The Rocky Horror Picture Show

"Give yourself over to absolute pleasure"

Perhaps one of the cultiest of cult classics, the Rocky Horror Picture Show is a musical the likes of which has never been seen before or since. With stars like Tim Curry, Meat Loaf, Susan Sarandon and others, it was a low budge, barely connected series of events with catchy tunes, low budget consumes and more cross dressing than one film typically has room for. Despite that though it's risen to, and remained at, a point of pop culture prominence for several generations now.

A young couple, recently engaged, is out to visit one of their old high school teachers to share the news when their car blows a tire. So they walk through the rain towards a creepy looking castle in hopes of finding some help. What they find instead is the half mad transvestite Dr. Drankenfurter who is bringing to life his personal experiment that very night. Hilarity, hijinks and music ensue, shot through with sex and violence, until it's revealed that Frankenfurter and his cohorts aren't actually human. Nor are they from Earth... they are instead aliens from Transexual Transylvania!

This film, the brain child of Richard O'Brien (who played the character Riff Raff in the move) has been described as zany, nonsensical and over the top. It is all of these things, but it's also something of a cautionary tale for young people. With the same sensibilities as a slasher movie, the Rocky Horror Picture show takes a young couple that's more wholesome than apple pie, and throws them into a den of vice an iniquity almost just to see what happens. However, while the experience leaves both of them thoroughly altered, what happens to Brad and Janet after the aliens leave them alone in a field? It's the ever-popular fairy tale of be careful where you go looking for help.

Though this film was made in the 1970's, it still has a huge following among the shadow cast crowd. Once per week actors will mimic the movie as the audience chants out jokes and references. With floor shows, thrown toast and a dozen other unique traditions to every theater, the Rocky Horror Picture Show has become something of an American institution. This is especially true among the younger crowds, who need something to do on the weekends but who aren't old enough to head out to the bars and night clubs for a few years.

| 1975 | 1 hr 40 min | 7.4/10
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