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Revenge of the Old Queen is an unproduced sequel for The Rocky Horror Picture Show, written in 1988 by franchise creator Richard O'Brien. It takes place after the film and highly presumed Shock Treatment. It takes place many years after the Denton Affair and the Miss Mental Health scare, the script suggests in the 1980s or 1990s. Riff Raff is on a mission from the Old Queen to bring Frank back to the planet and galaxy; however, the Queen is unaware Frank had been murdered by Riff a long time ago, but he goes anyway and bumps into stranger characters.


Revenge of the Old Queen provides examples of

  • Aliens Among Us: Transylvanian spies and human sympathisers are stationed all over the world.
  • Aliens in Cardiff: Riff Raff teleports to a Transylvanian safe house in Fresno, California. Though they're mentioned to have teleporters hidden in places all over the world including Washington.
  • Alien Sea: Transsexual has an "ink-black glutinous sea that gloops like an ocean of oil" alongside a beach of black sand.
  • Aliens Speaking English: As well as speaking it, the "TRANSDUCER PROGRAMMING FOR THE BEGINNER" manual's cover is written in English, but the instructions inside are in an alien language.
  • All There in the Script:
  • Always Night: Justified as the planet Transsexual somehow has no sun.
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  • Ambiguously Absent Parent: Frank's father is never alluded to in this script.
  • Anal Probing: One of the fears of the diners singing "Never Let Your Daughter Date an Alien".
  • Antagonist Title: If you consider The Old Queen the story's villain.
  • Artistic License – Astronomy: Transsexual is specified to have no sun. Although rogue planets that don't orbit stars exist in real life, they wouldn't be warm enough to sustain, let alone evolve humanoid life.
  • Ascended Extra: Riff Raff is now one of the main characters.
  • Assimilation Plot: Steve believes that Transylvanians are trying to make us all slaves to sensation, just like them.
  • As You Know: "We PAN AROUND and see a very SMALL PERSON dressed in the manner of this strange Planet (which as we all know by now) is the Planet of Transsexual in the Galaxy of Transylvania.".
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  • Benevolent Alien Invasion: Your mileage may vary on whether you think Transylvanians trying to make us be more like them is a good thing or a bad thing.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Most of the characters who are still alive at the end of the movie are living happily on Transsexual except for Steve, who's stranded in the past, being arrested by the police who think he's insane.
  • Book-Ends: The script starts and ends with Riff Raff about to climb into Magenta's coffin.
  • Broad Strokes: Takes broad strokes from an earlier attempt at a sequel where Brad turns gay and Janet gives birth to Frank's son. It could nearly be considered canon if you ignore the ending where Janet and her baby go off to Transsexual.
  • Canon Discontinuity: Seems to ignore Shock Treatment unless Brad and Janet got married shortly after the first movie and Janet was pregnant with Frank's baby during the second.
  • Cerebus Ret Con: The first movie only hints at it in the song ''Superheroes" but we know now that the events in Frank’s castle destroyed Brad and Janet’s lives.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Doctor Scott is the only surviving character from the first movie who isn't mentioned, which is strange because the UFO bureau he belonged to features prominently.
  • Contrived Coincidence:
    • Steve investigates a Transylvanian safe house at the same time Riff Raff has been dispatched to Earth. Also Riff Raff uses a teleporter hidden in a hotel room that Janet happens to be staying in.
    • Judy accidentally activates the Transducer to send her to Transsexual at the same time Riff Raff teleports to Earth, if she'd been a few seconds earlier or later one of them could have been tele-fragged.
  • Cut-and-Paste Suburb: Child!Steve and his mother live in one in the past.
  • Fiction as Cover-Up: A popular movie based on the events of the first film exists, but it's not clear who made it.
  • Forgotten First Meeting: Riff Raff and Janet don’t recognize each other at first as Janet has been trying to forget the events of the first movie for the last 15 years.
  • Gass Hole: When Steve finally gets over his nostalgia of Judy, he remembers that she used to sit at the back of Miss Peterson's class and pass wind.
  • Greasy Spoon: The coffee shop where the customers sing "Never Let Your Daughter Date en Alien" is described as "a typical William Hopper style of diner".
  • Happy Ending Override: This movie shows that Riff Raff got away with killing Frank for a few years by lying about it, but the plot kicks off when the queen sends him back to Earth to bring Frank home.
  • I Love the Dead: The very last scene is Riff Raff climbing into Magenta's coffin.
  • Information Wants to Be Free: The script starts with a paragraph written by the guy who uploaded it, saying that he feels bad putting it online without permission but thinks that Rocky Horror fans deserve to read it.
  • Interspecies Romance: Between De Lordy and Judy; the song "Never Let Your Daughter Date an Alien" explains why this is a bad thing.
  • "I Want" Song: Riff Raff sings Short End Of The Stick about how he wants to rule rather than follow. Judy Judy Judy is Steve's song about how he wants Judy.
