The Rocky Horror Picture Show Analysis

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The rocky horror picture show is a 1975 musical comedy horror film directed by Jim Sharman. The story centers on a young newly engaged couple whose car breaks down in the rain near a castle where they seek a telephone to call for help. The castle is occupied by strangers in elaborate costumes celebrating an annual convention. They discover the head of the house is Frank N. Lurter, an apparent mad scientist who actually is an alien transvestite who creates a living muscle man in his labotory. The couple is seduced separately by the mad scientist and eventually released by the servants who take control from the mad scientist. (Ernest, 2011) The film opens with the surreal, disembodied and red lips ticked mouth of housekeeper Magenta Lasciviously singing the opening number and name dropping plenty of B-movie stars for a full four minutes. This initial introduction to a dramatic aesthetic of heavy cosmetics, juicy sexuality and overwrought enunciation primes us for the rest of the film, where more is more, and drama rules. The slightly hacked together costumes and awkward camera angles only serve to accentuate its B-movie aesthetic. The punk aesthetic and shoestring budget of the film has a less obvious but equally empowering impact, it’s a film that’s incredibly friendly to working class viewers. The film is styled to reflect a 50s aesthetic for Brad and Janet’s hometown of Denton. (Ernest, 2011) Rocky horror picture show is cult classic film that play with old 70s science
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