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Within just a few years, The Rocky Horror Picture Show grew from an oddball musical to a celebrated cinematic experience of midnight features and outrageous audience participation. This study tells the extraordinary story of the film from initial reception to eventual cult status. Uncovering the film's non-conformist sexual politics and glam-rock attitude, this volume expl Within just a few years, The Rocky Horror Picture Show grew from an oddball musical to a celebrated cinematic experience of midnight features and outrageous audience participation. This study tells the extraordinary story of the film from initial reception to eventual cult status. Uncovering the film's non-conformist sexual politics and glam-rock attitude, this volume explores its emphasis on the theatrical body (tattooed, cross-gendered, flamboyant), and its defiant queering of cinema history.


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Within just a few years, The Rocky Horror Picture Show grew from an oddball musical to a celebrated cinematic experience of midnight features and outrageous audience participation. This study tells the extraordinary story of the film from initial reception to eventual cult status. Uncovering the film's non-conformist sexual politics and glam-rock attitude, this volume expl Within just a few years, The Rocky Horror Picture Show grew from an oddball musical to a celebrated cinematic experience of midnight features and outrageous audience participation. This study tells the extraordinary story of the film from initial reception to eventual cult status. Uncovering the film's non-conformist sexual politics and glam-rock attitude, this volume explores its emphasis on the theatrical body (tattooed, cross-gendered, flamboyant), and its defiant queering of cinema history.

30 review for The Rocky Horror Picture Show

  1. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Llewellyn

    Yay! I get to be the first one to review this book. Excuse me a minute while I go do the time warp! As an English major I was very impressed by this critical analysis of a classic cult film. The author uses lots of big words and points out many references I missed as a "virgin". I love intelligent writing and, like Janet's "awakening" this book opened my eyes to the film's subtle deconstructionism of subtext. Jeffery Weinstock knows his Critical Theorists (Lacan, Saussure) and I wish I went to C Yay! I get to be the first one to review this book. Excuse me a minute while I go do the time warp! As an English major I was very impressed by this critical analysis of a classic cult film. The author uses lots of big words and points out many references I missed as a "virgin". I love intelligent writing and, like Janet's "awakening" this book opened my eyes to the film's subtle deconstructionism of subtext. Jeffery Weinstock knows his Critical Theorists (Lacan, Saussure) and I wish I went to CMU so I could take a class from him. This book is like the Cliff's Notes to the movie. Weinstock lovingly examines the use of tattoos, pink triangles, queer cinema and explains the revolutionary 1970's social/sexual politics of the film which has now become today's norm. I especially enjoyed the chapter on how the film rebels against traditional heterosexual marriage views, not that I'm for gay marriage but after viewing the movie in both public and home DVD settings, I understand the sociology of why this movie speaks to so many people on so many different levels. It's a well written commentary to an important film. If you're one of those followers who just wants to "be it" and can't stand the thought of anyone picking apart your beloved cult characters and their actions, then this book isn't for you. If, on the other hand, you're fascinated by learning more about what makes this movie tick, then I can guarantee you won't be able to put this book down. So go ahead and "give yourself over to absolute pleasure!"

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ella Cozzolino

    one of my favourite musicals so i definitely needed to buy a physical copy

  3. 5 out of 5

    Stephen Chase

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The greatest uncensored book ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Francisco

    An interesting shortish book on the Rocky Horror Picture Show phenomenon and cult. It focuses not only on the film itself and the meanings that can be extracted from it, but also on the cult which grew around with and the performances associated with the showing of the film. Weinstock shows how the film manages to be many different things for different people, walking the line between progressive and conservative values, comedy, eroticism and horror and a mish-mash of all different filmic styles An interesting shortish book on the Rocky Horror Picture Show phenomenon and cult. It focuses not only on the film itself and the meanings that can be extracted from it, but also on the cult which grew around with and the performances associated with the showing of the film. Weinstock shows how the film manages to be many different things for different people, walking the line between progressive and conservative values, comedy, eroticism and horror and a mish-mash of all different filmic styles. Sometimes it's a good thing to go beyond your own ideas about a film and read a cultural studies perspective on the movie. It gives you a renewed appreciation of the film, and even if nothing here is particularly new, it's good to have it all systematized in a neat book form instead of just your own scattered ideas. Recommended not only for Rocky Horror fans but anyone into film and their cultural impact!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa (V.C.)

    While it's so cool that The Rocky Horror Picture Show is given an academic analysis through this short-ish book, this didn't quite work for me in that, not only was the writing style just OK, but everything here stated mostly the obvious that most Rocky Horror fans already know (or could easily gather) about Rocky Horror anyway. There was nothing new, interesting, or profound about the author's take on it. For the kind of book it was, I wanted way more from it, aside from the general going over While it's so cool that The Rocky Horror Picture Show is given an academic analysis through this short-ish book, this didn't quite work for me in that, not only was the writing style just OK, but everything here stated mostly the obvious that most Rocky Horror fans already know (or could easily gather) about Rocky Horror anyway. There was nothing new, interesting, or profound about the author's take on it. For the kind of book it was, I wanted way more from it, aside from the general going over the movie and its cultural significance and meaning. It's neat that it exists though, but this book for me was overall just boring and average.

  6. 4 out of 5

    dejah_thoris

    When I picked this book up my spouse, who I met at RHPS 15 years ago, asked me what exactly this book was. It is another fan tribute? One of the scripts? An analysis of the history of the live Rocky experience? No, it's none of those things. It's actually an academic analysis of the Rocky Horror Show (theatrical version) and how its translation to film spawned the new phenomenon of a cult film. Weinstein does an EXCELLENT job of deconstructing the film's text as well as audience lines and the im When I picked this book up my spouse, who I met at RHPS 15 years ago, asked me what exactly this book was. It is another fan tribute? One of the scripts? An analysis of the history of the live Rocky experience? No, it's none of those things. It's actually an academic analysis of the Rocky Horror Show (theatrical version) and how its translation to film spawned the new phenomenon of a cult film. Weinstein does an EXCELLENT job of deconstructing the film's text as well as audience lines and the impact of the shadow cast and props. From a film studies perspective, this is an AMAZING book because Weinstock works hard to avoid falling back on the easy interpretations he cites from previous critiques. I would NOT recommend this book to anyone who isn't extremely well-versed in RHPS culture. Although there are tidbits of history and lots of quotes throughout the text, if you're not fluent with the plot, lines, or the standard audience participation you probably won't be able to follow Weinstein's arguments. So, if this sounds like you, start by seeing RHPS live and read up on Sal Piro's experience before trying to fully understand what RHPS used to be.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Alexis

    This book read like a scholarly paper, albeit an entertaining one. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't great either. I did find some of the connections that the author made interesting, but I also thought that a number of them seemed to be self-evident. This book read like a scholarly paper, albeit an entertaining one. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't great either. I did find some of the connections that the author made interesting, but I also thought that a number of them seemed to be self-evident.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Maddie

    The book reflected well on the movie. Of course the movie came first. I thought that this was written exquisitely. This is one of my favorites by far.

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    James Bert

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    Jeffrey Andrew

  15. 5 out of 5

    Colin

  16. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

  17. 4 out of 5

    Scott Miller

  18. 5 out of 5

    Dominick

  19. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

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  23. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie Camm

  24. 4 out of 5

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    Julian

  27. 5 out of 5

    Michela

  28. 4 out of 5

    Stuart Hill

  29. 5 out of 5

    Presley

  30. 4 out of 5

    Eveliene

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