  • Lightning Reveal: One shows a road sign leading to Fresno with a Transylvanian lightning bolt symbol on it.
  • Missing Mom: Janet to Sonny. They reunite at the end when Sonny takes the royal throne after the Old Queen dies.
  • Morton's Fork: Riff can admit that he killed Frank or go to Earth, pretend to look for him and fail. Either way he'll be in trouble.
  • Mythology Gag: There a few nods to Shock Treatment;
    • Riff Raff tells Magenta's corpse that they can play Doctors and nurses, a reference to the characters they played in Shock Treatment, also a nod to the title song that says “Playing doctor and nurse can be good for your health.” .
    • The housing estate that was built where Frank's castle used to be is called Happy Homes after the reality show Janet's parents starred in.
  • Naked First Impression: Judy is transported to Transylvania while in the shower. She arrives stark naked... right in front of Lord De Lordy.
  • Never Recycle a Building: Averted. A housing estate is being built where Frank's castle was in the first movie, meaning that Riff can't locate Frank's body.
  • No Name Given: The small servant is just called Small Person in the script.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Riff simply wears wigs around Brad's younger brother Steve and he mistakes him for his high school sweetheart Judy and her brother, George.
  • Peggy Sue: Riff Raff goes back in time to try and stop himself killing Frank in the first movie but fails.
  • Pleasure Planet: the The Moon Drenched Shores of Transylvania song implies Transsexual to be this and Riff Raff has to cover his ears to block out "the sighs, moans and groans of unseen Transylvanians drowning in pleasure".
  • Portal Network: The Transylvanians have a network of teleporter/time machines hidden throughout Earth.
  • P.O.V. Sequel: Thanks to timetravel, we briefly see the outside of the castle from the first movie as Riff Raff is running in to kill Frank at the end of The Floor Show.
  • Recursive Canon: The Rocky Horror Picture Show has been made as a movie since the events of the first film, though it seems to be called The Rocky Horror Show rather than The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
  • Revenge of the Sequel: Being a satire of horror movies, this kind of title is fitting.
  • Rhyming with Itself: Every line in the chorus of The Moon Drenched Shores of Transylvania ends with the word "Transylvania".
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Frank is revealed to be a prince who spends his time doing experiments on another planet. His mother assumes he's just on Earth to have sex.
  • Shoe Phone: The Transylvanian teleporters that we see are disguised as showers in Holiday Inns.
  • Stable Time Loop: At one point Steve mentions a crazy guy showing up on his lawn when he was a kid and getting arrested by the police. At the end Steve is stranded in the past and goes to his mother, ranting about aliens and time travel. She calls the police, who drag him off, thinking he's insane.
  • The Starscream: De Lordy is next in line for the throne after Frank and knows that he's dead. He can't wait for the queen to die so he can rule.
    • Riff Raff again shows shades of it during Born To Rule.
  • Storming the Castle: The Old Queen makes The Transylvanians run in and rescue Frank but they're too late. The castle launches into outer space and the blast kills them.
  • Stylistic Suck: The movie starts with us seeing the journey from Earth to Transsexual. It looks deliberately fake but ends with a quicker, more realistic looking version of the same journey.
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Brad and Magenta have both died since the last movie.
  • Teleporter Accident: Riff Raff invokes this trope so that Steve will step into the transducer by himself so he can send Steve out of the way to Alaska.
  • Teleporters and Transporters: The Transducers.
  • Time Passes Montage: On the way to Fresno, we get "A MONTAGE of SHOTS of STEVE's car hurtling through DAYS and NIGHTS, RAIN and SUNSHINE, PUNCTURES and TRAFFIC COPS, etc. This of course gives us the passing of time.".
  • Time-Travellers Are Spies: When Riff Raff first meets Steve, he's in drag and pretends to be fellow agent Judy. The next morning he pretends to be her fictional brother, also an agent investigating aliens. Not really a time travel example but the characters do end up travelling back in time later on.
  • Trauma-Induced Amnesia: Janet has blocked the events of the first movie from her mind.
  • Vichy Earth: The Transylvanians have infiltrated the American government and it's implied that they've done this to others.
  • Viewers Are Morons: The Denton Holiday Inn has a different colour and style from the Alaska one in order not to confuse the viewers.
  • We Are Everywhere: The bureau and/or transylvanians seem to have agents everywhere. A random man in the diner reports what Steve and Riff are doing to somebody on the phone.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Riff Raff's stated to be one while disguised as Judy.
  • Why Did You Make Me Hit You?: Riff Raff asks Magenta's corpse at the start why she made him kill the only thing he ever loved.
  • Wrong Time-Travel Savvy: A Stable Time Loop is demonstrated but both Riff Raff and The Old Queen attempt and fail to stop Frank being killed in the first movie.
  • Younger than She Looks: Janet is described as being around 35 but looking at least 50.

Alternative Title(s): Revenge Of The Old Queen


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