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The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)


Written by Tim Dirks

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Movie Title/Year and Scene Descriptions

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975, UK/US)

In director Jim Sharman's ultimate-audience sing-along participation midnight-movie cult-musical film:

  • the opening song Science Fiction/Double Feature sung by a giant pair of disembodied blood-red lips under the opening credits (voice of Richard O'Brien as Riff Raff) - a tribute to Hollywood's B-horror films
  • the wedding photo opportunity - taken on the front steps of a church in Denton, Texas in 1974, foreshadowing three of the film's future characters - Riff Raff and Magenta (an "American Gothic" couple), and Dr. Frank-n-Furter (the Minister)
  • the musically-vocal marriage proposal (Dammit Janet) of wholesome, strait-laced hero Brad Major (Barry Bostwick) to his girlfriend Janet Weiss (Susan Sarandon), first in the church cemetery and then in the church, following their attendance at a friend's wedding
  • the introduction of the Narrator, criminologist-expert (Charles Gray), who was in an impressive-looking study, viewing a projected slide image of the suspicious wedding photo - and explaining the tale ("The Denton Affair") of the film's hero and heroine, with a thick scrapbook of photographs of their experiences
  • after the wedding, when returning home on a rainy night, Brad's car had a blow-out - and they were forced to walk back to a gothic castle-mansion; they entered the outer gate (with a sign: ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK!!), and sang (There's a Light) Over at the Frankenstein Place
The Castle-Mansion's Outer Gate Sign
"Over at the Frankenstein Place"
Brad and Janet at the Castle Door
  • the engaged young couple Brad and Janet were met at the front door by hunchbacked butler Riff Raff (Richard O’Brien) and his sister - domestic maid Magenta (Patricia Quinn); they entered into the castle where a group of annual conventioneers (from the planet Transsexual) danced and sang a rendition of the Time Warp - the film's major musical highlight; the Narrator provided a pull-down chart of dance steps for instruction's sake: "It's just a jump to the left" - and the guests responded: "And then a step to the right...Let's do the Time Warp again"; part way through the song, Janet fainted; further chorus verses were sung by Magenta and household groupie Columbia (Laura "Little Nell" Campbell)
"Time Warp"
  • a black-cloaked figure descended in an elevator behind them, tapping one sequin-encrusted high-heeled boot; Brad tried to reassure Janet: "I'm here, there's nothing to worry about"; when the elevator opened behind the couple, the figure in the elevator turned toward Janet, causing her to scream and faint at the sight of the heavily-made up character
  • the couple experienced the dramatic entrance of fishnet and heels-wearing Dr. Frank N. Furter (Tim Curry) with heavy mascara; as a greeting, the crazed, mad transexual transvestite sang: "How do ya do-a" to Brad; then, he strutted boldly forward through a gauntlet lineup of the revelers; on a stage in front of the banner reading ANNUAL TRANSYLVANIAN CONVENTION, he dropped his black cloak onto his throne behind him to reveal his sexy, skimpy, cross-dressed lingerie outfit: a pearl necklace, a leather draw-string vest, a tight corset (with leather bikini briefs), fishnet stockings, black garters, and high-heeled boots
The Dramatic Entrance of Dr. Frank N. Furter
"Sweet Transvestite"
  • he seductively sang the campy classic Sweet Transvestite to the newly-engaged couple : "I'm just a sweet transvestite... from Transssssexual Transylvania-hah-hah!"
  • afterwards, he invited the two to stay the night - ("Why don'tcha stay for the night?") - in their underwear, Brad and Janet visited his secret upstairs lab for the unveiling of his artificial Frankenstein-esque creation - a mummified humanoid suspended in a large vat of water; the creature was revealed to be a reanimated, attractive muscle-bound, whitish-blonde-haired, beefcake playmate sex toy named Rocky Horror (Peter Hinwood)
