There’s anger out there. Serious, deep seated anger has gripped a segment of the population. The Rocky Horror Picture Show fanatics are foaming at the mouth, furious at the prospect of the most feared word in the world of film lovers: Remake.
Even worse than that other word, Sequel; remake strikes horror in the hearts of the film fanatic. First comes the horror, and then comes the fury, followed by the petition.
Sure, the price of gas rose to record heights. The US is still mired in a war. Global warming is upon us and polar bears are floating out to sea on melting ice floes. Yet, among Rocky Horror fans, the very idea of this remake has inflamed passions far more than any of those dire events. MTV has had the audacity to plan a remake one of the cheesiest films in the history of cinema.
1975’s The Rocky Horror Picture Show remains most notable for the appearance of some very young actors who would later become very well known. Barry Bostwick, Susan Sarandon, and Tim Curry performed in a film that became a cult classic. And of course there’s also Meatloaf in a supporting role.
Midnight showings of the film have attracted audiences for over thirty years. The audience doesn’t merely sit in their seats and watch the film, but wear costumes, sing along and recite dialogue. It’s a bonding experience among this select group. I don’t know if they draw straws to choose who wears the corset and garter belt of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, though I suspect there are fans who embrace the attire with glee.
The news of a remake has led to an online petition by the infuriated fans with the elegant title “Fuck You MTV”. Words such as “abortion” are used to describe the planned remake. There’s anger, passion and fury in this petition. They fear the remake will be a tepid version of the hallowed original.
Then there’s the Keanu Reeves factor. Yes, Keanu “Matrix” Reeves is somehow swept into the controversy. Why? In the last paragraph of the petition the remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still is tossed into the mix as another example of remake folly.
I propose a solution to mollify the petitioners. Reach out to those in need and let Keanu Reeves play Dr. Frank-N-Furter in The Rocky Horror Matrix Show.
Let us know what you think about the remake of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. How many garters so you give the idea. You can give zero to ten garters!