Monday, July 30, 2012

Cult Classic Quest #3 - The Rocky Horror Picture Show

For those of you that don't know, The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a film based on a Broadway show of the same name. Yes, it is a musical.

The entire film, song and dance included, is a parody on old campy horror and sci-fi films and at the same time it pays tribute to good, old-fashioned rock and roll.

Starring Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick (who goes on to be the mayor from Spin City) and the fantastic Tim Curry, to name a few, you are swept up in a humorously cliche tale of a mad scientist terrorising a newly engaged couple that happen to intrude in his castle on the night he chooses to reveal his greatest accomplishment...artificial life.

When Janet and Brad find themselves stranded on a rainy night, they seek shelter in Dr. Frank-N-Furter's castle which is filled to the brim with tap dancers, henchmen, crazy french maids and once incredibly insane transsexual Transylvanian mad scientist...the doctor himself, played to perfection by Tim Curry.

Sadly, only the first half or three-quarters of the film is really watchable (or listenable), but that definitely still makes it a worth while watch. Who doesn't want to see Meatloaf break out of a giant freezer on a motorbike, only to be chopped to pieces with a pickaxe?

I was quite intrigued by the fact that the film is so rawly sexual. For the duration of the film, most of the cast spends their time on-screen in various degrees of undress, and sexual preference is completely disregarded as the castle seems to employ a free love policy which most of the characters embrace quite quickly, and often comically. I am really just surprised that this film was accepted as widely as it was back in 1975

Cult-o-meter: 8.5/10 - Like it or not, this film has a gigantic fan base and fits squarely into the definition of a true cult classic. Tim Curry is masterful.

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