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Cult Corner III | The Rocky Horror Picture Show

17 February 2016
Cult Corner is a fortnightly film review series focused on reviewing everything from the cult to the classic. In the series’ third instalment, Gemma Pecorini Goodall reviews Richard O’Brien’s 1975 classic The Rock y Horror Picture Show.
If I were to write a review of a cult film and not doThe Rocky Horror Picture Show I think my friends and family would disown me. I first watched the camp cult masterpiece when I was about eight. At that age, the film made no sense to me and, dare I say it, scared me a little bit. When I watched it again, a few years older and a lot of films later, I was able to appreciate it for all its campy goodness and dramatics. The Rocky Horror Picture Show is now amongst my all time favourite films. Heck–I even dressed as Columbia for Halloween one year (so–much–glitter.)

The film begins at a wedding as Brad (Barry Bostwick) proposes to Janet (Susan Sarandon), his high school sweetheart. The newly betrothed then find themselves stranded in the middle of a storm, with a castle a short distance away. The couple decides to go towards the castle in search of a telephone, yet what they find instead is a party hosted by Dr. Frank N. Furter (Tim Curry), a mad transvestite scientist. What happens next involves singing, dancing and an obscene amount of double entendres, making The Rocky Horror Picture Show a must-see cult classic.

Regarded as a comedy-musical-horror, the plot is vague and nonsensical but what it lacks in narrative it makes up for in heart (and Tim Curry’s legs). The film pays homage, and often parodies, old horror and science fiction films – upping the ante with fishnets and plenty of sequins. The talented cast is undoubtedly what makes The Rocky Horror Picture Show so great, each actor feeding off the others’ energy. The cast pulls the film forward through musical numbers which, although not stellar songs, are undeniably some of the catchiest to ever grace the silver screen.

The film handles issues of sexuality and gender in a way not many films from that generation did, making it current even decades after its release. The Rocky Horror Picture Show is such a cult classic that it manages to sneak its way into the mainstream, such as the family dinner scene in Shrek 2, an entire episode of Glee (in which some original cast members graced our screens), The Perks of Being a Wallflower and the 1980’s classic Fame.

The script is excellent and spawned a whole culture of line-quoting and raucous live performances. In my opinion, every film aficionado is required to watch The Rocky Horror Picture Show–undoubtedly the most cult of all cult films.

You can often catch a screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Prince Charles Cinema in Leicester Square. The stage show is also currently on a U.K. tour – find out more about theatre dates at rockyhorror.co.uk.