The Rocky Horror Picture Show is definitely one of the weirdest things I’ve ever seen. Based on the stage show (which I’ve seen and was great fun), it’s long been a cult film and from my experience is rather polarising.
It compares both favourably and unfavourably to the stage show. In fact it’s a mixed bag throughout, as it’s definitely a film of two halves.
Tim Curry is absolutely mesmerising in the first half of the film, whilst the songs are so catchy that it doesn’t matter a jot that they make no sense at all. From his introduction to his seduction of Brad and Janet (I love how they use the same room lit differently), Curry is 100% committed and completely entertaining.
The second half loses it completely however as it becomes a messy (messier?) jumble of ideas that left my attention waning. As Frank-N-Furter unravels so does the film.
Regardless of that it’s still a very memorable tale and I completely understand how it’s gathered a cult following. It’s complete lack of budget works in its favour. Between the lack of money, people taking on multiple roles, and the aforementioned lighting trick, it’s got charm aplenty. You’ve just got to roll with it.