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Shock Treatment (1981)

Jessica Harper , Cliff De Young , Jim Sharman  |  PG |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jessica Harper, Cliff De Young, Richard O'Brien, Patricia Quinn, Charles Gray
  • Directors: Jim Sharman
  • Writers: Richard O'Brien, Jim Sharman
  • Producers: John Goldstone, Lou Adler, Michael White
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: September 5, 2006
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000G6BLGK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,466 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Shock Treatment" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary by Shock Treatment Fan Club Presidents Mad Man Mike and Bill Brennan
  • "DTV Presents: A Shockumentary" featurette
  • "Let's Rock and Roll: Shock Treatment's Super Score" featurette
  • American and International Trailers

Editorial Reviews

Brad and Janet from Rocky Horror are in trouble again in this funny semi-sequel, featuring an early appearance by Dame Edna.

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Like Germany... Ambitious and Misunderstood January 25, 2005
Format:VHS Tape
Okay, bad comparison. But ST is plenty of the latter, which is a pity, because it's actually a very good movie.

The biggest mistake people have when seeing ST is that they expect 'a straight sequel to Rocky'. With the exception of a few minor elements such as incest and two characters with the names Brad and Janet, the resemblance is hard to find. The fact is that ST is a completely different movie than RHPS and most viewers come away disappointed because the title is inextricably linked to RHPS (in mind, if not in spirit).

Don't make this mistake. Erase all RHPS from your mind before viewing.

For starters, in terms of symbolism, ST is Plato's Allegory of the Cave compared to RHPS. The voyeurism of reality television was not at the extreme degree in 1981 as it is today, making ST's vision a strangely prophetic one. And yet it all seems very familiar. The basic premise is that the town of Denton is obsessed with a monster television show, a kind of all-encapsulating collection of programs with a seemingly never-ending time schedule. Brad and Janet are forced to participate in an isolating reality TV show called Dentonvale, supposedly to help their failing marriage, while two characters whose show has been dropped have uncovered a devastating conspiracy about DTV and must race against the clock to expose it before it's too late.

