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Rated R
Copyright 1975 Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation
Reviewed by Andrew Borntreger on 'a long time ago'

The Characters:  

  • Frank N Furter - Tim Curry! Your average mad scientist, transvestite, alien. Say's hello to oblivion via antimatter lasergun.
  • Riff Raff - Morose butler, he eventually tires of his master's abuse. After zapping Frankie we can be assured he returned to the planet Transsexual and continued doing his sister.
  • Magenta - Riff's sister; she enjoys banisters, sleeping with her brother, and dancing.
  • Brad Majors - Idiot, there's little wonder we spend half the movie yelling "ASSHOLE" at him.
  • Janet Weiss - Susan Sarandon! For some reason this girl sleeps with everyone except her fiancee'.
  • Columbia - Freak groupie, she has a voice that can reach well into the "really annoying" range. Zapped by Riff Raff.
  • Rocky Horror - Blonde, muscled, moron created by Frankie to satisfy his sexual urges - he needed to make about a dozen more it seems. Zapped by Riff Raff.
  • Dr. Scott - Wheelchair bound friend and mentor to Brad and Janet.
  • Criminologist - Our narrator. You will notice the distinct lack of tissue connecting his head and torso.
  • Eddie - Meatloaf! Previously one of Frankie's lovers; upon making a reappearance he is greeted with a pickax.

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The Plot: 

Let us get this right from the start, here is probably the best known cult movie of all time. For almost twenty-five years people have been enjoying the debauchery and it is not going to stop anytime soon.

Everything starts innocently enough. Brad proposes to Janet after they attend the wedding of two friends. It is only when they begin driving through a storm to visit Dr. Scott that things take a darker turn. Forced to seek shelter in a castle after their car blows a tire, the two are caught up in a carnival of carnal knowledge.

Incestuous domestics Riff Raff and Magenta tend house for the transsexual deviant mad scientist Frank N Furter. If Frank is not singing about something, he is having sex with someone - gender is no problem. (If this movie or its audience participation calls do not offend your sensibilities at some point, you are probably from California or New York City.)

Dr. Furter creates a man, er playtoy, and is busy admiring his future bedmate when who comes crashing out of the freezer? Meatloaf! Lucky for us rock fans a pick-wielding transvestite did not do him in. Even if it took twenty years for another album. (A sad correlation between the decline of rock n roll and chicks with, ahm, appendages?) Needless to say it is a short time before Frank has explored Rocky, Janet, and Brad.

Since Janet is wide awake after having sex with Frank, she goes tromping around the castle and notices her fiancee' relaxing after his encounter with their host. (Ugh, ugh.) What does she do? Oh, has sex with Rocky of course. Needless to say Frank is pissed, the arrival of Dr. Scott does not help matters. He is there to find Eddie, who was his nephew. (Small world huh?) All hands sit down to a nice, early morning dinner just before chaos breaks loose. Mainly on account that dinner is Eddie.

After turning his guests into stone (And apparently scrambling their brains.) Frank has just enough time to start the floor show, which involves everybody, and I mean everybody, wearing fishnets and dancing, before Riff finally loses it.

What seems like it would be a moderately amusing piece of bad cinema takes on a life of its own at midnight, in movie theaters across the country. Watching the movie in your home is okay, but seeing it in a dark theater full of hyper and sometimes inebriated fans gives one a whole new understanding. Ninety odd minutes of yelling the audience calls from, "Say hello Riff!" to "1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. Why the f**k does he have seven forks?" always left me sad to see the ending credits. The moral of this story? If you have not seen "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" at midnight, in a theater full of freaks, you are missing out.

Check out the Audience Participation Guide.

Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • Billboards do not belong in cemeteries.
  • Sluts cannot read.
  • Transvestites are easily mistaken for vampires.
  • The secret to life is sno-cone flavoring.
  • It is difficult to tell the difference between your lithe girlfriend and a hairy transvestite.
  • Never piss off the guy holding an electric knife.
  • Do not piss off the same guy if he is indiscriminately turning people into stone.
  • Fishnet stockings cure paralysis.
  • Rainbows are caused by antigravity drives.

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • 1 min - LET THERE BE LIPS!
  • 23 mins - That is one big girl. Is that my sister? (I have a fat sister.)
  • 42 mins - Frozen Meatloaf, ugh.
  • 52 mins - What is Rocky looking for?
  • 55 mins - Why did that shut off anyway?
  • 80 mins - You know, by this point I have seen enough men in garters and lingerie to last me a very long time...
  • 91 mins - Why is Rocky climbing the tower now? What is this guy, some sort of human lemming?

