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The Rocky Horror Picture Show

August 14, 2010

593. The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Directed by Jim Sharman
UK, 1975

IMDB | allmovie

Reviewed by Rachel
Umpteenth viewing

Description:

A young, naïve couple suffer a car breakdown and are forced to seek help at Dr. Frank-N-Furter’s castle.

Essential Scene:

Brad (Barry Bostwick) and Janet (Susan Sarandon) have just been treated to The Time Warp by the attendants of the good doctor’s party. A little freaked out by this, they begin to try to leave, walking backwards out of the room as the party guests slowly stand up. Unbeknown to them, Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry) is arriving in a lift behind them, stamping his foot to the beat of his upcoming song.

Janet turns around and finds herself face to face with the Doctor. She screams and faints. Dr. Frank-N-Furter is adorned in make up, draped in a black robe and is wearing killer platforms. Starting his song, Sweet Transvestite, he walks past the crowd to his chair on the stage at the end of the room. He sings:

I’m not much of a man by the light of day, but by night I’m one hell of a lover.

He discards the robe with a flourish to reveal his real outfit: a corset, panties, suspenders and stockings. One of the best character introductions in cinema? Possibly…

Tim Curry as Dr. Frank-N-Furter

Thoughts:

Rocky Horror is a film that doesn’t take itself seriously, and as long as you watch it with a similar frame of mind you will have an absolute blast. The songs are memorable, the dialogue is funny and dirty and it’s pure kitsch. Go on, have a laugh and do the Time Warp… (Of course I had to mention it!)

Note to all film buffs out there: Rocky Horror features many references to old sci-fi and horror films.

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