The Rocky Horror Picture Show (R)
Time Out says
Why did the fans turn late-nite screenings of this cult favorite into an elaborate ritual of dressing-up, singing along, throwing rice and waving cigarette lighters? Well, for one thing, the material inspires affection, given its knowing pastiche of everything from Universal horrors to '50s grade-Z sci-fi, and a shamelessly hedonistic, fiercely independent sensibility that must have seemed a welcome relief from the mainstream bombast of other '70s musicals (not exactly Jesus Christ Superstar, is it?). However, dare we suggest that the whole participation angle evolved to boost a movie that is something of an enthusiastic shambles, and collapses altogether in the final reel? Fresh-faced Sarandon and Bostwick are the all-American honeymooners who wind up in the tender care of Tim Curry's camper-than-thou Transylvanian transvestite, O'Brien's hunchback butler and sundry kinky cronies. A string of hummable songs gives it momentum, Gray's admirably straight-faced narrator holds it together, and a run on black lingerie takes care of almost everything else.
Mon Sep 29, 1975
Cast and crew
Meatloaf, Barry Bostwick, Richard O'Brien, Nell Campbell, Charles Gray, Christopher Biggins, Patricia Quinn, Peter Hinwood, Jonathan Adams, Susan Sarandon, Tim Curry
Richard O'Brien, Jim Sharman