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The Absolute Pleasure of the Rocky Horror Picture Show


“I would like, if I may, to take you on
a strange journey.” The Rocky Horror Picture Show isn’t just a
film with great songs, amazing costumes, and muscles. It’s also a declaration of sexual freedom,
of coming out, and giving yourself over to absolute pleasure. This is a story about the night the Rocky
Horror Picture Show changed my life. All aboard and welcome to Matt Baume’s culture
cruise, where we take a deep dive on LGBT themes on TV, in movies, in books, games,
and more. This time we’re looking at 1975’s The Rocky
Horror Picture Show and its subversive themes of eroding heterosexual tradition, finding
your fellow weirdos, and the awakening of queer desire. Culture Cruise is supported by folks who pledge
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Patreon.com/mattbaume or click the link in the description to join the folks who make
Culture Cruise possible. The Rocky Horror Picture show was a huge failure,
at least when it premiered. It was too weird, too queer, too musical at
a time when moviegoers stopped caring about showtunes. But within a few years, it found a new life
as an underground phenomenon. Here’s how a Rocky screening is depicted
just five years later in the movie Fame: it’s become an institution for weirdos where everyone
dresses up, shouts along, participates in rituals — like a Catholic mass but for drama
club kids. So how did that happen? Well … Rocky Horror starts in a suburban utopia. Straight people are getting married, like
they do, and everything is so very traditional. Especially Brad and Janet. “Uh, everyone knows that Betty is a wonderful
little cook.” But behind the familiar old institutions lurks
something sinister. Brad and Janet declare their love on the edge
of a graveyard, and they’re being watched over by someone … creepy. And on a dark and stormy night, their car
breaks down and they stumble into a world they never knew existed — and sexual desires
they never know how to acknowledge. The first time I saw The Rocky Horror Picture
Show was dark and stormy as well. I was caught in a blizzard… at a party…
in a mansion…. with a sexy man. And by the time I watched the sun come up
in the morning I’d been stripped of nearly everything I’d arrived with. A little context: In high school, I WAS Brad
and Janet. I grew up next to a cemetery, and was raised
to be well-behaved, polite, stuffy, and pretty square. “Any of you guys know how to Madison?” Rocky Horror entered my life a few days before
Christmas at a drama club party, held at a rich kid’s family mansion on top of a hill. There was a blizzard and I nearly didn’t make
it, but when I arrived, everyone was in the basement watching an old VHS copy of Rocky
Horror. There was a couple making out on a sofa. Some other kids were smoking pot. There was loud music. I would probably have left if not for the
blizzard. I had no idea what I’d just stumbled into. “It’s probably a hunting lodge for rich weirdos.” It’s the same vibe that Brad and Janet find
themselves walking into. Unfamiliar. Scary. Dangerous. And yet there’s something about it that’s
hard to resist. When everyone starts dancing, even the stuffy
criminologist joins in — with instructions and everything. “It’s just a jump to the left.” Still, at that party I felt incredibly nervous,
and was a little jealous of Janet when she fainted and didn’t have to worry about making
small talk. I was lucky, though — there was a cute senior
at the party named Patrick who I sort of knew, and he taught me the dance as it happened. I thought I’d figured out what this movie
is — oh, okay, it’s a good old fashioned traditional musical, right? And then… this happens. “I’m just a sweet transvestite!” This is Dr. Frank N Furter, the host of the
party, and he kind of broke my brain when I first saw him. He’s not a drag queen, exactly; he’s not masculine,
exactly; he’s not anything EXACTLY. He’s physically a boy, but flamboyant and
queer and totally unashamed, and he was everything I wished I wasn’t afraid to be. Back then, I was still closeted. Embarrassed enough about my skin, my hair,
my voice — I wasn’t eager to come out and give myself something else to be self-conscious
about. The extent of my flirting with boys was asking
if I could borrow a pen, then putting the cap in my mouth when I wrote, imagining that
they had done the same so it was like we were making out in a three-way with the pen. This was, in hindsight, a sign of some slight
sexual repression. The party guests in the movie are not repressed,
and I was so jealous. They’re having fun, and Frank N Furter is
having the most fun of all. Brad and Janet, in contrast, don’t even seem
to know they’re in the musical. “I’m glad we caught you at home. Could we use your phone?” Rocky Horror came out at a particularly tumultuous
time for queer folks — 1975. Fifteen years earlier was the end of the 1950s… “The problem of homosexuality is age old. In ancient Greece and Rome, this condition
was apparently accepted as a way of life. In this country the opposite is true.” Fifteen years later was the start of the 1990s. “Everyone wants someone to grow old with
and shouldn’t everyone have that chance?” Sophia I think I see what you’re getting
at.” “I don’t think you do. Blanche, would you marry me?” Rocky Horror sits halfway between a time when
queer people were arrested, beaten, and even given lobotomies; and a time when we queer
people could fight for the right to live the lives of their choosing. When I saw the contrast between the stuffy
