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Farley Flavors.........................Cliff DeYoung
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Farley Flavors.........................[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0002037/ Cliff DeYoung]
  
Brad Majors............................Cliff DeYoung
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Brad Majors............................[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0002037/ Cliff DeYoung]
  
Janet Majors...........................Jessica Harper
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Janet Majors...........................[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0363888/ Jessica Harper]
  
Bert Schnick...........................Barry Humphries
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Bert Schnick...........................[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0402032/ Barry Humphries]
  
Judge Oliver Wright.................Charles Gray
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Judge Oliver Wright.................[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0336509/ Charles Gray]
  
Nation McKinley......................Patricia Quinn
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Nation McKinley......................[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0703946/ Patricia Quinn]
  
Cosmo McKinley......................Richard O'Brien
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Cosmo McKinley......................[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0639782/ Richard O'Brien]
  
Dad (Harry Weiss)...................Manning Redwood
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Dad (Harry Weiss)...................[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0715197/ Manning Redwood]
  
Mom (Emily Weiss)..................Darlene Johnson
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Mom (Emily Weiss)..................[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0424878/ Darlene Johnson]
  
Nurse Ansalong.......................Nell Campbell
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Nurse Ansalong.......................[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0132752/ Nell Campbell]
  
Betty Hapschatt......................Ruby Wax
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Betty Hapschatt......................[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0915375/ Ruby Wax]
  
Ralph Hapschatt......................Jeremy Newson
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Ralph Hapschatt......................[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0628430/ Jeremy Newson]
  
Macy Struthers.......................Wendy Raeback
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Macy Struthers.......................[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0706071/ Wendy Raeback]
  
Rest Home Ricky.....................Rik Mayall
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Rest Home Ricky.....................[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0562201/ Rik Mayall]
  
Neely Pritt..............................Betsy Brantley
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Neely Pritt..............................[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0105280/ Betsy Brantley]
  
Vance Parker...........................Christopher Malcolm
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Vance Parker...........................[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0539095/ Christopher Malcolm]
  
Oscar Drill..............................Gary Shail
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Oscar Drill..............................[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0787587/ Gary Shail]
  
: -Glish...............................Donald Waugh
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: -Glish...............................[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0915279/ Donald Waugh]
  
: -Brenda Drill......................Claire Toeman
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: -Brenda Drill......................[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0865443/ Claire Toeman]
  
: -Frankie............................Sinitta Renet
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: -Frankie............................[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0719478/ Sinitta Renet]
  
: -drummer..........................David John
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: -drummer..........................[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1050819/ David John]
  
: -guitarist...........................Gary Martin
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: -guitarist...........................[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0552311/ Gary Martin]
  
Neely's Crew............................Perry Bedden
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Neely's Crew............................[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0065967/ Perry Bedden]
  
{{pad|229px}}Rufus Collins (RIP)
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{{pad|229px}}[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0172659/ Rufus Collins] (RIP)
  
Floor Manager...........................Ray Charleson
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Floor Manager...........................[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0153186/ Ray Charleson]
  
Kirk.........................................Eugene Lipinski
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Kirk.........................................[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0513468/ Eugene Lipinski]
  
Irwin Lapsey.............................Barry Dennen
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Irwin Lapsey.............................[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0219336/ Barry Dennen]
  
Wardrobe Mistress.....................Imogen Claire
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Wardrobe Mistress.....................[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0163256/ Imogen Claire]
  
Guy on Phone...........................Sal Piro
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Guy on Phone...........................[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0685226/ Sal Piro]
  
 
==What is the song list for ST?==
 
==What is the song list for ST?==

Revision as of 13:37, 24 March 2011

What is Shock Treatment?

  • Known professionally as Electro-Shock Therapy, it is when electric currents are sent through the brain of extremely psychotic people.
  • It is also a rockin' song by The Ramones.
  • Additionaly, it's a black and white murder mystery movie from 1964 (not related to RHPS).

What is Shock Treatment really?

Okay, okay... Shock Treatment (original working title "The Brad and Janet Show") is the continuing story of Brad and Janet Majors, written by Richard O'Brien and made into a movie in 1980. Are you satisfied now?

Is it a sequel to RHPS?

No.

What is the cast list for ST?

