34 – Shock Treatment

What would you get if you set out to make a sequel to a cult movie that has a tenuous connection to the original movie, a wildly different plot and tone, only half of the same actors, and four or five of the same characters? Well, you’d probably end up with something like 1981’s Shock Treatment, the sort-of-not-quite-sequel to the midnight movie favorite The Rocky Horror Picture Show. See, instead of focusing on old horror movies and glam rock and Americana, Shock Treatment┬ásort of focuses on, um, reality TV before it existed and consumerism and Reaganesque Americana. How will Leigh, Brendan, and Chris pitch a version of this movie that lends coherence and clarity to this ambitious but wildly messy and inconsistent musical? Well, it will involve a discussion over a sour cocktail, so, uh, listen and you’ll get the rest of the answer. HOOPLA!


  • 1.5 bottles of champagne
  • .5 pound frozen cherries
  • .5 cup sugar
  • 6 tbsp yuzu juice

Puree the cherries and mix with sugar. Simmer over moderate heat until sugar is dissolved, stirring frequently. Once cool, mix with yuzu juice and pour into pitcher. Add champagne and bitters and serve over ice.

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