 Audio clips in wav formatSOUNDSStarving actors speak out 

Green Music Note rockyhorror1.wav Criminologist: "I would like, if I may, to take you on a strange journey."
Green Music Note rockyhorror2.wav Janet: "Oh! What have you done with Brad?"
Frank N Furter: "Oh well, nothing. Why? Do you think I should?"
Green Music Note rockyhorror3.wav Brad: "It's you're fault, you're to blame! I thought it was the real thing!"
Frank N Furter: "Oh come on Brad, admit it. You liked it, didn't you? There's no crime in giving yourself over to pleasure."
Green Music Note rockyhorror4.wav Riff Raff: "Say good-bye to all of this...and hello to oblivion."
Green Music NoteTheme Song Listen to a clip from the soundtrack.

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Reply #17. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Georgiann
It's hard to talk about this as a movie because it's really more of a phenomenon.  Not to everyone's taste, certainly, but it srikes me as harmless, giddy fun for those who do enjoy it, and it does have some good songs and Tim Curry, always an asset.  It's not a GREAT movie, but as a phenomenon of audience-participation, it's unmatched.  
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Reply #18. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by johndietsche
All the calls listed by Fenris are correct. There are some other calls but it will ruin the movie if everyone is doing something. So by all means go get your "cherry popped" at rocky horror and then TRY to complain about the movie. Is it a bad movie? yes. Is it a fun movie? Damn right. Just get into it. you'll see....

The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Reply #19. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Bob Franknfurter Weymouth
"it's astounding, time is fleeting, madness takes control...Let's do the Time Warp agaaiiann!"  Greatest Rock N Roll Movie of all time.  Which way Riff Raff?  What's your favorite TV Show?  I won't admit my age but it is old enough to know better.  I won't grow up.  Long Live, Rocky!!!
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Reply #20. Posted on July 05, 2001, 09:19:49 AM by Thomas HulstrÝm
Strange but entertaining film/musical. Some obscure and very funny scenes. Weird.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Reply #21. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by john's walrus //0-0\\
well, it's not necessarily a bad movie...not bad in the sense that, say, 'mod squad' was.  the reason the dialogue is kinda stupid is because that was the idea.  richard o'brien (not quite a god, but pretty damn close) had already written a bunch of songs for fun, then created some b-movie dialogue and b-movie situations and dubbed it 'the rocky horror show'.  tim curry kicks much ass in this film, he's so funny.  it's got great songs, funny lines, and, as the great curry said himself: 'every saturday night, there's a guaranteed party.  whether you have a date or not.'  oh yeah...//0-0\\\\
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Reply #22. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by slrearth
"It's just a jump to the left... and then..." Oh, right! This has got to be one of the best movies in the world!!! I sometimes even find myself singing the songs everywhere I go! RHPS ROCKS!!!!!!

P.S. LET THERE BE LIPS!!!!!!!!!!!
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Reply #23. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Tim Curry's Slut
This film is the best ever. If you haven't seen it in the cinema with full audience patici......(say it)......pation, I recommed you do... asap...... You won't regret it (however, do dress up, then you are less obviously a Rocky Horror Virgin... haha, VIRGIN!!!)
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Reply #24. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Swamprat
This isn't a's an enigma. It came out when I was in the middle of high bombed. It rose from the dead a few years later and my generation has never been the same. SEE IT IN A THEATER! If possible a theater where real veterans of the experiance are present. My daughter is now a fan and insists that the true meaning of life is in this one magnificient piece of art. I can believe her about 75 percent of the way. The "experience" is mind expanding...the philisophical implications are limitless. And the music! I have the complete score, in sheet form, by way of my daughter's fan club membership. It rocks! Best of all, it was mostly written for guitar by a freaky chords, very easy to master by anyone who plays and understands basic rock-guitar forms and techniques. The story! What story? A story...? This is love of an art form, people! Expressed on film with a dash of pananch and an all out attack on the senses and the conformities of mainstream consciences. Huge over-the-top production numbers somehow contained within a single test tube, easily hidden in one's hand or jacket pocket. Tim Curry in fishnets and high heels is an icon for every off the wall dreamer and wannabe who's ever had the misfortune of running afoul of his automated superiors. The original British version with the "Super Heros" scene intact is a must for the total effect. The thing still dazzles me after 25 years...once in awhile I'll even go to the real theater with my daughter to sit and yell at the screen and participate with this brand new generation of twisted time warpers...Frankies place is a gas! Janet's an Eisenhower era young republican slut, and poor old a***ole's an a***ole, is an a***ole. My favorite highlight is Meatloaf exploding out of the freezer to wail Hot Patootie and play the sax. I love that guy! I have the German helmet to prove it.
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