He did the Warp, He did the Time Warp – A Review of The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

by Cesidia on October 26, 2011

thumbnailThe Rocky Horror Picture Show was a movie I had always heard about but I never had seen. It wasn’t until Glee did a Halloween special last year that I finally decided to see it. I had watched the Glee episode and had really enjoyed it. So my sister borrowed the movie from her friend and we watched it. Finally, I saw what all this fuss was about. So maybe it was a weird cult-inspiring type movie, but it’s actually pretty good.  Being a low budget movie, it’s not the best quality of film production I’ve ever seen, but they made it work. As a huge fan of musicals and theatre I fell in love a tiny bit. Needless to say, doing the Time-Warp with all my friends in the chorus room happened probably a bit too often.

The movie starts out just as many other movies do, with a couple who are ready to get married. In a corny love song, probably written to make fun of real, corny love songs, Brad Majors (Barry Bostwick), “A hero”, professes his love for Janet Weiss (Susan Sarandon), “A heroine”. They are going to visit a friend of theirs when the movie suddenly turns horror. The car breaks down in a downpour in the middle of a forest. Thankfully, Janet is smarter than most horror characters who find themselves alone in these type situations and tells Brad she will go with him to the closest house to use the phone. As they enter the house the horror builds but is crushed as soon as they walk into a big room with a chorus of oddly dressed people in weird sunglasses doing a dance called “The Time Warp.” At this point in the movie the audience is confused as to what to consider this movie. It has now turned from a horror film to a comedy. But it isn’t until Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry) enters in his wonderful ensemble complete with corset, fishnets and high heels, that the film takes a complete turn away from horror.  I will admit, the movie is slightly odd, but it’s still hilarious. The whole movie is basically fueled by they sexual tension between the characters and leads to many different couples, including Frank-N-Furter & Janet and Frank-N-Furter & Brad and Frank-N-Furter & Rocky the creature (Peter Hinwood) and Janet & Rocky and, well, you get it.

The best scene by far is the one when the characters catch Janet and Rocky together. Brad and Janet’s friend Dr. Everett Scott has just entered as well. Everyone is surprised about the whole situation and respond by saying each other’s names over and over again. Janet, Dr. Scott, Janet, Brad, Rocky, (Rocky looks), Janet, Dr. Scott, Janet, Brad, Rocky (Rocky looks), and on and on. It is probably the funniest scene, or at least the only laugh out loud scene, in the entire movie.

Other than that, the movie is an awkward-funny. It’s comical because it’s weird. The songs and lyrics are hilarious, but the movie is kinda confusing and doesn’t completely make sense. There are some disgusting parts, like when Frank-N-Furter murders Eddie, but overall the movie is just funny. It’s creative and odd, which is why it is a great movie. No wonder why there was a cult that formed because of it. If you don’t have anything to do this Halloween I suggest this movie. It’s not quite comedy, not quite thriller, not quite horror, but not quite romantic either, which makes it a perfect movie.

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