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* ActingForTwo: Cliff [=DeYoung=] plays both Farley Flavors and Brad Majors.
* 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]]?
* CreatorBacklash: Richard O'Brien quickly dismissed this movie as "an abortion".
* TheDanza: Creator/RikMayall as Rest Home Ricky.
* FanNickname: "[[Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow Shocky]]."
** Some shadowcasts affectionately refer to this movie as a "thing" and an "abortion".
* OldShame: 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.
* TheOtherDarrin: Of the four returning characters from ''Rocky Horror'' (Brad, Janet, Betty, and Ralph), only Ralph is played by his original actor.
* PlayingTheirOwnTwin: [[spoiler: Cliff de Young playing both Farley and Brad]]
* PropRecycling: The throne Janet sits on is Dr. Frank N. Furter's from ''Rocky Horror'', upholstered completely red.
* TroubledProduction / WhatCouldHaveBeen: 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]](for example, what became "Looking for Trade" was about literally looking for the "young blood" necessary to revive Frank-N-Furter)[[/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, Creator/TimCurry was worried he couldn't pull off the required accents for [[spoiler: Brad and Farley]][[note]]That didn't stop him from taking on the role of Rooster for ''Film/{{Annie}}'', however[[/note]], Creator/SusanSarandon (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''.)
* 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".
* 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.
** Perry Bedden, Imogen Clare, and Rufus Collins (who were Transylvanians in the first movie) play members of the audience.
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