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.