Narrated as a documentary the film follows newly engaged couple, Brad and Janet, as they venture out on a dark and stormy night to meet up with some friends. As the storm rages and worsens the pair end up stuck on a dark road. They rush to a nearby mansion to see if they can call a tow truck and as they are ushered inside they realize they many have accidently walked into a strange party of some sort… hosted by a man who by all accounts is a far cry from what they consider normal.
As the night progresses with no tow truck in sight the pair find themselves getting dragged deeper and deeper into the insanity that surrounds them… will they ever get away? And when they do will they ever be the same?
-Genre: Musical Horror Comedy
-Creator: Richard O’Brien
-Length: 100 minutes
-Rating: R (nudity, explicit sexual content, cross-dressing, moderate violence and gore, moderate profanity including the use of the word fuck, smoking and alcohol use, some intense and disturbing moments)
-Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, YouTube, DVD, Blue-Ray, or look for it at your local library. If you are reading this after the Coronavirus Pandemic Quarantine of 2020: look for a local playhouse production of the theatre production, or a local theatre’s October showing of the film. If you do this then ALWAYS check for the rules and regulations of the theatre regarding audience participation bags and supplies. Find our article on this information here:
-Main Cast: Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick, Richard O’Brien, Patricia Quinn, Nell Campbell, Johnathan Adams, Peter Hinwood, Meat Loaf, Charles Gray, Jeremy Newson, Hilary Farr
-Page of Reference in RPO: 178
Review (contains spoilers):
One of the best WORST movies of all time. This film capitalizes on the fact that it is just hands down BAD.
Because of this it is a cult classic. From Tim Curry’s epic performance as the transvestite alien entity that is Dr. Frankenfurter to the riff on the now abysmal horror films of the 1930s to the 1960s this fill is full of nods to the world of science-fiction and horror.
The cast does a stellar job being over the top putting on the performance of a lifetime. And while no one can ever call this film GOOD by any stretch of the imagination there is something wonderful about the comradery and community that can be found around this film.
Made famous by its incredible soundtrack, audience participation and encouraging its following to dress up and toss everything from toilet paper to toast at the screen this film has created a cultural phenomena all its own.
This is one I watch every year and while I know it isn’t safe to do so I wish I could go to a showing this year. It is a tradition that I miss.
If you want to participate at home you can find our riff on a Mystery Science Theatre 3000 overlay here:
Or the extensive list of call-backs, costumes and kit items here:
Do note that for all of the hideously bad acting and over the top and often fake looking effects this film is not for kids. This is for adults. It contains extensive sexual scenes, sexual fantasies, skimpy and provocative dress, nudity, sexual jokes, murder, mayhem and references to cannibalism. It is rated R for a reason.