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Dec 09, 2004 at 02:00 AM
"And They Said it could never work"
The Rocky Horror Picture Show is known far and wide as being one of the all time most popular cult films. Fans all around the world dress up as their favourite characters and attend midnight screenings on weekends. Performing with the film, yelling out interactions, and using props to enhance the environment of the theatre to the point that one would almost believe they are in the film.

But what most people don't know is that in 1981 a sequel to the film entitled SHOCK TREATMENT was released. Written once again by Richard O'Brien (who wrote ROCKY HORROR). This time the two main characters Brad and Janet are lost in a evil web of commercialism, exploitation, and media hype - facing off with the Fast Food Tycoon Farly Flavours.
When SHOCK TREATMENT was initially released it was rejected by both the ROCKY going and film going audiences in general. Being dubbed inferior to it's predecessor it had remained yet another film that time forgot.
In 1996 a group of die hard fans of the film got together and decided to open a fan club for the film to show the public that it was not a "bad film", just that it was ahead of it's time. "I think that now that the world at large is more aware of the falsification in the media and the advertising tactics that we are bombarded by on a daily basis, people will understand the film better then it was first received in 1981" says president of the fan club "Mad Man" Mike Ellenbogen. Along with Bill Brennan And Alicia Wallace (The fan clubs vice president and secretary/web master respectively) SHOCK TREATMENT has been given a new life.
Since the fan clubs conception in April `96, SHOCK TREATMENT has been popping up in theatres all around the country as special midnight showings along with ROCKY HORROR and at special ROCKY HORROR fan conventions around the world. Including Las Vegas, New York City, California, and in October of 1999 London.
"Ten years ago all of this could never of happened, The American public just couldn't except a mirror view of were we (Americans) place our values," Says Brennan. The fan club has already started turning around the bad word of mouth the film has received over the years - with more and more fans signing up all the time. "It was just being in the right place at the right time, we knew that if people would only give it a fair second chance they would see what we do - awell constructed farce with great music!"
If you would like more information on the Official SHOCK TREATMENT Fan Club Please send a S.A.S.E to:
The Official Shock Treatment Fan Club
118 Perry Street #J46
NYC, NY 10014

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