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Shocker [VHS]

3.5 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews


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Product Details

  • Actors: Michael Murphy, Mitch Pileggi, John Tesh, Heather Langenkamp, Peter Berg
  • Directors: Wes Craven
  • Writers: Wes Craven
  • Producers: Barin Kumar, Marianne Maddalena, Peter Foster, Robert Engelman, Shep Gordon
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Universal Studios Ho
  • VHS Release Date: August 31, 1999
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6301603389
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,040 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

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Wes Craven's horror pictures always have a few wild ideas knocking around inside them, and this 1989 slashfest is no exception. The electrocution of a mass murderer turns into a kind of cosmic jump-start: evil Horace Pinker is reborn as an elusive electronic phantom, capable of leaping from one body to another. (This trick is also used to good effect in The Hidden and Fallen.) Pinker's a stinker, and Craven was clearly trying to set up another franchise villain in the vein of his Nightmare on Elm Street champ, Freddy Krueger--perhaps a bit too baldly. However, amidst the mayhem, the film's real subject is the poisonous presence of mass media, as Pinker (played by The X-Files' Mitch Pileggi) insinuates himself as a free-floating spirit run amok in television itself. In its own pulp way, Shocker gets at the heart of media-culture inanity quicker than a ten-week college class on the subject, and although Craven occasionally lapses into generic bloodletting, he always snaps right back with some crazy angle on the TV nation. The hero is played by a young Peter Berg, the Chicago Hope star who would go on to direct his own shocker, Very Bad Things. Shocker failed to catch on with audiences (somewhere there's a warehouse full of unsold Horace Pinker action figures), but it's definitely worth a look for horror fans. --Robert Horton

Customer Reviews

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Format: VHS Tape
I love the movie Shocker and feel it deserved a second chance. Though the serial killer character of Horace Pinker is not Freddy Krueger, he still is just as terrifying and the films is just as good as Craven's A Nightmare of Elm Steet(and definitely better than its sequels). Mitch Pileggi of X-Files gives a wonderfully scary performance as Tv repairman/serial killer Horace Pinker. I think it definitely deseres a look by Craven and just plain Horror fans alike. So in response to Mr. Horton's review above, I would love to get my hands on some Horace Pinker action figures. What a great idea!
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By A Customer on May 29, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
Some people are disappointed with this, but I can't understand why. Alright, so Wes Craven had set out to create a new Freddy, but so what? The film is an excellent joining-together of interesting characters, imaginative special effects and a crackingly good script.
A serial killer is stalking the city. After an accident on the rugby pitch a teenaged boy has a dream in which he finds that the maniac is none other than local TV repairman Horace Pinker. When Pinker is put to death on the electric chair, he is able to return to life through anything with electrical systems including the TV and the human body.
Gripping, well-paced thriller. Horace Pinker himself is such a different character from Skinner in the X-Files that it's hard to believe it's the same actor. Pinker is certainly one of the better of the thousands of film psychopaths and this film is certainly a cut above most of the uninspiring Freddy sequels. A wonderfully dark and sombre soundtrack is the cherry on the proverbial bakewell.
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By A Customer on July 7, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Movie styled after MTV music videos at the height of MTV's power. The movie is inventive and well worth watching. The music works well with the movie, but not as well without it. See if you can find the disc with the songs. 80's heavy metal. It's out of print, so you may have to hunt, but the songs stand on their own feet.
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Format: VHS Tape
The story line was great and it kept me jumping. The TV clips it showed put together w/ the sound track was well put together. I definately could watch this movie again.
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By A Customer on February 12, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Serial killer who knocks off families is caught red handed by his own son and when brought to terms by the death penalty, survives the electric chair and takes on a new form, hopping from body to body. He then tracks down his son and tries to put an end to him. Excellent NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET clone is well created by the writer/director Wes Craven. And in essence, it's not a clone at all. It eliminates the slow motion from NIGHTMARE and pours on the bone-crunching action which is pre-determined by the heavy metal '80's music played throughout. Very entertaining.
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Format: Amazon Video
This is one of Wes Craven's best movies in my opinion. The plot is very creepy,and the killer is a ruthless psychopath named Horace Pinker,who is completly unqiue and original,unlike alot of the other movie killers,that were popular at the time. Sure the film has it's cheesey moments,with some of it's over-the-top acting,and campy one-liners,but in no way,does it make this a bad movie. "Shocker" is an underrated Horror flick,that didin't get the love that it deserved. If you love scary movies,then check this one out.
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I know that lots of folks love Wes Craven's movies; I just don't happen to be one of those folks. The only reason I rented this is that someone compared a piece of my artwork to the effects in this movie, and I thought what the heck? The movie is outrageous, and even a bit funny, but it just didn't do it for me.

Let me add, I watch movies to be entertained, not to criticize. I was only about 2 stars entertained by this.
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By A Customer on August 16, 1998
Format: Audio CD
this album is a must for you metal heads out there
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