Shock Treatment. Quite possibly the catchiest line from any
song included in this film. Shock Treatment has been cited
countless times as a sequel to The
Rocky Horror Picture Show. This inaccurate assertion
had often to lead to many disappointed viewers who had
bought the movie expecting a similar "erotic nightmare"
which Shock Treatment quite simply isn't. However, after
more than one viewing it is easy to see that Shock Treatment
is an outstanding movie in its own right. Most of the
musical numbers are on a par with or better than Rocky
Horror, ones to look out for are the title track "Shock
Treatment", the schizophrenic "Duel Duet"
and the spectacular "Look What I did to my Id!"
Althought the plot is slightly obscure, it's lack of clarity
is more than made up for by some superb moments, from the
tongue in cheek "Denton, USA" to the touching
sensuality of "Lullabye".
film reunites Patricia
Quinn, Laura "Little
Nell" Cambpell, Richard
O Brien, Charles
Gray and many others from The Rocky Horror Picture
show. The onscreen chemistry between Quinn and O'Brien as
the incestuous Doctors Nation and Cosmo McKinley lends a
quirky and erotic undertone to the movie, which fans and
non-fans of Rocky alike will find irresistible, if a little
unsettling. Campbell makes the most of a small amount of
dialogue and gives a charming performance as the stunning
but sweet Nurse Ansalong. Jessica Harper and Cliffe DeYoung
work well as the quarelling couple, Brad and Janet Majors
and Harper gives a believable performance throughout some
rather unlikely situations.
In short, this is a very clever satire of "TV
Culture" which may be confusing at the first viewing
but where it may lack strength of plot it more than makes up
for in outstanding musical numbers and charm. This was a
thoroughly enjoyable film from start to finish and stands up
to repeated viewing. Although it has not gained the
recognition and success of Rocky Horror, it is more than
deserving of its own cult status and dedicated fanbase. If
you learn only one thing from this review let it be this:
Shock Treatment is under no circumstances a sequel to Rocky
Horror. Four of the characters have the same names but the
similarities end there. However, it is a fantastic film in
its own right and there is something in it to entertain
more or less everyone.