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This week we review a cult film. Okay, we review THE cult film. Our pairing is "transvestite musicals" and we're starting with the grand marshal of them all, the theatrical play-turned-movie-turned-Broadway smash, the midnight movie to end all midnight movies! That's right, it's time to get your toast and your Scott toilet paper ready, we're looking at 1975's flop-turned-cult-classic, "The Rocky Horror Picture Show!" And, although it's now meant to be accompanied by a veritable ton of audience participation, the trio are looking at it solely as a stand-alone film! Created by Richard O'Brien (who also plays "Riff Raff" in the film), and directed by Jim Sharman, the film stars Tim Curry (in his first cinematic role) as Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a mad scientist (and also a lyrically-proclaimed transvestite) who, with his assistants Riff Raff and Magenta (Patricia Quinn), and groupie Columbia (Nell Campbell), is throwing a party to celebrate his Frankenstein-esque animation of his "monster," a hunk known only as Rocky (Peter Hinwood). But the surprise appearance of conservative couple Brad Majors (Barry Bostwick) and his fiance Janet Weiss (Susan Sarandon), and later Brad's mentor Dr. Everett V. Scott (Jonathan Adams) throw a wrench in his plans, which are further interrupted by the narrator and criminologist (Charles Gray) and the doctor's previous attempt, known only as Eddie (Meatloaf). This is a one-of-a-kind experience, and the fact that it's STILL being show in midnight theatres around the world is a testament to its creativity and the lasting power of its ultimate message!
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