[[caption-width-right:196:"You'll be pathetically crazy about ''Shock Treatment''.\\
[[TrustMeImAnX Trust me... I'm a doctor."]]]]

-->''"Not a sequel... not a prequel... but an equal."''

''Shock Treatment'' is a 1981 movie musical from the makers of ''The RockyHorrorPictureShow'', with many key cast members -- but although Brad and Janet are once again major characters (albeit played by different actors), it ''isn't'' a direct sequel and few characters aside from them return.

Denton ("The Home of Happiness"), the town that the now-married Brad and Janet Majors (Cliff [=DeYoung=] and Jessica Harper) call home, isn't what it used to be. It's now dominated by [=DTV=], a [=TV=] station run by fast food mogul Farley Flavors, and most of its residents serve as a permanent audience for its programming. Indeed, the entire movie unfolds within the giant studio. Brad and Janet have lost the passion in their marriage, and when they're chosen to be part of ''Marriage Maze'' by kooky host Bert Schnick (Barry Humphries), it doesn't take much convincing for Janet to allow her "emotional cripple" husband to be committed to the asylum/SoapOpera ''Dentonvale'' to see if he can't be cured by Doctors (and siblings) Cosmo and Nation [=McKinley=] (Richard O'Brien and Patricia Quinn). Actually, Farley Flavors is manipulating these events from behind the scenes -- he is interested in molding Janet into his newest star, and she's easily enticed into forgetting about Brad. The only people who see through the smoke and mirrors of Farley and his crew are Betty Hapschatt (Ruby Wax) and Judge Oliver Wright (Charles Gray), and they set out to find out the truth behind them and reunite the couple before it's too late...