straights and the dancing guests, I knew exactly which side I wanted to be on. Brad and Janet get stripped out of their wet
clothes, I wanted that to happen to me — I wanted someone to come along and pull away
every piece of my heterosexual disguise — which was, admittedly, already quite flimsy. I wanted to say what I was out loud. I wanted to be … “…vulnerable.” The film started firmly in rooted in heterosexual
traditions. And now, that’s being slowly dissolved as
the party grows ever more queer. Dr. Frank N Furter unveils his monster — essentially
a gay pride mummy, which when unwrapped is a pure sex object. “Well, Brad and Janet, what do you think
of him?” “Well, I don’t like men with too many muscles.” “I didn’t make him for you!” I gasped when I heard that line. If this muscle man wasn’t for a woman, who
is he for? Oh, he’s for men. This is an object of desire designed for a
gay gaze — as a sheltered teen, I had never seen anything like that. And a lot of audiences in the mid-70s probably
hadn’t either. Eventually, the movie introduces Meat Loaf
as Eddie to add a little heterosexual counterpoint. It’s probably not a coincidence that the party
I was at drifted away from the screen during his scene. A couple people broke away to play spin the
bottle, and when Patrick the senior joined them, I decided I needed to as well. That’s how I had my first kiss with a boy,
accompanied by Meat Loaf on the saxophone. I remember thinking, Oh my God, what did I
just do? Was it wrong to kiss a boy? Fortunately, the movie has an answer to that. “There’s no crime in giving yourself over
to pleasure.” That might be the most important line of the
film. Give yourself over to pleasure. Have fun. Don’t be afraid of feeling good. For a closeted kid in the 90s, those words
had incredible power. Imagine the power they must have had in the
70s, when the film first came out. It was just a few years after Stonewall, homosexuality
was a crime in most of the country, many doctors still considered it a mental illness. The social pressure to be straight, to never
give yourself over to anything pleasurable, was overwhelming. So it’s no surprise that Rocky Horror was
a commercial flop when it first came out. But then it found a new life as a midnight
movie. When the film screened at weird hours in weird
theaters, it drew crowds of weird people who dressed up, re-enacted the dances, and shouted
at the screen with new dialogue. These were folks hungry for something queer
on screen. They might look unremarkable by day, but by
night they could reveal themselves. Here’s a teenager talking about the movie’s
fans in 1978: “We’re all quite normal really.” That’s Michael Stipe by the way, 18 years
old, before he formed the band REM. Not a bad look for him. Whether in the 70s, the 90s, or today, Rocky
Horror is a movie by, for, and about people who feel like aliens and outsiders. And the movie says to them, don’t worry, you’re
not alone — people like us can find each other, at parties in the movie and at parties
in real life. And once you do, you can drop the exhausting
attempts to blend, stop hiding who you are and what you want, and just … give yourself
over to pleasure. Like this: “T-t-t-t-t-t-touch me” I was sitting next to Patrick when this song
came on, and I kept wishing that, as with the Time Warp, he’d help me re-enact it. But instead, he grew bored with the movie
and went upstairs to cause some mayhem. I followed him just in time to see him walk
into an indoor pool, fully dressed, because he thought it was funny. It was actually more hot than funny. Way hotter than the pool scene that I was
missing in the movie downstairs. Eventually someone found him a towel and dry
clothes, and I stood outside the bathroom and listened to him get dressed, wondering
what to say, while a song floated up from the basement. “Don’t dream it, be it.” Those voices, chanting over and over “don’t
dream it, be it” — they were telling me exactly what I needed to do. Rocky Horror ends with the party clearing
away, the house blasting off, and the survivors staggering out into the morning sun. They might return to their dreary lives, but
it’s unlikely they’ll forget what they’ve been through. And at my party, the sun was just coming up
when a couple of us decided to go for a walk. We all bundled up in winter coats and went
outside. The snow was fresh and blue with 5am light,
and there was a little bit of a mist rising off of it as we trudged through the woods
around the house. Out of nowhere, Patrick asked me, do you call
yourself gay or homosexual? For a moment I heard those words again — “Don’t
dream it, be it.” And I said, “I’m queer,” he said “okay,” that
was it. I was out. It was so easy. I kept waiting to feel embarrassed, now that
I’d said it out loud, but it never came. I did what the movie said. In the year that followed, I had my first
boyfriend, and my first kiss that hadn’t been assigned to me by a random lucky bottle spin. I went from the background of the chorus to
the lead in the next year’s school play — Jesus in Godspell, which I played as flamboyantly
as possible, essentially the Messiah by way of Frank N Furter. I started dressing loud, and adopted a truly
mortifying hairstyle that would have fit alongside Magenta and Riff Raff. At least some of these things I should have
been embarrassed about. But instead I just felt good. I felt pleasure. And as Rocky Horror teaches us, there’s no
crime in giving yourself over to that. Land ho! We’re pulling into port. Thanks for cruising along with us! And thanks to everyone who makes the Culture
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100 Comments

