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The Rocky Horror Picture Show

By Jenny Brown

If a musical sci-fi satire about an alien transvestite named Frank-n-Furter, who is building the perfect man while playing sexual games with his virginal visitors, sounds like an intriguing premise for a movie, then you're in for a treat. Not only is The Rocky Horror Picture all this and more, but it stars the surprising cast of Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick (as the demure Janet and uptight Brad, who get lost in a storm and find themselves stranded at Frank-n-Furter's mansion), Meat Loaf (as the rebel Eddie), Charles Gray (as our criminologist and narrator), and, of course, the inimitable Tim Curry as our "sweet transvestite from Transsexual, Transylvania."

Upon its release in 1975, the film was an astounding flop. But a few devotees persuaded a New York theater to show it at midnight, and thus was born one of the ultimate cult films of all time. The songs are addictive (just try getting "The Time Warp" or "Toucha Toucha Touch Me" out of your head), the raunchiness amusing, and the plot line utterly ridiculous--in other words, this film is simply tremendous good fun. The downfall, however, is that much of the amusement is found in the audience participation that is obviously missing from a video version (viewers in theaters shout lines at the screen and use props--such as holding up newspapers and shooting water guns during the storm, and throwing rice during a wedding scene). Watched alone as a straight movie, Rocky Horror loses a tremendous amount of its charm. Yet, for those who wish to perfect their lip-synching techniques for movie theater performances or for those who want to gather a crowd around the TV at home for some good, old-fashioned, rowdy fun, this film can't be beat.

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"The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a very positive experience for me. I first saw it during a time in my life where alot of things didn't make a whole lot of sence and after I saw it for the first time I was just over come with the realizeation that it's okay to be diffrent and that you don't have to bend and twist to anyones expectations but your own. Rocky Horror fans are good hearted friendly people, and alot of us are clean and don't use drugs or get into serious trouble because we fill the holes with the Rocky Horror.I can say right here, right now that I would not be the same person I am today, or I may not even be around if it where not for the beautiful thing that is the Rocky Horror Picture Show."

--Bethany Hidden

"I borrowed mt friends copy of the film, unfortunately the copy wasn't that great, but I enjoyed it. Me and a bunch of my friends are going to the theatre to watch it for my 16th birthday. We are all Rocky Horror fanatics and we loved the film."

--Kerry

"I saw the movie in 1975 when I was 15yrs old. I loved it then and love it still ! I am 43 yrs old and never miss a showing when it come to my town, I still dress as Magenta...lol...The movie allows to viewer to have a hour and a half of fantasy and fun, and in my opinion will never go out of style. I can only hope that many more generations will enjoy the movie as much as I did then and still do today."

--Paris Hilton

 

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Director: Jim Sharman

Stars: Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick, Richard O'Brien

Released: September 26, 1975

Availability: DVD VHS CD


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