There is a deep sense of entrapment (the entire movie takes place on the TV set) and irony in ST. Whereas RHPS was a lighthearted homage to bygone celluloid, ST is a dark, cynical satire on a different kind of picture show, possibly even taking on the original Rocky fans with its portrayal of an audience who does nothing but 'participate' vicariously in the events onscreen.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Get Commited! July 11, 2001
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If you are a fan of the Rocky Horror Picture Show, or any cult movie, for that matter, this movie's worth a look. Cliff DeYoung and Jessica Harper star as Brad and Janet Majors (the hapless couple from RHPS), now unhappily married. They are contestants on the game show Marriage Maze, a sort of Newlyweds Game for people on the verge of divorce, hosted by Bert Schnick, a blind, abrasive German (Barry Humphries, in a hilarious pre-Dame Edna role). Brad ends up on Dentonvale, a reality TV show run by Doctors Cosmo and Nation McKinly (RHPS veterans Richard O'Brien and Patricia Quinn). As Brad is drugged and dragged off into the care of Nurse Ansalong (RHPS veteran Nell Campbell), Janet finds herself flung headfirst into the heart of the local TV studio,quickly becoming a local celebrity. And past that, you'll have to see the movie to find out what happens.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You need a bit of... November 12, 2002
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...Oooh, Shock Treatment. Quite possibly the catchiest line from any song included in this film. Shock Treatment has been cited countless times as a sequel to The Rocky Horror Picture Show. This inaccurate assertion had often to lead to many disappointed viewers who had bought the movie expecting a similar "erotic nightmare" which Shock Treatment quite simply isn't. However, after more than one viewing it is easy to see that Shock Treatment is an outstanding movie in its own right. Most of the musical numbers are on a par with or better than Rocky Horror, ones to look out for are the title track "Shock Treatment", the schizophrenic "Duel Duet" and the spectacular "Look What I did to my Id!" Althought the plot is slightly obscure, it's lack of clarity is more than made up for by some superb moments, from the tongue in cheek "Denton, USA" to the touching sensuality of "Lullabye".
The film reunites Patricia Quinn, Laura "Little Nell" Cambpell, Richard O Brien, Imogen Claire and many others from The Rocky Horror Picture show. The onscreen chemistry between Quinn and O'Brien as the incestuous Doctors Nation and Cosmo McKinley lends a quirky and erotic undertone to the movie, which fans and non-fans of Rocky alike will find irresistible, if a little unsettling. Campbell makes the most of a small amount of dialogue and gives a charming performance as the stunning but sweet Nurse Ansalong. Jessica Harper and Cliffe DeYoung work well as the quarelling couple, Brad and Janet Majors and Harper gives a believable performance throughout some rather unlikely situations.
In short, this is a very clever satire of "TV Culture" which may be confusing at the first viewing but where is may lack strength of plot it more than makes up for in outstanding musical numbers and charm.
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28 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not ROCKY HORROR - but still up there August 30, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
Are you a Jessica Harper fan?Do you like the work of Richard O'Brien?If you answered yes for those questions, you should continue to read this review.If not, try a different movie.SHOCK TREATMENT is definitely the most weird, bizarre, unique, complicated film ever made and is to watched seriously.Make sure you watch it at least three times before forming a critically opinion of what you think.After the first viewing you are thinking "it's crap" and "I don't understand".By the second it is growing on you.But by the third, you are begging for more and want to keep the video forever.The higlight of this film is Jessica Harper's performance as Janet Majors.She is the only character that keeps the show together.If you didn't like Susan Sarandon in ROCKY HORROR, you'll most likely love Harper instead.Her sexy looks and voice make you want to listen to her sing over and over again.The problem wiht SHOCK TREATMENT is that too many people compare it to ROCKY HORROR.But maybe that's a good thing!On its own, the movie sucks!But if you take into consideration the kind of humour that Richard O'Brien puts into his work and the sort of songs he writes, you can understand the uniqueness of ST.Songs would be the only good thing about this film as there is too much dialogue and plot compilcation that first viewers get lost and promise never to watch it ever again.Because of this, not many people see it more times to make it slowly grow on you.Trust me, this film is only for ROCKY HORROR lovers who want to see more of O'Brien's work and for those who have often wondered what other actors would suit in the parts of Brad and Janet.Not to be missed or not to be seen!It's your decision.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars OK MOVIE IF YOUR INTO ROCKY HORROR
SOME PEOPLE SAY THIS IS THE UNOFFICIAL ROCKY HORROR PART 2. NOT SO, EVEN THOUGH THERE MAY BE SOME SIMULARITIES, THIS IS A MOVIE ALL ON ITS OWN. Read more
Published 1 month ago by TRACY RUCH
3.0 out of 5 stars Even though I don't like it - I bought it.. music is up to O'Briens...
As many others have said - this is not Rocky Horror.. the tenuous links to Rocky Horror are indeed tenuous - YET.. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Steven White
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME
Loved the movie, it arrived exactly when I was hoping it would, and worked just fine. I was so happy to recieve it
Published 3 months ago by Casey J. Corcoran
5.0 out of 5 stars Don' miss a good one!
Richard O'Brian is one thumpping good perfomer, witty and knows how to write a fun incsisive work. Reccomended as a buy.
Published 4 months ago by jerry w. cullins
5.0 out of 5 stars get'cha jumpin' like a real live wire: the prototype for "Corporate...
we should sweep the most obvious issue out of the way first: is it or is it not a sequel to THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW? there's been a mess of debate on the subject. Read more
Published 5 months ago by jude pepper
4.0 out of 5 stars Shocked indeed
It was not as good as Rocky Horror, but then what could be. Our hero playing dual roles did a most excellent job and I found it has just the right amount of camp for sure. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Julie B
5.0 out of 5 stars Go in with an open mind.
The first time I watched Shock Treatment I compared it to Rocky Horror and that was a mistake. If you do that you won't enjoy it but if you see it as a stand-alone story then it's... Read more
Published 9 months ago by JohnnyBiggs22
5.0 out of 5 stars Shock Treatment is the best movie ever!!!
Replay value is very high. It stands alone on the Rocky Horror universe. Great tunes. Watch it and see! A precursor to Reality TV
Published 10 months ago by Jorge
5.0 out of 5 stars "...you're gonna find a whole lot to please ya..."
As a Rocky Horror fan who has performed in a live "shadowcast" in a small town theatre, "Shock Treatment" at first was just that...a shock to the system. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Lady Diva
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Musical
Not as good as Rocky Horror Picture Show but it was enjoyable enough to enjoy the singing and the tune though it was actually more weird then Rocky Horror!
Published 11 months ago by Stephen
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