Shock Treatment

Two contestants become trapped inside a surreal game show.
So Bad It's Good

 

United States
1981
Feature Film
Realism: 
Surreal
Character Focus: 
Professional Film
Sadist: 
Torturer
Relative: 
Mother
Father
Trickster: 
Gamemaster
Impostor
Lurer
Dimensional: 
Meta
5.04
The show must go on!
7.04
4
6
6
2
3
1
Ambiance
Pace
Dialogue
This sequel vaguely complements The Rocky Horror Picture Show. It’s rough around the edges, has a weak narrative, but does a couple of things right in regards to continuity. It is still voyeur and kinky, but is as straight as Part 1 was gay, which creates an engaging contrast. It is shocking at time, sensual otherwise, and the songs lived up to the original ones.
Janet and Brad are still the protagonists but seem to have no recollection of their cinematic past, though they still represent “the old values”. Brad is once again demonized; now strapped to a wheelchair, and Janet steals the show. They were both recast, which is confusing at first. Sadly, Jessica Harper is no Susan Sarandon. She seems disinterested and so are we.
Part 1 had a clearer itinerary and was amusing despite its darkness. The first half of Shock Treatment is enthralling, but the second one is disorganized and repetitive. As the plot unfolds, we slip into oblivion and lose track of the events. The songs pile-up; meaningless, and the film loses its track. It is more elegant than Rocky Horror, but it is somewhat an empty shell.
Alternate Titles: 
The Rocky Horror Picture Show 2
The Rocky Horror Picture Show Part 2
The Rocky Horror Picture Show II
The Rocky Horror Picture Show Part II
The Rocky Horror Picture Show Sequel
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