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The Rocky Horror Picture Show 1975 was the year in which one of my new found favourite musicals was released, directed by Jim Sharman and Tim Curry who is has starred in many films. This film combines madness, Mary Shelley's idea for Frankenstein in a sexier fashion and openness for sexuality along with cannibalism and a bit of sexual temptation alongside Meat Loaf who is also well known. So as I said this film is a musical and with a running time of 100 minutes there are plenty of songs to get into which are rather catchy and something you could later catch yourself singing to. Cast So my initial thoughts and opinions of the actors - well I've heard of Tim Curry and I've watched a couple of films that he's in such as Stephen King's IT where he plays PennyWise the Dancing Clown (or Bob Gray if you know your Stephen King novels) and Meat Loaf who released an album called Bat Out of Hell - otherwise I would say I've never heard of the other actors starring in this film. Would I say it was bad acting? No I think it was good taking into consideration the decade - everything was a little different with acting then although there was a few films with diabolical acting I would say this was definitely not one of them films and to star not one but two recognisable people then that must count for something. Personally I think the acting was good. Dr. Frank N Furter played by Tim Curry Brad Majors played by Barry Bostwick Fiancée Janet Weiss played by Susan Sarandon The Un-wed Biker Eddie played by Meatloaf Riff Raff the Butler played by Richard O'Brien Riff Raff's incestuous sister Magenta played by Patricia Quinn Rocky Horror played by Peter Hinwood Story Brad and Janet are on the road to go and meet Dr Everett Scott and end up with a flat tyre, they then take a walk to a house nearby who Dr Frank N Furter happens to be resident. After being welcomed in by the butler Riff Raff and his sister Magenta Brad and Janet soon realise they are in for more than just a quick phone call (maybe a quickly as well). So after working up a sweat doing the time warp again where you are illustrated how to do the dance everyone collapses on the floor and who can blame them? If I took a jump to the left, and took a step to the right... Then put my hands on my hips and put my knees in tight! Then did the pelvic thrust until I went insaneeeeeee - then maybe I'd want a rest too. Then of course we have to meet Dr Frank N Furter who happens to be just a sweet transvestite from transsexual Transylvania but let's be honest he did offer for them to go up to the lab and "see what's on the slab!". Of course nothing is what it seems in the house and you find a blonde hunk for the 70s being made in a similar kind of way to Frankenstein only this is a more modern and more glamorous way. So one murder later, a bit of cheating, a bit of sexy time and making a meal out Meat Loaf there's got to be another song and dance in a somewhat kinky fashion. So what do I think of the story? Well personally I think it's a bit open minded for the 70s - the way people are around sexuality it's nice to have something a bit more welcoming of gay, lesbian and bisexual orientation and let's be honest we all love a bit of drag! Nothing about the film is at all scary though, it wasn't made to be a horror the Rocky Horror Picture Show is labelled as a musical comedy and that's something I agree with. It's something I could sit at home and enjoy with a few friends over a bottle of wine - or maybe something stronger! Let's not forget how there are places that have rocky horror nights one of which I witnessed seeing lots of men in drag I would know I helped my boss with putting on his stocking and suspenders (I was the only female around who would know apparently - aren't I lucky!). It's probably not original for some part but I think as a whole the story is different, it's kind of like a play by of events which were recorded for evidence in statements and then some ideas from other books or films which are blended into this film. Special Effects What can I say? It was the 70s we aren't expecting the worlds most fascinating special effects going but turning people to stone, OK that's impressive for that time... What about the make up though? I would say the corpse body under the table was pretty good for its time to. As it happens though I wouldn't change anything because when push comes to shove if you was to edit the special effects and the make up you would be at risk of losing the comedy and worst still losing the quality of the film. There could have been improvement but to change anything about this film would be a real shame and I hope there isn't a director looking to do a remake. Soundtrack What's a musical without the music? To say the least you do notice the songs in this film they are sung all the way through after all although my personal favourites are; Time Warp, Sweet Transvestite and Touch-a touch-a touch-a touch me which are all catchy and easy to get into. The rest of the songs are either not all that interesting in my opinion or they aren't all that noticeable which is the one bad thing I have to say which is a shame! If I was to compare this film to my favourite musical Tim Burton's a Nightmare Before Christmas I would say that Tim