On rare occasions, truly bizarre movies capture the audience in a way that the fandom alone sets them on a path to a much coveted place on the cult classic shelf.
That is exactly what happened with the insanely popular musical The Rocky Horror Picture Show, an incredibly colorful story which not only became one of the most prominent bizarre feature films ever, but also formed a strong lineage for every movie-loving underdog out there.
They walk to a nearby castle where they find a truly bizarre group of people, holding an Annual Transylvanian Convention.
They get acquainted with servants Riff Raff and Magenta (Richard O’Brien and Patricia Quinn), brother and sister, a groupie Columbia (Nell Campbell), and Dr. Frank N. Furter (Tim Curry), a sweet transvestite from Transsexual, Transylvania.
Frank claims that he has discovered the secret to life itself in his lab, so he created Rocky Horror (Peter Hinwood), and incredibly good-looking man. The celebration gets interrupted by Eddie (Meat Loaf), a delivery boy and both Columbia and Frank’s ex-lover, who’s also a partial brain donor to Rocky. Frank kills Eddie, and everyone goes to sleep.
However, during the night, Frank climbs into everyone’s bed, and has relations with almost everyone in the castle. In the middle of the night, Brad and Janet’s old high-school teacher Dr. Everett Scott (Jonathan Adams) invades the estate to find his nephew, Eddie. Riff raff and Magenta also discover Janet and Rocky in bed together, and everyone goes to dinner only to realize that they have been served with Eddie’s prepared remains.
Frank captures Rocky, Columbia, Bard, and Janet and makes them into nude statues, so they could perform a live cabaret show with him. The show is interrupted by Magenta and Riff Raff, who reveal themselves as aliens from the planet Transsexual in the galaxy of Transylvania, kill Rocky and Columbia, as well as Frank, who failed their mission.
They release Janet. Brad and Dr. Scott and depart by lifting the whole castle. A criminologist, who has been narrating the tale, concludes that the human race is “equivalent to insects crawling on the planet’s surface.”
Box Office Performance
The Rocky Horror Picture Show was a great success, grossing in a total of $112,892,319 worldwide.
Jim Sharman’s 1975 British-American musical comedy sci-fi horror film managed to capture an unlikely combination of genres in a truly fun and imaginative way. Even the soundtrack from The Rocky Horror Picture Show made its way into history, with catchy tunes and sassy lyrics provided by Richard O’Brien, who apart from acting in the picture, penned down the screenplay along with Sharman.
The heritage will likely live on forever, as every new generation discovers the unusualness of this story about a sex-crazed intergalactic company.