This particular movie is a movie that everyone needs to see at least once in their lifetime. It's very fun and very campy but also very weird and at times a little unpleasant. Those unpleasant scenes and unpleasant concepts such as incest and cannibalism are the things that prevent me from giving this a 100 purely based on its camp value. That being said, this movie probably wouldn't have gotten made in this day and age and the big question it brings up is...just, why? That question can be answered with the relatively simple answer of "It was the 1970's. They were high". The movie features some decent performances and some decent music, as well as transvestite Tim Curry.
The film is about Brad (Barry Bostwick) and Janet (Susan Sarandon), a newly engaged couple who's car breaks down in the middle of the night. They look for a place to use the phone and soon spiral into a world of craziness which Janet is willing to entwine herself in (figuratively and literally) than he is. There's also the issue of Frank N. Furter (Tim Curry's famous transvestite character) and his newborn creation, the titular Rocky Horror, who is mute except for singing and is a play on Frankenstein's monster. A sexy adventure ensues and ends in a way that I was not expecting, but I won't give away.
The film features some decent performances and some fairly memorable characters. Before I start about the acting, I must say this. I felt terribly sorry for Barry Bostwick's character Brad in the movie. He seemed like the only relatively normal character in the movie and it also takes supreme guts for an actor to spend the majority of a film in is underwear and then the last 20 minutes in drag that left very little to the imagination. Not to say at the time he didn't have the body for it, but it still takes guts. Thus, he was my favourite performance, which may seem a little bit surprising because Tim Curry was so crazy.
Susan Sarandon, Patricia Quinn, Nell Campbell, Richard O'Brien, and Meat Loaf also give great performances as well as Bostwick, but who takes the cake for craziness is Tim Curry as Dr. Frank N. Furter, the infamous transvestite. One of the most memorable and controversial film and stage characters ever, Tim Curry gave a flamboyantly hilarious and sometimes quite menacing performance as Frank N Furter, the mad scientist who created Rocky. The things he does could be considered sexually deviant and even morally reprehensible by some more conservative groups. Needless to say, this not-so-sweet transvestite will be remembered for decades to come as well as all the other great characters.
The musical numbers were also quite wonderful, my favourite being Dammit Janet, sung by Barry Bostwick just because it was so damn cute and Barry Bostwick happens to be a decent singer. There's also "Sweet Transvestite" sung by Tim Curry. There are some other good ones, like "Time Warp" and "Eddie" sung by various characters, but the two mentioned before are the best. Now with this review you must be wondering what I thought of the musical numbers of the Glee version of this. Well, I thought they were incredibly hit and miss, the most miss being Mercedes' (diva black girl) rendition of Sweet Transvestite. I mean, she has a nice voice and all, but just...no. Plus, FRANK N FURTER IS A MAN YOU DON'T HAVE A GIRL PLAY FRANK N FURTER THAT DEFEATS THE WHOLE TRANSVESTITE PURPOSE YOU BRAIN DEAD ASSHOLES. However, I thought their rendition of Time Warp was okay, as well as Finn (jock boy)'s rendition of Dammit Janet was okay. But this isn't a review of Glee, so I'm going to wrap this up.
I thought Rocky Horror was a great movie, but with too many unpleasant scenes of a sexual nature to keep me from enjoying it fully. However, I would recommend that everyone watch this movie at least once in their lifetimes because it truly is an experience. The only greater experience would be if I went back in time to the 1970's to watch this at a midnight showing in theatres. All in all, one of the weirdest, and greatest cult films ever made and one that will always be remembered.