Sunday, October 27, 2013

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975): Recap, Review and Experience

Last night I was able to go for the first time to a midnight showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, with a live performer troupe, who were acting out the show as it was happening on screen behind them. I was super excited to go see this because I big  fan of the Rocky Horror Picture Show since I first saw it back in high school and I have always wanted to go see it preformed in all its glory in a real midnight showing.  I have seen the movie too many times to count and have been able to see The Rocky Horror Show live preforming musical several times over the last decade but this is just the stage version of the picture show.  Going to see this midnight showing was fun and met my expectations and I am looking forward to seeing like that again.
If you do not know The Rocky Horror Picture Show is 1975 musical that was the movie version of the Richard O'Brian musical/play that he stared created and worked to get made into a movie. It was not an initial hit but it eventually made cult status during it classic midnight showings.  It is common or people to dress up in character to go and see a showing and the fun part is the audience participation, where they throw certain props at the screen during specific points in the movie, my favorite being the squirt gun and noise makers.  There are also traditional and more recently added things that you yell at the screen at certain moments.  Like I said the closest to the true midnight showing I had been to was the musical production and at those you were not allowed to have or throw any of the food items, it was fun at this one to be able to pelt others with rice and throw toast around. For any fan of Rocky Horror I would recommend trying to see a classic midnight showing and if you haven't seen The Rocky Horror Picture Show movie and like B cult movies I highly recommend this movie.  Note- it is not for people to take movies too seriously or are easily offended.  I liked during the showing that I went to, before the movie started it showed a disclaimer that said if you are easily offended get out and if you have found anything that happened thus far, during the pre-movie shenanigans you should really leave and not stay through the movie and show.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a musical follows Janet Weiss, played by Susan Sarandon, and Brad Majors, Barry Bostwick, a couple who gets engaged at the beginning of the movie after attending a wedding of their friends and decided that they want to take a drive to tell the teacher, Dr. Scott, who's class they met in that they are getting married.  This drive they take is during a rainstorm in which their care breaks down. They decide to walk to the castle that they passed a few miles back and ask to use their phone.  There they discover that it is owned by a strange man Dr. Frank-N-Furter, played by Tim Curry, who lives in this castle with Riff Raft, played by Richard O'Brian, Magenta, played by Patricia Quinn, and Columbia, played by Nell Campbell.  Brad and Janet are pulled into the shenanigans that are happening there and discover that Dr. Frank-N-Furter is from Transsexual in the galaxy of Transylvania. Dr. Frank-N-Furter has been working to create an ideal man Rocky, played by Peter Hinwood, who's brain has been taken from ex-lover Eddie, played by Meatloaf.  During all of this Brad and Janet discover that they really do not know what they have gotten into, Dr. Everett Scott, played by Jonathan Adams, shows up because he is on to Frank-N-Furter.  Magenta and Riff Raft decide they are tired of working under Dr. Frank-N-Furter and are ready to return home.  This is all around fit around the very campy musical numbers, it is highly sexually focused.
This movie is not for everyone but I like the campy, OTT quality of it and how it is just fun.  It defiantly attracts those who are more open minded but if you are it bunch of fun and something that you should really see.
I had a lot of fun going and seeing this movie at the midnight showing with the live performers, but it is definitely not the first way someone should see it as there is a lot of things going on and with all of the shouting by the crowd and throwing of props there are times when you couldn't hear anything that was going on the screen. I also found myself going back and forth between watching the movie and the performers so my attention was not on the movie like it should be if was just watching the movie at home. I would have liked it better if the audience members who were yelling things at the screen were better at annunciating what they were saying because some of the things were really funny.

My Rating: 3
My Enjoyment Rating: 4

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