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The original script took place in locations around the town of Denton, like Brad and Janet's house, and Cosmo and Nation's "hospital." It was set to be filmed in the real-life town of Denton, Texas, but the 1979-1980 Screen Actors Guild strike meant no American actor was allowed to act at any location. Filming moved to the UK, but no English locations could pass for an American suburb, so director Jim Sharman set the entire film inside the Denton television studio.
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Richard O'Brien has disowned this film.
One working idea for the movie was that Frank-N-Futer was going to come back from the dead and travel to Denton to find out Janet was pregnant with his child. Brad and Dr. Scott were supposed to have become lovers, and discovered a way to revive Frank using virgin blood. When he returns to Denton, Frank attempts to convert the entire town into a new cult of Transylvanians, and Riff-Raff and Magenta were to return to kidnap the child and destroy Frank once more. The idea was dropped when Tim Curry declined to participate.
This movie was an even bigger financial flop at the box-office than the original first run of The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975).
The "Lullaby" sequence was filmed in only one take.
This movie was originally going to be called "The Brad and Janet Show"
Susan Sarandon declined to return as Janet over salary disputes.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) is a spoof of horror movies. This film is a spoof of television shows.
Barry Bostwick could not appear as Brad Majors due to other filming commitments.
Tim Curry was offered the role of Brad Majors and Farley Flavors but he turned it down because he didn't think he could handle the American accent.
When the movie was first released in the USA, it only played in limited engagements and screened only at midnight. This was based on the success of the midnight screening return seasons of The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) around the world.
Richard O'Brien, Patricia Quinn, Nell Campbell, Charles Gray, Imogen Claire, and Jeremy Newson are the only cast to return, but Jeremy Newson is the only one of the six to reprise the same role ("Ralph Hapschatt").
The film's main poster was predominantly colored red. Similarly, the record release of the "Shock Treatment" 45" single was embossed on red-colored vinyl.
A tie-in promotional television show publicizing this movie was entitled The Rocky Horror Treatment (1981).
This movie never achieved the same cult status as its precursor The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) but is notable as a cult film and film history oddity due to its connection with its famous cult predecessor.
Comparing this movie to The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975), producer James Goldstone said, "It's not a sequel, it's not a prequel, it's an equal."
In "Shock Treatment: Shockumentary," costume designer Sue Blane said she bought clothes for the audience from thrift stores for a cartoonish look and feel.
The role of Bert Schnick was originally written to be Dr. Everett Scott. The part was re-written when Jonathan Adams declined to reprise the role.
Writer-Director Jim Sharman, comparing this film to The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975), said, "The intentions of the two films are quite disparate. The only tangible links are Brad and Janet, who act as catalysts to the plot."
Cliff De Young based his Farley Flavors character on Jack Nicholson.
Cliff De Young based his Brad Majors character on David Eisenhower.
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."
Cliff De Young plays Brad Majors and Farley Flavors.
Bert Schnick wears sunglasses for most of the film.
The actors who play Brad Majors and Janet Majors are both different to the actors who played them in The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975). In this movie they are played by Cliff De Young and Jessica Harper whereas in The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) they were played by and Barry Bostwick and Susan Sarandon.
This movie was released about six years after The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) premiered.


Sal Piro:  In the opening sequence, the president of the National Rocky Horror fan club stands below a staircase talking on a payphone.

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