Note: Links in this section are to entries in the Internet Movie Database


Farley Flavors.........................Cliff DeYoung

Brad Majors............................Cliff DeYoung

Janet Majors...........................Jessica Harper

Bert Schnick...........................Barry Humphries

Judge Oliver Wright.................Charles Gray

Nation McKinley......................Patricia Quinn

Cosmo McKinley......................Richard O'Brien

Dad (Harry Weiss)...................Manning Redwood

Mom (Emily Weiss)..................Darlene Johnson

Nurse Ansalong.......................Nell Campbell

Betty Hapschatt......................Ruby Wax

Ralph Hapschatt......................Jeremy Newson

Macy Struthers.......................Wendy Raeback

Rest Home Ricky.....................Rik Mayall

Neely Pritt..............................Betsy Brantley

Vance Parker...........................Christopher Malcolm

Oscar Drill..............................Gary Shail

-Glish...............................Donald Waugh
-Brenda Drill......................Claire Toeman
-Frankie............................Sinitta Renet
-drummer..........................David John
-guitarist...........................Gary Martin

Neely's Crew............................Perry Bedden

 Rufus Collins (RIP)

Floor Manager...........................Ray Charleson

Kirk.........................................Eugene Lipinski

Irwin Lapsey.............................Barry Dennen

Wardrobe Mistress.....................Imogen Claire

Guy on Phone...........................Sal Piro

What is the song list for ST?

  • Overture
  • Denton, U.S.A.
  • Bitchin' In The Kitchen
  • In My Own Way
  • Thank God I'm a Man
  • Farley's Song
  • Lullaby
  • Little Black Dress
  • Me of Me
  • Shock Treatment
  • Carte Blanche
  • Looking for Trade
  • Look What I Did to my Id
  • Breaking Out
  • Duel Duet
  • Anyhow, Anyhow
  • Overture (reprise)
  • Shock Treatment (reprise - single version)

What different versions of ST exist?

As with most movies that go from various film releases to video and to cable, there are several versions of Shock Treatment available (though not as many as there are of RHPS). The most significant thing about Shock Treatment is that the videos have flaws (so rest assured that it's not just your copy). Here's what to look for.

Original theatrical release (1981) and Japanese Laserdisc (1987):

"Shock Treatment" reprise plays after closing credits

16mm film release (1982):

"Farley's Song" is remixed (to sound as if it's coming from a monitor)
"Breaking Out" is remixed (it's muffled when camera is on Betty and Oliver)
"Shock Treatment" reprise plays after closing credits

U.S. video (Key Video #1184; 1984):

Has blue border around cover art
Soundtrack flaw during "Overture"
Soundtrack flaw during "Farley's Song"
"Shock Treatment" reprise plays after closing credits

European video (1985):

Soundtrack flaw during "Overture"
Soundtrack flaw during "Farley's Song"
"Shock Treatment" reprise plays during closing credits

U.S. video re-release (CBS/FOX; 19??):

No blue border around cover art
Soundtrack flaw during "Overture"
Soundtrack flaw during "Farley's Song"
"Shock Treatment" reprise plays after closing credits

How can I see ST?

Many theatres have showings periodically (usually in conjunction with, or instead of, RHPS). It is also available on video from CBS/FOX, and it plays on cable TV periodically.

Shock Treatment is also a regular feature at most Rocky Horror conventions.

Is ST anything like RHPS?

It was written by the same person, so there are similar elements, in both style of writing and music. However, the similarities end there. ST has a much larger cast, has very minimal sex and lingerie, and is not a satire of any particular cinematic genre. Most Rocky Horror fans are disappointed the first time they see it.

Whereas RHPS is a satire of the B-movies, Shock Treatment is a satire of television and game shows. The town of Denton has become one big television studio, and Brad and Janet get swept away in it. I won't give too much of the plot away, because it is actually a good movie if you watch it a few times. Some songs to look out for include "Bitchin' in the Kitchen", "Little Black Dress", and "Duel Duet".

Richard O'Brien and Patricia Quinn return as Cosmo and Nation McKinley. (Little) Nell Campell is Nurse Ansalong. Charles Gray is Judge Oliver Wright. Ralph Hapschatt is played by the same actor; his ex-wife Betty is played by newcomer Ruby Wax. Brad and Janet are also played by new people - Cliff DeYoung and Jessica Harper (a brunette!). They sing better than Barry and Susan, but Jessica can't lip-synch for anything. Even three of the Transylvanians appear, as the wardrobe mistress (Imogen Claire) and Neely's crew (Rufus Collins and Perry Bedden).

Do casts perform for ST?

Sometimes. Traditionally, these performances are excellent, most likely owing to the fact that they're not as common as RHPS performances.

Your best bet for seeing or participating in a Shock Treatment performance is to attend a national RHPS convention. It's been featured at almost every single one since the 1996 Milwaukee convention. All you usually need to participate in a con cast is a good-looking costume and knowledge of the part (pull out that video, kids!).

Is there Audience Participation for ST?

There is some, yes. Many people felt that ST was trying to be a cult movie, and since such a thing has to evolve rather than be created, there's not as much as in RHPS. It's also hard to create good AP when you only see the film a couple of times a year. There are two ST AP scripts; they're both linked to from http://www.midnightmadness.org/st/shock-ap.htm.

How can I find out where ST is playing in my area?

