I have been wanting to do something special for the halloween, mind you i am not a fan of the horror genre, thriller i can handle, but not the slashy-bloody-murdery-killing-spree or ghoulish-haunting-poltergeisty-ghosts or monstery-gooey-icky kind of horror people usually go to. So here i am writting about a film adapted from a musical stageplay, The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
The story, narrated by a criminologist, tells the tale of newly-engaged couple Brad Majors (Barry Bostwick) and Janet Weiss (Susan Sarandon), who find themselves lost and with a flat tire on a cold and rainy late November evening. Both found themselves seeking for help or a phone in a nearby castle, where a group of strange (slightly drag queen-ish, no offense) are holding an Annual Transylvanian Convention. They met the self-proclaimed Transylvanian “sweet transvestite” Dr Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry), his servants Riff-Raff (O’Brien), Magenta (Patricia Quinn), and a groupie called Colombia (Nell Campbell).
Frank introduce to the mass the creation he called “secret to live itself” called Rocky Horror, think of frankenstein but in the embodied by Flash Gordon in a Gold underpants. The party was interupted by Eddie (Meat Loaf) an ex-delivery boy partial brain donor to Rocky and Colombia’s lover. Hilarity ensue and spin out of control, seduction took places and complicate things. The unannounce arrival of Dr Scott in his wheel chair, Brad and Janet old high school science teacher and the uncle of Eddie manage to set panic and forcing unnecessary action to be taken. Absurdities took places as the movie approach to its conclusion.
I mostly enjoy the first half of the movie very much because it was so entertaining and so campy that i expect Nicky Minaj would show up somewhere in it. I think it gets very absurd and weird in the second half especially the conclusion. It does not make the movie hard to digest, but it just lacks most of the fun the first half got.
I really have to point out how ah-mazing Tim Curry is in this movie. It’s not just about the make up or the exaggerated combination of things he wore: the corset, fishnet stockings, panties, fiercely strutting his stuff on that platform heels (i am not even sure i could wear the same pair and be as fierce). His body language and his swag when he sings was quite brilliant too. A very all out performance that stood out against the rest of the cast.
One of the most iconic item in the movie is their opening number where a pair of disembodied lips sang the theme (Science Fiction, Double Feature). The disembodied lips was the idea of the Production Designer, Brian Thomas, who was inspired by Man Ray famous painting A L’heure de L’Observatoire, Les Amoureux (Observatory Time, the Lovers). The Lyric of the song is also a pop culture punch to the 40s-70s B-Movies/Sci-Fi/Horro films, as it mentions: Flash Gordon, The Day The Earth Stood Still, Dr X, King Kong, Tarantula, etc.
While the movie was not successful theatrical release, it gained a status as a midnight movie with a large international cult follower as well as the most well known and earnings for midnight movie. The film had a budget of US$1.2 million and has earned approximately US$365 million in box office, DVD sales, etc. In 2005, The Rock Horror Picture Show was selected for preservation in the US National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant“.
Rocky Horror, for yours truly, was an light bite of enjoyable feature, perfectly campy to entertain, accompanied by music with amusing lyric, with absurdities that you really dont have to ponder about, and quite forgettable with very little redeeming values. Why not give it a try when you are bored and in need of a light entertainment for halloween? :)
Pictures are courtesy of IMDb