  1. John Harber Author

    I have not seen the film all the way through, but, about the time it was released in the United States (back then, it could take a up to a year for English and American films to get Australian distribution), the stage-show opened in Melbourne at the Regent, a disused, inner-city theatre which remained derelict, after the show closed a year-and-a-half later, until it was pulled down in the 80's.
    A couple of months after it opened, five or six of us drove into town on a hot summer's night to see the show in the dilapidated, old theatre which had most recently been used as a recording-studio by one of our commercial television-networks (and where I had been filmed competing in a quiz-show which pitted teams of high-school students against each other); we had such a good time that we went back to see the show numerous times throughout its run.
    Staging for the show was minimal, by today's standards, and utilised mostly scaffolding at the side of the stage while making the most of the Gothic Revival style interior of the theatre (to help set the mood before each performance, masked members of the chorus moved zombie-like amongst the audience as it entered in the dim-light, scaring unsuspecting patrons as they searched for their seats).
    About twenty years later, the actor, Max Phipps, who played Frank N Furter in those same performances, came into a cafe I owned and ran with my former partner, and, after confessing that, not only had I seen him on stage, but that he was my favourite actor to take the role, he would stop by whenever he was in town for work, to sit undisturbed in a corner with a cup of coffee, a cigarette and read a book; a lovely man who sadly passed away from cancer almost twenty years ago.

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  2. AlwaysGonnaSing Author

    I think I've always had a kind of apprehension about Rocky Horror because, to me, it seemed like it was portraying sexual coercion as being liberating. I just wanted to have my boundaries and not be mocked for it and thought of as a boring repressed prude. Plus the fans at showings have had the tendency to make me uncomfortable too. I am starting to consider another perspective on the movie and I respect that it personally meant so much to you at that time in your life. It's possible that I take for granted that I grew up in a household with fluid gender roles and open discussion of sexuality, so that had always just been normal to me. I never really felt the need to transgress further, and now I'm contemplating a lot about my existence as a modern queer person.

