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Shock Treatment (1981)

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Synopsis

In this offbeat melodrama, a crazed gardener is relegated to a mental hospital after he goes berserk and beheads his wealthy boss. The scuttlebutt in the courtroom is that the killer has stolen over a million dollars from his former employer and has hidden it on the estate. A professional actor is hired to feign insanity to get into the home, befriend the maniac, and find out where he hid the cash. Once he is admitted, the hapless actor encounters bedlam as he meets the patients, undergoes electroshock therapy, and suffers through several injections. Eventually he finds himself falling for a manic-depressive woman.~ Sandra Brennan, All Movie Guide

Cast

  • Jessica Harper
  • Cliff De Young
  • Richard O'Brien
  • Patricia Quinn
  • Charles Gray
  • Ruby Wax
  • Nell Campbell
  • Rik Mayall
  • Barry Humphries
  • Darlene Johnson

Did You Know?

Trivia

  • The "Lullaby" sequence was filmed in only one take.
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Goofs

  • During the song "Shock Treatment" the number of used flashes on the instant camera increases and decreases between shots, rarely matching the number of pictures taken.
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Quotes

    • [singing]
    • Nurse Ansalong: Night-night, it's time for bye-byes, it's been a great day, thanks a heap. Now it's time for everyone to go to sleep...
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Metacritic

40

Cowering in the shadow of the Picture Show, this sequel of sorts builds on none of the risks take by its predecessor.

Metacritic review by William Thomas
William Thomas
Empire
50

As a movie, this sort-of sequel to The Rocky Horror Picture Show ain't much—but then neither was the original, and we all know how much difference that made.

Metacritic review by Dave Kehr
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader