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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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Re: The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Reply #89. Posted on July 19, 2008, 03:06:00 PM by Whoopenstein
This film made me want to get every DVD of this film ever issued and set fire to them. Then I wanted to get the film canisters and set fire to them too.

What else would you want to burn/ban comrade?  hot

I put off watching this movie for years and just saw it the first time a few days ago.
This songs in the movie are very good and still hold well after all these years.
The directing in most of the film is brilliant.
The storyline is pretty weak but the music and visual antics make up for it.
Definitely my #1 cult movie now!  Cheers
Re: The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Reply #90. Posted on August 17, 2008, 04:39:47 PM by Casey

Holy God!

I am still a virgin of the live performance, but, I own the movie, and a giant poster

This is probably one of the best musicals ever!  Tim Curry and Susan Sarandon were the only nes who basically prospered from this movie!


"Give yourself over to absolute pleasure" and see this movie!
re: Rocky Horror Picture Show
Reply #91. Posted on October 28, 2008, 07:41:08 PM by ????????
you need to post a grocery list for post movie props, toilet paper, toast, rice....
Re: The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Reply #92. Posted on May 25, 2009, 10:12:58 PM by Obsessive Fan
i got this movie when i was 15 (two years ago) for christmas and watched it at least 100 times before i went back to school!
i know the entire script and the audience participation. i am absolutely obsessed and i keep trying to convert my RHPS virgin friends!!!

some people love it
some people hate it....
its one of those movies that you cant have a gray is what it is....
im absolutely in love!!!!!

RHPS for life!
and the halloween shows in my town are awesome!!!!!
Re: The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Reply #93. Posted on May 25, 2009, 10:22:40 PM by HappyGilmore

Holy God!

I am still a virgin of the live performance, but, I own the movie, and a giant poster

This is probably one of the best musicals ever!  Tim Curry and Susan Sarandon were the only nes who basically prospered from this movie!


"Give yourself over to absolute pleasure" and see this movie!
Barry Bostwick is still around.  Not a 'huge' star, so to speak.  But, he starred on that tv show Spin City alongside Michael J. Fox.  He's also a semi regular on Law and Order, and Law and Order: Special Victims Unit.
Re: The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Reply #94. Posted on November 24, 2010, 03:39:09 AM by Missy
At first, this movie confused the hell out of me.. until I realized.. It's supposed to suck! Then I finally got it, and it's hilarious <3
Re: The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Reply #95. Posted on December 15, 2010, 11:38:30 AM by taylor
omg..... I been watching this movie scents i was little so about 17 years now lol but it is funny. Dr. Frank that is funny they shouldnt have him in girls underwear things lol
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Reply #96. Posted on December 27, 2010, 08:12:33 AM by Mo
I love love love Rocky Horror! I went to see it in the theatre a few months ago and it was AMAZING! (Im currently watching it for the fifth time in two days (;) Riff-Raff is adorable and Tim Curry is just... plain sexy!

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