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  3. JLynnEchelon Author

    Okay, so that was a beautiful story, Matt. I was too young to really be watching it the first time I saw Rocky Horror, but I am kind of glad that I had a lot of time with it? Even at nine or ten you can tell that it's about acceptance with your equally weird friends before you know anything about sex. I don't think I know anyone who wanted to be Brad and Janet in the beginning of the movie. 😀

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  4. Sean Maher Author

    The stage production was a huge success too. Both Elvis Presley and Keith Moon were big fans. The success of the play made the movie possible. All the pieces seemed to fit into place for this movie to do as well as it did. It found its audience.

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  5. Doodlebob108 Author

    I was so extremely sheltered from LGBT stuff as child. Hell I was sheltered in general. Even as a teenager I wasn't allowed to go to parties or hang out with friends. If I was doing anything I had to be with my family.
    So my only exposure to LGBT stuff was through movies and TV shows.
    I would stay up late and watch Rocky horror while everyone else was asleep.
    I remember looking at Eddie specifically and wanting to be him. Masculine yet campy, and very bisexual.
    Now I'm 24 years old, finally out of my parents' grip and I'm a bi trans man. It feels very good to be myself now but I can't help but feel like I missed out on so many things other people got to have growing up. Still to this day I have never been on a date or had a kiss because I had no freedom growing up.

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  6. Someone random Author

    I remember watching this movie as a kid with my cousins and we’d always give nicknames to all the party goers in the background. Like the bald guy with the monocle we called Blofeld, purple haired lady was Dame Edna Everage, mini me, Jamaican guy we called Jake due to the show Becker lol oh the innocence of youth

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  7. Sam Bacon Author

    OH MY GAY GODS! How did I miss this last October? Let me dig out my fishnets and heels! Where did I put that feather boa? Who did I loan that wheelchair to? Has anyone seen my neck? Now where did Riff Raff and Magenta fly off to this time? There’s never a delivery boy around when you need one. Damnit , Janet, It looks like Meatloaf for dinner tonight. Good luck Ralph and Betty, we’ll see you in the sequel.

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  8. Sam Bacon Author

    BTW, as much as I absolutely LOVE RHPS, I think the “unofficial” sequel Shock Treatment is better. It’s also eerily foreboding as it tells the story of a conman using mass media to gaslight the gullible people of America into following him and giving him ultimate authority all in the name of Capitalism. This conman also has help from some foreign friends, and his only opponents are a handful of people who are labeled as crazy and fake. Shock Treatment was released in 1981. It’s also got a kickass soundtrack!

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  9. ItsRedrum Author

    "Gay Pride Mummy" needs to be a slogan
    Honestly this is the movie that made me question my sexuality and gender. Thanks Richard O'Brien

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  10. Ocean Pettigrew Author

    Finally some recognition for the most iconic film maybe ever. It’s such a cult classic and I’ve been going to shadow cast showings of it for two years but I first watched it (younger than I should have) when I was 10

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  11. GrnArrow092 Author

    Regardless of the kinds of themes that this movie has, I gave this movie a shot. I tried to watch it through and I tried to like it. At the end of the day, I just didn't like this movie.

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  12. Deja W Author

    It's ironic that he says "There's no crime in giving yourself over to pleasure" when in that scene he's literally disguised himself to trick them into sex. I feel like the gays of today would not receive that scene so well.

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  13. Linehp _ Author

    One of my all time favorite movies for so many reasons! Forced three of me friends to watch it too after I watched it cause I just had to see it again and I wanted them to experience it too.

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  14. Rusty Alcorta Author

    You are awesome I'm 68 and I feel you are staring the new gays in the right direction many blessings to you and may your channel always be there for everybody

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  15. 0_Vaporwave doggo _0 Author

    When I first came out the closet my moms first words were, "now I have to show you Rocky Horror"i was in seventh grade when I first saw this amazing movie 💗

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  16. Frank Gonzalez Official Author

    I was a teenagee in the late 90s early 2000s. I had the best time of my life in high school. I went to a huge school in a not so gay friend neighborhood in Houston Texas. I was bullied freshmen year then became a cheerleader and the rest is history. I was at all the parties, threw parties, school dances and football games and the boys of the boys lol

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  17. Ilian Langedijk Author

    Kinda funny
    So i just went to youtube once and just saw sweet transvestie song
    Me oh oké weird time to sent me this youtube butt oke
    And i just intants fall in love with it
    Seen the movie
    And wow a guy who wears girl clothes that is pretty gay im never doing that eww
    That statement did not age wel

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  18. 1983simi Author

    Whenever I meet people, queer or straight, who feel uncomfortable when confronted with the Rocky Horror Picture Show I just feel very deeply sorry for them. There's no way you're secure and comfortable with your own sexuality and at the same time not able to appreciate this trip of great music and delicious tension at least a little bit.

