Ever since The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) was released, and Richard O'Brien packed it was campy references to b-movies, there has followed a number of both stage and screen musicals that a have delved into the kitsch past for their themes. Since the opening lines of Science Fiction/Double Feature, a sub-genre of cheesy musicals was born.
Some of these musicals along with Rocky Horror, were covered in our Top Ten: The Horror Of Movie Musicals, such as Little Shop Of Horrors (1986). But one of the kings of cheesy retro referencing musicals must be John Waters, who wrote and directed both Hairspray (1988) and Cry Baby (1990). The former set in a kitsch and campy 1960s and the latter the 1950s. Then of course there is absolute classic of such musicals, Grease (1978). And unfortunately Grease 2 (1982), but we'll just brush over that load of rubbish and move on.
And soon there will be a new one in the canon, as there are plans to turn the 2003 stage musical based on the cult all-girl band The Shaggs, called The Shaggs: Philosophy Of The World. The news is that Jon Ronson, the co-writer of Frank (2014) the movie inspired by the fictional character of Frank Sidebottom, has the rights to bring the story of the Wiggins sisters to the screen.
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Top Ten: Horror Of Movie Musicals - A bizarre countdown of some of the worst and the best of weird and way-out movie musicals based on the themes of horror and sci-fi.