Rocky Horror Picture Show - Synopsis
The Usherette in a derelict cinema introduces tonight's film in a song ("Science Fiction/Double Feature"),
with masked Phantoms providing the backing vocals.
After attending the wedding of Ralph Hapshatt and Betty Munroe,
Brad Majors confesses his love to Janet Weiss ("Dammit, Janet!") and the two become engaged.
The narrator appears to explain that Brad and Janet are leaving Denton to visit Dr.
Everett Scott, their former science tutor, while driving into a rainstorm.
During the trip, their car has a flat tire, and they are forced to walk through the rain to seek a telephone in an old castle
("Over at the Frankenstein Place").
The narrator explains that Brad and Janet are feeling "apprehensive and uneasy,"
but must accept any help that they are offered. As Brad and Janet arrive, Riff Raff, the hunchbacked handyman,
greets them, and his sister Magenta, the maid, appears. Then Riff Raff and Magenta perform the show's big dance
number "Time Warp", joined by Columbia, a groupie. Brad and Janet try to leave at this point,
but are stopped when Dr. Frank N. Furter, a bisexual mad scientist, arrives.
He introduces himself as "a sweet transvestite from Transsexual Transylvania" and invites Brad and Janet up to his laboratory
("Sweet Transvestite"). As he goes up, Brad and Janet are stripped to their underwear to dry off.
Magenta and Columbia speak briefly of an unlucky delivery boy named Eddie.
Brad and Janet enter the laboratory, where Frank N. Furter gives them laboratory coats to wear.
Frank announces that he has discovered the secret to life itself. He unveils his creation, a blond,
well-built man named Rocky Horror, who is brought to life. As his bandages are removed,
Rocky worries about his predicament ("The Sword of Damocles").
Frank N. Furter admires Rocky's physique by singing a tribute to muscle builders ("I Can Make You a Man").
A Coca-Cola freezer in the laboratory opens to reveal Frank's former lover, Eddie, a biker covered in surgical scars.
Eddie — now rendered a zombie after having part of his brain removed by Frank —
contemplates his new existence and recalls his former life ("Hot Patootie – Bless My Soul").
Frank panics, forces Eddie back into the machine, and hacks him to death with an axe.
Frank tells Rocky — the recipient of the other half of Eddie's brain — that he prefers him to Eddie
("I Can Make You a Man (Reprise)"). Brad and Janet are then ushered to separate bedrooms for the night.
The narrator foreshadows that Brad and Janet may be quite unsafe.
Janet enjoys Brad's advances in her darkened bedroom before realizing that it is in fact Frank in disguise.
He convinces Janet that pleasure is no crime, and after she asks him to promise not to tell Brad,
they resume their lovemaking. The scene changes to Brad's darkened bedroom,
where Brad makes love to Janet before discovering that, once again, it is Frank in disguise.
Frank promises not to tell Janet, but as they resume, Riff Raff interrupts on the television monitor
with the message that Rocky has escaped. Janet searches for Brad in the laboratory, and discovers Rocky hiding there.
Checking the television monitor, Janet sees Brad in bed with Frank, and seduces Rocky
("Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch Me"). While searching the television monitor for Rocky,
the rest of the group discovers that Janet has slept with him, and Brad becomes hurt and angry ("Once in a While").
Riff Raff then notifies Frank N. Furter that there is another visitor entering the castle: Doctor Everett Scott,
the wheelchair-using science tutor whom Brad and Janet intended to visit.
Doctor Scott is pushed into the laboratory by Columbia, and Frank N. Furter accuses him and Brad
of trying to investigate his castle. Doctor Scott assures him that he has come in search of Eddie,
his nephew ("Eddie"). Frank N. Furter displays Eddie's corpse to the group and then uses
a device to electronically restrain the three visitors and a rebellious Columbia to the floor ("Planet Shmanet Janet");
the inhabitants of the castle are revealed to be space aliens led by Frank, who abandoned their original mission
in order to engage in kinky sex with earthlings and work on Rocky. Magenta insists that they return to their home
planet now that they have been found out; Frank refuses and, instead, declares his intentions to put on a "floor show."
Under Frank's influence, Columbia, Rocky, Brad, and Janet perform song and dance routines while clad in lingerie
("Rose Tint My World"). Afterwards, Frank entices them to lose all inhibition and give in to their basest carnal instincts,
resulting in everyone’s beginning to engage in orgiastic sex ("Don't Dream It – Be It") before they are interrupted by Frank,
who leads them into the concluding number of the floor show ("Wild and Untamed Thing").
The show comes to an abrupt end when Riff Raff and Magenta enter, wearing spacesuits and carrying ray guns.
Riff Raff declares that he is usurping Frank's authority and taking all back to their home planet.
Frank makes a final plea for sympathy from Riff Raff, trying to make him understand his desire to spend
the rest of his life having sex with earthlings ("I'm Going Home"). Riff Raff is unmoved and guns down Columbia,
Frank, and Rocky before ordering Brad, Janet, and Doctor Scott to leave.
The trio evacuates the castle as it blasts off into outer space, confused about the implications
of their sexual escapades ("Superheroes"). The Narrator says "…crawling on the planet's face,
tiny insects called the human race, lost in time, and lost in space – and meaning." As the show ends,
The Usherette returns to sing "Science Fiction – Double Feature (Reprise)."
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