In The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Brad Majors (Barry Bostwick) and Janet Weiss (Susan Sarandon) are a newly-engaged couple out on a drive one night, when their car suddenly breaks down in front of a castle full of strange people attending something called the “Annual Transylvania Convention”. The host of the event, Dr. Frank N. Furter (Tim Curry), welcomes them to the event, and shows them to separate bedrooms.
What follows afterwards is a bizarre comedy of events as Dr. Frank variously brings a Frankenstein-like creation to life, deceptively challenges the sexuality of both Brad and Janet, murders one of his servants, and generally creates mayhem. Janet also becomes intimate with the monster, known as Rocky, bringing upon them the ire of both Frank and Brad.
In an unlikely transpiring of events, Brad and Janet’s high school science teacher appears, looking for his nephew, who was the one murdered by Frank, and all are treated to a vast dinner banquet featuring dishes of the murdered boy’s body. This results in a climax of Frank using a futuristic device to force all of the guests to take part in a large-scale cabaret show, finally interrupted by two of Frank’s friends, Riff Raff and Magenta, who then reveal that the Transylvanians are in fact from another planet. They slay Frank, and release Brad, Janet and the teacher outside, before taking off in their castle-cum-starship back to their homeworld.
“For a movie that’s mostly a plotless mix of old sci-fi flicks and Bowie-esque gender-bending, Rocky Horror continues to charm. That’s due in part to the honest delight we take in the freedoms this movie so cheerfully flaunts.”
— Entertainment Weekly
“The material inspires affection, given its knowing pastiche of everything from Universal horrors to ’50s grade-Z sci-fi, and a shamelessly hedonistic, fiercely independent sensibility that must have seemed a welcome relief from the mainstream bombast of other ’70s musicals.”
— Time Out London
Did You Know?
Although The Rocky Horror Picture Show directed by the talented Jim Sharman originally bombed in its feature release, new life was breathed into it as underground midnight screenings later began to air in cities across the world, where viewers would often get into the movie via costume and props, also imitating the choreographed song-and-dance numbers that the movie has become so famous for. Review our Gay Themed Films Here
Featured by Filmmaker Michael Varrati in the Halloween Featurette The Queering of Horror Movies