Saturday, November 24, 2012

Shock Treatment (1981)

Brad and Janet escape the clutches of the evil Dr. Frank-N-Furter only to end up becoming the unwitting stars of Denton TV's hit reality series in this little-known follow up to THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW. Cliff De Young and Jessica Harper step in as Brad and Janet Majors, with many other familiar faces found within the cast (including screenwriter Richard O'Brien returning as the eccentric Dr. Cosmo McKinley). O'Brien transforms his love of cult Horror movies and classic television into another wild Rock Opera that strikes at America's obsession with the small screen. Although the musical numbers treat us to the same sharp wit and colorful characters as before, SHOCK TREATMENT never reaches the same level success as its predecessor. The tunes simply aren't as catchy, and none of the crazed villains can ever match Tim Curry's signature role as Transylvania's finest transvestite. Jessica Harper does a fine job in her solos "Me of Me" and "Carte Blanche," but even she cannot top her previous performance in Brian De Palma's THE PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE. In spite of its shortcomings, SHOCK TREATMENT has still found its own cult following amongst the midnight crowds, and is sure to entertain fans of THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW.

Rating: 7/10.

Movies like SHOCK TREATMENT:
THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW, THE PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE, STAY TUNED, UHF.



Trailer:

1 comment:

  1. jervaise brooke hamsterJuly 27, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    I want to bugger Jessica Harper (as the bird was in 1967 when the bird was 18, not as the bird is now obviously).

    ReplyDelete