Let’s be honest: The original Rocky Horror Picture Show was one of the best things to ever happen to the world, so it’s no wonder that fans of the flick aren’t too keen on the idea of a remake. However, possibly because we are all currently living in the decade of the remakes, Fox decided to revamp Rocky Horror for a new generation anyway.
As Pink News reports, the Rocky Horror remake has been largely panned since the project was announced, mostly because fans of the original 1975 Rocky Horror Picture Show simply don’t want anyone touching the cult-classic musical. Who but the incomparable Tim Curry could possibly pull off the role of Dr. Frank-N-Furter? How could Janet be anyone other than a young Susan Sarandon?
The very idea of a remake of Rocky Horror offended a lot of die-hard Rocky fans to the very depths of their transvestite-loving souls.
The first several trailers of the Rocky Horror remake didn’t do much to warm potential viewers to the idea of the made-for-TV adaptation. Indeed, fans of the original took to social media to dislike the first few trailers in droves, not to mention share their comments regarding just what they thought about the Rocky Horror remake.
Very few had anything positive to say.
Some of the negative feedback about the Rocky Horror remake had to do with fans of the original simply not wanting to see their favorite film touched. Other complaints centered around the remake’s cast, which includes a lot of big names, something the original Rocky Horror Picture Show steered clear of. In the 1975 version, casting didn’t seek out and hire a bunch of superstars.
Some of the familiar faces that will be appearing in the Rocky Horror remake include Christian Milian, Adam Lambert, Victoria Justice, and Laverne Cox.
So the trailer for the remake of The Rocky Horror Picture Show is out and I am beyond disgusted. It's going to be terrible!— Elise Barksdale (@queeneli96) May 19, 2016
Industry experts and me predict that the Rocky Horror Picture Show remake will be unutterably awful.— (((Mr Shoggoth))) (@MrShuggoth) July 8, 2015
I have been vehemently opposed to The Rocky Horror Picture Show remake since hearing about it (a year ago?); but I just watched the first...— Roof Beam Reader (@RoofBeamReader) September 16, 2016
@thebenforster wow it may just turn out right afterall— kristian james (@krisjay100) September 16, 2016
Of all of the cast members to draw criticism in the Rocky Horror remake, Lavern Cox has undoubtedly been the one to deal with the most fallout from her participation in the process. In the make-for-TV reboot, Cox (an African-American transgender woman) is reprising the role of the original’s “sweet transvestite,” Dr. Frank-N-Furter himself.
A lot of fans of the original Rocky Horror Picture Show seem to have an aversion to Lavern Cox inserting herself into the role — probably because she’s not Tim Curry.
Unless Fox is paying a trainer to get Tim Curry into phenomenal physical shape a remake of The Rocky Horror Picture Show is an awful idea.— Stephen Crociata (@SCrociata) April 10, 2015
However, despite all of the criticism and the negative comments and the calls to “please, make it stop,” the Rocky Horror remake has kept on trucking. And, shockingly, if the first five minutes of the revamped version of the cult-classic are any indication, the finished product might not be as dreadful as people have been fearing.
The newly-released clip features the iconic Rocky Horror track “Science Fiction/Double Feature” as sung by Ivy Levan. Visually, it’s nothing short of eye candy. And the singing isn’t too bad, either.
Following the release of the new clip, wary critics of the Rocky Horror remake have reacted fairly positively, especially considering the overwhelmingly negative reviews other trailers have received. It’s hard to tell if people are liking the new footage from Rocky Horror more than other clips they’ve seen because the scene is less beloved and iconic or because folks are actually starting to soften to the idea that the remake is being made.
Laverne Cox, who has been overwhelmingly criticized for the part she’s playing in the upcoming Rocky Horror remake, has responded to the public’s negative responses with class, grace, and a good amount of reverence and respect for the original Rocky Horror Picture Show.
“Rocky Horror is sacred to people. It’s the longest-running movie in theater history, in movie history. For 41 years, people have been going to midnight showings and dressing up, with shadow casts all over the world. It means so much to so many people.”
Laverne Cox, the up-and-coming Dr. Frank-N-Furter, sure got that right.
The Rocky Horror remake is expected to air on Fox on Thursday, October 20 as a two-hour special.
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