Shock Treatment (25th Anniversary Edition)
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not a sequel. Not a prequel. But an equal to rocky horror picture show. Great soundtrack.Published 13 days ago by Tyler W.
The sequel to the cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show, this film follows the further adventures of Brad (Cliff De Young) and Janet (Jessica Harper),... Read more
Completely different from the first one but I love this. The song Shock Treatment is one of the best songs. Concepts in this film was ahead of it's time. Read morePublished 3 months ago by hatternhare
This is a very weird random movie but if u like the Rocky horror show u might like this. The songs are very catchyPublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Bought this out of sheer curiosity as a type of sequel to Rocky Horror.......... I don't think any amount of alcohol or drugs could make it any better. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Judi Nicastro
This movie made sense to me but the movie literally kills itself with a complete lack of a real conclusion. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
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