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Shock Treatment is the 1981 musical comedy continuation to The Rocky Horror Picture Show. While not a direct sequel and not involving the same story lines, this "equal" features many characters and actors from the first film, as well as taking place in Brad and Janet's hometown of Denton.

Plot

Continuing from The Rocky Horror Picture Show are the characters of Brad and Janet Majors, now married. The film takes place in the town of Denton, USA, which has been taken over by fast food magnate Farley Flavors. The town of Denton is entirely encased within a television studio for the DTV (Denton Television) network. Residents are either stars and regulars on a show, cast and crew, or audience members. Brad and Janet, while seated in the audience are chosen to participate in the game show Marriage Maze by the supposedly blind and kooky host Bert Schnick. As a "prize", Brad is imprisoned on Dentonvale, a soap opera that centers upon the local mental hospital run by brother and sister Cosmo and Nation McKinley.

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Janet is given a taste of show-biz as 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 and Judge Oliver Wright 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 while all of Denton is committed to Dentonvale.

Cast

Songs

  • "Overture"
  • "Denton U.S.A."
  • "Bitchin' in the Kitchen"
  • "Thank God I'm a Man"
  • "In My Own Way"
  • "Farley's Song"
  • "Lullaby"
  • "Little Black Dress"
  • "Me of Me"
  • "Shock Treatment"
  • "Carte Blanche"
  • "Looking for Trade"
  • "Look What I Did to My Id"
  • "Breaking Out"
  • "Duel Duet"
  • "Anyhow, Anyhow"

Trivia

  • In the script for Revenge of the Old Queen, one line hints that Riff Raff and Magenta are infact Cosmo and Nation McKinley.
  • This movie was originally going to be called "The Brad and Janet Show".
  • While The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) is a spoof of horror movies. This film is a spoof of television shows.
  • When the movie was first released in the USA, it only played in limited engagements and screened only at midnight. This was based on the success of the midnight screening return seasons of The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) around the world.
  • Cliff De Young plays both Brad Majors and Farley Flavors in this film.
    • De Young based his Farley Flavors character on Jack Nicholson.
    • De Young based his Brad Majors character on David Eisenhower.
  • This movie was released about six years after The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) premiered.
  • Richard O'Brien, Patricia Quinn, Nell Campbell, Charles Gray, Imogen Claire, and Jeremy Newson are the only cast to return, but Jeremy Newson is the only one of the six to reprise the same role (Ralph Hapschatt).

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