Re-Watch: The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Director: Jim Sharman
Writer: Richard O’Brien, Jim Sharman
Cast: Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick, Richard O’Brien, Patricia Quinn, Nell Campbell, Jonathan Adams, Peter Hinwood, Meat Loaf, Charles Gray
Seen on: 19.3.2019
[Here is my last review of it.]

Content Note: rape

Brad (Barry Bostwick) and Janet (Susan Sarandon) just got engaged and decide to visit their former teacher in whose class they met. But on the way there, they get lost and a flat tire and so they end up at a weird manor where strange things are going on. Not only is there a strange celebration, but the host, Dr Frank N. Furter (Tim Curry) has announced that what they’re celebrating is that he built a man.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show is probably one of the films I have seen the most times in my life, and that’s not even counting the live versions I saw of it. When they announced a sing-along screening at the cinema, of course I had to be there again. And what a fun evening it was!

The film poster showing Frank N. Furter (Tim Curry) lounging in the oversized lips of a mouth.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show is definitely not a film without faults and flaws (and some aren’t even minor – the rape, for example), but I have to love it regardless. It was absolutely formative for me, the music is great, and it’s just a wonderfully cheesy B-movie masterpiece.

And the best way to experience it, in my opinion, is with other people. So I really can’t imagine a better way to spend an evening singing along to the songs, throwing confetti, doing (at least some of) the participatory shouting that was established for the film and its screening with a group of people who are having just as much fun as you are. And that is exactly what the Filmcasino gave me. And I wasn’t even in a great mood when I went into the film, the friends who wanted to come along had to cancel very last second and I was considering bailing myself. Fortunately I didn’t.

Frank N. Furter (Tim Curry) surrounded by Magenta (Patricia Quinn) and Columbia (Nell Campbell) in surgical masks.

I don’t know if I have anything to say about the film that I haven’t said before, but I think this was the first time I really attended a sing-along screening so that part just stood out to me. And if you have any love for the film and/or queerness, I can only recommend that you attend such a screening if you can at all.

Brad (Barry Bostwick) and Janet (Susan Sarandon) in their underwear accompanied by Magenta (Patricia Quinn) and Columbia (Nell Campbell).

Summarizing: when you return from the cinema with a bra full of confetti (true story), you know it’s been a good night.

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