    My brother actually was taken to see it in the 70s itself with his high school class by their English teacher (in Germany). I think I saw it the first time age 12 or so and I went to see it at least a dozen time in theater and twice on stage. In my home town there's still a movie theater that shows it twice a week in a Rocky Horror themed decorated movie hall without break since 1977.

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  19. Zorion Mclarrin Author

    My mom knew I was bi even before I did, and when I turned 13 I saw Rocky Horror Picture Show for the first time and came out that year. When I told my mom she said "duh" gave me a hug and continued to smoke her cigarette. I'm lucky to have a wonderful mother like her.

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  20. Anne Nelson Author

    I first watched Rocky Horror years ago when I was just in intermediate school, since my dad showed it to me. I was absolutely entranced. Not too long later, I figured out I was bisexual, and Rocky Horror has been my favorite movie, and my opening door to the world of musical theater. This movie means so much to me and it puts a smile on my face when I see how it affected other people as well. I really want to see it live, someday.

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  21. Guppy Granny Author

    I love love love this film! But what I came away with back when I saw it in 1977 for the first time, was, yes dream it and be it, enjoy being your true self. But not at the expense of others. if you maliciously hurt people, (Just as aFrankie wantonly did) there will be consequences. That is the message that stays with me. Love you channel! Peace.

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  22. Guppy Granny Author

    I just had the most incredible epiphany! Donald Trump is a real life version of Dr. Frank-n-furter, from The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
    The parallels are startling.
    Both are obviously, mysteriously wealthy. Both are surrounded by a flock of minions that are inexplicably attracted to their “charisma “, even though, each has stepped all over and treated as disposable each and every person in their lives.
    When their eccentric, selfish, greedy actions are confronted, they rapidly explodes into anger and violence.
    Their only goal is their own happiness and pleasure, and getting their way at every turn, and, making themselves look good.
    Trump’s personal presentation may not be as creative as Frankie’s, but ick, that hairdo!
    Here is where they diverge.
    After abusing and walking all over and mistreating everyone ( including murder)*around him, FINALLY, Rifraf has had enough and shoots him with a lazer gun.
    We have come to that point with Trump. He has become to extreme and out of control.
    And it’s time to bring out the laser gun.
    *I do not know for sure if Trump has ever personally murdered anyone, but I do know he is a complicit accessory in at least a few. Jeffery Epstein for instance.

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  23. futilethewinds Author

    My mom couldn't wait until she could show me how much Rocky Horror had changed her life. I was still feeling a lot of internalized shame about my own sexuality. But I knew somehow, my mom had overcome the shame that she had been raised to have about her own. At least somewhat, in a meaningful way.

    When I watched it with her, it was like I could feel the healing that took place, I think she said it was a midnight showing in like, 1980 or later, when she just happened to walk in on a bunch of weirdos who were throwing rice everywhere and yelling at the screen.

    And I could see how meaningful it had been to her and how it gave her permission to stop feeling shame.

    And I can't remember whether this was before or after I came out to her, but she must've sensed I needed to experience this at the time, and I was like, "Whoa. Yeah. Don't dream it. Be it."

    And I kinda started living the rest of my life that way. And many people of several different ages have said kinda the same thing. Not quite the powerful iteration you have. But it moves me to see how it connects people across time and across the world, with the same message. It's okay to feel good. It's okay to desire things. Give yourself in to absolute pleasure.

    Although, can we not keep shouting "whore" at Janet in the year of our lord 2019? We don't slut shame in 2019 and honestly she's not more slutty than anyone else there. I guess it's ironic now? Eh. Felt really uncomfortable to me.

