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Shock Treatment Reviews

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September 21, 2018
Ahead of its time in some ways, ridiculous in many more, Shock Treatment has a killer soundtrack, a great cast, bright colors, and is a thoroughly enjoyable "bad" movie.
January 13, 2018
Excellent film. A forward thinking film of our dependency on television. The songs are cachy. All of the actors are great providing something to the movie. Richard O'Brian creepily enjoyable every time he is on screen. The camera crew must of wanted to show off there chops due to how many mirrors there are in the movie, and you cannot see a camera. Would highly recommend watching.
December 17, 2017
One of my favourite films ever, a truly surreal follow-up to the Rocky Horror Picture Show. If you're looking for a true sequel that continue the story of Frank 'n Furter, you'll be sorely disappointed. However, when viewed separately, this is a really interesting look into reality TV and the sinister side of fame.
June 10, 2017
Horribly misses the mark and makes the mistake of trying to trade on the Rocky Horror legacy. The one saving grace is Little Nell and the one superb song "Shock Treatment".. youtube the song.. its all you need to see.
April 19, 2017
Not a terrible movie, just not a great sequel to something as amazing as Rocky Horror. 3 stars
March 23, 2017
The concept is actually kinda ahead of its time. But as an "equal" to Rocky Horror it pales in comparison. Some of the songs are kinda catchy though. And Jessica Parker Harper singing is always a bonus...
January 31, 2017
Good, classic Richard O'Brien fun! Groovy songs and an intriguing plot!
January 13, 2017
Even though the story is a recycle of the first film this film is filled with great songs and very good choreographed dance sequences that make it very enjoyable to watch and in my opinion this film stands on its own and is more of an equal then sequel because if you don't compare it or relate it to the first one in anyway its a great stand alone film in its own way.
November 26, 2016
Unnecessary (s)equal to Rocky Horror. Feels very familiar to RH, same type of songs written by Richard O'Brien. Not horrible, but not great either.
November 5, 2016
A bit of a black sheep in the cult musical genre, but so much god damn fun! On par with its much more famous older brother in terms of sheer inventiveness and campy joy.
September 7, 2016
30 years later, this grossly misunderstood film, widely dismissed as a misfire back in 1981, seems more like its creator's earnest attempt to warn us of some impending doom. Like an accidental prophecy of our bleak broadcasting future, with a touch of dark humor, SHOCK TREATMENT plays like someone woke up from dreaming the real horrors of American Reality TV, 30 years ago, and then tried to jot down their visions before they could forget them. If Anthony Burgess ever wrote a Game Show, I imagine it would have went something like this. Denton really is America's Truth - The Home of Happiness indeed. God help us. It's messy but its meta-weird, fun, and surprisingly intellectual stuff.
½ August 17, 2016
I wasn't a huge fan of this one when I first checked it out, possibly because I was so sold on the Rocky Horror Picture Show, but I have to say that upon the subsequent revisits, this has grown on me a great deal, and I no quite enjoy most of the songs, even if the story itself isn't quite as strong as you might prefer.

I'd definitely suggest giving it a rental, just to see what's up, maybe you'll surprise yourself (like I did) and get into it in spite of yourself.
February 25, 2016
This movie doesn't stand up to Rocky Horror in any way but I still enjoyed it. Some on the songs were decent (Denton USA, Shock Treatment and Look What I Did To My ID) and the costume and set design was great. Richard O Brian said that it was 'ahead of its time' and it was. It did predict tv nowadays!
February 19, 2016
More to say then is given credit for. Through the years I have come to actually appreciate this film more than Rocky Horror.
½ April 1, 2015
An equal, NOT a sequel to The Rocky Horror Picture Show that is just as weird, wacky and fun. Shock Treatment. a film that was way ahead of its time, is work of artistic genius. True Rocky Horror fans will appreciate the continued wacky misadventures of Brand and Janet in Shock Treatment.
February 6, 2015
After the success of The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975), creator Richard O'Brien reunited with co-writer Jim Sharman to do a follow-up, rather than making a sequel, they made an 'equal'. It was a troubled production, when the Screen Actors Guild went on strike, the production was downscaled and moved from America to London, and confined to a soundstage, which gives it an edge. Set in Denton, USA. Married couple Brad and Janet Majors (Cliff De Young and Jessica Harper) are invited to take part on Denton TV's new game show Marriage Maze, hosted by blind Viennese psychopath Bert Schnick (Barry Humphries). Brad is committed to Dentonvale, an insane asylum ran by Cosmo and Nation McKinley (Richard O'Brien and Patricia Quinn). Janet is groomed for stardom and world domination, while Brad is locked in a cell. Meanwhile, Denton Dossier hosts Betty Hapschatt (Ruby Wax) and Judge Oliver Wright (Charles Gray) investigate who the McKinley's really are, and who has orchestrated this whole wicked scheme. On a visual level, it looks brilliant and the sets are absolutely vivid, and the songs are top notch too. But, it's absolutely insane, and half the time you really don't know what on earth's going on, but that doesn't seem to matter. It's a mad satire on American culture and TV shows. Plus, look out for a young Rik Mayall as Rest Home Ricky.

Here's something you ain't NEVER seen before, a SEQUEL, (or if you will, "equal" to The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975))!! This time, it's set in a TV studio, and has Brad and Janet (this time played by Cliff De Young and Jessica Harper), being tra...(read more) pped in a nightmarish game-show-come-reality-TV show, run by doctors Cosmo and Nation McKinley (Richard O'Brien and Patricia Quinn), and blind Austrian game show host Bert Schnick (Barry Humphries!!) Visually, it looks brilliant, the songs are top notch too. But, it's ABSOLUTELY BONKERS!! Half the time, you don't even know what on earth's going on, it's a satire on American culture, punctuated by 80's pop numbers with an American country-western flavour. God knows what Ritz O'Brien was on when he thought this one up, but don't let it put you off!! Oh, and there's a young Rik Mayall in it!! ;)
Super Reviewer
½ November 30, 2014
"The sun never sets on those who ride into it." The little known sequel to Rocky Horror, Shock Treatment, is a bit of an acquired taste but has its own sort of charm. When Brad and Janet Majors' marriage hits a rough patch they go onto a game show where Brad gets committed to an asylum and Janet gets swept up by the glitz and glamour of television. Most of Rocky Horror's main cast returns, including Richard O'Brien, Patricia Quinn, Nell Campbell, and Charles Gray, but they're playing different characters. Jessica Harper takes on the role of Janet, and really shines; bringing a lot of charisma to the part. And, O'Brien's songs are energetic and quite catchy, featuring a variety of musical styles. However, the story is rather weak and the pacing is too fast. Also, the satire about television culture is overly broad and unfocused. It's a bit of a mess, but there's still plenty of fun to be had with Shock Treatment.
½ September 28, 2014
An *airquotes* sequel to The Rocky Horror Picture Show, that features a few performers from the previous aforementioned film, it's a very bizarre follow-up that does oddly enough predict the rise of reality television and is obviously meant to be a biting satirical look at network television and commercialism/consumerism. However, the execution could have been done better and the plot more coherent.
September 25, 2014
wonderfully kooky and strange satirical romp that was clearly ahead of it's time
September 7, 2014
Seriously don't know why, but I can never get enough of this movie!!!!
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