The Rocky Horror Picture Show


(out of 5)

There couldn’t possibly be a better way to spend Hallowe’en, or the odd Saturday night for that matter, or any night come to think of it, than cramming into a theatre in full regalia and an arsenal of props and singing along to this deliriously campy musical. Featuring early career performances by and (oh yeah, and !), it starts when Sarandon and fiance get a flat tire in the middle of the woods on a rainy night and take refuge in a nearby mansion. Imagine their surprise when the house turns out to be populated by aliens.  The couple have no idea what they’re in for, however, when they meet the leader of the pack (Curry), a sweet transvestite from Transsexual, Transylvania, a rockin’ rebel who has just created a gorgeous muscle man named Rocky to be his protege/child/sex god and wants to initiate our innocent heroes into his world of delightful depravity. A box office bomb upon its first release, eventually the tacky qualities of this film, which pays liberal tributes to the corny musicals of the thirties and beefcake culture of the fifties, won cult audiences over and they were soon to be seen watching the film in huge numbers with prepared responses for selected snatches of dialogue. The experience of watching it on the small-screen won’t be as fun, but the terrific songs and colourful costumes should still provide the odd thrill (not to mention how adorable little Susan is).


United Kingdom/USA, 1975

Directed by

Screenplay by Jim Sharman, , based on the musical play The Rocky Horror Show by Richard O’Brien

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by



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