Rocky Horror Picture Show, a Review

Rocky Horror Picture Show, a Review

Within this week's article, I give a review about the odd but eye-catching cult classic, "Rocky Horror Picture Show".

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In a recent turn of events, I can finally say that I am no longer a Rocky Virgin. At the Saenger Theater in Downtown Hattiesburg, I experienced what was probably the weirdest event. "Rocky Horror Picture Show" is a cult classic movie released in 1975. It follows the characters, Brad and Janet, as they meet peculiar characters. I grew up watching this movie and street performers who reenact the "Time Warp" every Halloween. My family even has memories surrounding an incident where my sister managed to blow out the t.v. speakers during a watching of the movie. During the 80s or 90s, many angtsy teens who considered themselves to be "outcasts" would put on live performances of the show in front of a projector screen that showcased the film itself. This event gained much attention to the point where it still occurs today and has been mentioned in books such as "The Perks of Being a Wallflower".

On the Friday before Halloween, I got to live like a wallflower. My friend and I were both fans of the movie and decided to go impulsively the week before. I had heard about the audience participation but it wasn't until my friend showed me the lists upon lists of quotes and actions did I realize just how much would happen. Grant it, the Hattiesburg production only gave me a snippet of all that can happen during a watching. We got to the theater early for good spots. I had dressed up at the heroine, Janet Weiss, who begins the show a simple and modest pink and white outfit. It wasn't uncommon to dress up, in fact, it was weird not to.

The Hattiesburlesqe started the event off with performances as well as a costume closet. I went on stage, along with a few other girls who had dressed as various versions of Janet to see who was the best dressed. Naturally, the girl who was dressed as Janet during "Touch-A-Touch-A-Touch-A-Touch Me" won, however, I was still able to stay on stage to do the Time Warp with the Hattiesburlesqe. Once the introduction was done, we all watched the movie in a way that most people wouldn't expect. I barely knew enough to keep up, but I quickly learned simple things to shout at the screen. Even now, when I hear the name "Janet Weiss", I instinctively shout "SL*T", I'm cursed with the thought what happens when elbows touch, the picture of a man and wondering where his neck even is, and much more.

Included with the ten dollar admission feed, every audience member was given a small brown paper bag filled with props to be used during certain parts of the movie. We had a piece of newspaper to cover our heads from the rain, rain which came from tiny water guns shot by the audience. A single rubber glove to put on loudly with a "pop!". A plastic Champagne glass for yet a wonderful toast given by Dr. Frank-n-Furter, a transvestite from Transexual, Transylvania.

In the original production of Rocky, the mad but vibrant character of Dr. Frank-n-Furter was played by none other than Tim Curry. Throughout the movie, Curry is dressed (somewhat) in drag and is obsessed with creating himself the perfect man, Rocky. The movie begins to get confusing once we see the characters Brad and Janet enter into the Frankenstein Place where they meet an assortment of strange characters who generally make no logical sense. The confusion is only enhanced at the end, from a series of events that I couldn't possibly explain without not only spoiling it but also because it is explainable in itself. While I had the time of my life during the event, I can guarantee that I still am unsure of what the movie itself is about. All I know is that I will be there again next year.

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Netflix recently released a movie in May called "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile" (2019), based on the life of Ted Bundy from his girlfriend's viewpoint.

In 1980, an author and former Seattle police officer, Ann Rule, published a book about her experience and personal, close friendship with Ted Bundy, called "The Stranger Beside Me."

These two sources together create an explosion of important information we either skim over or ignore about Ted Bundy. Watching this movie and reading this book can really open your eyes to who Ted Bundy really was. Yeah, there are the confession tapes on Netflix, too, but these other things can really tie it all into one big masterpiece of destruction.

I swear, it will blow your mind in different ways you never thought possible.

In the movie, "Extremely Wicked", Zac Efron stars as the infamous Ted Bundy, America's most notorious serial killer. He portrayed the murderer who kidnapped, killed, and raped 30 women or more. Personally, he made a great Ted Bundy, mannerisms and all. Lily Collins stars as Ted's girlfriend who was easily manipulated by Ted and believed that he was innocent for years.

The movie is told in the order that Liz, Ted's girlfriend, remembers.

In the book, "The Stranger Beside Me", Ann Rule writes about Ted Bundy, who used to be her old friend. They met while working at a crisis center in the state of Washington and were close ever since. Like Liz, Ann believed he was innocent and that he was incapable of these horrific crimes.

Ted Bundy had made both Liz and Ann fools. He easily manipulated and lied to both women about many things for years, his murders being "one" of them.

Okay, so we all know that Ted Bundy was absolutely guilty as hell and totally murdered those women. 30 women or more. He literally confessed to that, but researchers and authorities believe that number to be way higher.

But... you must know that the movie and the book tell two different stories that lead to the same ending. That's why it's so intriguing.

At one point, I couldn't stop watching the movie. Then, I bought Ann Rule's book and was completely attached to it. I couldn't put it down.

For me, Ted Bundy is interesting to me. Unlike most young girls today, I don't have a thing for him nor do I think he's cute or hot. I know that he used his charm and looks to lure women into his murderous trap. That's why it's so hard to understand why this movie and book created a new generation of women "falling in love" with Ted Bundy.

GROSS: He sodomized women with objects. He bludgeoned women with objects or his own hands. He was a necrophile. Look those up if you have not a clue of what they mean. That could change your mind about your own feelings for Ted Bundy.

After "Extremely Wicked" and "The Stranger Beside Me", I now understand the criminal mind of Ted Bundy. He was insane, but he was also smart, put together, educated, charming, and lots more. That's why I'm so interested in why his brain was the way it was.

The criminal mind is an interesting topic for me anyway, but for Ted Bundy, it was amazing to learn about.

I highly recommend both the movie and the book I quickly read in two weeks! If you want answers, they are there.

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