Saturday, April 11, 2015

Let's Do the Time Warp – Again!

Sacré bleu! First Halloween, then Evil Dead, and now Poltergeist – is no horror classic safe from the reckless carnage of what I call The Age of Regurgitation? Entertainment Weekly reported on Friday that FOX is developing a remake of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the 1975 cult classic about the sweet transvestite who enjoys doing the time warp with a blond, scantily-clad hunk. Thankfully it will not be one of those torturous "live" events, and while it will be sticking to the original play it will get a modern-day setting. The big question is casting – who could they possibly hire to adequately fill Tim Curry's glam heels? The point of remakes is give old stories new perspectives and glossy technical makeovers but will the performances measure up (down?) to the classic camp of the original? Hardcore fans know every single nuance of the 1975's cast infamous performance down to Curry's pregnant pauses (an-ti-ci...pation!), Susan Sarandon's wooden line readings, and the knowing glances between Riff Raff (Richard O'Brien), Magenta (Patricia Quinn) and Columbia (Nell Campbell). Let's hope it will succeed at being entertaining, and perhaps the producers will "get" what makes Rocky Horror so iconic.




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