"Don't dream it, be it." This is the mantra of The Rocky Horror Picture Show which is the Queen Mother of all camp horror movies. First seen on stage and then adapted into a movie, RHPS is the perfect blend of horror, comedy, camp and musical numbers. This is the movie for everyone who felt "different" while they were growing up. It's a celebration of life, love and "absolute pleasure."
The original play was written by Richard O'Brien who plays Riff-Raff in the movie version. Jim Sharman wrote the screenplay and also directed the film. RHPS had a very limited budget but this actually works to its advantage. The sets are simple but effective and this puts the focus on the actors which is a good thing. Sharman had an extremely talented cast to work with including Tim Curry as Dr. Frank-N-Furter [sheer perfection], Susan Sarandon as Janet, and Barry Bostwick as Brad. Throw in Meatloaf for good measure and movie magic is born.
The set up is simple: A young couple's car breaks down on an dark, stormy night. They seek shelter and "hospitality" at the house of Dr. Frank-N-Furter. The rest goes downhill from there [or uphill depending upon your perspective.]
I've seen this film in all its incarnations: the musical revival on Broadway, a local community theater production, on the big screen with a theater full of fans, on a flat screen TV and on my ipod. It works in every format. However, the best way to see RHPS is in a movie theater with a live audience and a shadow cast. It's absolute mayhem! [Those experiencing this camp classic for the first time might want to watch it on TV first and then head to a midnight showing.] Thankfully, I live in Asheville, NC where RHPS is shown once a month at the Carolina Cinema. I always dress up and bring the usual props with me. Don't miss this one. It simply doesn't get any better than this!
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.