The Rocky Horror Picture Show
El Show de Terror de Rocky / Orgía de Horror y Locura
UK / USA 1975
Michael White, Lou Adler (executive) for Michael White Productions/20th Century Fox
directed by Jim Sharman
starring Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick, Richard O'Brien, Patricia Quinn, Nell Campbell (as Little Nell), Jonathan Adams, Peter Hinwood, Meat Loaf, Charles Gray, Jeremy Newson, Hilary Farr (as Hilary Labow), Perry Bedden, Christopher Biggins, Gaye Brown, Ishaq Bux, Stephen Calcutt, Hugh Cecil, Imogen Claire, Tony Cowan, Sadie Corre, Fran FullenwiderLindsay Ingram, Peggy Ledger, Annabel Leventon, Anthony Milner, Pamela Obermeyer, Tony Then, Kimi Wong, Henry Woolf, Trevor White (voice)
screenplay by Jim Sharman, Richard O'Brien, based upon the musical by Richard O'Brien, songs by Richard O'Brien, incidental music by Richard Hartley, special effects by Wally Veevers, Roy Spencer
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Brad (Barry Bostwick) and Janet (Susan Sarandon) just got engaged, and
want to tell the good news to their science professor Dr. Scott (Jonathan
Adams), but on the way to his home their car breaks down in the middle of
nowhere, so they take a walk to the next creepy castle they can find to
ask for a phone - and walk into a big party thrown by cross-dressing Dr.
Frank N. Furter (Tim Curry) to celebrate his creation of a man, Rocky
(Peter Hinwood, voiced by Trevor White). The party's somewhat interrupted
by biker/rocker Eddie (Meat Loaf), a former favourite of Frank N. Furter
whom he has since kept in deep freeze, but eventually Frank N. Furter
kills him. Later that night of all people Dr. Scott shows up on Frank N.
Furter's doorstep looking for his nephen, Eddie, but Frank N. Furter
remains evasive and forces everyone to do likewise ... to later serve
Eddie for dinner - to the shock of his guests.
Frank N. Furter has Brad and Janet locked up in separate rooms, then
sneaks into their respective rooms to seduce both of them. Both Brad and
Janet escape their rooms to find a way out, but Janet bumps into Rocky,
and the two eventually have sex. This all leds to a big orgy including
almost everyone involved, until Frank N. Furter's servants Riff Raff
(Richard O'Brien) and Magenta (Patricia Quinn) put an end to it by killing
Frank N. Furter and flying the castle home to their home planet.
Now in writing, The Rocky Horror Picture Show might not
sound like much, but on screen it's pretty much the dream of every horror
and B-movie fan come true, being chock-full of allusions to Universal
horrors, drive-in flicks from the 1950s, all sorts of science fiction
clichés and so much more, but presenting the audience with over-sexed
versions of all of these, while also driving glamour expected from
musicals to absurdity, also but not only by putting an emphasis on
cross-dressing and bi-sexual sex. And of course, a very brilliant cast
with Tim Curry giving the performance of his life doesn't hurt one bit
And of course, there's the music, which is just full of
instantly recognizable and memorable songs that even people who're not
exactly into the film's musical genre (middle of the road rock) can't help
but sing along - all of which makes this film seem remarkably fresh even
after it premiering almost 45 years ago.
A must-see movie for sure!