Fellow “Creatures of the Night,” Halloween is upon us, and many of you may be racking your brains for the perfect scary movie to watch. Unfortunately for me, I am not the biggest fan of horror films. In fact, I hate them. They turn me into a paranoid freak, looking behind shower curtains to make sure there’s nobody there. I essentially become Rockwell, singing “I always feel like somebody’s watching me.” That is why I typically look to a more comedic, musical style of horror and watch a classic: The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Released in 1975, The Rocky Horror Picture Show follows a newly engaged couple, Brad and Janet, as they embark on a frightening journey. When their car breaks down in the middle of nowhere, they decide to make their way to a castle they had passed and ask to borrow a phone. However, once they arrive at the castle, they are met by a very eccentric group of characters. Dr. Frank N. Furter, a “sweet transvestite,” leads Brad and Janet around his lab and shows them his “creation.” The plot, as if it weren’t already strange enough, ensues as Dr. Frank N. Furter kills a man out of jealousy. He then tricks Janet AND Brad and separately seduces each of them. After Janet’s sexual awakening, she then seduces Dr. Frank N. Furter’s creation, Rocky, with a song. The movie somehow seamlessly transitions into the main characters being turned to stone and later forced to perform on stage with Dr. Frank N. Furter. To end, two characters return as aliens and begin killing off Dr. Frank N. Furter and his creation before returning to Transylvania and letting Brad and Janet live, crawling away from the castle in a desperate effort to escape.
Though the plot may sound strange and disjointed, the movie is well worth the watch, simply for the musical numbers. I find it impossible to sit through the movie without dancing along to the “Time Warp” or singing along with other popular songs like “Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch Me.”
To this day, The Rocky Horror Picture Show remains extremely popular, as it holds a major cult following attending frequent midnight showings. The first time I saw the film was at one of these showings; I was shocked and amused as men around me came dressed in lingerie screamed along and brought props to participate with the film. I had no idea what was going on, but I loved the eccentricity.
Rather than an actual “horror,” “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” could more aptly be described as “outrageous,” “fun,” and “unconventional.” There is gore and murder, but it’s also the perfect film for a fun night of singing, dancing and laughs.
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