Rocky Horror Picture Show: Then Versus Now

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Ariane Jensen

Whether you are a “virgin”, “masturbator” or “slut”, you are always welcome at the Rocky Horror Picture Show. The original motion picture premiered in 1975 with a wild cast including Tim Curry as Dr. Frank-N-Furter, Susan Sarandon as Janet Weiss and many more.

This year, Fox Network produced the TV-movie remake titled “Let’s Do The Time Warp Again,” airing right after the 41 anniversary of the original picture.

The new cast includes the vivacious Laverne Cox as Dr. Frank-N-Furter, Victoria Justice as Janet Weiss and Curry as the criminologist and narrator of the story, a great nod to the 1975 hit.

The new adaptation features changes to the several songs, and also some script changes to enable all characters to speak, but also to add to the general sexuality of the show.

The songs were all put to a live band which slowed them down significantly, and made them somewhat unrecognizable. When actually addressing the “Time Warp,” Fox network seemed to skip over it. Giving it a brief minute and a half performance and only featuring the original choreography once.

However, the audience was included in the film. That was a smart addition for the people who plan on attending the live performance, since having the audience allows viewers to know the proper cues to use props.

Some more changes that were evident was the extra dialog during sex scenes, the assistant in the narrator’s office and Colombia’s monologue. Fox did a great job of explaining characters and their backgrounds, something that was needed in the original movie.

Overall, the new rendition was slightly disappointing, and nothing will really live up to the original Rocky Horror motion picture. There is something so incredible about the grittiness of the film. This new TV movie was too shiny and tried too hard to be as flawless as the original that we have come to love and enjoy.