Cinema of the Week: Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

Kristen Hines, Columnist • khines14@ehc.edu

There are many movies that are considered cult classics, and one of the ones that people seem to bring up the most is the 1970s weird-fest that is ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’. Looking at it from the perspective of someone who’s not a diehard fan of this movie, it can only be described as one of the weirdest films in history.

According to the show’s creator, Richard O’Brien, the movie combines elements of B horror films, science-fiction, ominous dialogue, muscle flicks, and rock and roll all into one. And as expected, the result is something you have to see to believe. While the film starts off as a relatively normal horror movie setup, with a young couple getting lost and stumbling upon an old creepy castle to ask for directions, the plot quickly devolves into madness from there. It becomes a wild ride of catchy music, artificial life, sex, cross-dressing, and aliens, leaving you feeling both amazed and bewildered by what you just witnessed.

 

It’s the pure randomness of this movie that has drawn people in for so many years. Like most cult classics, Rocky Horror didn’t do so well when it was first released. But as the years passed, it somehow wormed its way into people’s hearts, resulting in midnight showings and even conventions spawned by the legacy it left behind. Late night showings result in the audience shouting responses to the characters on the screen, in the sense of Rifftracks or Mystery Science Theater 3000, expressing their affection for the movie while also poking fun at its flaws.

As stated before, Rocky Horror Picture Show is a movie you have to see to believe. It’s something you have to experience and it can’t be explained by word of mouth. Even though it may not be everyone’s cup of tea, everyone can admit that it’s certainly an experience you’ll never ever forget.

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