Few individuals understand that The Rocky Horror Image Show, the 1975 sci-fi camp cult rock musical, actually had four follow-up films: three were direct sequels that by no means made it to film, and only one turned a 1981 film musical following Brad and Janet as newlyweds in their hometown. Let’s take a better take a look at all 4.
Rocky Horror Exhibits His Heels (1978)
In 1978, Rocky creator Richard O’Brien wrote a screenplay sequel entitled Rocky Horror Exhibits His Heels, nevertheless it reportedly wasn’t made because Tim Curry didn’t need to reprise his position as Dr. Frank-N-Furter and since the unique film’s director, Jim Sharman, thought it was too just like the unique film. Also, Susan Sarandon (who played Janet in the unique film) reportedly needed $1 million to reprise her position.
In Rocky Horror Exhibits His Heels, Janet is pregnant with Dr. Frank-N-Furter’s baby, Brad and Dr. Scott confess their newfound homosexuality and Rocky is “miraculously reborn” with a want to resurrect his creator, Dr. Frank-N-Furter.
When Dr. Frank-N-Furter comes back to life—resurrected by Brad and Dr. Scott’s blood—each blood donors lust after him, however Frank-N-Furter is extra concerned with raising Janet’s newborn son. Frank-N-Furter proclaims his fatherhood, a lot to Janet’s displeasure, and tells the celebrating locals that he’ll host a legendary party and costume contest at his mansion.
On his means there, Frank-N-Furter sprinkles magic dust upon the townspeople to turn them into party-going transexuals, just like the “Transylvanian” partygoers in the first movie. However soon Furter falls unwell and tells Brad and Dr. Scott that he wants blood from 11 virgin males to be able to survive. Brad convinces some young men to donate, not realizing that one of them isn’t actually a virgin.
In the meantime, two mysterious individuals dressed as ghosts steal Janet’s baby from the hospital and inform her that it has died. Janet follows them to the mansion. There, she declares her love of Frank-N-Furter, a lot to his disgust.
Then, Frank-N-Furter begins to decompose because of the non-virgin blood. Declining in energy, his spell wears off of the partygoers simply as the “ghosts” reveal themselves as Riff Raff and Magenta, Frank-N-Furter’s murderous butler and maid from the unique movie.
Because the now-unenchanted townspeople turn towards Brad, Dr. Scott and Rocky for associating with the unruly physician, Riff-Raff kills Frank-N-Furter after which kidnaps Janet’s child alongside Magenta. The closing shot makes it clear that the child will develop up in Frank-N-Furter’s debaucherous rock-and-roll footsteps.
Although the movie was never made, a number of of O’Brien’s songs meant for the film were later worked into the screenplay for The Brad and Janet Show, a piece which was later adapted into the screenplay for the 1981 film Shock Remedy.
The Brad and Janet Show (1980)
Brad and Janet from “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”
In an apparent try and create a narrative markedly totally different from his unique movie, O’Brien wrote this convoluted story of marital discord, small-town conservatism and sibling jealousy which principally disregards every little thing that happened in the unique film.
After Janet lands a successful job because the supervisor of their hometown TV station in Denton, USA, newlywed Brad turns into a consuming, smoking, despondent couch potato.
Everett Scott, who now also works as a TV supervisor for some purpose, tells Janet that Brad is an “emotional cripple” who should receive intensive remedy in a psychological asylum. Janet reluctantly consents and has him dedicated towards his will. Two highly questionable sibling “doctors” named Cosmo and Nation McKinley oversee his care.
Little does Janet understand that the asylum is a component of a larger plan by the TV station’s owner, fast-food magnate Farley Flavors. Flavors needs to market a nationwide brand of sanitariums to enhance the nation’s psychological hygiene and he’d like Janet to function its glamorous public face.
But Flavors has a deeper motive: He’s in cahoots with Everett Scott, Nation and Cosmo. Together they’ve intentionally detained Brad and convinced Janet that Brad hates her so that Flavors can seduce Janet, turn her into a media sensation and claim her as his own.
Fortunately, two sleuths on the TV station uncover Flavors’s plot (which we’ll hold secret as it also appears in the plot of Shock Remedy). However they help Brad escape and confront Farley on the grand opening of his newly unveiled town recreation middle.
It turns out that Flavors needed to start out a U.S. chain of “Dentonvale Sanatoriums” complete with a line of “therapy cassettes, homemade straitjackets, and leaflets under the name ‘The Sanity Menu.’”
In the long run, Brad and Janet are re-united and Flavors tells the grand opening attendees that the newlywed couple are really insane and shouldn’t be trusted. Not sure whether or not to remain or flee, the sleuths inform them that no matter what they choose, they need to begin considering for themselves slightly than all the time believing con-men.
