Issue 18

Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) by Jim Sharman

Rutuparna Deshpande

The quintessential cult classic experience, which made film history.

The enduring, timeless quality of cult classics is that they don’t make much sense to those outside the fan following. That’s a part of their charm and Rocky Horror Picture Show embodies this queer fact. Full of catchy musical numbers, elaborate costumes and a stellar ensemble cast – this virtually plotless film has had fans coming back to it every week for the past 46 years. Thus, making it the longest-running theatrical release in film history. 

The film chronicles the story of newlyweds Brad and Janet who find themselves stranded at a certain Dr Frank N Furter’s castle. Though, a dark secret lies ahead. The movie’s dark humour constantly references the old-school low budget horror films of the 1920s and has an embedded hedonistic motto for its audience – give yourself over to absolute pleasure. 

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Rutuparna Deshpande is a second-year student of Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Ashoka University. 

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