Check the theatre listings, or ask your local RHPS cast. Don't hold your breath, though. Shock Treatment doesn't play on a regular basis like RHPS does. Your best bet is probably at a Rocky Horror con.

What is some ST trivia?

A couple spiffy little quizes (Quiz 1 | Quiz 2) were written by Joe Blevins.

Here're some other tasty tidbits, as well.

  • Barry Bostwick had other filming commitments, and couldn't appear in the movie.
  • Susan Sarandon demanded one million dollars to reprise the role of Janet, which was more than the film's budget could withstand.
  • Tim Curry was offered the dual role of Brad and Farley, but turned it down because he didn't think he could handle the American accent.
  • Cliff DeYoung (Brad Majors), was the original pick for Brad in RHPS.
  • Christopher Malcolm (the original Brad on the London stage) has a substantial role as security guard Vance Parker.
  • Barry Humphries (Bert Schnick) is most famous for playing Dame Edna, the cross-dressing talk show host who has appeared on a number of American TV specials for NBC, and on Broadway in 1999.
  • Richard O'Brien has been quoted as saying he thinks that Shock Treatment is his worst performance ever, and Patricia Quinn has said she still doesn't understand the plot.
  • Sal Piro has a cameo - he's talking on a telephone in the opening sequence, wearing a really silly plaid suit.
  • The idea to have ST take place totally within a sound stage was conceived by Jim Sharman after $5 million suddenly became unavailable due to the 1979-80 Screen Actors' Guild strike. The original plan was to have the film shot at natural locations.
  • Cosmo and Nation are rumoured to be Riff and Magenta hiding out because the computer information on them has no listing for their origin, Betty said that they had a popular series in England (RHS?), they're siblings/lovers, and in the old series, they didn't have a convertible.
  • Judge Oliver Wright (played by Charles Gray) could well be our nameless and neckless Criminologist, having received a promotion for his painstaking investigation of The Denton Affair.
  • Many of the costumes/props from RHPS are in the wardrobe room.
  • The original stage show Rocky, Raynor Bourton, appears in the audience (he's one of the singing soldiers, the one in the middle), as do several Trannies (confirmed in "Rocky Horror: From Concept to Cult")
  • The original shooting script for "The Brad and Janet Show" (Shock Treatment's original title) lacked the character of Bert Schnick (and included Dr. Scott instead).
  • On a related note, check Cosmo's plans for the little black dress: they read "The Brad and Janet Show."
  • The number 4711 appears on a computer screen when Betty is doing some research.
  • The character Francine demands to be called Frankie, in reference to our favorite Transvestite.
  • The Transylvanian thunderbolt is on the wall in the room where the cast performs "Little Black Dress" (next to a warning "High Voltage").
  • During the song "Looking for Trade," the video game "Space Invaders 2" is shown (i.e., RHPS was Space Invaders 1).
  • In the microfiche newspaper that Betty and Oliver read, one of the headlines is "UFO Sighted over Denton."
  • Frank's throne is seen on the "Faith Factory" stage, painted red. (Brian Thomson confirmed this in a September 2001 interview with fanzine Crazed Imaginations.) Someone polishes the throne just as an announcer says "in anticipation."
  • There's a Time Magazine in the Research Lab with the "RHPS" lips on the cover. The headline says, "CULT MOVIES."

taken word-for-word from a bio of Jim Sharman:

O'Brien originally conceived the film [Shock Treatment] as a very direct sequel, in which Janet seeks Dr. Scott's help because Brad has turned gay after his night with Frank N. Furter. Rocky was not killed, having the same immortality as Frankenstein's Monster, and he too seeks out Dr. Scott to try and resurrect Frank. They succeed, and Frank was to sing "Little Black Dress" about what to wear to one's resurrection.

taken from the book "Midnight Movies":

The sequel began with Rocky Horror scrambling out of the grave of the crater left by the house taking off, dragging the body of Frank across some hills to a house which Dr. Scott had taken to look at the ashes, sort of check out the ashes. Brad had broken up with Janet and went to live with Dr. Scott. After Rocky, with Frank's body, breaks through a window in Scott's house and asks the good doctor to bring Frank back to life, they all repair to Denton, where Janet is having Frank's baby. A big party is held to celebrate the "son of Frank," but Riff Raff and Magenta, disguised as hospital orderlies, steal the baby, go off in an ambulance and off into the future.

Richard O'Brien is currently working on bringing his original conception of the sequel to the stage. Lord only knows when (if) it will come out; it was originally planned for winter 2000.

How can I get the rights for a showing of ST?

For the rights to Shock Treatment, contact

Twentieth Century Fox Film / 12001 N. Central Expy. / Dallas, TX 75243 / (214) 392-0101 Twentieth Century Fox Film / 10201 W. Pico Blvd. / Los Angeles, CA 90064 / (310) 277-2211

Also try Films, Inc. at (312) 878-2600 (or ask your local theatre).