Burton made sure Danny Elfman got his songs together to make one hell of a musical and I wish Richard O'Brien had made a bit more of an effort with some of the songs as I can honeslty say some aren't memorable to me. Science Fiction/Double Feature Written by Richard O'Brien Performed by Richard O'Brien Dammit Janet Written by Richard O'Brien Performed by Barry Bostwick, Susan Sarandon, Richard O'Brien, Patricia Quinn and Nell Campbell (as Little Nell) Over At The Frankenstein Place Written by Richard O'Brien Performed by Barry Bostwick, Susan Sarandon, and Richard O'Brien Time Warp Written by Richard O'Brien Performed by Richard O'Brien, Patricia Quinn, Nell Campbell (as Little Nell) and Charles Gray Sweet Transvestite Written by Richard O'Brien Performed by Tim Curry, Richard O'Brien, Patricia Quinn, and Nell Campbell (as Little Nell) The Sword of Damocles Written by Richard O'Brien Performed by Trevor White I Can Make You A Man Written by Richard O'Brien Performed by Tim Curry Hot Patootie - Bless My Soul (Whatever Happened to Saturday Night?) Written by Richard O'Brien Performed by Meat Loaf I Can Make You a Man (Reprise) Written by Richard O'Brien Performed by Tim Curry Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch Me Written by Richard O'Brien Performed by Susan Sarandon, Nell Campbell (as Little Nell), Patricia Quinn, Tim Curry, Barry Bostwick, Richard O'Brien and Trevor White Eddie Written by Richard O'Brien Performed by Jonathan Adams, Susan Sarandon, Tim Curry, Nell Campbell (as Little Nell), Charles Gray, Meat Loaf, Patricia Quinn, Trevor White and Richard O'Brien Planet, Schmanet, Janet Written by Richard O'Brien Performed by Tim Curry Rose Tint My World Written by Richard O'Brien Performed by Nell Campbell (as Little Nell), Trevor White, Barry Bostwick and Susan Sarandon Fanfare/Don't Dream It Written by Richard O'Brien Performed by Tim Curry, Jonathan Adams, Barry Bostwick and Susan Sarandon Wild And Untamed Thing Written by Richard O'Brien Performed by Tim Curry and Richard O'Brien I'm Going Home Written by Richard O'Brien Performed by Tim Curry Super Heroes Written by Richard O'Brien Performed by Barry Bostwick, Susan Sarandon and Charles Gray Science Fiction/Double Feature (Reprise) Written by Richard O'Brien Performed by Richard O'Brien Value for Money Currently if you was to buy this film you would be set back about £8 but luckily for me I bought this on iTunes for £6 which to me wasn't actually that bad. You may be able to buy this for £5 but I only actually buy films off iTunes now unfortunately. I would say this was a bargain though - I would have paid £9 and still would have been happy with the purchase any more than that is getting a bit too steep, it's a great film don't get me wrong but the film is nearly 40 years old can you really expect me to pay that? It's not like we are talking about a disney brand where we know we are being robbed of our hard earned cash. Final Thoughts I'm going to rate this film five stars, the special effects are good, the acting is good, the story is good, it's original in its own way and the songs are catchy. Like I have said about many films and all films, there is room for improvement - but Rocky Horror Picture Show just wouldn't be this great film if there was anything different about it if I'm honest and no film will ever be perfect so this is one of them in-perfect films that is just right in its own way.
I've been a 'Rocky' fan for quite a few years and the movie is where it started for me (though I actually prefer the play versions to the movie now!). In a nutshell a young couple Brad and Janet get trouble with their car on their way to visit their old science teacher who introduced them and on the way come across the Castle where Frank-N-Furter and his servants Magenta, Riff-Raff and Columbia are preparing for a rather special night, the birth of his creation 'Rocky Horror'! I don't normally have the attention span to sit through a whole film but 'Rocky' is one of the few I can sit through - not only once - but have been known to watch it through 2 or 3 times in a row (with friends, it has to be said, which makes it a lot more fun!) The songs are all really catchy and will stick in your head for days - the most famous probably being "The Time Warp" which has a whole dance that goes with it as well as the music. There's a load of references throughout the film to 1950s type "B-movies" as I gather Richard O'Brien (creator of the movie) is a bit of a film and science fiction buff and although a lot of it is parody of these types of films, it isn't too tacky (other than intentionally) and is done very well. As you may already know there's a whole 'cult' built up around Rocky involving showing it as midnight movies, shadow casts (where a cast of volunteers dress up as the characters and act along with the movie), people producing replica costumes, conventions to go to and all sorts! Rocky was actually a play (stage show) before it was made into a movie and the stage show also tours around the world to this day - not bad considering it was first around in about 1974 and is still going strong - many of the audience (for film and play) in their 20s and 30s and probably not actually born when the original 'Rocky' was out but still enjoying it as it has stood the test of time!
