The Rocky Horror Picture Show Sequels

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The directors of most successful movies consider a sequel. As a result, it is no surprise that two sequels were developed for the Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Shock Treatment (1981)

In 1981, Sharman reunited with O’Brien to produce “Shock Treatment”. This stand-alone movie was not a direct sequel to the original Rocky Horror Picture Show movie. It reunites characters Brad and Janet and was originally written to portray the characters in normal settings until the production changed to work around a Screen Actor’s Guild strike. The production entailed the full film being shot entirely within a sound stage and purposely blending that into the storyline. An interesting fact is that Shock Treatment also has a cult following, but not nearly as strong as the first film, and was a commercial failure. The principal cast of Curry, Sarandon, and Bostwick did not return for the movie.

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Revenge of the Old Queen (1991)

Ten years later, O’Brien wrote another script intended as a direct sequel to the cult classic, entitled Revenge of the Old Queen. Producer Michael White had hoped to begin work on the production and described the script as being “in the same style as the other one”. Although the script has not been published, bootleg copies can be read on the Internet. The script is currently owned by 20th Century Fox, which produced the two original films. Most individuals associated with the project, including O’Brien, agree that the film will probably never be made, owing to the failure of Shock Treatment and the aging of the cast.


In 2014, it was announced that O’Brien would produce “Shock Treatment” for the theatrical stage. The production premiered at the King’s Head Theatre in Islington, London, in the United Kingdom in the spring of 2015.

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