Trivia: Shock Treatment


  • Acting for Two: Cliff DeYoung plays both Farley Flavors and Brad Majors.
  • Casting Gag: 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. 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.
  • The Danza: Rik Mayall as Rest Home Ricky.
  • Fan Nickname: "Shocky."
    • Some shadowcasts affectionately refer to this movie as a "thing" and an "abortion".
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: Barry Humphries (aka Dame Edna Everage) as Bert Schnick.
    • Aversion: the heavyset man in the audience during "Denton, Denton USA" is not John Candy despite looking just like him.
  • Old Shame: Zig-zagged. While Richard O'Brien dislikes this film due to its confusing plot as a result of its many rewrites, he does praise the music and the fact it foretold reality TV by two decades.
  • The Other Darrin: Of the four returning characters from Rocky Horror (Brad, Janet, Betty, and Ralph), only Ralph is played by his original actor.
  • Playing Their Own Twin: Cliff de Young playing both Farley and Brad
  • Prop Recycling: The throne Janet sits on is Dr. Frank N. Furter's from Rocky Horror, upholstered completely red.
  • Troubled Production / What Could Have Been: Where do we begin... There's a reason some shadowcasts affectionately refer to this movie as a "thing" and an "abortion".
    • Once it was clear that Rocky Horror Shows His Heels wasn't going to go forward, this project was originally conceived as The Brad & Janet Show and was to be filmed on-location in Denton, Texas. Many of the songs that were written for Shows His Heels were re-purposed for this one note . However, the 1980 SAG strike and other circumstances forced them to shoot entirely indoors in London, and rewrite the script to match.
    • When it comes to actors, Tim Curry was worried he couldn't pull off the required accents for Brad and Farleynote , Susan Sarandon (Janet) wanted a prohibitively-large amount of money to reprise her role, and Barry Bostwick (Brad) was unavailable. (Cliff DeYoung was the one they originally wanted to play Brad Majors in RHPS.)
  • Unintentional Period Piece: Mostly averted, due to anticipating reality televsion by a couple of decades, but the Space Invaders machines hit this pretty hard in "Looking for Trade".
  • You Look Familiar: 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.