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Shock Treatment (1981)

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Janet Majors
... Brad Majors / Farley Flavors
... Dr. Cosmo McKinley
... Dr. Nation McKinley
... Judge Oliver Wright
... Betty Hapschatt
... Nurse Ansalong
... 'Rest Home' Ricky
... Bert Schnick
Darlene Johnson ... Emily Weiss
... Harry Weiss
Wendy Raebeck ... Macy Struthers
Jeremy Newson ... Ralph Hapschatt
Betsy Brantley ... Neely Pritt
Perry Bedden ... Neely's Camera Crew
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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

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Comedy | Musical

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30 October 1981 (West Germany)  »

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The Brad and Janet Show  »

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$3,500,000 (estimated)
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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." See more »

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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 »

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

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Bitchin' In The Kitchen
Written by Richard Hartley & Richard O'Brien
Performed by Cliff De Young & Jessica Harper
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A movie ahead of it's time.
3 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

After afew years since my last comment on this movie things have changed. The explosion of reality television on TV now makes the commentary on this movie a lot more relevant then when it was originally released. This movie looks not only at the "actors" of this form of entertainment but also the audience and even the producers. A lot of the people who watch this movie are seeing it in a monotone 2 dimensional way, when this movie has a lot more depth then can be seen with such a view.

This movie still deserves the 9/10 I gave it 2 years ago, it probably deserves 10. The style with which O'Brien shows the consumer/TV culture that was forming at the time this movie was made still works even today. This movie is a satire, it is not a spoof like the RHPS was, it is not a sequel, and it cannot be watched in the same manner. It works very very well as a satire on it's topic though using over the top imagery, effective musical numbers, and very over the top characterization.


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