5.8/10
3,653
109 user 41 critic

Shock Treatment (1981)

Janet and Brad become contestants on a game show... but wind up as captives instead.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay)
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A newly engaged couple have a breakdown in an isolated area and must pay a call to the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-N-Furter.

Director: Jim Sharman
Stars: Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick
Drama | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

The Night The Prowler, is about the dark side of suburban middle-class urban culture and family relations. It film brings to the surface some of the darkest recesses of suburban family life... See full summary »

Director: Jim Sharman
Stars: Ruth Cracknell, John Frawley, Kerry Walker
Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A young couple venture into a summer beach house and make passionate love, unaware that they are being observed by a demented doctor who later uses the girl as part of a bizarre experiment.

Director: Jim Sharman
Stars: Arthur Dignam, Rufus Collins, Nell Campbell
Comedy | Horror | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

A straitlaced, square couple, seeking shelter from a storm, find themselves in the castle of a transgender alien mad scientist intent on creating a buff bodybuilder.

Director: Kenny Ortega
Stars: Ivy Levan, Ben Vereen, Staz Nair
Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A group of aliens plans to invade Australia as a means of taking over the Earth. In order to communicate with the people of Earth, they bring a statue of the long-dead Duke of Edinburgh to life.

Director: Jim Sharman
Stars: Jane Harders, June Collis, Tim Elliott
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Manning Redwood ...
Wendy Raebeck ...
Jeremy Newson ...
Betsy Brantley ...
Perry Bedden ...
Edit

Storyline

Following on from "The Rocky Horror Picture Show", this musical is set several years later in Brad and Janet Majors' hometown - which has become a giant TV station; residents are either participants or viewers. They are married now, but their romance has fallen on the rocks. Ostensibly to fix their marriage, Brad is imprisoned on the program "Dentonvale" (the local mental hospital) while Janet is conscripted to become a new star. As Janet is entranced by the high life, she forgets Brad. Who is trying to woo her away? Written by Miss Rori Stevens

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

It's Not A Sequel... It's Not A Prequel... It's An Equal See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

30 October 1981 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

The Brad and Janet Show  »

Box Office

Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This movie was an even bigger financial flop at the box-office than the original first run of The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975). See more »

Goofs

During "Little Black Dress," the champagne in Cosmo's hand switches from his left to his right, then back, without him moving it. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: [voice-over] Once upon a time, there lived a real fast guy. His life was fast. His friends were fast. Heh - even his food was fast. But he was still not satisfied. He wanted to share his fast philosophy with someone else, a beautiful girl. Trouble was, she was in the arms of... another man.
See more »

Connections

Featured in The Cinema Snob: Shock Treatment (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Look What I Did To My Id
(Mom-Dad/Ralph-Macy/Cosmo-Nation/Ricky-Ansalong)
Written by Richard Hartley and Richard O'Brien
Performed by Darlene Johnson, Manning Redwood, Jeremy Newson, Wendy Raebeck, Richard O'Brien,
Patricia Quinn, Rik Mayall and Nell Campbell
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Perhaps the most underrated film in cinema history...
13 June 2005 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

I loved Rocky Horror. I thought it was a great film and proves to be one of my favorite musicals. So when I found out that there was a sequel, I searched it out... with much difficulty. Apparently the film was a huge flop and therefore is extremely rare. (funny, when you think about Rocky Horror, which was originally a huge flop as well, but was re-released after finding cult status).

I have just watched Shock Treatment twice in a row and I'm proud to say I love it just as much as Rocky Horror. But be warned, Shock Treatment has completely different subject matter (which means no revealing cross-dressing, references to old horror films and no Tim Curry), but some familiar characters and some very familiar actors appear in a film that looks at the brain-washing nature of television.

It wasn't the sequel I expected, but after seeing it twice, I realize it is the perfect sequel to a perfect film like Rocky Horror.

But the emotion I was filled most with after watching this film wasn't happiness, it was frustration. I was frustrated that this film is shunned by many, that it never has been released onto DVD and most probably never will be. It was depressing to know that probably the only way I am ever going to view this great film is on a terrible quality full screen VHS cassette.

I'm hoping that this will find higher status eventually and is released onto a far more watchable medium. This film proves a satirical look at television, specifically in the eighties, but in doing so creates a prophetic masterpiece long before its time.


29 of 37 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page