The Rocky Horror Picture Show has endured over 35 years because, yes, it's fun to make fun of a movie that is horrendous. But there is no question that the reason why people are able to get through the flick is that it has some pretty great tunes. Somehow, that atrocity manages to be pretty rockin', and for a few minutes per song, it completely makes one forget that what is being watched is incredibly awful. Earlier this week, we touched on current and new horror series hitting the web, and one of those is Tim Timebomb's RockNRoll Theater. It's first episode, "Dante", is now showing its first two parts on the RockNRollTheater VEVO channel.
Tim Timebomb's RockNRoll Theater Takes Rock to the Twilight Zone
What we know is that Dante (Rancid's Lars Frederiksen) is a bad man, and he's killed a lot of people to become rich and successful. It's this kind of hubris that begins many an episode of The Twilight Zone. "Dante" is written by Frederiksen's band-mate Tim Armstrong, who is one of the producers of the series and serves as the show's Rod Serling. Directed by long-time music video director Kevin Kerslake, the first two parts of "Dante" are music videos with a plot in mind, almost Rocky Horror without the awful, uncomfortable nonsense and just focusing on the music to guide the story. Filled with nice choreography and production value, "Dante" is a fine opening to the first VEVO scripted series.
The music is pretty cool, and from what I've read, Armstrong and his group of musician friends went through a whirlwind of songwriting and they've written a ton of tunes for the series. If all of the episode segments are as stylish and bold as these, with catchy music accompanying it, VEVO may have a pretty nice hit on their hands. It will be interesting to see if VEVO, fueled by the many artists who garner hundreds of millions of views, can get the same kind of interest, or at least a fraction of that, for a scripted web series. I guarantee if Lady Gaga or Katy Perry does one of these episodes, that might just happen. But this is rock and roll, man. And the show is adult-oriented, with some f-bombs sprinkled throughout, so we may not have a lot of teens pumping up the volume and doing their homework to this series.
I like what I see so far. It's a change of pace from the usual web series, and pretty entertaining, so I applaud it's originality. Check it out (Warning – some foul language):
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