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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.