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The Rocky Horror Picture Show – Shock Treatment

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975): Relive Richard O’Brien’s sinfully twisted salute to horror, sci-fi, B-movies and rock music – a “sensual daydream to treasure forever” – starring Tim Curry (in his classic gender-bending performance), Barry Bostwick and Oscar winner Susan Sarandon. Do the “Time Warp” and sing “Hot Patootie” with Meatloaf again… and again… and again… at home, or in a movie theater, where it will probably be playing for another 25 years! Shock Treatment (1981): In this new to DVD sequel to the cult classic, we find Brad and Janet’s not-so-new marriage on the rocks. They decide to appear in a game show but find themselves stuck in a weird television world surrounded by strange people. Janet begins to enjoy her new life within the television world and begins to forget about Brad…

Shock Treatment is a 1981 American black comedy musical film directed by Jim Sharman, co-written by Sharman and Richard O’Brien. It was a follow-up to the 1975 film The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Janet and Brad become contestants on a game show… but wind up as captives instead.

While not an outright sequel, the film does feature several characters from the previous film portrayed by different actors and several Rocky Horror actors in the roles of new characters. The film stars Jessica Harper as Janet and Cliff De Young in a dual role as Brad and the film’s main antagonist Farley Flavors, with O’Brien and Patricia Quinn as sibling character actors.

 

Shock Treatment is the often forgotten 1981 follow up to the Rocky Horror Picture Show. It does not continue the plot of the Rocky Horror Picture Show nor is it clear if the film even exists in the same universe. However, several events from the previous film are referenced and many of the characters return, as do many of the actors. The film was a massive failure both commercially and critically when it was released exclusively as a midnight movie. Part of the movies failure may have been due to the decision to treat the movie as a new Rocky Horror style midnight movie rather than giving it a wide release.

Looking back now we can see how forward thinking the plot of the movie was. At the time of its release reality television was still a decade or two away from existing, however the movies plot revolves around an entire town (Denton, the same town as the Rocky Horror Picture Show) that exists as a series of TV shows. A large audience that consists of various citizens of Denton is often watching the main characters either on stage or on TV monitors.  The entire movie takes place on a sound stage with many audience members sleeping in their seats.

If taken solely as a follow up to the Rocky Horror Picture Show the movie might not win you over. In fact, I know many Rocky Horror fans that despise Shock Treatment. However, I am not one of them, I think that shock treatment is a very unique film with memorable music and wonderfully campy characters. I think that perhaps Shock Treatment is a harder film than Rocky Horror to appreciate due to its bad reputation and nonsensical plot.  But if you like offbeat musicals you should definitely give it a chance.

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