Reviewed bySimon Bromley (firstname.lastname@example.org)Vote: 8/10/10
A decent movie, and nowhere near as bad as everyone makesout.Whereas Rocky Horror is weird in it's transvestite/alien way, this isactually better for a mainstream audience - it may be weird, but in asurreal/escapist way.Nice to see Ruby Wax in a lead role - she actually has a pretty big partasBetty, And the Rocky Horror actors - Richard O' Brien, Pat Quinn, CharlesGray and Nell Campbell are all great too (although it would have been niceto see a bit more of Nell)Keep a look out too for a pre-'Young Ones' Rik Mayall, playing Nell's loveinterest, interestingly enough.My advice is, if you can find a copy, get it - it's well worth investingin,whatever people may say.
Reviewed byrevcosmoVote: 7/10/10
As people have said, this film got a horribly bad rap, and made verylittlemoney. The reason, as people have also said, is that it was expected to bein the same vein as RHPS, which it simply was not. Sure, it had RichardO'Brien's trademark musical style and whimsy, but it wasn't the campykitschpeople were expecting. It was, in fact, an intellectual movie with aseriousmessage, a brilliant satire of life in the late 20th century. O'Brientakesjabs at the hallmarks of the decline of modern Western civilisation;conformity, machismo, brainwashing, and the absurdity of the "AmericanDream".
The plot can be a little hard to discern on the first viewing, but, aswithmany great intellectual films, more nuances of what O'Brien is trying tosayare picked up with each subsequent viewing. The film is certainly surreal,to say the least; and I would suspect psychedelics were somehow involvedinthe writing of the script. Denton, the picaresque happy U.S. everytown, isactually just a television studio; and all the residents are characters ontelevision shows or are in the audience. Enter Brad and Janet, who, afterexperiencing the "horrors" of RHPS, are having marital difficulties. Thisworks perfectly into the plan of a mysterious fast food magnate, whointendsto steal Janet away from her husband and use her to promote his business.Heconspires to have Brad locked up in the local mental hospital/soap opera,while promoting Janet as a new bombshell sensation, and taking the wholetown under his thumb.
In short, if you're looking for more of RHPS, you will be sorelydisappointed. But if you want a thought-provoking yet whimsical,tongue-in-cheek attack on all that is mind-numbing and soul crushing inourmodern world, definately check this film out. Jonathan Swift would beproud.
Reviewed byjermdownVote: 10/10/10
I loved Rocky Horror. I thought it was a great film and proves to beone of my favorite musicals. So when I found out that there was asequel, I searched it out... with much difficulty. Apparently the filmwas a huge flop and therefore is extremely rare. (funny, when you thinkabout Rocky Horror, which was originally a huge flop as well, but wasre-released after finding cult status).
I have just watched Shock Treatment twice in a row and I'm proud to sayI love it just as much as Rocky Horror. But be warned, Shock Treatmenthas completely different subject matter (which means no revealingcross-dressing, references to old horror films and no Tim Curry), butsome familiar characters and some very familiar actors appear in a filmthat looks at the brain-washing nature of television.
It wasn't the sequel I expected, but after seeing it twice, I realizeit is the perfect sequel to a perfect film like Rocky Horror.
But the emotion I was filled most with after watching this film wasn'thappiness, it was frustration. I was frustrated that this film isshunned by many, that it never has been released onto DVD and mostprobably never will be. It was depressing to know that probably theonly way I am ever going to view this great film is on a terriblequality full screen VHS cassette.
I'm hoping that this will find higher status eventually and is releasedonto a far more watchable medium. This film proves a satirical look attelevision, specifically in the eighties, but in doing so creates aprophetic masterpiece long before its time.
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?