David Bowie – The Goblin King

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Labyrinth (1986) Photo by Caitlin Black
Labyrinth is a movie which many people turn to for a bit of nostalgia, it is a family friendly film which many people will have grown up with. Personally, I only came across this film due to being a massive David Bowie fan and was interested in any acting work he had done.

When I watched this film I did not have high expectation but I found myself very entertained and my respect for David Bowie as an actor as well as a singer had grown. Throughout the movie, I found myself laughing at several moments and my heart was warmed.

Something I think makes this film so unique is the use of puppets and the creativity it used for each and every character. Nowadays, we would look back and think of the special effects used as poor but I think they were very ahead of their time and even though the editing is dated, I believe it adds to the nostalgic quality of the film.

The acting in this film is very good from both Jennifer Connelly and David Bowie. Jennifer, who was still fairly new on the acting scene at the time the film was made, shows us her emotional range and her acting abilities. Whereas David, shows us he truly can do anything, whether it is acting, singing or being a fashion icon.

Although it was not the most successful movie, I believe there is something in this film that everyone can enjoy. It is a must watch for any David Bowie fans.  Adults can watch it and feel nostalgic and have some laughs, or it can be introduced to younger generations and remain a cult classic.

I see you shiver with antici…pation

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DVD of the 1975 Classic. Photo by Caitlin Black
It would not be a cult classic blog without the mention of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The musical which over the past four decades has influenced thousands and has even resulted in audience involvement at midnight screenings with viewers dressing up and bringing props.

For me, the songs are one of the factors which really make the film. The opening number ‘Science Fiction/Double Feature‘ sets up the film well, with only a pair of lips being shown on screen for the majority of the number. The song makes use of several references to culture in order to foreshadow some events of the film. This song is used again at the end credits with the lyrics adapted in order to summarise the plot. Every song featured in this classic is very catchy and deals with the issues of the film in a lighthearted manner which I think is very clever as it helps the audience deal with the themes of the film whilst remaining enjoyable to watch.

Tim Curry, who in his feature film debut, gives the performance of a lifetime playing the eccentric Frank-N-Furter, a role which I can only imagine was both mentally and physically challenging (considering he spends the entire film wearing heels). Curry’s character is truly inspirational to many as he demonstrates how important it is to be yourself. As Frank-N-Furter says; “Don’t dream it, be it”.

To summarise, for me this film is a massive classic and very enjoyable to watch, the acting from the entire cast is incredible and the songs are never boring. I recommend that everyone gives this film a watch at some point in their life and if it’s not your cup of tea then hopefully you are still able to appreciate the originality of the film.