The movie was not a success, and the makers were disappointed with how it turned out. It ''was'' originally conceived as a direct sequel (''Rocky Horror Shows His Heels'', which would have involved Dr. Frank-N-Furter being restored to life among other things), but for many, ''many'' reasons ranging from TimCurry not wanting to play Frank again to the 1980 Screen Actors Guild strike, it was gradually transformed into a media spoof that is far removed from the kinky farce of the original. Within the ''Rocky Horror'' fanbase it [[BrokenBase generates mixed reactions]], but it does have its own fan club, the presidents of which provided an audio commentary on the 2006 [=DVD=] release.
!!This film contains examples of:
* ActingForTwo: Cliff [=DeYoung=] plays both Farley Flavors and Brad Majors.
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: "Farley Flavors' Fabulous Fast Foods Feed and Fortify Families for a Fabulous Future!"
** [[AudienceParticipation Audience response]]: "Fuck the Fabulous Future!"
*** [[BlatantLies There is no audience participation response.]]
* AudienceParticipation: As with ''The Rocky Horror Picture Show'', "shadowcast" productions with audience props and callbacks have been mounted over the years. Aside from the film being less popular, a likely reason there haven't been more stagings is that far more performers are required.
** Also, in-universe, with the StudioAudience. They [[CrowdSong sing along]] with some of the songs, and even have a couple of dance numbers, along with getting prompted by the show hosts.
* BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind: "Duel Duet". (Possibly.)
* BedlamHouse: ''Dentonvale''.
* CallAndResponseSong: "Duel Duet".
* CallBack: The first thing that Janet says to Brad is "[[RockyHorrorPictureShow It's alright Brad - everything's going to be all right.]]"
* CanonDiscontinuity: It helps that no attempt appears to be made at all to tie the plot of this film in with ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow''. To be fair, it's presented as a SpiritualSequel rather than a direct sequel, albeit with some of the same characters from the previous movie.
* CastingGag: Most of the {{Expy}} characters are played by their [=RHPS=] equivalents. Cosmo and Nation not only share actors with ''Rocky Horror'''s Riff Raff and Magenta, but both sets of characters are incestuous siblings who are in the employ of the villain. [[spoiler:Though Cosmo and Nation aren't really siblings at all, but rather actors playing them who have a bad habit of letting their real-life relationship intrude creepily on their phony medic personas.]]
** Possibly Charles Gray as Denton's "foremost sociologist", Judge Oliver Wright. They don't say it. They don't imply it. But they know you're thinking it.
*** What, [[RockyHorrorPictureShow that he has]] [[AudienceParticipation No Fucking Neck]]?
* CelebrityIsOverrated: Partially due to realizing this trope, [[spoiler: it doesn't take much for Janet to choose Brad over Farley in the end.]]
* CharacterNameAlias: [[spoiler: Cosmo and Nation]] use these.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Farley Flavors.
* CrapsaccharineWorld: See StepfordSmiler and {{Eagleland}}.
* CrowdSong: "Denton U.S.A." Justified in that it's apparently the town's theme song.
* DarkReprise: At the end, [[spoiler: the studio audience are partying in ''Dentonvale'' -- wearing straitjackets and happily singing "Denton U.S.A.", while their "phony medics" drink champagne and trash the offices]].
* DigitalDestruction: In the original theatrical cut, the end credits are underscored by a reprise of the overture, and once they've rolled the screen goes to black for several additional minutes while the single version of "Shock Treatment" plays (inspiring a stretch of jokes about the void in AudienceParticipation showings). This was preserved for the original VHS release through Key Video, though they stuck in the standard FBI warning image before going to black, while Fox Movie Channel airings just cut the music-only stretch. The 20th Century Fox DVD release's soundtrack jumps ahead to the second half of the overture when the credits start, so the single version of the song starts up midway through them and fades out as they end, meaning that neither is heard at their original length. Making matters worse, the end credits -- particularly the photos of the actors -- are clearly timed to the overture in the original cut, so an amusing touch is lost on the DVD.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Farley Flavors' logo features five F's (standing for [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal Farley, Flavors, Fabulous, Fast, and Foods]]) arranged in a circle, all joined at the tail. It was designed to be reminiscent of a [[ThoseWackyNazis swastika]].
** The song "Breakin' Out" plays over scenes of [[spoiler: Brad Majors]] escaping from the asylum. But listen to the words, and it seems to be about another kind of coming out entirely... (This is not surprising, given that it was written when the project was a more direct sequel to ''Rocky Horror''.)
* {{Eagleland}}: Denton is striving to be a commercialized embodiment of Type 1. "You'll find happy hearts and smiling faces/And tolerance for the ethnic races/In Denton."
* TheEighties: Very early Eighties, most obviously in the new wave and punk stylings of the songs.
* TheElevenOClockNumber: "Duel Duet".
* EvilCostumeSwitch: See SugarWiki/TheLittleBlackDress below.
* EvilTwin: Turns out that [[spoiler:Farley Flavors is Brad's long-lost twin]].
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: "Duel Duet" is just that, a duet with two characters in a verbal duel.
* {{Expy}} With regards to the ''Rocky Horror'' characters, we have...
** Doctors Cosmo and Nation [=McKinley=] for Riff-Raff and Magenta (who were supposed to impersonate doctors in the ''Rocky Horror Shows His Heels'' draft)
** Nurse Ansalong for Columbia
** Judge Oliver Wright for the Criminologist
** Farley Flavors for Dr. Frank-N-Furter
** Bert Schnick for Dr. Scott (Bert ''was'' Dr. Scott in the ''Brad and Janet Show'' draft)
* {{Fanservice}}: Nurse Ansalong -- see PantyShot below.
* HannibalLecture: [[spoiler:Farley Flavors]] tries this on Brad in "Duel Duet". [[ShutUpHannibal Brad doesn't go along with it.]]
* HeteronormativeCrusader: Janet's father. "Thank God I'm A Man" is one giant [[IAmSong "I hate" song]], [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial despite being rife with]] what is, [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation arguably]], HardGay imagery!
* IAmSong: "Thank God I'm a Man" for Janet's dad is all about his manly man philosophy.
* IncestIsRelative: Drs. Cosmo and Nation Mckinley are brother and sister ''and'' a couple. [[spoiler:Or at least, they ''play'' brother and sister.]]
* JerkAss: Pretty much all the characters in this movie apart from Brad. [[spoiler: But Janet, Oliver, and Betty get better.]]
* LittleBlackDress: Provides the title of a song, as Janet gets this as part of her celebrity makeover.
* ObfuscatingDisability: Bert isn't actually blind.
* OminousMultipleScreens: Farley's office.
* OnceUponATime: Kicks off the OpeningNarration.
* TheOner: "Lullaby" has the camera move back and forth across the windows of ''Dentonvale'' for several minutes without a cut.
* OpeningChorus: "Denton U.S.A." "''[[EarWorm Denton, Denton, you've got]]'' [[EarWorm *clap*]] ''[[EarWorm no pretention...]]''"
* OpeningNarration: "Once upon a time, in a town not far from yours, there lived a real fast guy..."
* PaintingTheFourthWall: One of Janet's final lines in "Bitchin' In The Kitchen" is delivered directly into the camera, addressing the "spectator". She technically means the studio audience in the film but is certainly aimed at the viewer as well. Bonus points for doing this while keeping up the rhyme scheme of the song.
* PantyShot: Nurse Ansalong, many times through the movie.
* RealityTV: Parodied before its time. Instead of filming real life and using ManipulativeEditing to make it more dramatic, they manipulate their actors into behaving in a way suitable for a studio audience.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: "Duel Duet" is ''two of them'' at the same time, directed at each other.
* TheRenfield: Bert Schnick.
* SeparatedAtBirth: [[spoiler: Farley and Brad]]; their parents died in a car accident and they were adopted by different families.
* ShowWithinAShow: All of [=DTV=]'s programming.
* SmugSnake: Ralph Hapschatt, who loves lording his success over his ex-wife Betty. [[spoiler: He loses his new girlfriend Macy to Farley -- ''that's'' the difference between the Smug Snake and the Magnificent Bastard.]]
* StepfordSuburbia: As a hybrid of a [=TV=] station and a town, Denton encourages its residents to be shallow, smiling consumers, or as "Denton U.S.A." puts it, "The acceptable face/Of the human race".
* StudioAudience: Implied to be the ''entire population'' of Denton.
* ThemeNaming: All of [[spoiler: Cosmo and Nation's]] phony last names, which are those of [[spoiler: U.S. presidents]].
* ThrowingOffTheDisability: Bert's blindness is ObfuscatingDisability, but he stops wearing the dark glasses and pretends to be cured during the title song and claims the "miracle" is all thanks to Farley and company during the ''Faith Factory'' telecast.
* TrustMeImADoctor: Said by Dr. Cosmo McKinley at the end of the movie trailer, when assuring "You'll be pathetically crazy about ''Shock Treatment''."
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: Mostly averted, due to anticipating reality televsion by a couple of decades, but the VideoGame/SpaceInvaders machines hit this pretty hard in "Looking for Trade".
* ViewersAreGeniuses / WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic: The seagull Vince brandishes threateningly at Betty. "Does this bird belong to you?"
* VillainSong: Farley has the aptly titled "Farley's Song".
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Farley Flavors.
* WomensMysteries: Betty can pick locks and fix cars with just her hair pin.
* YouLookFamiliar: The major returning cast members from ''Rocky Horror'' (Richard O'Brien, Patricia Quinn, Nell Campbell, and Charles Gray) all play new characters here. Ralph Hapschatt is played by the same actor -- he had a minor role in the first one, though.
''"The sun never sets on [[RidingIntoTheSunset those who ride into it]]!"''