Hands up who hasn't seen the rocky horror picture show? Well you should be ashamed of yourself as this is a cult classic that deserves to be seen by absolutely everyone. Released in 1975 and written by Richard O'Brien (yes the same Richard O'Brien from the crystal maze fame) and Jim Sharman this is the film that introduced the world to the time warp, sweet transvestites and the now iconic red lips singing. How to explain the plot to the uninitiated? Well the story follows Brad and Janet who are the perfect all American young couple who in the beginning of the story get engaged. On their way to tell Dr Scott there mentor that they are to become married there care breaks down in a storm. Seeing a light up ahead in a spooky castle they decide to head for it to see if they have a phone they could use. Here is where the film takes a turn for the bizarre. The door is opened by butler Riff raff who tells them to come in as the master will be down shortly. Inside they find a party going on with everyone waiting for Dr Frank'n'Furter to make his entrance and what an entrance it is with Frank'n'Furter arriving in full drag complete with stockings and suspenders. It turns out that he is a modern day Frankenstein and has built the perfect specimen of man in his lab. Frank'n'Furter take Brad and Janet prisoner and then sets out to seduce them. When his creation starts to rebel against him things start to go downhill for the Dr and throw in a scene stealing cameo from Meatloaf some more sexual subversion and a spaceship and that pretty much sums it up. I absolutely LOVE this film. Originally developed for the stage it shows in the movie but that's not a bad thing at all this is B movie heaven in at its finest. 35 years on from its original release people all over the world still dress up as the characters and go to midnight screenings of the film. I've been lucky enough to attend one of these screenings and nothing can compare to being in the audience full of other people who love the film and know all the words to the songs and the most famous lines and it's encouraged for the audience to participate by singing along with it. It was a fantastic experience and one i thoroughly recommend if you every get the chance to do it. The cast are all without exception brilliant. Tim Curry's performance as Frank'n'Furter is complete genius and everything from his body language to his facial expressions are brilliant and the scene where he enters singing sweet transvestite has to be one of the greatest entrances in cinematic history. Brad and Janet are played by Barry Boswick and a young Susan Surandon and they both manage to portray an attractive young couple constrained by societies expectations well. It's so weird for me to see Susan Surandon running around in her knickers singing touch-a touch-a touch me i wanna be dirty, knowing this is the same Susan Surandon who is such a respected Oscar winning actress now. The best thing about the movie has to be the songs, nearly every one of them is a classic. Who hasn't danced at a wedding to the time warp? Songs like damn it Janet, Double feature show and Sweet transvestite are all instantly catchy and as fresh today as they must have been 35 years ago. When the movie was first released in America it completely flopped with the blatent sexuality being too much for American audiences but gradually it grew a life of its own. Even today some people may find it a little too much for their tastes as nothing is off limits, most people wouldn't bat an eyelid about the gay content now but there are still topics such as incest in the movie. I personally think that the movie does a good job of embracing and celebrating the differences in people and i think this is why the movie has become so popular today with young people who are looking for something that speaks to them and tells them its ok to embrace their inner "freak" most of us has a little freak inside us and this film lets us explore that side of ourselves. Probably one of the campest movies ever the film is at its heart a well done B movie that is supposed to be enjoyed and not analysed. The best way to enjoy this film is to have a few drinks with friends and just sit back and embrace the ridiculousness of it all.
