it’s hard not to laugh as Tim Curry exclaims that he’s a “sweet transvestite from Transsexual, Transylvania” or get turned on as Susan Sarandon begs you to “Toucha, toucha, toucha, touch me!”

As the poster above says, Rocky Horror is filled with “lotsa larfs n’ sex” and is ridiculous fun. If you’re a fan, I highly recommend picking up The Rocky Horror Picture Show (35th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray]. It’s only $20 and it looks and sounds amazing.

2 Responses to SHOCKtober! The Rocky Horror Picture Show

  1. Ryker XL says:

    Hands down Tim Curry’s best performance, second only to the butler in Clue. Gotta love the Time Warp, but the other songs are even more bad ass! Kinda sucked that Glee chose NOT to perform the musical for an audience, I think that sent the wrong message.

  2. tribrix says:

    If you are already a “regular Frankie fan”, you might want to check out the most recent episode of Glee (Rocky Horror Glee Show) available for free streaming on Hulu. In typical Glee fashion, they’re doing covers from the movie, often with elaborate stage setups. I think my favorite was the opening number (There’s a Light), which is a pretty good visual match for the movie, except the whole set is made of painted cardboard. I love when that shit is done well. The other numbers from the movie are hit and miss, but I think it’s the first time I’ve actually wanted to watch an episode of Glee more than once, suggesting it’s a better than usual episode. And kudos to the writers for tackling the difficulties in staging this in a high school, despite the fact that every time I’ve seen it in a theater, most of the ‘live’ actors, were high school students.

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