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||IMDB Rating: 5.8/10 from 3,318 votes
||Release: 30 October 1981 (West Germany) /
||Genre: Comedy, Musical
||Director: Jim Sharman,
||Stars: Barry Humphries, Betsy Brantley, Charles Gray, Cliff De Young, Darlene Johnson, Jeremy Newson, Jessica Harper, Manning Redwood, Nell Campbell, Patricia Quinn, Perry Bedden, Richard O'Brien, Rik Mayall, Ruby Wax, Wendy Raebeck
||Synopsis: 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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"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
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, Betsy Brantley
, Charles Gray
, Cliff De Young
, Darlene Johnson
, Jeremy Newson
, Jessica Harper
, Manning Redwood
, Nell Campbell
, Patricia Quinn
, Perry Bedden
, Richard O'Brien
, Rik Mayall
, Ruby Wax
, Wendy Raebeck
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