"Shivering with anticipation", I begin to write this review. The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a cult classic musical horror film, released in 1975. It is based on the stage show, The Rocky Horror Show, which was written by Richard O'Brien. He was assisted with the writing of the screenplay by Jim Sharman, who directed the film. -Cast- Tim Curry - Dr. Frank. N. Furter Susan Sarandon - Janet Weiss Barry Bostwick - Brad Majors Richard O'Brien - Riff-Raff Patricia Quinn - Magenta Nell Campbell - Columbia Meat Loaf - Eddie Peter Hinwood - Rocky Horror Jonathon Adams - Dr. Everett Scott Charles Gray - The Criminologist -Plot- I think it's safe to say that this film has a terrible plot, if you can call it that at all. Suffice to say, it will confuse you the first time you see it, so sit back and enjoy Tim Curry's legs and the songs. The Criminologist narrates the story, from a report titled "The Denton Affair." Brad and Janet are high school sweethearts who get lost one night and end up at a strange castle, where they spend the night. They live through some strange and unforgetable experiences and meet some very strange characters. The film develops into a mass of orgies, cross-dressers and aliens - a plot essentially about sex and bad science fiction, coupled with some terrible dialogue and in some parts, poor acting, shouldn't work, but somehow it is nothing but entertaining. -Highlights- For me, this film has one of the sexiest moments of all time. Tim Curry, enters as Dr. Frank N Furter, singing 'Sweet Transvestite' and it is one of the most electrifying entrances of any film. Tim really knows how to strut his stuff in those heels and has an amazing pair of legs, clad in stockings and a suspender belt. The part where he belts out "So you got caught with a flat? Well how 'bout that", sees him looking into the camaera with one eyebrow raised. Sexiest moment ever and definately the point I want to throw myself at his mercy. He pulls off the part of a mad scientist extraordinarily and the only actor I can think of today who could possibly do as well, is Johnny Depp. Little Nell (Nell Campbell) is hilarious as Columbia, though she does seem to spend most of the film exposing her nipples, especially at the end during the stage show when she performs, seeimgly oblivious to the fact that her corset has slipped down. Definately good for a few giggles. My other favourite part of the film is when Brad and Janet reach the castle and are greeted by Riff Raff and the following exchange takes place: Riff Raff: You're wet. Janet: Yes. It's raining. Blindingly obvious and terribly written, but it makes me laugh. This is probably one of the worst films of all time, but it is so terrible it is fantastic. It's definately worth buying and watching - I bought my copy in HMV for £4.99. Even if the acting doesn't excite you, Tim Curry will and the songs will have you singing along and dancing.
I apologise now if this is an awful review, but I truly can not stand this movie/ musical. I feel as though I am the only one in the world though! The only bit of a storyline I can fathom from this abomination, is that Brad and Janet have car trouble in the middle of no where, find a creepy house/castle thing where they ask for help and end up in what seems like a house full of weirdos on ecstacy. The rest to me is undefinable, except for the ending, but I do not want to ruin this for the people who actually decide to waste two hours of their life watching this film. Plenty of singing and dancing in this one, with one of the characters being played by Meatloaf himself. Many people run around in odd clothing, or underwear. Dancing at inopportune moments, singing songs that make no sense, hating and loving everyone at the same time and just being damn right annoying. I want to smack every person in this film, I hate it so much it makes me angry as hell. I have unfortunatley seen this twice now, and I hated it more the second time round, this damn film makes no sense, and is just filled with ridicolous people who I can only assume are completley out of their faces on something. I truly do not see what had made this film have such a massive following, maybe people like the sight of a bloke in womens lingerie these days? This film can be bought on Amazon, play or if anyone really wants it, Ihave a VHS copy that needs to be taken away from me before it dies a very painful death (message me if you want the damn thing!) I really would recommend avoiding this catastrophe of a film, it is two hours of your life you will never get back.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show is one of those films that was utterly ignored upon release and has gradually become a cult film classic as its base of fans built and the cult developed. Written by Richard O'Brien, the film spawned a really awful sequel in Shock Treatment which lacked the humour, charm or writing of the original film. Released in 1975, this film was a musical comedy which talked about subjects that were only just becoming popular, perhaps the taboo has lifted as it has lost the shock value that it had on its initial release. The film follows Brad and Janet (Barry Bostwick and Susan Sarandon) a plucky, preppy young couple whose car breaks down in the countryside. As any plucky young couple would, they head up to the creepy looking house on the hill to seek refuge from a massive storm. The house is owned by Dr Frank N Furter, a cross dressing alien scientist hoping to create