  • the sudden appearance of biker Eddie (Meatloaf), Frank's ex-lover with a gash over his forehead, from a DEEP FREEZE cyrogenic refrigerator on his motorcycle, and his rockin' performance of Hot Patootie Bless My Soul (an ode to rock 'n' roll) with his current girlfriend Columbia; to prove that ex-boyfriend Eddie no longer meant anything to him, Frank murdered (off-screen) Eddie with an ice-pick inside the cyrogenic chamber; Frank then reassured and comforted Rocky: "Don't be upset. It was a mercy killing! He had a certain naive charm, but no - muscle"; during Dr. Frank N. Furter's reprise of I Can Make You a Man, Janet unexpectedly piped up: "I'm a muscle fan!"
  • the suggestive dual scenes of the two separated honeymooners Janet and Brad - in a lighted tent: (1) first - a heterosexual coupling with Janet filmed in reddish light, and (2) a second homosexual pairing with Brad in bluish light; during Janet's sequence, she was spied upon via a bedroom video monitor by Riff Raff and Magenta
The Dual Seductions of Janet and Brad - Both by Frank
Janet in Red Light
Brad in Blue Light
  • the sequence of Janet's sexual awakening and subsequent vengeful seduction of bi-sexual Rocky (to cheat on Brad a second time), while wearing nothing but a white bra and panties as she made love to the idealized, male love machine creation, singing: Touch-a Touch-a Touch Me ("I thought there's no use getting Into heavy petting It only leads to trouble And seat wetting Now all I want to know Is how to go I've tasted blood and I want more...I'll put up no resistance I want to stay the distance I've got an itch to scratch I need assistance Touch-a touch-a touch-a touch me I wanna be dirty Thrill me, chill me, fulfill me Creature of the night...")
Janet and Rocky
"Touch-a Touch-a Touch Me"
  • the arrival of wheelchaired, rival scientist Dr. Everett Scott ((Jonathan Adams), viewed suspiciously by Frank as a UFO investigator; Dr. Scott claimed he was there to look for his missing nephew Eddie
  • the exclamation of names in the dialogue following the discovery of Janet and Rocky under a red sheet where they had just made love - all the main characters in the same room called out each other's names in surprise: ("Janet!" "Dr. Scott!" "Janet!" "Brad!" "Rocky!", etc.)
  • the sequence of a cannibalistic dinner, when Frank carved up the meat platter - and Dr. Scott memoralized Eddie in a song (Eddie) about how he was a troubled "no-good" youth after the death of his mother (his only interests were rock-and-roll, porn, and motorcycles): "All he wanted was rock-and-roll porn. And a motorbike. Shooting up the junk. He was a low-down, cheap little punk! Taking everyone for a ride"; the narrator showed pictures from the scrapbook of Eddie's life - including dirty photos, his police record of fingerprints, and his mug shots
  • after the song, Frank removed the tablecloth and suddenly revealed Eddie's decomposing corpse under the table, framed in a glass coffin; Eddie's body had been mutilated for the night's meal - and they had literally eaten 'Meatloaf'
  • to cover up for his ghastly crime, the mad Frank-N-Furter flipped a switch on his alien technology (a Sonic Transducer) in the laboratory to first freeze Brad, Janet, and Dr. Scott where they were positioned; and then Magenta flipped another switch on his Medusa, and one by one, the three were transformed into nude marble-stone statues; with a few more switch pulls, Columbia (who had just given Frank an ultimatum) and Rocky were also converted into statues
Frank's Sonic Transducer
Janet's Fear: "You mean he's going to send us to another planet!"
Transformed into Living Marble Statues
  • on an empty stage, each of the four marble statues (except Dr. Scott) had been bedecked by Frank in his decadent drag garb (singing and dancing versions of Frank), costumed in similar stiletto high-heels, fishnet stockings, boas and tight black corsets on stage; each of them was resurrected or reanimated with Frank's de-Medusa machine, and then performed Rose Tint My World as a preface to Frank's cabaret show
The Statues One by One Came to Life on the Empty Stage Before the Show - Beginning with Columbia
