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Ahem. Anyway, the plot: Horrace Pinker is a T.V. repairman by day, serial killer of whole families by night. He also walks with a limp (we find out later in the movie why that is). High school football player Jonathan seems unconnected to all this, until he has a dream where Pinker murders his family, and then finds out that it has really happened, leaving only Jon and his police leutenant foster dad left. Jonathan's dreams lead police to finding out the killer's identity, but that doesn't save Jon's girlfriend Allison, whom Pinker later kills. Finally Pinker is captured and sentanced to death by electric chair...and the film's second act begins. You see, Pinker practices black magic, and after his execution he becomes an evil spirit with the ability to jump into other people's bodies...Read more ›
The Shocker gets the power to move his soul into different people's bodies. It becomes humorous when he goes into the bodies of a female doctor, and the body of a 10 year old girl. He also gets the power to tellepot through electric wires.
This movie is good old-fashioned bloody horror, without the million dollar special effects that you see in movies nowadays.
Telling the story of unrepentant serial killer, Horace Pinker, played with manic delight by Mitch Pileggi, who is tracked down by clairvoyant football player Johnathan Parker, Shocker then follows post-execution Pinker as he becomes a being of indestructible electricity. Initially, he is able to inhabit any body that he touches, and then later, he learns to simply travel directly through the airwaves. In the meantime, he manages to kill Johnathan's girlfriend in a a bloody bathtub mess that recalls Craven's early, darker, more visceral side
Alison, who is well-played by Cami Cooper, continues to visit Johnathan after she is killed, counseling him in all matters Horace, giving him tips for survival and helping him to combat what has now become an unstoppable being of pure evil. This is something I love most about Shocker, as Johnathan and Alison's relationship continues to grow after her death, culminating in a pretty strongly implied love-making sequence in the afterlife near the movies' end that is, well, beautiful. Seriously. A living person making love to his murdered girlfriend in some nebulous afterworld/limbo/dreamstate, It's certainly very gothic, something craven is all about.
Peter Berg, the movie's Nancy if you will, is fascinating. He's kind of strange looking, like a plastic mannequin, and he's crazy dramatic and has a bizarre voice. He's sort of the classic craven male hero, not easy to peg, and like any craven protagonist, male or female, he's smart, perseveres, driven by love--and a bit of vengeance--and very much anti-victimization.Read more ›
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Mitch Pileggi is great. Fun film with lots of 80's music. Plus commentary and nice extras on the film.Published 2 months ago by Fred Godlash
Good special effects raise this horror story above normal what you might expect from a film like this.Published 3 months ago by PROFXM27
The movie looks great on bluray, but I like the special features most of all. There are segments on the shocker soundtrack, interviews with mitch pillegi, cami cooper, photo... Read morePublished 3 months ago by lee w winters
It's a fun horror movie .one of my favorite Wes Craven horror movie.the the picture is greatPublished 3 months ago by Bryan
one of the greatest movies of my childhood finally on bluPublished 3 months ago by Michael J. Ferraro
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