Directed by Jim Sharman
Starring Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick
Before I start this review, let me just say that this film is not for everyone; its content will chill you, thrill you, and astound you… in every way possible. As an adaptation of Richard O’Brien’s stage production, The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a Frankenstein’s monster, built from the very best and worst of pop culture. It features a mélange of musical talent, B-movie acting, overt sexuality, suspension of disbelief and, of course, Tim Curry at his finest as the fabulous Dr Frank-N-Furter.
The tale of the newly engaged couple, Brad and Janet is filled with twists and turns. On a moonlit night, after an unfortunate flat tire, they end up crashing the Annual Transylvanian Convention and are drawn into a party with the creatures of the night. How long will it take for the straight-laced suburbans to fall to the otherworldly charms of the good doctor? Well wait and see, because this night is going to be one they wont be forgetting in a hurry. I won’t ruin the intricacies of the film’s weirdness, but I hope you’ll believe me when I say that a lobotomized rocker (Meat Loaf) being chased by a chainsaw-wielding Transylvanian transsexual is only the tip of the iceberg.
On the musical side it features a fantastic soundtrack, with songs that leave the likes of Frozen in the dust. Forget building snowmen and letting it go; ‘Sweet Transvestite’ and ‘The Time Warp’ will be stuck in your head till the end of time. Admit it, even if you haven’t watched the film you’ll know that it’s just a jump to the left and then a step to the right. It’s infectious, and that’s why its cult status has grown to legendary proportions. There’s no way to prepare for the film, but I promise that it will sink its teeth into you and not let go.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show isn’t just a show; it’s something that you have to experience. You can catch The Rocky Horror Picture Show as it time warps into the Gulbenkian on Friday 28th November for a midnight sing-along screening presented by the University of Kent’s Musical Theatre Society!