Guest Author - Caitlin D Neely
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (directed by Jim Sharman) is a cult classic that features quirky humor and catchy (and some classic) songs.
Brad Majors (Barry Bostwick) and Janet Weiss (Susan Sarandon) are a newly engaged couple that get lost on their way to an old friend’s house. When their car gets a flat tire, they are forced to seek help in a nearby castle. They discover that Dr. Frank N. Furter (Tim Curry) is the owner and is holding the Annual Transylvanian Convention. Attendees include his servants Riff Raff (Richard O’Brien) and Magenta (Patricia Quinn) and a groupie named Columbia (Nell Campbell “Little Nell”).
Everything from the costumes to some of the plot points (like the Rocky ‘creation’ scene) parody horror films like Frankenstein and science fiction movies.
The musical numbers include well-known songs like “Let’s Do the Time Warp Again”. The movie would certainly not be the same without them. I love the rock numbers (“Hot Patootie”). They’re catchy and fun to sing along to. “Sweet Transvestite” is an iconic song in the film. It’s the first time Tim Curry makes his appearance and the first time we get to see him dressed in drag.
I love Bostwick’s performance as Brad. He’s incredibly cute and nerdy. Every time he sticks out his hand and says, “Hi, I’m Brad Majors!” I can’t help but laugh. Curry is, of course, great as the “transvestite from Transylvania”. His acting is wickedly delightful and I can’t imagine anyone else playing the part. Sarandon is sweet as Janet and plays innocent well. At points, though, she does over act. It’s minor enough for me to glaze over but I still cringe at certain parts in the movie. I would assume it’s intentional because both Columbia and Magenta are guilty of the same crime. They were most likely parodying the bad acting and over the top characters sometimes seen in science fiction and horror movies.
If you’re a huge fan (or merely curious) you can attend a live performance of the show. Many local movie theatres still do Rocky Horror midnight showings. During most of these showings fans act out the parts either below or in front of the screen.
Rocky Horror isn’t for every one but if you enjoy rock music, doing the time warp and science fiction and horror movies, be sure to check it out.