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      Shock Treatment

      PG Released Oct 31, 1981 1 hr. 34 min. Horror List
      43% 7 Reviews Tomatometer 62% 5,000+ Ratings Audience Score Square Brad (Cliff De Young) and Janet (Jessica Harper) are forced to be contestants on a TV game show called "Marriage Maze." Read More Read Less

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      Luke O Shock Treatment is NOT a sequel to Rocky Horror; it's a stand-alone story that happens to have some characters (at least one played by the original movie's actor) in common. But there's no Frank, no Riff Raff, no Magenta, no Columbia, no Rocky. It's still a good movie. Sure, it has its shortcomings, but what movie doesn't? If you go in hoping to see another Rocky Horror, you'll be severely disappointed. But if you come at it as a different story, you'll probably enjoy it. Among other things, given its 1981 release, Shock Treatment has been prophetic regarding so-called "Reality" television. This is not to say it CAUSED the no-talent shows like Survivor, The Bachelor(ette), and Big Brother; to the contrary, it merely PREDICTED that garbage. Shock Treatment has good songs, a decent plot, and great acting, especially Cliff DeYoung in a double role. Jessica Harper made a good Janet, too, even though she looks NOTHING like Susan Sarandon; they even sing in different types of voice. The other actors are good in their roles and the plot, though silly, is well thought out and works if you meet it on its own level. Watch this movie, but don't expect Rocky Horror; it's a good movie in its own right. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/16/24 Full Review vcoll s 👽: If you must watch go ahead but if you want a VASTLY BETTER EXPERIENCE Then watch THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW. FORGETTABLE SONGS A STORYLINE THAT SUCKS Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/14/24 Full Review StephenPaul C The scariest 01 hour: and 34 minutes ever, and I think I like it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 05/30/23 Full Review Alexander H Although the movie can be a bit jumbled at times, when you take into account the messages from the individual songs and within the motions of the actors, you can draw a full conclusion. Translating those meanings to modern day, majority of them still hold true. Plus the music is catchy and iconic. Rereleasing this movie into the public would most likely have a greater impact today with social media being a large part. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/13/23 Full Review S S One of the worst sequels you'll ever see terrible awful musical so bad you have to watch it takes Musical sequels to a whole other level Rated 5 out of 5 stars 10/19/22 Full Review Audience Member 'Rocky Horror Picture Show' was a cult success when it came out reaching new levels of enjoyment for early 70s musicals and touching the LGBTQ community Despite it being panned by critics it became a midnight sensation and placed into the pop culture being one of the greatest musicals of all time Jim Sharman tries once again with his follow-up "Shock Treatment" This is another musical that actually takes place in a live tv studio Denton Television in Denton, USA: Home of Happiness run by Farely Flavors Funny enough two characters also named Brad and Janet are featured played by Cliff DeYoung and Jessica Harper This couple is forced to be participate on a show called Marriage Maze, at first it seems like fun but they find out they're being held against their will True this movie isn't as popular as 'Rocky' and director Jim Sharman has officially disowned it plus the Screen Actors Guild strike of 1980 forced Sharman to get crafty but still has a minor cult following over the years The movie has even inspired a musical adaptation in London as of 2015 Give the filmmakers credit that this depicted and predicted a 24/7 culture of voyeuristic reality television, celebrity politicians, mental health crises, media saturation, corporate takeovers, and subliminal advertising with eerie accuracy This Denton tv program is so dedicated even the audience members are constantly present to the point of falling asleep in their seats The film isn't a total disaster despite its mixed reception upon its release; There's good songs, flashy costumes, bright staging, and actors committed to the material particularly Harper as Janet going from frustrated, bored wife to fake celebrity It looks terrific as well even if the plot is downright confusing There's even a shocking twist to why this show is being orchestrated the way it is it surprised me This holds up surprisingly well, and for all the obvious, above-mentioned reasons, it connects more in 2021 than it did in '81 mainly to the queer audience and tv lovers It's a sort of Sliding Doors-like, alternate-universe re-imagining of what the Majors' lives might have been like had their car never broken down that fateful, velvet-dark and rainy night in 1975 Truthfully given how accurately it predicted the future, it's actually scarier and spookier than anything that took place inside Frank N. Furter's castle 'Shock Treatment' hasclever satire of tv and entertainment on human exploitation with some nice musical numbers Yet the 1975 movie will always stand the test of time that's for sure Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Alan Jones Starburst Make no mistake about Shock Treatment it is as entertaining and as funny as The Rocky Horror Picture Show, perhaps even more so as it is a totally new entertainment. Jul 27, 2022 Full Review Tim Brayton Alternate Ending A movie that feels like the unbridled expression of whatever the filmmakers thought would be appealingly strange on a moment to moment basis. Rated: 3.5/5 Oct 14, 2019 Full Review Chris Jackson Starburst While not as well known as Rocky, Shock Treatment features all the hallmarks of Richard O'Brien's madcap genius. Rated: 10/10 Aug 31, 2017 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 2/5 Aug 8, 2005 Full Review Ken Hanke Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) Truly disappointing sequel to Rocky Horror Rated: 2/5 Sep 18, 2002 Full Review Scott Weinberg Rated: 2/5 Jul 28, 2002 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis Square Brad (Cliff De Young) and Janet (Jessica Harper) are forced to be contestants on a TV game show called "Marriage Maze."
      Jim Sharman
      Executive Producer
      Lou Adler, Michael White
      Richard O'Brien, Jim Sharman
      20th Century Fox
      Production Co
      20th Century Fox
      Original Language
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Oct 31, 1981, Original
      Release Date (DVD)
      Sep 5, 2006
      Sound Mix
      Dolby, Surround
      Aspect Ratio