- Shock Treatment
name = Shock Treatment
caption = Theatrical release poster
Lou Adler Michael White
Jim Sharman Richard O'Brien
Cliff De Young Jessica Harper Richard O'Brien Patricia Quinn
Richard Hartley Richard O'Brien
20th Century Fox
October 31, 1981
runtime = 94 min.
country = flagicon|USA
language = English
budget = $3.5 million
gross = $2,385,107
website = http://www.shocktreatmentnetwork.com/
amg_id = 1:44410
imdb_id = 0083067
"Shock Treatment" is a 1981 comedy-musical and a follow up to the film "
The Rocky Horror Picture Show". While not an outright sequel, the movie does feature several characters from the movie portrayed by different actors and several "Rocky Horror" actors portraying new characters.
Continuing from "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" are the characters of Brad and Janet Majors (portrayed by
Cliff De Youngand Jessica Harper, respectively), now married.
The film takes place in the fictional town of Denton USA, which has been taken over by fast food magnate Farley Flavors (also played by De Young). ).
Janet is given a taste of
show-bizas Farley Flavors molds her into a singing diva superstar in an attempt to take her away from Brad. Her compliance is assured through the use of drugs supplied by the McKinleys.
Betty Hapschatt (
Ruby Wax) and Judge Oliver Wright (Charles Gray) investigate Farley and other people involved in DTV, eventually discovering that Cosmo and Nation are not doctors, but merely character actors, and Farley Flavors is Brad's jealous, long-lost twin brother, seeking to destroy Brad and take Janet for himself.
The pair rescue Brad from "Dentonvale" and have Brad confront his twin on his show "Faith Factory." Farley imprisons the three and Janet but they manage to escape in a car along with a local band.
During the movie, it is also revealed that Bert Schnick can really see.
Cliff De Youngas Brad Majors / Farley Flavors
Jessica Harperas Janet Majors
Richard O'Brienas Dr. Cosmo McKinley
Patricia Quinnas Dr. Nation McKinley
Barry Humphriesas Bert Schnick
Ruby Waxas Betty Hapschatt
*Charles Gray as Judge Oliver Wright
*Jeremy Newson as Ralph Hapschatt
*Wendy Raeback as Macy Struthers
Nell Campbellas Nurse Ansalong
Rik Mayallas Rest Home Ricky
*Darlene Johnson as Emily Weiss
*Manning Redwood as Harry Weiss
Barry Dennenas Irwin Lapsey
Betsy Brantleyas Neely Pritt
The film was shot entirely in a sound studio. The original intent had been to shoot the film in realistic locations in the USA, but a 1979 Screen Actors Guild strike froze the production funds.
Jim Sharmansuggested possibly doing the production as a London stage show and filming it in a theatre, which gave Richard O'Brienthe idea to rework the locations as a giant TV studio using a film studio in England, trimming the budget and reviving the project. [ Conroy, Mike (1981). "Richard O'Brien and Shock Treatment." "Fangoria," No. 15. New York; O'Quinn Studios. 66.] Although several "Rocky Horror" cast members returned for this movie, only Jeremy Newson reprised his role as Ralph Hapschatt. Tim Currywas offered the roles of Brad Majors and Farley Flavors, but declined because he didn't think his American accent would be convincing. Barry Bostwickwas unable to reprise his role as Brad due to other filming commitments, and Susan Sarandonwanted half a million dollars to play Janet again. [ Conroy, Mike, "Richard O'Brien and Shock Treatment," op cit., 66.] Cliff De Young had been director Jim Sharman's original choice for Brad in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, as Sharman had worked with De Young off-Broadway in the play "Trials of Oz" in 1972. De Young had been unavailable then, as he was appearing on the television show "Sunshine" in California. Cast now as Brad and Farley, De Young modeled his performance of Brad Majors after David Eisenhower, and modeled Farley Flavors after Jack Nicholson. [ 20th Century-Fox (1981). "Shock Treatment Press Kit." 5.] "Shock Treatment's" original working title was "The Brad and Janet Show". Founder and long-time president of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" Fan Club, Sal Piro, has a cameo role as the man using the payphone during the opening sequence. Several of the costumes and props from "The Rocky Horror Picture Show", including Frank's throne (painted red), can be seen in "Shock Treatment".
In spite of pre-release hype (Including a promotional TV special called "The Rocky Horror Treatment"), the film was a failure when it was released only as a
midnight moviein late 1981. It had a short general first-run release in theaters. It turned out, with its increased budget and box office failure, to be an even bigger flop than Rocky Horror's original first-run release in 1975. The movie, at face value, was very difficult for mainstream audiences to understand, and was of a different structure of plot than Rocky Horror. Some were put off by the absence of Tim Curry's character Dr. Frank N. Furter, who died in the original film. The idea of a town as one large TV studio was far more unusual in 1981, when reality TV had not yet hit the ascendancy it found in later years. However, Shock Treatment eventually got showings at Rocky Horror conventions, and has ended up having occasional performance casts every now and then.
A special edition DVD was released in the
United States, on September 5, 2006. Included is a 1:85:1 anamorphic widescreentransfer, Dolby Digital5.1, Dolby Surround2.0, and Spanish Mono audio tracks, with Spanish, French and English subtitles. Bonus materials include audio commentary with fan club presidents Mad Man Mike & Bill Brennan, a making-of featurette, a music retrospective featurette, and domestic and international trailers. [http://www.davisdvd.com/news/news.html]
The Rocky Horror Picture Show" - The original 1975 film from which the characters of Brad and Janet are created
Rocky Horror Shows His Heels" - One of the written but never filmed Rocky Horror sequels
Revenge of the Old Queen" - Another of the written but never filmed Rocky Horror sequels
References in other media
Something Positive- Comic strip, characters attempt to create a stage production of Shock Treatment.
* [http://www.shocktreatmentnetwork.com The Shock Treatment Network]
* [http://www.rockyhorror.com/shocktreatment Shock Treatment at RockyHorror.com]
* [http://www.shocktreatment.net Shock Treatment at Cosmo's Factory]
* [http://somethingpositive.net/sp08012004.shtml Something Positive: The Audition Process]
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