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Director:
Writers:
Richard O'Brien (screenplay) and
Jim Sharman (screenplay)
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Release Date:
30 October 1981 (West Germany) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The Home of Happiness See more »
Plot:
Janet and Brad become contestants on a game show... but wind up as captives instead. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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It's a comment on the whole RHPS phenomenon See more (104 total) »

Cast

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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)
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Certification:
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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According to the production notes, Barry Humphries played the part of Bert Schnick like Dr. Caligari, a silent film villain of 1920s German Expressionist Cinema. Humphries said, "He's a highly expressionist character, a blind Viennese-born game show host. Right away you know he's not rooted in any reality of any kind, except his own."See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Brad knocks over the pitcher of water on the "Marriage Maze" set, a glass is propped against one of the "M"s. The glass wasn't there in previous shots.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.
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Denton, U.S.ASee more »

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72 out of 80 people found the following review useful.
It's a comment on the whole RHPS phenomenon, 5 November 2004
Author: belialprod from Canada

"Shock Treatment", aside from being a hellava lot of fun, seems to be Richard O'Brien's dig at the whole RHPS phenomenon.

Forget about this being a RHPS sequel. It's not. The whole tone is different. RHPS was an affectionate salute to B-science fiction movies of the 50's married to the seventies punk rock movement. "Shock Treatment", if it is related to RHPS at all, is a satire of the whole RHPS fan culture. Consider: "Shock Treatment" takes place in a TV studio where the audience lives 24/7. They live for the highs received from Denton TV, yet are a pretty conservative lot on the whole. Isn't that like the typical RHPS audience where straight laced Brad and Janet types go to the show, enjoy the freakiness for two hours, then go back to their normal, suburban lives? "Shock Treatment" goes to great lengths to satirize the horrors of suburbanity, and the costumed entertainers they worship. The most blatant example? Two of the main characters, who profess to be doctors, turn out to be character actors. Character actors who have great fun in costume and in the end, drive off into the sunset, in a cool new car, back to suburban normalcy.

And you know what? I have barely scratched the surface of what makes "Shock Treatment" so clever. If you've read anything recent written about it, you know the film is a huge piss take on reality television, and a prescient(by over 20 years)parody of our current culture which makes stars of...well, whomever the TV industry, film industry, and Hollywood publicists tell us we should think of as stars. Paris Hilton? Vin Diesel? Even Jude Law. Did we discover these people? No, they were foisted upon us,we were TOLD they were stars, much as Janet is in "Shock Treatment". When Janet wakes up and realizes she wants her real life back, another cute chick is pimped up and easily accepted.

"Shock Treatment" is a very smart movie that works on the intellectual level RHPS did not. Hey, I love RHPS, but it operates from a gut, instinctual level. "Shock Treatment", if you give it a chance, will make you think about the media's grip on society, make you take a second look at the "stars" adorning the covers of magazines such as Entertainemt Weekly, give you a whole new take on the audiences lining up for RHPS every Halloween (unlike the 80's when we went every month or weekend), and, having been made in 1981 (!) add no surprise to the fact that Richard O'Brien is a prescient futurist who made a killing in the stock market.

Heck, I haven't even talked about the fact that "Shock Treatment"s use of primary colors, editing, and music video style sequences, predates the birth of MTV by at least a year. This movie could be called a template for the 80's music video boom.

Lastly, I have to comment on one facet which will either a) draw RHPS fans and non fans to check this move out or b) disregard this entire review. I absolutely, unequivocally, LOVE the music in this movie. Every song is fun in the best tradition of the short lived "rock musical" genre (I often sing a somewhat edited version of "Lullaby" to my kids at bedtime)and, on screen, every song is presented with a strong sense of atmosphere. Come to think of it, this IS "Shock Treatment"s greatest commonality to RHPS, except in RHPS, the atmosphere was dark and cluttered, in "Shock Treatment", it's bright and sterile. Two different settings. Two different themes. Both brilliantly achieved.

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