Sunday, July 17, 2011

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

Director: Jim Sharman

Starring: Tim Curry, Susan Surandon, Barry Bostwick, Richard O'Brien, Patricia Quinn, Meat Loaf, Charles Gray

More info: IMDb

Tagline: He's the hero -- that's right, the hero!!

Plot: While driving home during a rain filled night, straight-laced lovebirds Brad and Janet, by chance, end up at the castle of one Dr. Frank-N-Furter 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; 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.

My rating: 7/10

Will I watch it again? Yeah.

Everyone's seen it. If you haven't, do so. It's a gas and it's even better with a large group or even with a few friends regardless of how much audience participation there is. I first saw it probably 25 years ago at a theater that played it every Friday and Saturday night for a whole lotta years. It was fun and that's the best way to enjoy it. Last year I had a bunch of friends over and we watched it outside on a huge backyard movie screen and it was still a good time. The music is fun, the performances are great and the story and production are wacky, different and entertaining. It rarely has a dull spot but when it does, it doesn't last long. Even if you don't care for musicals, if your tastes run all over the place (especially within the horror and sci-fi genres), you'll dig it.

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