“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” is one of the most beloved cult classics in the world of film. Although the film initially met with lackluster critical attention, it has since become a cultural movement all its own. The edgy subject matter was well ahead of its time, and to this day, moviegoers dress in costume to attend Halloween showings of the film. It’s no surprise that “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” is one of the most-quoted films of all time, especially since moviegoers often make a game of shouting out popular lines from the film during a screening.
“I’ll get you a satanic mechanic!”
No list of quotes from “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” would be complete without this gem, spoken by the iconic Dr. Frank-N-Furter himself. Frank-N-Furter is a fabulous time traveler from another dimension who has come to Earth to teach the boring humans a thing or two about song, dance, and personal liberation. The good doctor utters this line while serenading Brad Majors and Janet Weiss, a young newlywed couple who get stranded in the rain and come to his sprawling estate for assistance. Frank-N-Furter lures the naïve couple inside his home with the promise of calling a mechanic to repair their car and delivers on a night full of chaos and eccentric fun.
“Don’t dream it, be it!”
This is another line from the absurd Dr. Frank-N-Furter that is eventually repeated by Janet, Brad, and even the doctor’s hunky creation Rocky. The context of the quote is a nocturnal pool party that results in Brad and Janet attempting to run from their eccentric host. Frank-N-Furter is not willing to let his guests go without a fight, and he pursues them as they run throughout his mansion. His loyal servants Magenta and Riff Raff join in the chase, and the entire cast eventually winds up abandoning the hunt for a leisurely swim. “Don’t dream it, be it” epitomizes Dr. Frank-N-Furter’s philosophy on life. He escaped his oppressive planet to come to Earth, where he could fully be the person he wanted to be without limitations and, in so doing, became the subject of his dreams.
“It’s just a jump to the left.”
Perhaps the most iconic line of the film, this occurs in the midst of an elaborate song and dance number that is used to welcome Brad and Janet to Frank-N-Furter’s mansion. The entire cast, decked out in flashy stage costumes and tap shoes, begins to perform a beautifully choreographed dance routine to a lively tune. In this sequence, all of the film’s major characters are introduced, including Magenta, Riff Raff, and Columbia. The quote refers to the dance the cast performs, known as the Time Warp. The Time Warp is not simply a dance, it as a destination and a state of mind. Columbia instructs a bewildered Brad and Janet that the time warp itself is just a jump to the left.
“It’s astounding; time is fleeting; madness takes its toll.”
This is another popular quote from the Time Warp number at the beginning of the film. The song is easily the most recognizable portion of the movie, thanks to its catchy melody and kitschy lyrics. This line occurs when Riff Raff and his sister Magenta are attempting to warn Brad and Janet of the duplicitous nature of their master’s home. Whenever people enter the Frank-N-Furter estate, they begin to lose track of time and slip into madness, which is what the time warp is all about.
“Time meant nothin’, never would again!”
Another quote that takes place during the Time Warp number, this is spoken by the vibrant and precocious Columbia. Columbia reveals herself to be a human who was wooed by the extravagant lifestyle that Dr. Frank-N-Furter leads. Although she admits to being in love with another character in the film, she was seduced by Dr. Frank-N-Furter’s charms. She started out as a normal, fun-seeking girl, but her introduction into his bizarre world was the end of her life as a regular person. Time and other social conventions ceased to have the same meaning as she became completely enveloped in this new and bizarre world.
“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” is full of as many memorable quotes as it is bizarre characters and addictive song and dance numbers. The film has been heralded as one of the edgiest and most innovative movies to date, and it retains that designation even decades after its production. Whether you’re an old fan who knows every line by heart or seeing the film for the first time, Halloween is the perfect time to attend a showing and shout favorite quotes at the screen with other devoted fans.