Rocky Horr-Endous?

So, I have been a fan of the “Rocky Horror Picture Show” for around 29years. I first saw it when I was 12 on the TV on one of those late night horror movie showings that you used to get late on a Saturday night. And I was absolutely hooked!

I don’t know what it is about the show, but it thrills me with delight every time I watch it. I get sucked into the plot, even thought I have seen it more than 40 times. I know every line of dialogue, and sing along with every single song.

Tim Curry is like an idol to me. His subliminal performance will never be bettered. He IS Frank N Furter.

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Sweet Transvestite

So it was with some dismay and trepidation that I found myself reading about the new remake of this iconic classic. Fox TV had decided to redo what is an untouchable film, with a new sparkling “made for TV” film.

Firstly, I did’t quite get why they felt the need to do so. Rocky Horror Picture Show still packs out cinema screenings, and live shows have people flocking to them, wearing the costumes, bringing the props and getting right into the audience participation.

It is more successful now, than when it was first released, which is pretty impressive for a film that is 41 years old.

Anyway, I saw that the new remake “The Rocky Horror Picture Show – Let’s do the Timewarp again” was being shown on Fox, so I duly Sky+’d it.

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The New Cast

Returning home late from a function, I thought there was no better time to give the film a go. I got it my silky robe and gown (audience participation right there) poured a glass of bubbles and pressed play.

The film starts off slightly different in the aspect of seeing lots of customers all going into a Cinema. The Usherette singing “Science Fiction Double Feature”. From behind you see the assembled audience and the cinema screen. It pans out and all you see is the film.

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And then it starts.

Now even though I am a die-hard original fan, I held back my scepticism and tried to watch it with an unbiased eye.

Even so, it was quite hard to do so! The only way I can describe this version is “Rocky Horror Meets Glee”. Everyone is so very pretty. Theyl look like all-American gorgeous people. Not dorky, geeky or freaky which was the original plan. I think this is in part due to Kenny Ortega, (best known for the High School Musical franchise) who directed, choreographed and executive-produced this remake. The scenes are glossier, the costumes more inventive, and the songs that little bit more over the top.

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Even Riff-Raff is handsome! Look at that pout!

That is quite a sweeping statement I think. Can you really get more over the top that the original? Well, yes you can. The songs have become somehow sanitised, and in my opinion, it is all a bit passe.

When the news broke about the cast, there was some controversy over using Laverne Cox in the lead role. Many people thought it was groundbreaking to have a transgender person play the role, and others thought it was poor casting.

In my opinion, Laverne Cox was totally the wrong choice for the role.

Now before you start jumping down my throat about transgender rights, the reason I felt she was wrong for the role was because she was just too beautiful and womanly. The whole point of Frank is that he is a transvestite (remember the lyrics to the song) He looks like a man dresses in women’s lingerie; who can forget that iconic outfit, with the short corset, nipples on show, black briefs and stockings.

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So Very Beautiful!

Laverne is simply stunning! Legs that just won’t quit, and breasts even I was envious of! She didn’t look like a man in drag (which is what Frank is) just a beautifully gorgeous woman. The gowns and lingerie she had were classy not cheap and tacky like the original. This is why I think she looked too good for the role.

It may seem like I am being negative about the whole production. But there are some great parts to it. My favourite thing about the new production was the clever audience participation.

Now, if ever you have been to a live performance of RHPS, you will know that they encourage you to take props; a newspaper for during the rain scene, rice for the wedding, water pistols, torches and more. When it gets to certain parts in the show, the audience call out lines, or heckle. It makes for an amazing experience and the audience definitely get more involved.

During sections of the film, it panned out so you saw the cinema screen, with the audience in the stalls. They were holding newspapers over their heads, waving hands in the air with torches aloft. It brought the live show experience to the cinema version.  It was a genius idea and I thought it really worked.

The second great thing was the addition of a “rock band” with three backing singers who sang along with all the well known songs. I felt it brought something new to the production and the performances were pretty electric. Adam Lambert as Eddie was pretty spectacular (and I have never been a massive fan of his to be honest)

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Eddie – The No Good Kid

The worst part for me is the Glee-ification of the film. The tendency to make things overly twee and saccharine sweet really annoys me.  I actually liked the Glee series. It had its niche. But I don’t see the need to make every film like that. We have Pitch Perfect already, you don’t need to make something that was originally edgy and different, sound like everything else.

I never intended to write a review of the film. I was telling my hubby all about it and critiquing it and he said “It sounds like you are reviewing the film” so, with it being Halloween I thought it was a good idea.

Overall, it wasn’t a bad film. It was entertaining and brought a few new things to the table. Is it better than the original? Not on your life! The original is still the biggest and the best.

Tim Curry, for me will never be surpassed. Whilst he plays the role of the Narrator in this remake, he will forever be my “Sweet Transvestite”

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The Freaks Assemble

If you are a die-hard RHPS fan, this isn’t a bad film to watch, it just isn’t the original. If you have never seen the film before, firstly why not? Secondly, you could do far worse than putting this on.

Just make sure you watch the original after!

Are you a RHPS fan? Did you watch the remake? I would love to hear your thoughts

Till next time


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  • LaaLaa

    I love RHPS, I didn’t bother to watch this, I love Laverne and agree with even the stills I have seen – she was too womanly for this role. xo

    • Tanya Brannan

      She is absolutely gorgeous though 🙂 xx

      • LaaLaa

        Totally agree xo

  • I really enjoyed the new movie of RHPS! i felt like everyone did an amazing job! I also loved the costumes so much!

    xoxo, Candice

    • Tanya Brannan

      The costumes were amazing! I just prefer the original. Wish I looked like the Usherette though! lol xxx

  • Joanna

    I’ve not seen either of the RHPS I’d love to see the live show though.

