HAPPY HALLOWEEN! I don’t know about you but I can’t get enough David S. Pumpkins.
Being that it is so close to Halloween I want to talk about one of my favorite fictional worlds to escape to: The Rocky Horror Picture show.
It was around Halloween time, and I was in 5th grade home alone with my older brother when I found it. I was channel surfing in my parents room when I landed a scene with a large pink laboratory and a man in makeup and pearls. I stopped instantly to try to figure out what I was seeing, being in 5th grade this was my first exposure to anything like that, I figure I would watch for a couple of minutes to get some laughs and a story for my friends at school. Before I knew it, I had finished the entire movie.
I was too young to understand a lot of what was happening in the movie, all I knew was I was transformed. I remember sitting back and having to physically take a moment to gather myself. I had no idea what I just watched I just knew I wanted more (more…more…more…). It was weird, and wonderful, the music blew me away, specifically Tim Curry was damn magical. Everything about it blew me away, there was just something about it that I couldn’t put my finger on. Luckily for me, the station played the movie back to back.
Now I watch it at least once a year since the first viewing. Every time it ends the same way for me, I still have to sit back and take a deep breath. I am not the only one, lost to the The Rocky Horror Picture Show. It is the longest running movie ever. The odd movie really speaks to people. Richard O’Brien created this bizarre world, a home for the weirdos and odd ducks. The Time Warp became like an anthem for the non conventional-conversationalists. To the people who don’t like it, we always have the same response of “You just don’t get it.”
On the surface it seems like a cheesy, over the top film. The actors all seem to over-act and plot makes very little sense. The problem I have found with non-fans is they take it all way too seriously, some don’t really see that it a satire of the old sci-fi or horror films. It’s all supposed to be like that. I do have to say though, this is one of those situations where if one thing were different I don’t think the movie would have worked. There was just this special combination of the right time, the right actors and the right director. It is something that can never be duplicated (As much as I love the companion piece Shock
Treatment, it was no Rocky Horror). Another time and other actors and it wouldn’t have been as magical.
I’m certainly not here to judge the remake Fox just did, but to me it didn’t work. They just don’t compare to the 1975 cast, they had a way of being over the top without seeming like they were trying too hard. Barry Bostwick has a very specific type of comedy and timing that I don’t think the new guy, or any actor for that matter, could really capture with out seeming like a caricature of Brad. Laverne Cox is great, but no one can touch Tim Curry. I’m going to stop there because I don’t want to turn this into a bash-fest on the remake (there’s not enough room for my thoughts on Riff Raff alone).
Rocky Horror Picture Show taught me a lot over the years, and the older I got the more the lines and comments I actually started to understand. It will always be a staple in my life, one I love to turn to when I am feeling down or even just in the mood for a good musical. It’s good for feeling nostalgic, or wanting to dance.
Thank you Richard O’Brien for this wonderful gift you’ve given the world.