a human male slave. What follows is an affectionate pastiche of musicals and old science fiction B-movies and hammer horror films, we watch as Dr Furter tries to seduce both brad and Janet and they gradually get drawn into the cross dressing ways of further and his house of oddballs and freaks. Cast: Whilst the hero and heroine are fine this film is all about Tim Curry, he is amazing in his nature, moving from frenetic to languid in a single stroke. The film has a wide array of freaks and weirdos and the acting varies from Curry's excellence to some pretty shoddy stuff. Tim Curry ... Dr. Frank-N-Furter - A Scientist Susan Sarandon ... Janet Weiss - A Heroine Barry Bostwick ... Brad Majors - A Hero Richard O'Brien ... Riff Raff - A Handyman Patricia Quinn ... Magenta - A Domestic Nell Campbell ... Columbia - A Groupie (as Little Nell) Jonathan Adams ... Dr. Everett V. Scott - A Rival Scientist Peter Hinwood ... Rocky Horror - A Creation Meat Loaf ... Eddie - Ex Delivery Boy (as Meatloaf) Charles Gray ... The Criminologist - An Expert Jeremy Newson ... Ralph Hapschatt Hilary Labow ... Betty Munroe Hapschatt Perry Bedden ... The Transylvanians Christopher Biggins ... The Transylvanians Gaye Brown ... The Transylvanians Overall this is a fun film which has people heading back to theatres in their droves dressed in strange ways, personally I never thought it was as good as its cult status, it is different and fun and that's why people like it. Songs such as theTimewarp and my Sweet Transvestite are funny enough and the cast, Curry in particular get into their parts with such gusto that you have to admire them for it. The dvd is available in Hmv for £3.99.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a 1975 British musical film based on a stage production by Richard O'Brien and was directed by Jim Sharman. This is perhaps the prime example of a cult film in that it created little fuss upon its initial release but subsequently became a cultural phenomenon when audiences/fans began turning up to repeat screenings, singing along to the musical numbers and even dressing up as the characters. Cult reputation notwithstanding, is The Rocky Horror Show actually any good and has it stood the test of time? The answer is yes and no. The plot hardly matters here and there isn't really much of one to speak of in what remains a fairly bizarre experience. We begin with narration by a posh criminologist - played by Charles Gray, who everyone will remember as the campest Blofeld ever in Diamonds Are Forever with Sean Connery. "I would like, if I may, to take you on a strange journey." Dull, young, soon to be married couple Brad Majors (Barry Bostwick) and Janet Weiss (Susan Sarandon) suffer a flat tyre on a wet and stormy night and knock on the door of an old castle looking for a telephone to use. This is not any old castle though but the castle of Dr-Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry), a transvestite from Transsexual, Transylvania. Frank, who looks like a cross between the Joker from Batman and a drag act attempting (and failing) to impersonate Joan Collins, is hosting the Annual Transylvanian Convention, an event that I believe Edward Heath used to present an award at each year without fail. Numerous colourful and louche guests are present at this decadent campathon including his butler Riff Raff (Richard O'Brien), his sister Magenta (Patricia Quinn), and a groupie named Columbia (Nell Campbell). Brad and Janet duly become swept up in the flamboyant mayhem and songs that abound in this gothic shrine to eccentricity. The Rocky Horror Picture Show is something of a mess and wears its cheapness firmly on its sleeve but it does have an undeniable energy and sense of fun and some of the songs are very good indeed. It begins as an affectionate tribute to old b-picture sci-fi/horror with a nice song titled "Science Fiction, Double feature" - and "Time Warp", which heralds the arrival of Brad and Janet to the castle, is of course catchy and immediate. I think the film is very interesting at the beginning and works quite nicely as a riff/homage - with fifties atmosphere - to old horror films with Brad and Janet's car breaking down in the middle of nowhere and a castle looming ("There's a light, over at the Frankenstein place"). From here on in though The Rocky Horror Show loses any sense of subtlety and piles on the weirdness as any semblance of a plot disappears in a cloud of glitter. The references to old horror films - King Kong is a regular touchstone - are not certainly without charm though. "But when worlds collide / Said George Pal to his bride / I'm gonna give you some terrible thrills / Like a..." Tim Curry's committed performance is undoubtedly the film's strongest asset as he camps it up to outrageous effect and channels the spirit of Mick Jagger. "Well! How nice," drawls Curry to Brad and Janet. "And what charming underclothes you both have. But here. Put these on. They'll make you feel less vulnerable. It's not often we receive visitors here, let alone offer them hospitality." Frank-N-Furter has elements of real pathos although you can never quite work out if this is a film with hidden depths or just a big laugh. The Rocky Horror Picture Show's subversive elements are a little dated today though, taking a little bit of the rebellious edge off the film. Bisexuality and cross-dressing are no longer the shockingly outrageous statements of fringe culture that they obviously seemed to be in 1975. The main thrust