    • Tanya Brannan

      The live show is such good fun! I hope to go again next year x

  • Jodie Whitham

    I’ve never seen rocky horror despite one of my friends dressing up with her hubby every year! It looks like great though. What a great post 🙂 i couldn’t stop reading x

    • Tanya Brannan

      Aww thanks Jodie! I am glad you liked it. RHPS is not everyone’s cup of tea, but it is mine every time! xxx

  • As someone who loved the original and the stage show I couldn’t even make it 1/2 way through this one 🙁 such a shame they turned it into what it is. However I’m sure it will appeal to a different audience.

    • Tanya Brannan

      I agree totally with you, and if it reaches an even wider audience, then that is great. It just isn’t for me xx

  • It’s not for me, but I always get cheered by the fact that these live events will turn people on to the originals.

    • Tanya Brannan

      Exactly, it does serve a good purpose xx

  • Beautyqueenuk

    It has been absolute years since I’ve seen RHS but I do totally get your point x

    • Tanya Brannan

      Might be time to give it another go 😉 xx

  • Hungry_Healthy_Happy

    Can you believe that I have never actually seen it! I need to change that soon I think.

    • Tanya Brannan

      Definitely!! It is silly, but good fun with a cracking soundtrack xx

  • I don’t think a movie like this should be re-made because it’s so iconic it’s just never going to live up to the original. I totally agree about Laverne, it just isn’t what the role is about x

    • Tanya Brannan

      Couldn’t have said it better! xx

  • Georgina

    I cant believe I havent actually seen it yet haha I think I need to sit down and watch! x

    • Tanya Brannan

      Do it! It is fun and lively, and a little silly, but great! xx

  • I was so dubious when they announced this, but after seeing the opening previewed, became really intrigued! Whilst it’ll never eve replace the original, I must admit I’m quite excited to view it as a fluffy piece of fun. 🙂 x

    • Tanya Brannan

      It certainly had the fun factor, but not as good as the original in my opinion xx

  • Harriet @ Toby&Roo

    Would you judge me if I said I haven’t seen the original or the adaption? It isn’t my cup of tea really but I think I ought to see it just to say I have! H x

    • Tanya Brannan

      Not at all! Your choice totally, honey xx

  • I’ve never actually seen the Rocky Horror Picture Show but I feel like I need to! x

    • Tanya Brannan

      If you like great catchy songs, and a bit of silliness, you might enjoy it! x

  • fashion-mommy

    Recently saw it on the stage for the first time and loved it, but don’t fancy this version.

    • Tanya Brannan

      It could have been better, in my opinion xx

  • Laura

    I haven’t seen Rocky Horror or any version but I’m not sure its something I’d enjoy. My friends though absolutely LOVE it!! xxx

    • Tanya Brannan

      It is fun and a little silly – probably why I love it! xx

  • jigsawparenting

    oh my 17 year old is a huge fan and I have had to watch it many times, I love the songs I admit

    • Tanya Brannan

      They are amazing, aren’t they? x

  • Christine Dodd

    Still never watched it although I would love to see it live one day.

    • Tanya Brannan

      I highly recommend the stage show 🙂 xx

  • i didn’t know there was a remake. this sounds like one of those, don’t have high expectations when you watch it kind of films

    • Tanya Brannan

      Which is exactly how I felt about it too Nicol xx

  • I have never seen the original never mind the remake. I always think you should never tamper with the originals! x

    • Tanya Brannan

      Totally Agree!! X

  • I’ve never seen or heard of it, but it sounds good!

    • Tanya Brannan

      It was ok, but the original is far superior x

  • Shame about some poor casting but otherwise not seen or heard of it before. I have to check out the original first then see the remake

    • Tanya Brannan

      Definitely! Best way to do it I think x

  • Hannah Heartss ❄️⛄️

    I have never actually seen th original, need to watch!

    • Tanya Brannan

      You do! Silly musical fun, but so addictive xx

  • You often can’t beat the original can you – love that it had audience participation though

    • Tanya Brannan

      You really can’t, and the audience was my favourite part of the new version x

  • Francesca Nelson

    Can you believe I’ve never seen it!? I know I know don’t mock me haha I really really want to though its been on my list for a long time!

    • Tanya Brannan

      You should! I got quite a cheap version from Amazon recently xx

  • I have never heard or seen this before. Sounds interesting.

    • Tanya Brannan

      It is a cult classic, and insanely popular too xx

  • I love the Rocky Horror Picture Show, I never even heard that there was a remake so I might have to give it a watch xx

    • Tanya Brannan

      The original will never be beaten 🙂 xx

  • Melanie Edjourian

    I think it’s great that they have so much audience participation it makes the whole show much more enjoyable.

    • Tanya Brannan

      It really does! It makes it so much fun xx

  • I have never watched the original but we did it as a play at school, thinkni need to watch it now

    • Tanya Brannan

      WOW! At school! That is amazing xx

  • Nikee Rayner

    I completely agree with this. My experiences with the live shows and of course the classic film completely trumped this remake. It was just irrelevant to me, nothing like the original concept. There have been other ‘live filmed made for tv’ adaptations, did you see the one they did for Grease? It was perfection. They didn’t try and change it, just enhanced it in the best way possible. Watch that if you need a pick me up after this let down!

    • Tanya Brannan

      I haven’t seen the Grease one, but will have to look out for it. You are right though, just irrelevant and a letdown xx