Study Guide

The Rocky Horror Picture Show Madness

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RIFF RAFF: It's astounding. Time is fleeting. Madness takes its toll.

"The Time Warp" is the first song inside Frank's castle, and it's when things start to get weird for Brad and Janet. But here, they don't participate in the song; they observe the madness from the outside.

RIFF RAFF: With a bit of a mind flip.

MAGENTA: You're into the time slip.

RIFF RAFF: And nothing can ever be the same.

MAGENTA: You're spaced out on sensation.

RIFF RAFF: Like you're under sedation.

Riff Raff and Magenta address Brad and Janet directly, letting them know that they can't stand to the side and be observers of the craziness. Soon enough, they're going to be a part of it, too.

FRANK: So, come up to the lab, and see what's on the slab. I see you shiver with antici—pation. But maybe the rain is really to blame. So I'll remove the cause, but not the symptom.

Frank knows that, by this point, Brad and Janet are intrigued. They want to know what's going on inside the lab, and they probably wouldn't leave even if they had the opportunity to.

FRANK: And that's how I discovered the secret, that elusive ingredient, that spark that is the breath of life. Yes, I have that knowledge. I hold the secret... to life... itself! You see, you are fortunate for tonight is the night that my beautiful creature is destined to be born!

Frank's namesake is clearly Dr. Frankenstein, and here he gives a speech every run-of-the-mill mad scientist gives before bringing his creation to life. What makes Frank truly mad is that he isn't making a monster, he's making a hunky man to be his boy toy.

FRANK: It's something you'll get used to. A mental mind f*** can be nice.

As we mentioned before, Brad and Janet started off as outsiders, and now, well, madness is something that they're used to. Running around in their underwear and singing with transvestites has quickly become the norm for them.

FRANK: It's not easy having a good time. Even smiling makes my face ache and my children turn on me. Rocky's behaving just the way that Eddie did. Do you think I made a mistake, splitting his brain between the two of them?

This is a quick line that gives us some insight into Frank's mad scientist process, and it explains why Rocky's as dumb as a box of rocks. He literally only has half a brain. The monster from Young Frankenstein may have had a crazy person's brain, but he at least it was a whole brain.

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