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  24. TeamChaosPrez Author

    i went to a rocky horror showing at a very old fashioned theater with my roommate and some other friends two months after i moved into my dorm during my freshman year of college. both my roommate and i are trans bisexual men. it was the first real freedom i felt, the first time i was surrounded by other queer people, the first time i ever really acted like a teenager. it was the most fun i've ever had in my life. i had orientation at a new job the following day and i was grinning the entire time.

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  25. The Neon Chimp Channel Author

    I don't know if I'm the only one, but I cried at the end of that movie because (spoilers ahead for those who've not seen it) Frank N Furter got killed. I was a young boy who didn't really fit in, but for some reason, I gravitated to that character. I'd eventually put it down to Tim Curry being awesome, but once I started accepting myself as transgender, it started to make more sense. Although Frank is a transvestite and I'm a transgender woman, it was probably the first time I'd seen anything like that other than maybe Dame Edna or things like that. I've actually never watched the film in full since, I was that upset that he was killed, despite the fact that he's clearly the bad guy. The songs still bring up mixed emotions to this day.

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  26. kawaiiconcept Author

    1. while I love the original I am so much more "impressed" by lavernne cox's fankenfurter
    2. this movie is part of the reason I wear my collar publicly, because i'm not afraid to be myself

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  27. nkotb 82 Author

    I love your story, it really brought so much more life to Rocky Horror through the personal experience you had with it! This was like watching a separate movie, I truly wish someone would make a documentary based on people's first experiences with this film! Also, the way you described the Dr. Is remenicsent of this for me. https://youtu.be/ZEd-jv5BPWs

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  28. Herne Webber Author

    You're wrong on your timeline. You originally stated too early. RHPS came out in Sept. '75, which later you got right. Fame came out May '80. But your analysis is sound.

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  29. FluffyCakes Lives Author

    I was in the NZ Rocky Horror Shadowcast as Janet (sometimes Columbia!) doing Midnight Performances.
    Water pistols, rice, condoms, party poppers..running & dancing through the audience in your underwear! – it is the ultimate in fun, fabulous naughtiness!!!

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  30. Edgar Suit Author

    My Dad saw this movie on a biz trip. It played locally, he told me we need to check it out. I was 15, in '85. Madonna was on SNL that night, so I kinda didn't want to go.
    We went to the theater. I didn't understand what was going on in the lobby. People in various states of undress running around. I was the youngest one there.
    We get seated. There were some strange announcements. I listened while reading a Zine I was passed on the way in. Where the hell did Dad bring me?
    The movie starts. So does the audience. I was immersed in an argument between a movie, and it's audience! People dressed like the characters were acting out the movie, in front of the movie.
    Then, as you mentioned Frank. The time warp was not enough lube to cover this opening! Blown away! Not only at him.
    The audience! They're celebrating his freakyness! Not only do they accept him, they Revere him! I found a home. Not a place where I was normal, a place where it was safe to be abnormal. To celebrate your difference. To use it as a strength, instead of a weakness.
    As a teenager, I was also down for throwing things and yelling as loud as I can. The whole experience spoke to me on so many different levels. But what I really took away was the fact that most of the people there were straight. I could go somewhere and be myself with others, and not feel like I'm going to get the crap beat out of me. I was welcomed. After around 200 times, I stopped counting. Sadly, in 95 the theater closed down. it pops up in the area sporadically every now and then.
    I'm happy that this movie lives on for the home experience. However, it's not nearly as wonderful. I urge everyone to go see it in the theater if they have the chance. It is a life-changing event. Time magazine called it a "PG toga party".

