The Canon 21 | 4/6/15
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
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This week Devin & Amy are doing the time warp as they discuss their first musical film, Richard O’Brien’s 1975 cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Should this film be entered into the canon based upon it being the most successful midnight movie in film history? Or should it be judged as a poorly paced movie that is so bad that the audience had to begin interacting with it just to get through the movie? Would cinema be introduced to Tim Curry otherwise? Tune in to hear about Devin & Amy’s first encounter with this weird, sexually liberating, never ending night -- and head to the forums on Wolfpop to cast the deciding vote!

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t3xa5
t3xa5
2 posts

Amy wins this one, hands down. Put Rocky horror in the canon!

beccalise
beccalise
3 posts

I see a lot of Devin's points, but it's so damn iconic. It's the ultimate midnight movie and definitely deserves a place in the canon.

moxfulder
moxfulder
16 posts

Yay, Rocky Horror fits the canon nicely.

mattdupree
mattdupree
2 posts

Yes.
As much as I agree with Devin on the film's faults, I also agree with Amy on the strength of its particular brand of outsider magic. And I'd rather live in a world where we validate those who make something truly daring and magical than one where we say "Sorry, your pacing just wasn't there. Maybe next opus."

mallorens
mallorens
7 posts

I vote yes, but I do get how Devin wouldn't be impressed with the film as an adult. It's not a movie I'd watch at home anymore, though I would go to a live show. But decades later it's still a touchstone for young weirdos who are growing up in repressive, homophobic places. A movie that can influence generations of teens to embrace being different is Canon-worthy. And yeah, the music is really fun. Devin's sighs weren't a good enough argument this time!

timothy
timothy
8 posts

I vote yes. Everything wrong with the movie is completely overshadowed by everything great in it. Tim Curry's performance alone is Canon worthy.

srubia
srubia
1 posts

Yes yes yes, a million times yes. I am unpleasantly surprised that you guys did not delve into what I consider to be the main thesis statement or underlying meaning in the movie: that as a gay man, Richard O'Brien must have felt exactly like the monsters he saw in the B movies of the 50s. But anyway, my vote is YES.

Mycoal
Mycoal
11 posts

I would put it in the canon because it is really the only film in the audience participation category, which makes it unfair to not include that unique element going for it. On video, I do agree that it is hard to finish watching. The first act is amazing though.

witeklewis
witeklewis
2 posts

NO!!
Although, I disagree with Devin's argument over Rocky Horror's "unauthentic" marketing strategy; there is an endless precedent of great movies being re-packaged for a "midnight audience" by their studios. Regardless of the distribution method, people still went to see it in droves, which in itself is an act of authenticity. What about "2001"? It was initially a flop and was re-marketed as a "stoner" flick by MGM.