Review: “The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again”

FOX commemorated the fall and Halloween season by making its own revival of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Victoria Justice, Adam Lambert, and Christina Milian were a part of the star-studded, talented cast. Instead of FOX just remaking the movie straight, it was clever for them to incorporate the aspect of midnight shows and pan to the movie theater audience when the action of the musical cued audience participation.

Ryan McCartan and Victoria Justice, as Brad and Janet, in "The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again."
Ryan McCartan and Victoria Justice, as Brad and Janet, in “The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again.”

Since different television networks have been televising musicals live, I was surprised that FOX had everything pre-recorded. It would have connected more with the viewing audience if the audience in the movie theater was live, participating with us.

"The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again" movie theater audience.
“The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again” movie theater audience.

To Rocky Horror Picture Show “virgins” (those who have never seen it), it is a satire of old horror movies, and the storyline does not necessarily make perfect sense. The 1975 movie, based on the 1973 stage production, has a huge following with midnight shows where the audience dresses as their favorite characters and watching the movie has become an interactive experience. It has a cult following because it is a story about acceptance with a resounding theme to its audiences to “don’t dream it, be it.”

I was first exposed to the original Rocky Horror Picture Show when I was a theater kid in high school. My classmates were talking about it, and I did not know what they were referring to. VH1 showed it late one night on their television channel, and I snuck to watch it. I was surprised to find well-known celebrities in the movie like Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick, and Meat Loaf. I appreciated the caliber of the musical vignettes and loved the “Time Warp” dance.

Tim Curry, as Dr. Frank-n-Furter, in the original "Rocky Horror Picture Show" movie.
Tim Curry, as Dr. Frank-n-Furter, in the original “Rocky Horror Picture Show” movie.

I was thrilled that FOX managed to have Tim Curry play the part of the Narrator. Since Tim’s stroke, he rarely makes public appearances. And Tim was fantastic!

Tim Curry, as the narrator, in "The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again."
Tim Curry, as the narrator, in “The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again.”

The storyline of The Rocky Horror Picture Show is not necessarily intended for young children. A transvestite from Transylvania named Dr. Frank-n-Furter (Tim Curry in the original movie, but played by Laverne Cox in the remake) creates a boy-toy named Rocky. A newly engaged couple, Brad and Janet, need to make a phone call because their car has a flat tire. Brad and Janet knock on Dr. Frank-n-Furter’s door to place a phone call, only to visit on the night Rocky comes to life and experience the antics that are The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Laverne Cox, as Dr. Frank-n-Furter, in "The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again"
Laverne Cox, as Dr. Frank-n-Furter, in “The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again”

The original Rocky Horror Picture Show debuted over forty years ago. Since then much has changed for the transvestite/transgendered community. It is interesting to note that in the original, Dr. Frank-n-Furter was referred to as a ‘he.’ Now that individuals are referred to the pronouns that they feel they are, Laverne Cox was referred to as a ‘she’ in FOX’s remake.

FOX did a good job capturing the essence of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. If you missed it, it is available for streaming and its soundtrack is available now. Also, different midnight shows of the original movie are shown in different areas, so if you are interested in experiencing one, research and attend.

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