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  31. Butcher O’ Waifus Author

    Omfggg this made me cry😭 I’ve been calling myself straight for a while but I think all of my boyfriends ended up knowing I wasn’t that into it. So to hear this from you has put a lot of confidence in myself! Thank you❤️

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  32. Manubibi Walsh Author

    RHPS is the most gloriously queer piece of media I've ever seen. Unapologetic, slapping conformists right in the face, being big and flamboyand and colorful and even at some points disgusting and being all of that without giving a shit in the world.
    I must admit the piece of media that opened me up to queerness was not this but Queer as Folk (US) and since watching that I've never stopped loving the politics of queerness, and everything I saw in RHPS by then I'd already seen it because let's face it, in the mid 2000s it was not impossible to come across queer media.
    Still… it still feels liberating to watch and love.
    Also, Dr. Frank-n-furter is a goddamn look for Tim Curry, and that's his most iconic role for me.
    And your story is really cute and damn, again, MOOD.

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  33. Maddie H Author

    I always say when going to Rocky Horror I'm going to be with my people and it is so true. We are all weirdos that feel a little weird or awkward or something in the normal world and Rocky Horror is a way to let go and give ourselves over to pleasure and I'm thankful for it💓

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  34. Jenny M Author

    when the Rocky Horror EU Tour stopped in my city I thought I'd just check it out for shits n giggles, I didnt expect it to have such an emotional impact on me

    made me fall in love with musical theatre and led me on a really wild journey in life

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  35. Konga 5000 Author

    Back in the day we got so excited when we heard there was going to be a sequel…… UGH. It's about as good as "Grease 2" or "Jaws 2".

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  36. John Thelin Author

    I lost my virginity after the first time i saw RHPS in the theater, so I kind of get it. Thanks for a great story, though. Also…you know, I think asking "Do you call yourself gay or homosexual?" was Patrick's way of making a pass at you, but I could be wrong (I often am).

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  37. Lucille Braun Author

    WOW, I straight up started crying because of how special this movie is to you. I love that movie so much, and the knowledge that you got so much thanks to this movie just made me so so happy. Thank you for sharing this

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  38. N3rd Degree Author

    Wait wait wait. There is an important part of the story that's being way overlooked here. The message of the movie isn't just about giving yourself over to pleasure, but also the dangers of going too far. Frank becomes concerned only with his own pleasure and doesn't care if it comes at the expense of others. The movie is almost a musical version of Stranger in a Strange Land where an alien gets completely absorbed in hedonism. The thing Rocky does really well is showing the downsides of both self repression and zero inhibitions. The ultimate message is about balance.

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  39. M Author

    You how you can't unsee certain things when presented with a new perspective on a picture? I can't unthink Lily Peet's thoughts on The Rocky Horror Picture Show after hearing them, which are that it was an extremely antiLGBT movie "it's almost a minstrel show depiction of trans people" using just about every stereotype but people loved it because they were "so starved for content that they'll treat it like steak when they're thrown rotten maggot infested scraps".

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  40. Luna Pyrope Author

    I thought I was straight until 10th grade, but I had been obsessed with Rocky Horror since 8th grade because of that Glee episode…I guess I should have realized that in hindsight. Then again sometimes I think it may be different when you're female and obsessed with a musical. Male friendship in itself is seen as effeminate that it seems like men question themselves earlier when it comes to sexuality, out if my experience with my fellow queer friends at least.

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  41. Take On Geek Author

    One of the first things I did after coming out was getting 'Don't dream it…be it' tattooed on the inside of my wrist. My reminder to love all of me, to embrace myself, and to be happy. 🙂 Loved hearing your connection to the movie, Matt!

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  42. Tracy Rowe Author

    I performed in a stage production of Rocky Horror. My one and only time performing (I work in theater as a tech). It was terrifying and liberating at the same time. I never did master the Time Warp though.
    I just have one question. Why am I only now finding this channel???

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  43. Ducky Kittn Author

    This movie changed my life. It opened my eyes to the existence of gay. I was about 13, and from a very small, very conservative town. We have more churches than grocery stores and restaurants combined. I saw this on my 21 channel, uhf/vhf tv, with the 2 big knobs on front. When Tim Curry descended in that elevator, my world opened up and I saw someone who looked and FELT truly beautiful to me. Confident, sexy, INCLUSIVE, everything I wanted! I will admit, I was also tremendously confused as well. Did I want to be him? Did I want to be with him? Was it the lingerie? All I knew was, the world should be filled with Franks!

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