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THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW - 4 Slimes
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.

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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!
  • 14 mins - LOOK OUT FOR THE SLUT EATING TREE!
  • 17 mins - WHY DOES JANET HAVE A CONDOM IN HER HAIR?
  • 23 mins - That is one big girl. Is that my sister? (I have a fat sister.)
  • 35 mins - HE'S WORKING SO HARD STEAM IS COMING OUT OF HIS ASS!
  • 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 

FileDialog
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 #25. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Anne
First of all, I would like to tell y'all that I'm Dutch. Which means, I live in the Netherlands. Which means... no audience par-ti-ci-pation. Now, I can assure you, sitting on the couch with a friend and yelling "a***ole" at your TV set is just about as much fun as fighting Imps in Final Fantasy VIII. Not to mention the fact that the neighbours might start to wonder... RHPS rocks, and I truly hope that one day, I'll be able to experience real audience par-ti-ci-pation. Until then... let's just do the Time Warp again.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Reply #26. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Tara
Even if I'm 13, I love this movie, despite how everyone said it was corrupting me :).....i love the whole thing, and i love the crazy doesnt-make-any-sense ending......my fave movie of allllll time!!!!!!! I have even played Janet in a drama club prodoction at school!!! of course, it helped that my boyfriend was brad......and rocky was hot!!!!
a kick ass movie
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Reply #27. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by BoyScoutKevin
This has to be one of the most bizarre films ever made, but, having said that, Tim Curry got cheated, when he didn't receive an Oscar nomination for playing Dr. Frankenfurter in the film. He's that good in it. Enjoy!
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Reply #28. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Canadaphile
I REMEMMM-BERRRR doing the TIIIME-WOORRRP ...  I spent far too many Saturday nights at the Eighth Street Playhouse in Greenwich Village with the great Sal as MC.  I have the video, but rarely see it, preferring to "be it in the theater."  The video is an excellent training tool for virgins so they know when to yell, though.  It's not a movie to just sit and watch--in fact, if you've been it in the theater it's next to impossible not to yell back at the TV screen.  It's also next to impossible to see any of the actors from this movie in other roles and not yell things at them, particularly Susan Sarandon.  Even at "Dead Man Walking" someone yelled "Slut!" when she came on screen for the first time (no, it wasn't me, though I was mightily tempted).  The soundtrack is one of my Desert Island Disks as well.  I'd also agree with Swamprat that the best place to experience RH is in the theater with people who've seen it three hundred times!  And remember, it's no crime to give yourself over to pleasure.

All together:  "IT IS IN NEW JERSEY!"          
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Reply #29. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Steve
it's just the BEST FILM of all the Time!!!!
let's do the TIME WARP again TOGETHER!!!
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Reply #30. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Mariele Runacre
Ok, there's not a chnace in hell anyone will believe me. But hey I'm gonna tell you anyhoo! Have any of you Rocky-ettes seen a film called 'Jubilee' ? It's a Derek Jarman film and stars our favourite writer Mr. Richard O'Brien himself. My mother was his co-star of the movie and hence now he is my Godfather. I have his original copy of the fabuloso Rocky Horror and it has a video sleeve that I have not seen since - it's a artists drawing of Frank, Riff Raff and Magenta and it's done in colour. Has anyone seen this cover before?
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Reply #31. Posted on January 10, 2003, 12:24:29 AM by moira kizito
I recently saw the movie again, I saw it ages ago and man! I have never laughed so much in ages, it was so funny well made and well scripted, Tim Curry is delightful as Franknfurter, everyone else was good too but he stole the show also I am not really into musicals but this is one good no bloody excellent movie..........
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Reply #32. Posted on October 26, 2003, 07:13:48 PM by jean
One more thing..  the whole object of the show is a spoof on old time horror movies..... listen to the lyrics of the opening song... most all the old horror shows were ridiculous but that is what makes them so classic...this show fits right in with the oldies making it an all time classic...how many double features are there in theaters anymore??? the good old days .. the good old movie theaters and the movies!! Laugh and the world laughs with you....this world could do with a bit more laughter
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