of the film, if you'll pardon the expression, is the conservative nature of Brad and Janet being defeated as they become liberated by their experiences in the castle. Frank seduces both of them in scenes that were obviously more risque in the seventies than they would be today. Frank-N-Furter creates a companion for himself in the film in the form of Rocky (Peter Hinwood), a fair-haired Adonis (with "The Charles Atlas Seal of Approval") who is actually a rather poignant character at times in the story even as Tim Curry leers at him in a provocative I'm in a mad seventies glam-rock gender bending musical way. Aside from Curry, Richard O'Brien is fun - although I can never see him in anything without hearing "Will you start the fans please!" - and a young Susan Sarandon is very appealing as Janet with her rendition of "Touch-A, Touch-A, Touch Me" certainly the highlight of the film for me. I am a big fan of Charles Gray from films like The Beast Must Die and of course Diamonds Are Forever where, fittingly, he became the first Blofeld ever to appear in drag, and his urbane tones are enjoyable despite the fact that you often have no idea what he's talking about. "And crawling, on the planet's face, some insects, called the human race. Lost in time, and lost in space and meaning." One problem with The Rocky Horror Show for me is that it all becomes a little wearing after a while. It's like eating a rich pudding, great for the first bites but you don't want to keep eating it for too long because you'll end up feeling sick. The film is a little too long and there are only so many bizarre vignettes involving riffs on Frankenstein and glam rock gender ambiguity a person can take in one sitting. Obviously this is a huge cult experience for some where the faults of the film become its strengths to be mocked and enjoyed for the free for all fun it all is. There is much to be admired here and some of the songs are great but The Rocky Horror Show remains an acquired taste nonetheless.
This fantastic, musical comedy was based on a play written by Richard O'Brien (Host in the original Crystal Maze tv game show). Not only did Richard assist the Director (Jim Sharman) in writing the screen play, he was also one of the main characters (Riff Raff). It also stars some familiar faces such as Susan Sarandon and Meatloaf. It follows couple Brad and Janet whos car gets a flat tyre in the middle of nowhere, one dark wet night. They see a castle and knock to ask whether they could use their phone. Here they meet a weird and wonderful array of characters. Master of the house, Dr Frank N Furter (a self confessed, 'sweet transvestite, from transexual Transylvannia) and his servants Riff Raff and Magenta (who are siblings). The costumes also put a smile on your face. The soundtrack is toe-tapping and as funny as this film. Which has a superb mash of sci-fi, comedy and horror. It has purposley been given a 'B movie' feel, which only adds to its comical factor. A few of my favourites songs are: Sweet Transvestite The Time Warp Touch-a toucha touch me Frank N Furter is a scientist and in true frankenstein style brings his own handsome monster 'Rocky' to life. Which is when the fun begins!
The Rocky Horror Picture Show is the big screen adaptation of the stage musical which made it's debut in London on the 19th of June 1973. The musical was written by Richard O'Brien & the film was made in 1975. The film was even selected for preservation in the US by the National Film Registry in 2005. The film follows the story of two young sweethearts Brad Majors (Brian Bostwick) & Janet Weiss (Susan Sarandon). The story of Brad & Janet is told by a Narrator who is a criminologist reading from a book entitled the Denton affair. Brad proposes to Janet at the start of the film & the two decide to pay Dr. Everett Scott a visit as they met in his science class. On the way to see him, they become lost & then suffer a punctured tyre. As they saw a castle a mile back from where they came to rest, they decide to go to the castle to seek assistance. When they arrive they are greeted by some rather unusual characters & they live through some experiences they will never forget. The film is entertaining. It is at it's funniest the first time that you see it, especially if you don't know what's going to happen. When Tim Curry made his entrance the first time I watched it I nearly fell out of my seat. I was laughing my head off. I a big fan of both the film & the fabulous stage show which tours regularly, but I will be objective. The film can be slow moving in places. It is entertaining if you've seen it before, but it's never quite as good the second time around. Also, if you've seen it on stage with full audience participation & a crowd of excited people with a great atmosphere, watching it at home just isn't quite the same. Plus the sooner they take Tim Curry off the cover the better. It totally ruins the surprise. There are loads of extras on here that last quite a while & are worth a look. Deleted scenes. Documentaries & Commentaries. My favourite extra is the film accompanied by an audience participation commentary. Highly amusing & a great extra for re watching & for giving a live audience atmosphere. I would recommend the film. It has lots of laughs. Lots of great music & is unique & distinctive. It is a film that you must see before you die. The only thing that let's it down is once you experience it at a cinema or a theatre. It's just not the same at home afterwards.