The Brad and Janet Show would’ve gotten made if it weren’t for a 1980 strike by the Display Actors Guild. By the time the strike ended, the production group only had a brief amount of time to shoot the complete factor. Which is how we got…
Shock Remedy (1981)
The Dentonvale “doctors” present Janet all they will supply in “Shock Treatment”
Pressured to shoot in a fast span of time, the producers determined to movie The Brad and Janet Present in a soundstage, making its outside scenes and sophisticated indoor settings almost inconceivable.
As such, O’Brien re-worked the script into the confusing plot of Shock Remedy. In the movie, the city of Denton is situated completely in a TV studio, one thing that is by no means actually defined.
The movie’s plot largely follows the plot of The Brad and Janet Present, but its TV studio setting modifications things considerably as elements of the movie play out as TV exhibits with a reside audience and different elements occur behind-the-scenes between the aspiring actors and TV station staff.
In Shock Remedy, Brad and Janet compete in a Newlywed Recreation-style TV show referred to as Marriage Maze. When Brad “loses,” he’s carted off to an in-studio mental asylum whose goings-on are taped and broadcasted as a dramatic actuality collection referred to as Dentonvale.
We later discover that the TV station proprietor and fast food magnate Farley Flavors has all the town in his grasp and has imprisoned Brad so he can flip Janet right into a singing TV star. Though Janet is initially involved for Brad, she ultimately succumbs to the glamor and fame Flavors gives.
Although the movie ends similarly to The Brad and Janet Show, we gained’t reveal its plot twist. Suffice it to say, Shock Remedy itself is tough to know, and although it was marketed as “Not a sequel, but an equal,” its songs and plot are nowhere nearly as good as the original’s.
Despite that, it still has three pretty good tunes—“Denton, USA,” “Little Black Dress,” and “Breaking Out” (a track that doubles as a coming out rock anthem). It also predicted the dehumanizing reputation of reality TV.
While the first film seen rock-and—roll, cross-dressing and pansexuality as threats to Brad and Janet’s small-town innocence, its follow-up sees conservative values as even more widespread, corrupt and soul-deadening.
Revenge of the Previous Queen (1988)
Laverne Cox snaps her pink surgical gloves whereas enjoying Dr. Frank-N-Furter in FOX’s 2016 TV adaptation of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”
In 1988, O’Brien wrote a proper Rocky Horror sequel and he created Revenge of the Previous Queen. It principally dispenses with Brad and Janet solely.
Set partly on the planet Transexual in the galaxy of Transylvania, Riff Raff serves as a common within the army of The Previous Queen, the planet’s dying ruler and mother to Dr. Frank-N-Furter. Unaware of her son’s dying, the Queen tells Riff Raff to return to Earth and convey again her son so that he might succeed her because the planet’s ruler.
Riff Raff, who jealously slayed his personal sister Magenta for having an affair with the queen’s portly first cousin Lord de Lordy, returns to Earth to seek out himself in an abandoned protected home for Transylvanians left on Earth after the primary movie. There, he clothes as a lady and drugs and seduces Brad’s youthful brother, Steve. Steve works for the U.S. Bureau of Investigation Into UFOs and has come to the protected home to look into the occurrences of the primary movie.
Using Transylvanian know-how cleverly hidden in showers all over the world, Riff Riff teleports Steve to Alaska after which transports himself again in time to attempt to stop himself from killing Dr. Frank-N-Furter.
Concurrently, a female Bureau investigator named Judith by chance transports herself to the planet Transexual. Upon arrival, she and Lord de Lordy fall in love. Discovering them in bed collectively, the Queen accuses Judith and Lordy of treason, however the Queen then learns of Riff Raff’s treachery and everybody hunts him down for a remaining intergalactic shoot out on the front steps of Frank-N-Furter’s mansion from the original movie.
We later study that Janet turned hooked on booze and cigarettes and drunkenly birthed a son with Frank-N-Furter, a space case gender-bending musician named Sonny. We additionally study that Brad turned a bottomless dancer in Las Vegas and died after falling from a trapeze sporting nothing however a diamond choker and six-inch heels. (What a method to go.)
Alleged copies of the movie’s script can be found online. O’Brien reportedly tried to include elements of it into a stage play entitled Rocky Horror: The Second Coming with the hopes of adapting it into a movie if it proved in style. But alas, the play was never produced.
Regardless of the unique’s problematic tropes, we nonetheless hope for a true Rocky Horror sequel one day. Till then, “Let’s Do the Time Warp Again” by enjoying the original in all its queer, campy glory.