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

Plot:
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.
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The Rocky Horror Show

The Rocky Horror Show
Director: Sam Buntrock
Writer: Richard O’Brien
Cast: Rob Fowler, Harriet Bunton, David Ribi, Stuart Matthew Price, Maria Franzén, Hannah Cadec, Vincent Gray, Charles Brunton, Herbert Steinböck
[Here’s my review of the last live production I saw, here of the film.]

Plot:
Brad (David Ribi) and Janet (Harriet Bunton) 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 (Rob Fowler) has announced that what they’re celebrating is that he built a man.

Many years ago, when I still did Top 10 lists, I made a Top 10 Musicals list and The Rocky Horror Show was on the Number 1 spot then and it is still there today. It has practically been on that spot for the past 20 years, so pretty much since I saw it the first time. This is all a very long-winded way of saying: I have opinions on how this play is supposed to be performed and I have very high expectations. Fortunately this production of the musical was excellent.

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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

Plot:
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.

Looking objectively at it, The Rocky Horror Picture Show is not a particularly good movie. The acting isn’t very good, the dialogues are cheesy, the special effects aren’t great. But none of that matters the slightest because it is one of the best movies ever. It knows what it is and what it wants and it takes it with a sense of humor and an excellent soundtrack. Also, Tim Curry’s legs just deserve their own film.

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Richard O’Brien’s Rocky Horror Show

I went to see the Rocky Horror Show again. It was a new production, staged by Richard O’Brien himself. [The official production page is here, but it sucks and although there’s a English Button, I couldn’t push it. And it has sound.]

Okay, for everyone, who doesn’t know the story or the music or anything about it, GO AND WATCH THE MOVIE RIGHT NOW!

Everyone else can stay here and hear my thoughts on this production.

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Because I love the movie so much and have seen it approximately a million times, every live show for me kind of has this problem of not being the movie. The actors sing differently, Frank-N-Furter is never as hot as Tim Curry‘s was etc etc.

But this production really pulled me in and made me forget that it wasn’t the movie. [Although Tim Curry still was the hotter Frank-N-Furter.] It was great. The casting was very well done, especially Riff Raff had a voice to knock you out of your boots high heels.

Unfortunately, what I didn’t like about it was the narrator – actor Alexander Goebel did it in German and the translation was really bad. Plus, I think that he read/spoke pretty badly.

What was missing, too, was the audience participation. I mean, people did the big things – like throwing toilet paper or using the water pistols, but nobody said any of the phrases, and throwing rice was forbidden.

I really liked the incorporation of film into the stage design, as well as the King Kong hand during “Don’t Dream It”.

Summarising, it was a very good production. Cool.