Fox does the time warp again with new 'Rocky Horror'

Tuesday, 18 October 2016 10:13 AM Written by 

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It's not clear why anyone thought it would be a good idea to produce “The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again” (8 p.m. Thursday, Fox), a remake of the 1975 classic.

The original became a cult hit because it was terrible and mockable. If we're all watching this remake in our own homes without the benefit of an audience, then it's just a competent remake of a bad movie that came alive through fan intreraction that's missing from our living rooms. And it's still a pretty bad movie.

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The plot makes no sense and while the songs are the best part of "Rocky Horror" they do have a tendency to often sound the same.

It's hard to imagine this edition having the impact of any of the recent live musical performances (this one is not live).

Producers of this Fox remake use the fan interaction as a framing device. On the one hand, you can appreciate the desire to acknowledge what made the movie so long-lived but at the same time it comes with a feeling of, "This is what you'd be doing if you were cooler and went to a showing of the original instead of parked on your couch watching a remake."

Fox's new version doesn't really come to life until Laverne Cox comes on the scene as that "sweet transvestite from transexual Transylvania" (discuss amongst yourselves: the identity politics of a trans actress playing the role made famous by Tim Curry in the film.)

The new cast is certainly game, expecially Cox, who has some terrific moves in her dance routines. And Adam Lambert crashes through a window on a motorcycle to perform a rollicking number.

But what plot there is goes sideways in the last half-hour, just as in the movie. At that point, I just wanted it to be over. 

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