Cert: 15 Runtime: 100mins Director: Jim Sharman Cast: Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick, Richard O’Brien, Patricia Quinn, Nell Campbell, Peter Hinwood and Jonathan Adams
A mental mind fuck can be nice
The other week my better half and I, were watching Perks of Being a Wallflower. In the scene with The Rocky Horror Picture Show, she asked what is this? I was rather surprised she never heard of it. So I decided it should be by blast from the past this week.While driving home during a rain filled night, straight-laced lovebirds Brad (Barry Bostwick) and Janet (Susan Sarandon), by chance, end up at the castle of one Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry) and his strange and bizarre entourage, and find that he’s having a party. This is no ordinary party, no ordinary night. This is the unveiling of the Dr’s latest creation: Rocky (Peter Hinwood); A man-made Adonis that will give…absolute pleasure. This is an exceedingly grand visual and musical camp satire of the golden days of the B-movie horror and science-fiction genres. Projected along with a musical soundtrack to give “audience participation” a new meaning in dimension, time and space, this shall be a night that both Brad and Janet will remember for a very, very long time in the sexually kinky, rock ‘n roll (f)rock-opera world of a gender-bending scientist…and his time warped plans. Bostwick does an acceptable job of playing the part of the young, headstrong, in-love hero. He believes he can do anything, but usually ends up doing just the opposite. Susan Sarandon is delightful as Janet Weiss, newly engaged to Brad. She is a gem to watch as this charming, naive girl discovering things she never thought possible.Tim Curry is simply wonderful as the eccentric and outrageous Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a character dead set on song, sin, and sex. A supporting cast including O’Brien as Riff-Raff, Patricia Quinn as Magenta, and Little Nell as Columbia, plus Jonathan Adams as Dr. Scott and Peter Hinwood as the title Rocky round out a magnificent group of actors. There’s also an unforgettable appearance by music legend Meatloaf, which you’ll want to see.One important thing to keep in mind while attending a viewing of RHPS is a suspension of disbelief. Often, things will not make sense, and the movie will seem like a load of garbage. Do not leave without seeing the entire thing; it will make more sense in the end.
However, one viewing is not nearly enough to understand all the nuances of Rocky Horror. It is advisable to attend at least the first show with a RHPS veteran, as this person will be able to explain what the heck is going on.Technically speaking, this film is no “Star Wars,” but it’s definitely tries it’s darndest. The sets are large and colorful, well lit, and suit their purpose. The sound, at times, appears random and not quite right, but it works here. Any oddness in it only adds to the individuality this movie holds. The special effects are a bit sketchy, but hey, it was 1975. This movie is not meant to be taken seriously; it’s meant to entertain. RHPS’s costumes are most enjoyable. Each character has an average of two distinct costumes worn throughout the movie, ranging from suits to pyjamas to underclothes. Rocky Horror enthusiasts and Halloween celebrators alike have copied these costumes time and time again since the movie came out. In fact, it’s tradition for theatregoers to dress up like their favourite character when attending RHPS in theatres.In addition to dressing up as characters, participating with the movie is one of the main reasons Rocky Horror as survived as long as it has. In theatres, it is standard practice for the audience to shout obscenities at the screen, get up and dance, and throw objects all over the place. For many people, this is the best part of the movie. Regardless, clean-up is not a desirable job after a showing of RHPS. For the rest of the public, Rocky Horror is definitely worth the few quid it costs to get in. If the theatre has audience participation kits available, by all means, get one. It may feel a bit foolish at first to wear a newspaper over your head, but over time the oddness leaves.Rocky Horror is not for everyone. Children, the elderly, and the more conservative types will probably not enjoy this film. As for everyone else, it’s bound to be an experience to remember. Peppered with memorable songs, imaginative costumes and set, and containing more twists than you can count on one hand, The Rocky Horror Show is not a film to miss.