I was seven when I first caught a rare viewing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show on cable. It was weird to say the least. The movie had scenes that stuck with me. My mother had always been a big fan and she would talk about people dressing up and having a great time doing some crazy dance called The Time-Warp. It wasn't until I was fifteen that I had the chance to see Rocky in the theater (the preferred medium). That was the moment that I realized that this quirky musical macabre isn't a movie. Oh no. This movie is an experience.
Why is this movie an experience? Well, there are certain rules to follow when you're watching the movie. Certain lines you repeat. Characters you yell certain profanities at. Times when you throw popcorn or get up and dance. This isn't just a horror movie, its a fucking party. If you ever have the chance to see the movie in a theater at midnight, you have to go.
Richard O'Brien wrote this movie during a time in his life when he was questioning his own sexuality. His own being. He wrapped himself in the production of this movie and was a steady hand throughout. He didn't only write the movie, he also did the music and preformed in the film as Riff Raff, one of the main characters. His dedication shows out in wonderfully choreographed sequences, and a chilling, albeit hilarious, performance.
The movie is narrated by a man that goes by the Criminologist. He introduces Brad and Janet, a young couple that had recently just become married. Their tire blows out on the way to their honeymoon in the middle of nowhere. The only nearby lodging being a strange and dark castle. They shack up for night with a strange Transsexual Transvestite from the planet Transylvania, named Dr. Frank-N-Furter, and a multitude of creeps and ghouls. The movie is a musical so expect song and dance.
The movie is more campy than scary. It pokes fun at the pulp b-movies of the late 50's, early 60's. The creepiest part is the dinner scene. The rest of the movie is hilarious and fun for everyone. Sure, it was risqué for its time. However, in the new millennium this isn't anything you don't see down on the corner at 3am. Do yourself a favor and watch this one. It is a must see.
I'm going HOMMMMEEEEEEE!!!!