As people have said, this film got a horribly bad rap, and made verylittlemoney. The reason, as people have also said, is that it was expected to bein the same vein as RHPS, which it simply was not. Sure, it had RichardO'Brien's trademark musical style and whimsy, but it wasn't the campykitschpeople were expecting. It was, in fact, an intellectual movie with aseriousmessage, a brilliant satire of life in the late 20th century. O'Brientakesjabs at the hallmarks of the decline of modern Western civilisation;conformity, machismo, brainwashing, and the absurdity of the "AmericanDream".<br><br>The plot can be a little hard to discern on the first viewing, but, aswithmany great intellectual films, more nuances of what O'Brien is trying tosayare picked up with each subsequent viewing. The film is certainly surreal,to say the least; and I would suspect psychedelics were somehow involvedinthe writing of the script. Denton, the picaresque happy U.S. everytown, isactually just a television studio; and all the residents are characters ontelevision shows or are in the audience. Enter Brad and Janet, who, afterexperiencing the "horrors" of RHPS, are having marital difficulties. Thisworks perfectly into the plan of a mysterious fast food magnate, whointendsto steal Janet away from her husband and use her to promote his business.Heconspires to have Brad locked up in the local mental hospital/soap opera,while promoting Janet as a new bombshell sensation, and taking the wholetown under his thumb.<br><br>In short, if you're looking for more of RHPS, you will be sorelydisappointed. But if you want a thought-provoking yet whimsical,tongue-in-cheek attack on all that is mind-numbing and soul crushing inourmodern world, definately check this film out. Jonathan Swift would beproud.
Comedy / Musical
Comedy / Musical
Following on from "The Rocky Horror Picture Show", this musical is set several years later in Brad and Janet Majors' hometown - which has become a giant TV station; residents are either participants or viewers. They are married now, but their romance has fallen on the rocks. Ostensibly to fix their marriage, Brad is imprisoned on the program "Dentonvale" (the local mental hospital) while Janet is conscripted to become a new star. As Janet is entranced by the high life, she forgets Brad. Who is trying to woo her away?
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