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The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975), (R)
CAP Score: 67
CAP Influence Density: 1.31
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On July 26, 2000 the American Medical Association, the American Psychological Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry released a joint statement regarding the dangers of violence in entertainment. I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. An exceptionally important statement in the release that deserves your earnest attention is "There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." [Emphasis is mine] Another statement in the report is "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." From our five-year study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed child psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the joint statement and our findings.

If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary likely using a mix of KJV and NIV.


The Rocky Horror Picture Show (R)--One good thing came of this analysis - only one.

There was one good thing that came from doing analysis of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Only one good thing. That is explained below.

This is very, very interesting. Not the movie but the application of the CAP analysis model--a 1994/5 creation--to a 1975 movie. Clearly the slipping of acceptance standards over the years is revealed. The Rocky Horror Picture Show was rated R by 1975 standards but would have merited a PG-13 today, a soft PG-13.

The CAP scoring ranges determined by the comparative baseline database of movies are

  • G: 100 to 87
  • PG: 86 to 68
  • PG-13: 67 to 55
  • R: 54 and below

    The Rocky Horror Picture Show earned a CAP Final Score of 67--right there at the top of the PG-13 scoring range. Very interesting indeed--what used to be R programming is now PG-13, top-end PG-13. Imagine that!


    though the overall impact of the movie may be equivalent to modern hardcore PG or soft PG-13 movies, the investigation area score for Sex/Homosexuality was well below zero! Definitely equivalent to raw, in-your-face R-rated sexual programming of today. THAT is one of the key features and benefits of the CAP analysis model ... to reveal where the most invasive and least invasive programming lie.

    While the magnitude of the influence of the movie (the envelope) was not nearly as invasive as today's R-rated movies, the Sex/Homosexuality investigation area score was zero and probably got there before the midpoint of this homosexual flick Too bad, too. Such a waste of very good and versatile vocal talents of Tim Curry, Richard O'Brien and Meatloaf. Each was also fairly good with facial expressions in this "B" cult movie.

    Brad Majors (Barry Bostwick) and Janet Weiss (Susan Sarandon) have a flat tire on their way to see their friend, Dr. Everett Scott (Jonathan Adams). Not having a spare, the couple risk the dangers of hoofing it in a rainstorm on the back roads to visit a castle they passed. Once at the castle, they are greeted by Riff Raff (Richard O'Brien) and his sister Magenta (Patricia Quinn), an odd couple indeed. From there the meet Dr. Frank N. Furter (Tim Curry) from the planet Transexual in the galaxy of Transylvania, a bisexual transvestite expresing and trying to proselytize everyone to his chosen behavior. In the wake of Frankenstein movies, Furter "made" Rocky Horror (Peter Hinwood) to be his partner. And many expressions of homosexual practice and mannerisms ensued. The entire time in the castle (the rest of the show) was spent expressing heterosexuality but to a much lesser degree than homosexuality and bisexuality [Rom. 1:20 - 32].

    Ignominy in this cult flick included homosexual song and talk, homosexual presences and practices, and vulgar behavior such as a man's head between a man's legs behind translucent drapes; detailed statue nudity, nudity in plain view and behind translucent drapes, intercourse behind the same; inappropriate touch (both hetero- and homosexual) and begging for it, very brief clothing, group licking/kissing; transvestism, adults in underwear, suggestive (homosexual) eye movements; vulgar positioning in very brief clothing, explicit homosexual song/dance; expressions such as "There's no crime in giving yourself over to pleasure" speaking to trying homosexuality. Among the non-sexual ignominy were the three/four letter word vocabulary, God's name in vain both with and without the four letter expletive, an unseen but heard pickax murder, raygun murder, cannibalist meal of Meatloaf (I wonder from where that idea came). There is more, a lot more but the point is made for the wholesome moviegoer.


  • (KJV) 1 Cor. 15:33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Rom. 1:20 - 32 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: [21] Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. [22] Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, [23] And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. [24] Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: [25], and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. [26] For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: [27] And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet. [28] And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; [29] Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, [30] Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, [31] Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: [32] Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.

    FINDINGS / SCORING: The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) CAP Thermometers

    NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below may be likely.

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • whip beating
  • mutilated body
  • suggestion of cannibalism (of Meatloaf)

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • eight uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • short dress exposing underwear
  • transvestism
  • homosexual song/talk/dance/presence/practices
  • adults in underwear
  • suggestive eye movements
  • very brief clothing
  • very detailed statue nudity
  • camera angle to force viewer on private parts
  • man on woman on the floor, clothed
  • vulgar motions
  • nudity behind translucent drapes
  • intercourse behind translucent drapes
  • nudity in plain view
  • male head between a male's legs behind translucent drapes
  • "There's no crime in giving yourself over to pleasure."
  • inappropriate touch and begging for it
  • man and woman arising from prone wrapped in sheets
  • group licking/kissing

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • smoking
  • drinking

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • God's name in vain once with the four letter expletive and once without it

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • unseen but heard pickax murder
  • raygun murder

  • (1) As noted in CAP Special Report-001, "Investigation Area and Scoring Trend," of the six CAP Investigation Areas, Impudence/Hate was the strongest presence in all four movie classifications. It has a strong revelation about the entertainment media.

    (2) The use of the three/four letter word vocabulary without God's name in vain is incorporated into the Impudence/Hate Investigation Area. The use of God's name with or without the four letter expletive is incorporated into the Offense to God Investigation Area. There is no duplication.

    (3) Only portrayal of successful murder or suicide are incorporated into Murder/Suicide. Portrayal of attempts to commit murder or suicide and deaths by police action or war are incorporated into Wanton Violence/Crime.

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