  • the climactic "floor show" medley was then presented in the empty theater in front of an RKO Radio Picture Tower logo (with emitting sparks); Rocky, Columbia, Janet, and Brad now functioned as backup singers; the camera zoomed into Frank who was in front of the tower, and as lead singer crooned: ("Whatever happened to Fay Wray..."); he also sang about how they could become sexually liberated by giving themselves over "to absolute pleasure - Swim the warm waters of sins of the flesh. Erotic nightmares beyond any measure. And sensual daydreams to treasure forever"
  • in the climax of the performance, Frank encouraged everyone to follow his example of diving into a swimming pool that had magically materialized before him; the four others joined him in the water, a la Busby Berkeley style, and sang, kissed and made love to each other during the pool orgy, while singing Frank's refrain: "Don't dream it. Be it. Don't dream it. Be it...."
  • after Frank sang the first verse of Wild and Untamed Thing in the pool, he climbed out and joined the four others to perform more refrains during an energetic song-and-dance routine on stage - including kicks in a chorus line: "We're a wild and an untamed thing. We're a bee with a deadly sting. You gotta hit and your mind goes ping! Your heart'll pump and your blood will sing. So let the party and the sound rock on. We're gonna shake it 'till the life has gone. Rose tint my world, keep me safe from my trouble and pain"
The Floor Show
  • suddenly in the finale, Magenta (with a Bride of Frankenstein hairdo) and Riff Raff (with a pitchfork-shaped laser ray-gun), both wearing futuristic gold and silver costumes, interrupted the performance, and announced: "Frank-N-Furter, it's all over Your mission is a failure Your lifestyle's too extreme I'm your new commander You now are my prisoner We return to Transylvania Prepare the transit beam"
  • Frank was allowed to sing a farewell song: I'm Going Home in a circular spotlight on stage; Riff Raff's plan was to return everyone (members of the alien race) back to Transylvania (the galaxy that hosted their home planet), but to leave Frank behind; Frank had to be eliminated with the laser weapon ("a laser capable of emitting a beam of pure anti-matter"), for the crime of killing Eddie; Frank was struck by a laser blast while attempting to escape as he backed up and climbed the stage curtain; he fell to the stage floor dead
The Death of Frank by Laser Gun -
The Toppling of the RKO Tower and Death of Rocky in the Pool
  • Rocky came to Frank's side, and carried Frank's corpse to the top of the RKO radio tower, while blasts struck him; when the tower toppled backwards, Rocky plunged into the pool and died; Riff Raff and Magenta revealed themselves as aliens - incestuous siblings from outer space (from the planet Transsexual in the galaxy of Transylvania): (Riff Raff: "Our noble mission is almost completed, my most beautiful sister, and soon we shall return to the moon-drenched shores of our beloved planet"); after Magenta joyfully led a brief reprise of the Time Warp song (with its "dark refrain"), the entire castle blasted off into space in the castle-mansion, doubling as an alien spaceship
  • in the conclusion, Brad, Janet and Dr. Scott were freed, but crawling in the dirt where the castle had once been, as the narrator summarized: "And crawling on the planet’s face, some insects called the human race. Lost in time and lost in space and meaning"; the film ended with a reprise of the opening song - Science Fiction - Double Feature - with cast pictures

The Opening Song: "Science Fiction/Double Feature"

The Wedding Photo

Brad's Proposal to Janet

The Film's Narrator - A Criminologist

Riff Raff (Richard O'Brien)

Magenta (Patricia Quinn)

Columbia ("Little Nell" Campbell)

Frank in His Surgeon's Outfit in His Laboratory Greeting Brad and Janet

Frank's Unveiling of His Mummified Creation in a Vat of Water

The 'Birth' of Rocky Horror

Rocky with Frank

Biker Eddie's "Hot Patootie Bless My Soul"

Frank with Ice-Pick - To Murder Eddie

Janet's Decision to Seek Sexual Revenge

Janet Making Love with Rocky

Dr. Everett Scott (Jonathan Adams)

The Discovery of Janet and Rocky After They Had Sex

The Cannibalistic Dinner Scene - Carving the Meat

The Unveiling of Eddie's Mutilated Corpse Under the Table

The Pool Orgy

The Finale of "Wild and Untamed Thing"

Riff Raff and Magenta Threatening

Spaceship (Castle) Blasting Off into Space

The Criminologist-Narrator's Final Words


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