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  • The "Lullaby" sequence was filmed in only one take.
  • When the movie was first released in the USA, it only played in limited engagements and screened only at midnight. This was based on the success of the midnight screening return seasons of The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) around the world.
  • (Cameo) Sal Piro: In the opening sequence, the president of the National Rocky Horror fan club stands below a staircase talking on a payphone.
  • Susan Sarandon declined to return as Janet over salary disputes.
  • Richard O'Brien, Patricia Quinn, Nell Campbell, Charles Gray, Imogen Claire, and Jeremy Newson are the only cast to return, but Jeremy Newson is the only one of the six to reprise the same role ("Ralph Hapschatt").
  • The original script took place in locations around the town of Denton, like Brad and Janet's house, and Cosmo and Nation's "hospital." It was set to be filmed in the real-life town of Denton, Texas, but the 1979-1980 Screen Actors Guild strike meant no American actor was allowed to act at any location. Filming moved to the UK, but no English locations could pass for an American suburb, so director Jim Sharman set the entire film inside the Denton television studio.
  • One working idea for the movie was that Frank-N-Furter was going to come back from the dead and travel to Denton to find out Janet was pregnant with his child. Brad and Dr. Scott were supposed to have become lovers, and discovered a way to revive Frank using virgin blood. When he returns to Denton, Frank attempts to convert the entire town into a new cult of Transylvanians, and Riff-Raff and Magenta were to return to kidnap the child and destroy Frank once more. The idea was dropped when Tim Curry declined to participate.
  • This movie was originally going to be called "The Brad and Janet Show."
  • Barry Bostwick could not appear as Brad Majors due to other filming commitments.
  • In Enter the House of Shock: A Shockumentary, costume designer Sue Blane said she bought clothes for the audience from thrift stores for a cartoonish look and feel.
  • Tim Curry was offered the role of Brad Majors and Farley Flavors but he turned it down because he didn't think he could handle the American accent.
  • The role of Bert Schnick was originally written to be Dr. Everett Scott. The part was re-written when Jonathan Adams declined to reprise the role.
  • Comparing this movie to The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975), producer James Goldstone said, "It's not a sequel, it's not a prequel, it's an equal."
  • This movie was an even bigger financial flop at the box-office than the original first run of The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975).
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) is a spoof of horror movies. This film is a spoof of television shows.
  • Writer-Director Jim Sharman, comparing this film to The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975), said, "The intentions of the two films are quite disparate. The only tangible links are Brad and Janet, who act as catalysts to the plot."
  • The film's main poster was predominantly colored red. Similarly, the record release of the "Shock Treatment" 45" single was embossed on red-colored vinyl.
  • Cliff De Young based his Farley Flavors character on Jack Nicholson.
  • A tie-in promotional television show publicizing this movie was entitled The Rocky Horror Treatment (1981).
  • Cliff De Young based his Brad Majors character on David Eisenhower.
  • According to the production notes, Barry Humphries played the part of Bert Schnick like Dr. Caligari, a silent film villain of 1920s German Expressionist cinema, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920). Humphries said,; 'he's a highly expressionist character, a blind Viennese-born game show host. Right away you know he's not rooted in any reality of any kind, except his own."
  • This movie never achieved the same cult status as its precursor The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) but is notable as a cult film and film history oddity due to its connection with its famous cult predecessor.
  • Cliff De Young who plays Brad Majors in Shock Treatment (1981) and Susan Sarandon who plays Janet Weiss in The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) are united as a couple in The Hunger (1983).
  • A reference to The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) - the same "American Gothic" painting, seen in 'Time Warp' and personified in 'Dammit Janet', is hanging in the wardrobe room right before the 'Little Black Dress'.
  • Like its predecessor The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975), it is shadow casted by many casts. Also, it is performed once a year at The Rocky Horror Convention (location changes each year) with an international cast.
  • 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.
  • Allegedly, Susan Sarandon has never actually seen the film to this day.
  • The film was shot entirely in a sound studio.
  • Jim Sharman suggested possibly doing the production as a London stage show and filming it in a theater. This gave Richard O'Brien the idea to rework the locations as a giant TV studio using a film studio in England, trimming the budget.
  • It was widely believed by fans that John Candy appeared uncredited as the mustached man in the audience the camera zoomed on. So much so the filmmakers had to state it in the DVD commentary.
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