When someone sings Let’s Do the Time Warp Again, are you eager to sing along…or eager to flee the scene?
Spawned from the 1973 stage musical The Rocky Horror Show, the enduringly popular 1975 cinema adaptation starring Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, and Barry Bostwick is a staple of midnight screenings. If you had to choose a movie to represent the “dictionary definition” of cult film, this one would probably top most lists…whether you adore the film or loathe it. Even if you are a Rocky Horror “virgin”—having never attended one of its famous interactive screenings, where crowds of fans who have the dialogue memorized show up in costume, talk back to the screen, throw toast in the air, shoot water pistols, and so on—it’s nearly certain you know something about the movie. Or maybe you know everything about the movie.
Where does Movie Irv reside on this love-hate continuum?
Should The Rocky Horror Picture Show be ranked as one of the greatest filmic phenomena of all time? Fans, share the particulars of your love for Rocky Horror; detractors, feel free to make the case for why decades of sold-out showings have represented an unsightly boil on the beautiful body of movie history.