Directed by: Jim Sharman
Starring: Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick
People say that you’ll either love The Rocky Horror Picture Show or you’ll hate it. Let’s just get this out of the way right now: I hate it. How it gained such a bizarre and unique following, I’ll never know, and I’ll probably never even try to find out because I honestly just don’t care that much. The farther away I stay from that particular cult following, the happier I’ll be.
A newly married couple’s car breaks down near an old mansion filled with alien transvestites (from the planet Transvestite, in the galaxy Transylvania) who sing and dance and fuck and occasionally kill each other. Dr. Frank-N-Furter creates a Frankensteinian monster (to have sex with), but is eventually foiled by his two assistants who feel he’s gone native and want to go back to their home planet. All the alien stuff is revealed about ten minutes before the movie’s over, by the way.
If you like musicals– no, if you LOVE musicals, you’ll love this movie. It’s about as unabashedly campy as a musical can get. It’s basically like watching Grease, only with a lot of transvestism. That being said, if you hate musicals with a burning passion like myself and all rational human beings, you will fucking hate this movie. It was pretty clearly made as a spoof of 50’s B-horror movies, but at the same time they make it a legitimate musical and put all this cross-dressing bisexual stuff in there for shock value (which really does not age well as none of that shit is shocking here in the future and it ends up just being annoying), and also it’s just not written well. At all. I think I can basically say that everything in this movie is terrible, except for Tim Curry, who really does turn in the best performance of his career.
All in all, Rocky Horror is a pretty bad movie that became famous because it’s been celebrated as an exceptionally bad movie for so long that it went around the bend and people started enjoying it unironically. In that respect, it’s a lot like My Little Pony. Just… really terrible and the people who are really into it are kinda scary.