The Rocky Horror Picture Show was released over 40 years ago but is now as popular as ever before. The film follows Brad Majors (Barry Bostwick) and Janet Weiss (Susan Sarandon) as they go on a road trip after getting engaged and get stranded at Dr. Frank-N-Furter’s mansion. The film received mixed reviews upon its release but quickly developed a cult following.
With hidden meanings about the glam rock movement and gender expression, there is plenty to dissect in each viewing. The musical was rebooted as a TV movie in 2016 but received mainly negative reviews. The original, however, is still highly regarded due to the original musical from Richard O’Brien and the screenplay from O’Brien and Jim Sharman. Here are 10 fabulous quotes from The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
10 ‘I WOULD LIKE, IF I MAY, TO TAKE YOU ON A STRANGE JOURNEY’
Since he is the narrator, the Criminologist wasn’t actually there at the time of the events at Dr. Frank-N-Furter’s mansion, but he still had some memorable lines in the film.
In his very first line, the Criminologist opens by saying, “I would like, if I may, to take you on a strange journey”, which is a great way to begin the story that is about to unfold. His opening line is unforgettable, but so is his final line of the film, “And crawling on the planet’s face, some insects called the human race. Lost in time. And lost in space… and meaning.”
9 ‘THAT’S A RATHER TENDER SUBJECT. ANOTHER SLICE, ANYONE?’
One of the more memorable songs comes near the middle of the movie when Dr. Frank-N-Furter kills Eddie. The scene itself can be taken as a metaphor for Glam Rock taking over rock ’n’ roll and the song “Hot Patootie-Bless My Soul” is one of the catchier songs of the film. Eventually, Dr. Everett von Scott comes looking for his nephew Eddie and sits down for supper at Dr. Frank-N-Furter’s mansion.
When he asks about Eddie, Columbia exclaims, “Eddie!” before Frank-N-Furter’ revs an electric knife at her and says, “That’s a rather tender subject. Another slice, anyone?”. The line is witty since it is soon after revealed that the guests are actually eating slices of Eddie, whose body is underneath the glass table.
8 ‘I’LL TELL YOU ONCE, I WON’T TELL YOU TWICE. YOU BETTER WISE UP JANET WEISS’
Towards the end of the film, the song “Planet Schmanet, Janet” is sung by Dr. Frank-N-Furter. It’s no secret that the Doctor is a jealous person, so when Janet runs to Rocky when she gets scared from seeing Eddie’s dead body, Frank-N-Furter has an issue.
He chases after her and starts singing, “I’ll tell you once, I won’t tell you twice. you better wise up Janet Weiss.” Frank-N-Furter chases her to his lab where he then says “The transducer will seduce ya” before he flips the switch and Brad, Janet, and Dr. Scott are all stuck in their place.
7 ‘THERE’S A LIGHT, OVER AT THE FRANKENSTEIN PLACE’
After the Criminologist introduces the story, Brad and Janet are seen driving through a storm in the middle of the night. After their car gets a flat, they have no choice but to trek through the storm to try to find help. As they are walking through the rain, they see a light in the distance coming from Dr. Frank-N-Furter’s mansion.
They break into song and sing, “There’s a light” as the Transylvanians sing back, “Over at the Frankenstein’s place.” Needless to say, Brad and Janet wouldn’t have been so thankful if they knew what was in store for them.
6 ‘IN JUST SEVEN DAYS, I CAN MAKE YOU A MAN. DIG IT IF YOU CAN’
Peter Hinwood had a very short-lived acting career, but his most famous role by far was Rocky in The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Rocky was the muscular creation from Dr. Frank-N-Furter who was rather dimwitted. Shortly after Rocky is born, Dr. Frank-N-Furter gives him a set of weights and breaks out into song.
Frank-N-Furter is mainly talking about how Rocky will keep his impeccable muscles in shape, but his most famous lyric in the song is, “In just seven days, I can make you a man. Dig it if you can!”. Unfortunately though, Rocky doesn’t stay as faithful to Dr. Frank-N-Furter as he had hoped.
5 ‘GREAT SCOTT!’
Christopher Lloyd may have popularized that phrase “Great Scott!” in 1985 for Back to the Future, but The Rocky Horror Picture Show included the line ten years earlier. When Dr. Everett V. Scott (played by Jonathan Adams) first appears in the film, he makes quite an entrance.
He comes smashing through the wall of Frank-N-Furter’s lab and then rolls down the long ramp. Right when Scott smashes through the wall, Brad exclaims, “Great Scott!” since he wasn’t expecting to see him in Frank-N-Furter’s mansion. Dr. Scott is looking for his nephew Eddie, but unfortunately, he had just been killed a few scenes prior.
4 ‘HOT PATOOTIE, BLESS MY SOUL! I REALLY LOVE THAT ROCK N’ ROLL!’
Frank-N-Furter cut out half of Eddie’s brain to give to Rocky but then ends up murdering Eddie with an ice pick. Before that, however, Eddie smashes through the freezer on his motorcycle and breaks into song and dance. The only song that the character Eddie (played by Meat Loaf) sang for the entire movie was called “What Ever Happened to Saturday Night?” also known as “Hot Patootie, Bless My Soul.” The entire song is catchy and even includes a saxophone solo from Eddie, but the best line in the song is the chorus, “Hot patootie, bless my soul! I really love that rock n’ roll!”.
3 ‘DAMMIT, JANET, I LOVE YOU’
Brad and Janet are two characters that are forced to confront their homosexual and bisexual urges throughout the film. At first, however, they are seen as a cookie-cutter suburban couple. After they attend a wedding and Janet catches the flower bouquet, Brad proposes to her during a catchy musical number.
The chorus of the song, “Damnit, Janet, I love you” is one of the most recognized lines from the film. That being said, Janet’s line, “Brad, I’m mad for you too” isn’t quite as catchy. After that, they begin their trip to see Dr. Scott, so the fun hadn’t really even begun at that point.
2 ‘SO COME UP TO THE LAB AND SEE WHAT’S ON THE SLAB. I SEE YOU SHIVER WITH ANTICI…PATION’
Soon after Brad and Janet are introduced to Riff Raff, Magenta, and the rest of the party-goers, they meet the host of the party, who introduces himself as a “sweet transvestite.” With Janice and Brad being innocent newlyweds, they are visibly uncomfortable with Dr. Frank-N-Furter’s appearance, but he is clearly very comfortable in his skin, despite him being an alien.
The song “Sweet Transvestite” is probably the most famous song of the film behind “The Time Warp” and the line, “So come up to the lab and see what’s on the slab. I see you shiver with antici…….. PATION!” is delivered perfectly by Tim Curry.
1 ‘LET’S DO THE TIME WARP AGAIN!’
The most popular song to come out of The Rocky Horror Picture Show is arguably “The Time Warp.” When Brad and Janet first arrive to Dr. Frank-N-Furter’s mansion, they are greeted by Riff Raff. Riff Raff begins the song by singing, “It’s astounding, time is fleeting. Madness takes its toll,” but the tempo of the song quickly picks up from there.
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After Riff Raff and Magenta rush through the doors to the main ballroom, Brad and Janet see all of the people attending the Annual Transylvanian Convention. The song continues with Riff Raff, Magenta, Columbia, and company singing the famous line, “Let’s do the time warp again.”