Jim Sharman's two bizarre cult films from the late 1970s and early 1980s are now released in a special 25th anniversary 3-disc collection. Shock Treatment is the sequel to the still wildly popular underground film The Rocky Horror Picture Show. It was not nearly as popular, but cult film fans should be over the full moon about this release.
"Shock Treatment" was meant by director Jim Sharman to be a criticism or farce of our society's obsession with pop culture. The film is extremely weird but not in as good a way as Sharman's "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" was. Maybe it goes too far, maybe the story and acting aren't as good, maybe you just cannot make a successful camp film without Tim Curry in drag. Whatever the reason, "Shock Treatment" did not receive the adoration the original film did. As with the first film it is lewd and crude, so in those respects you will not be disappointed, but something's missing…maybe we did not like the fact that this film pokes fun at our obsession with television.
The marriage of Brad (Cliff DeYoung – The Craft, Glory) and Janet Majors (Jessica Harper – Minority Report, My Favorite Year) is seemingly on the rocks. As they live in media ruled Denton where everyone is addicted to watching reality television (how ahead of its time is that?!?). Denton has basically been turned in to one big television studio where the citizens come to watch an endless amount of soap operas, variety shows and game shows. Everyone is either a viewer or a participant in the shows. Brad and Janet decide that in order to save their marriage they are going to appear on a game show. Instead of receiving the help they expected they find themselves trapped in a weird television world full of odd characters. Janet enjoys her new life, but Brad does not. Janet begins to forget about Brad, who is eventually locked up in a mental hospital. The television studio, sensing Brad's hesitation to appear on the game show, has him locked up in the mental hospital. Meanwhile, they have made Janet the star of her own hit reality show. Will she wake up out of her popularity induced trance in time to save Brad? Tune in to find out.
-DTV Presents: A Shockumentary
-Let's Rock N' Roll: Shock Treatment's Super Score
The Rocky Horror Picture Show:
Mixing together the 1950s horror genre and 1970s rock n' roll, "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" successfully made fun of these two institutions. The film is funny and twisted in its tribute to science fiction, horror, b-movies, and rock music. This version contains two additional musical numbers, "Once in A While" and "Superheroes" never seen before in theatres or on DVD. The film was the beginning of very successful careers for castmembers Barry Bostwick, Susan Sarandon and Tim Curry. It is probably the most successful cult film of all time and is replayed around the world in theatres late on Saturday nights and every Halloween.
Brad Majors (Barry Bostwick – from television's Spin City) and Janet Weiss (Susan Sarandon – Bull Durham, Thelma and Louise), an engaged couple, are driving during a rainstorm when their car breaks down. They seek refuge in a gloomy castle. After being let in by the servant Riff Raff (Richard O'Brien – Ever After, Spice World), much to their surprise they find out that the castle is owned by the transvestite Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry – Kinsey, Scary Movie 2). They have arrived at an exciting time for the owner of the castle as he is about to unveil his greatest creation. He has succeeded in making a human being – a male human being to be more precise. As the night wears on, the host proceeds to have fun at his guests' expense. They have no idea what they are in for!
-Multi-view theatre experience
-Documentary: Rocky Horror Double Feature Video Show
-Deleted musical scenes
-Rocky on VH1
-Alternate credit ending