Movie Analysis and Critique

A story of creation, love, hate, adventure, and, most of all, sex; the story begins in Denton, Ohio as Brad Majors and Janet Weiss ( Dammit Janet), after getting engaged, travel to see “the man who began it,” Dr. Scott, but wind up at the castle of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a transvestite alien from the planet of Transsexual in the galaxy of Transylvania (Sweet Transvestite). And they meet Riff Raff, Magenta, and Columbia which leads to “doing the Time Warp again! ” They discover they have been there on a “special night. ” Frank’s creation is to be born!

As Rocky has been revealed (Sword of Damocles / I Can Make You A Man), rebel Eddie, Frank’s last-recent creation, ponders in on his motorcycle (Hot Patootie-Bless My Soul) whom Frank kills. In comes Dr. Everett Von Scott, he’s come for Eddie (Eddie’s Teddy) which results in the discovery of Eddie’s deceased body. Frank chases Janet and Brad and Dr. Scott chase Frank (Planet Schmanet Janet), which results in everybody (but Frank) getting frozen. Enter the floor show (Rose Tint My World / Don’t Dream It / Wild & Untamed Thing) which then turns into the horrifying death of both Frank and Columbia die and the castle’s blasting off!

Brad, Janet, and Dr. Scott survive and leave with torn clothes and battered bodies. Plot The plot of Rocky Horror Picture Show follows Janet and Brad, a newly engaged couple, as their car breaks down and they are forced to take shelter in the nearby mansion of mad scientist and transvestite Dr. Frank-N-Furter(my favorite). Dr. Frank invites them to watch his latest experiment, which brings the handsome Rocky Horror to life. Rocky, who is meant to be a boyfriend for Dr. Frank, prefers Janet, much to Frank and Brad’s horror.

After considerable confusion, and the arrival of an old professor of Janet and Brad, it is revealed that Frank and his servants, Riff-Raff and Magenta, are aliens. The two servants kill Frank and Rocky, take off in a spaceship, and leave the humans behind to cope with their much larger concept of reality. Sexuality/ Gender Issues The movie began conventionally enough, with Brad and Janet, a narrowly traditional, all American, couple suffering a flat tire in the middle of nowhere on a stormy night. When they knock on the door of a nearby castle, hoping to use the telephone, they are taken prisoner by the occupant, Dr.

Frank-N-Furter, a sexually obsessed, cross-dressing extraterrestrial from the planet Transsexual, of the galaxy Transylvania. Frank-N-Furter, it turns out, is something on the order of a human Id, acting out whatever sexual and aggressive urges bubble to the surface, which, among other things, leads him to brutally murder one of the male characters who is subsequently served for dinner. Early in the evening, he has Brad and Janet stripped to their underwear and sent to separate beds for the night.

He then enters their rooms in disguise and launches each on a journey to decadence, introducing Janet to the pleasures of sex, and Brad to the pleasures of homosexuality. The encounter profoundly changes the once-innocent Janet. As she becomes involved in another liaison in the castle, this time with a scantily clad artificial muscle boy named Rocky Horror, who was created by Frank-N-Furter in a laboratory as his personal sex toy, she describes her newly discovered yearning for the forbidden. “Touch-a touch-a touch-a touch me. I wanna be dirty,” she sings to Rocky Horror.

(The lyrics sound better sung than they do on the page. ) “Thrill me, chill me, fulfill me, creature of the night. ” So all in all, short dress exposing underwear, transvestism, homosexual song/talk/dance/presence/practices, adults in underwear, suggestive eye movements, very brief clothing, very detailed statue nudity, camera angle to force viewer on private parts, man on woman on the floor, clothed, vulgar motions, nudity behind translucent drapes, intercourse behind translucent drapes, nudity in plain view ,male head between a male’s legs behind translucent drapes ,”There’s no crime in giving

yourself over to pleasure. ” , inappropriate touch and begging for it , man and woman arising from prone wrapped in sheets, group licking/kissing Violence/Scariness Frank-N-Furter pushes Riff Raff to the floor as he’s cranking Rocky toward the ceiling. Frank-N-Furter chases after Eddie with a pick ax and hits him several times with it, killing him (heard, but not seen). Riff Raff throws a lit candle at Rocky as he climbs down an elevator shaft. Frank-N-Furter whips Riff Raff for allowing Rocky to escape. A large magnet pulls a professor through a cinder block wall.

Frank-N-Furter implies that the meat they’re eating for dinner was Eddie. Frank-N-Furter pushes Rocky across the room. Janet hits Frank-N-Furter in the crotch. Also, we see the murders of Columbia and Frank-N- Furter with a raygun used by riff raff. Substance Portrayal There is very mild and minor substance portrayal in this film. First off, there is no use of drugs. Alcohol (wine) is consumed during dinner (cannibalism/its assumed they eat eddie), and riff raff takes a swig after he pours everyone their glass. Smoking is incorporated in the film, A photographer smokes.

The narrator smokes a cigarette in nearly every time he’s seen. Brad smokes a cigarette after having sex with Frank-N-Furter. Frank-N-Furter smokes, as does a chamber maid. Crimes I believe the only crimes committed in this film were murder and maybe adultery, both unpunished. Morals/Issues/Values The film had no moral issues or values for me,(j) I saw it when I was eleven, my brother watched it when he was five and it became our favorite movie to watch, all day. My parents knew of this and did not have a problem. But I suppose the brother and sister kissing would be and issue.

Riff Raff and Magenta kiss during the movie. Also Rocky and Frank get married, that may be a moral issue for some. God’s name is also used in vain a few times. Theme “Give yourself over to absolute pleasure,” they tell us. “Swim the warm waters of sins of the flesh. Erotic nightmares beyond any measure…. “Don’t dream it. Be it. Don’t dream it. Be it…. ” …. “Don’t dream it. Be it. Don’t dream it. Be it…. ” Such an interpretation, of course, is close to the conservative claims that the media are the corrupters of youth and culture.

Frank-N-Furter here appears as a brilliantly Satanic figure who indulges in the essence of evil in which he shamelessly reveals in his own corruption and corrupting influence. But The Rocky Horror Picture Show also offers a way out, although it provides us with only the slightest information to understand what it is telling us. While Brad is undone by his exposure to the mad hedonism and shamelessness of Frank-N-Furter, Janet is freed by it. It is obvious that, as a result of her experience, she will neither be mad like Frank-N-Furter nor boringly traditional and narrow-minded, as she and Brad were when they arrived.

Technical There was definitely gender bending in this film. It was made up of standard shots, and I noticed a few tracking shots as well. The film’s plot, setting, and style echoes that of the Hammer Horror films, which had their own instantly recognisable style (just as Universal Studios’ horror films did), re-using sets and props through many of their films. Production designer Brian Thomson and director Jim Sharman chose locations, sets, and even props for “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” that were, in many cases, used in Hammer productions.

The classic “Creation” scene in Rocky Horror is so reminiscent of “Frankenstein” films because it uses the tank and dummy from a Hammer production of The Revenge of Frankenstein starring Peter Cushing. The castle is known as the Hammer House for the number of Hammer films in which it appeared. A great deal of location shooting took place there. At the time, the manor was in very dilapidated condition. Filming took place during autumn, which made conditions harsh. Today, the castle, Oakley Court, Berkshire, has been completely refurbished and is now a luxury hotel.