When I was 18, I worked in a bar, alongside various students, one of whom managed to snag a role in her university production of the Rocky Horror Picture Show . Of course, I went along to offer my support, despite never having seen the film before . I did of course, rectify that the first chance I got. This is, apparently, something of a cult movie . I think I was the only one from my group of friends who had never yet had the joy of seeing Tim Curry, clad in suspenders and sequins, singing all about his life as a 'Sweet transvestite, from Transsexual Transylvania.' I was however familiar with eccentric baldy Richard O'Brian from the Crystal Maze. The plot (not that it matters too much, this film is so wonderfully haphazard) revolves around geeky Brad and his fiancee Janet Weiss, who are off to catch up with their science professor when their car decided to get a flat tire in the middle of a storm . Cur much singing as the two wonder off through lonely territory before seeing the lights of a castle in the distance . Assuming that this ancient ruin must at least have a phone, they knock on the door, only to be plunged right into the centre of madness . Nothing is as it seems, and both Brad and Janet find themselves the centre of seduction and mad scientific experiments . Can they escape as innocent as they were when they entered ? Will they remain together? And what on earth has happened to their science professor ? Cast wise, Tim Curry is simply brilliant , with legs that many a woman, including me, would envy, and a wonderfully exaggerated lip curl. He is amazingly sexy as the bizarre cross dressing Dr Frank. N. Furter , and I wish I could look like him in a spangly dress . Susan Sarandon is great as Janet Weiss, even getting her nip nips out in one scene. It was actually very strange for me, having grown up with Susan Sarandon playing comfortable motherly roles to suddenly see her with her baps exposed, but in all fairness, they deserved exposure . Despite the fact that she ran around in topless hyterics a lot of the time, she was very amusing in the role of Janet . My favourite bit of casting has to be Richard O'Brien in the role of Riff-Raff, the butler slash handyman of the castle . The role really is not stretch for him, in fact he seems exactly the same as in Crystal Maze, but it fits wonderfully. The film is filled with catchy tunes - of course, there is the Time Warp, danced to at wedding parties everywhere, but there are also some other memorable numbers, Dammit Janet, Sweet Transvestite, and Over and the Frankenstein Place to name just a few . This is a great film . It's silly, it's camp, and it's kitsch . But it's brilliant . Fangtastic, 5 stars.
This film is absolutely crazy and can be watched again and again and again. When I first heard what it was about I said, "No thanks, not for me" however after watching it I became obsessed with the songs and wanted to watch the film again. The film is based on a transvestite who lives inhis mansion in the middle of nowhere. He is extremely crazy and makes his own Human to play with - "Rocky". Rocky will be his playmate however two "normal" humans join him and his weird guests in the castle and the fun begins. The songs, music and dancing is first class. There is a few good comedy moments too that keep you going. This film is for all sort of people. I did not expect to be running out to buy a film about a sweet transvestite but ive surprised myself. A must see film for all.
