Earlier this year I created a list of old movies that were considered cult classics or cinema blockbusters that I never saw. I mean, I was recently divorced, proud of my new subscription to Netflix, and had nothing but time, so why not be lazy and productive simultaneously? I was told referring to these movies as “old” was mean, so I started referring to them as “seasoned.” The majority of these movies are 80’s movies – like The Breakfast Club – but some are true classics – like Breakfast at Tiffany’s (a lot of breakfast titles, yet actors seldom eat; interesting…). I have slowly and surely crossed movie after movie off my seasoned list and have gradually made sense of several pop culture references I never fully understood, but knew it was “from some movie.”
The last movie I watched was a true cult classic, The Rocky Horror Picture Show. I have wanted to see this movie since I could remember, but as a child it was on the parental “do not watch or you’re grounded” list and as an adult, I guess I just never got around to it. When I learned it had Susan Sarandon and Tim Curry, I was excited. I was finally going to see why everyone wanted to do the Time Warp again…
1 hour and 41 minutes later, all I learned was that “damn it, Janet!” originates from this movie and not the clever mind of my best friend (Cat). Alas, I was not a fan. Several of my friends claim this is one of their favorite movies, so I feel perhaps I missed something. I ended the movie with so many questions, like: Why doesn’t Janet’s bra fit properly? Is Brad a closet gay? Who are these guests and did they know to arrive dressed alike or did they change there? Why doesn’t Rocky speak? So. Many. Questions. And to be perfectly honest, the red lips in the opening credits creep me out something fierce. Does anyone remember the Twizzlers commercial from the 1980’s? They used similar lips in a commercial and I hated them then as well. I don’t know why, but they give me heebie-jeebies. There is a link to the commercial at the bottom to refresh your memory…*chills*
My overall opinion of this production…why? I do not understand why this movie is a cult classic. What defines a cult classic anyway?! Weirdness? Confusion? The overuse of eyeliner? All wrong. I googled and the answer is “… a film that has acquired a cult following. Cult films are known for their dedicated, passionate fanbase, an elaborate subculture that engage in repeated viewings, quoting dialogue, and audience participation.” Needless to say, I doubt I will watch this movie again. To those of you who do like this movie, that’s great! Band together and enjoy it! As for me, I crossed it off my seasoned list and plan to move on to more Glitz-like flicks, perhaps next I will figure out when Harry met Sally or how Ferris spent his day off.
Thanks for reading, guys and gals. As always, make today sparkle!