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Richard O'Brien (screenplay) and
Jim Sharman (screenplay)
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Release Date:
30 October 1981 (West Germany) See more »
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Janet and Brad become contestants on a game show... but wind up as captives instead. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Directed by
Jim Sharman 
Writing credits
Richard O'Brien (screenplay) and
Jim Sharman (screenplay)

Produced by
Lou Adler .... executive producer
John Goldstone .... producer
Michael White .... executive producer
Original Music by
Richard Hartley 
Richard O'Brien 
Cinematography by
Mike Molloy 
Film Editing by
Richard Bedford 
Casting by
Debbie McWilliams 
Production Design by
Brian Thomson 
Art Direction by
Andrew Sanders 
Set Decoration by
Ken Wheatley 
Costume Design by
Sue Blane 
Makeup Department
Carol Devine .... makeup artist
Sandra Exelby .... makeup artist
Pat Hay .... key makeup artist
Joan Hills .... makeup artist
Mike Lockey .... hair stylist
Chris Taylor .... hair stylist
Production Management
John Comfort .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chris Brock .... third assistant director
Michael Murray .... second assistant director
Roger Simons .... first assistant director
Art Department
John Beard .... assistant art director
Peter Collins .... drapes master
Norman Hart .... art department
Len Huntingford .... art department
John Leuenberger .... property master
Darryl Paterson .... stand-by prop
Bryn Siddall .... art department
Sound Department
John Chandler .... sound assistant
Ian Fuller .... dubbing editor
Anthony Sloman .... additional sound editor
Hugh Strain .... sound re-recording mixer
Bruce White .... sound recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
Kenneth Atherfold .... camera department
Chuck Finch .... gaffer
Tommy Finch .... gaffer
Laurie Frost .... camera department
Brian King .... video operator
Reg Parsons .... best boy
Roy Rodhouse .... gaffer
Bob Smith .... camera operator
Casting Department
Ellen Chenoweth .... casting: USA
Music Department
Hugh Burns .... musician
Mark Griffiths .... musician
Richard Hartley .... music arranger
Richard Hartley .... musical director
Richard Hartley .... musician
Les Morgan .... musician
Michael Weaver .... musician
Dave Wintour .... musician
Other crew
Andy Birmingham .... production accountant
Marilyn Clarke .... production coordinator
Gillian Gregory .... choreographer
Brian Thomson .... additional ideas
Graham Chapman .... advisor (uncredited)
David Sherlock .... advisor (uncredited)

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94 min | UK:88 min (DVD version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Iceland:L | Ireland:15 (DVD version) | Ireland:15 (cut DVD version) | UK:PG (DVD version) | UK:PG (cut DVD version) | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) | USA:PG | West Germany:12

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Jim Sharman suggested possibly doing the production as a London stage show and filming it in a theatre This gave Richard O'Brien the idea to rework the locations as a giant TV studio using a film studio in England, trimming the budget.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: During the opening overture sequence, the shadow of the camera, camera operator, and jib operator are visible just after booming down from the spiral staircase.See more »
[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.
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30 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
You're not looking at the king of anything- you're looking at an ace!, 13 November 2000
Author: zmaturin from Pleasant Valley

I had heard a lot of bad things about this "sequel" to "The Rocky Horror Picture Show", and I can see how people expecting a return to the sexual hi-jinx of that classic would be disappointed. I found this to be great in a completely different way. Save for a few RHPS character and location names, this is pretty much unrelated to that flick. This stands on it's own as an excellent musical-comedy with great songs and characters.

"Shock Treatment" takes place entirely in the television station of DTV, a local TV station that probes into the lives of its town's citizens. Brad and Janet (who act differently and are played by different actors than in RHPS) discuss their marital strife and appear on "Marriage Maze". Brad is found to be in need of help, so he's shipped off to "Dentonvale", the channel's bizarre medical show, while Janet is groomed to be the new star of "Denton Dossier", a show that tells people how great Denton is. Meanwhile, nefarious fast food mogul Farley Flavors is conspiring to take over the town and Janet with his latest show, "Farley Flavor's Faith Factory".

Jessica Campbell (who has worked with Dario Argento AND Woody Allen) is superb as Janet, and Cliff De Young plays Brad and Farley so excellently it's hard to tell it's the same actor (he even has a duet with himself!). The rest of the cast is populated with British comedians (Ruby Wax, Barry Humphries, and "The Young Ones"' Rik Mayal, who should have had a bigger part) and RHPS vets including Patricia Quinn, Little Nell, Charles Grey (also a former Blofeld!), and composer Richard O'Brian.

O'Brian's songs are fantastic and some exceed the quality of tunes in the better known "Rocky Horror". Clever lyrics and catchy tunes abound in classics like "Bitchin' in the Kitchen", "Little Black Dress", and the haunting "Lullaby". The choreography is great too, like the brief mirror-dance that accompanies "Look What I Did To My Id".

"Shock Treatmet" gets T-E-N, that's ten out of ten!

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