Well, what can one say about one of histories most infamous movie-musicals. I have known this film since I was a kid of five years old (what were my parents thinking!?) and I still love it 20 years later. The music, the dancing and the craziness is just so addictive - As Dr. Frank-n-Furter says in the film "Give yourself over to absolute pleasure." The film is about a young couple who happen to break down near an old castle. When they approach, they are invited in for a party - the party of a lifetime. Dancing, human-cloning, cannibalism and crazy sex abound in the house, which is actually owned and transported to Earth by aliens from the planet Transsexual from the galaxy Transylvania. Many people mistake the story for some sort of gay or transgender plot, but it is really about society's limits for those who step outside the boundaries. ie what is society happy to tolerate and what is it not? It also goes into the issues of peer pressure and release from society that Brad and Janet feel when they enter the house. In short, a great film.
this film is crazy, random and oh my god tim curry looks fantastic in a corset n full makeup. this film has to be the most uniquely odd film i have ever seen or will ever see. even with the cheesy special effects, the catchy songs and the hilarious dances (woot let's do the time warp again!!!!) the cast was chosen perfectly for this film. the songs are witty and catchy. to be honest you just can't stop yourself from joining in. however, as i found out the other night, the more normal people in the world who have very strict views about sweet transvestites from transsexual transilvania do not enjoy this film. my advice, dont watch it with people who wont enjoy because all they do is moan about it afterwards. on the other hand, i love this film, i cant get enough of this film and if i could get away with it i'd watch it every day. i got my copy from play.com for about £5 so it's not even expensive
This is one of those films that you cannot bring youself to hate. Cheesy, genious, odd, sexual are some of many words to describe this 34 year old phenomenon that is the Rock Horror Picture Show (RHPS). RHPS is one of those films that were ahead of it's time, in the sense that to this day it remains a popular film. With it'd recent(ish) release on DVD it's popularity has once again grown. RHPS was a British musical comedy released in August 1975, written by Richard O'Brien and starring Tim Curry, Richard O'Brien, Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick among others. Without giving away too much the film is about a newly engaged couple who break down, and go to a castle to seek help where they embark upon the Transylvanians from the planet of Transexual. The actual content of the DVD is similar to most, with the obvious language selection, subtitles and feature film on the main disc. The special features include a VH1 documentary on where the cast are now (as of 2001), deleted scenes, out-takes, and a photo gallery which are all worth a look. I like many aspects of this film. The songs throughout are fun, energetic, catchy and will make you sing along! This is the film that bought us the infamous songs such as the Time Warp and Sweet Transvestite, both of which are my favourite songs from the film. This is a great film to watch when you've had a few drinks as you just get into it so much and enjoy it even more! I recommend if you're going to watch this film I'd watch it with a group of friends, and whether you've had a few drinks or not, you will thoroughly enjoy it. The only modern day film I could compare the RHPS to would be Kinky Boots. Pricewise the RHPS 2 disc DVD is available for £5.74 on eBay, perhaps a little bit more if you were to buy it in the shops, maybe even less. Whatever you pay for it, I can assure you that it is a great movie and worth while to watch.
I loved the soundtrack LONG before I ever got to see the movie. It was about 24 years ago. People moved in across from me, from South Africa, and the family brought with them the LP. I fell in love with "T t t t t touch me", long before I ever saw the movie for the first time and fell in love with the whole thing. One day, I promise myself, I WILL get to watch the stage show! If the audience gets half as involved as the crowds who flock to midnight showings on various weekends, across the country, then I am in for a treat. I remember the odd assortment of people waiting to go in, armed with spray bottles and newspapers and wearing all manner of weird and wonderful clothing. Someone asked me "Are you a virgin"and laughed at the totally blank expression on my face. He was asking if it was my first time going to see the movie. I guess I stood out in the crowd, being that I was dressed normally and was minus any kind of accessories. From the opening scene, audience participation was 100%. It was a crazy, thrilling experience. Absolutely brilliant. And I LOVED the movie! Tim Curry was excellent, and everybody's favourite - The Time Warp - was raucous. Being a biker way back then, I was enthralled by the motorcycle on the stairs ... only years later did I find out it was Meat Loaf. Wow! The movie is brilliant, although I must agree with other reviewers in that it is not for young children although I would not have a problem with maybe a (mature) 14/15 year old seeing it if an adult was with them. The subject matter is definitely adult, transexuals, cross dressers, etc. so be prepared for questions if you do allow this to happen. Mind you, most teens now probably know all about it anyway, now. That much has changesd in the last 25 years. The cast that was put together for this, were excellent. In fact, it was well-written, well acted and everything about it was brilliant. I've seen it many times since. Never fails to excite and bring back that warm feeling. It's a NOT-TO-BE-MISSED experience.