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If you're a Shocker fan this is hands down the best version to own. Id recommend it to anyone.
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 ›
The plot of the film is about a psychotic, murdering TV repairman named Horace Pinker, who's on the loose in the suburban LA area. Lt. Don Parker has been assigned to investigate the murders and when he becomes too involved, Pinker hunts down Parker's wife, foster daughter, and foster son and kills them all. The only one unharmed is his other son, Jonathan Parker. Jonathan somehow becomes linked with Horace through his dreams and leads Don and other officers to to Horace's TV shop where a shootout occurs and Pinker escapes. As retribution, Pinker tracks down Jonathan's girlfriend, Allison and kills her. Another dream leads Jonathan, Don, and the police to Pinker again, who this time is in the midst of a kidnapping.
After Jonathan chases Pinker to a rooftop, Pinker prepares to kill Jonathan but is arrested and taken in by the police. Pinker is convicted and is sentenced to death via electric chair. Before his death, Pinker reveals to Jonathan that he is his biological son and that when Jonathan was a kid, he shot Pinker in his knee to try and stop him from killing his mother. After Pinker's execution, he comes back to life to the shock of everyone. What they don't know is that before he went to the chair, Pinker sold his soul to the Devil, allowing him to come back from the dead as an electrical spirit.
Once Pinker's spirit is on the loose, he begins possessing the bodies of and killing Jonathan's closest friends and associates. Jonathan must find a way to beat Pinker and send him to hell before he becomes Pinker's next victim.
As I said, I don't know why people negatively criticize this film so much.Read more ›
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Wes Craven's horror flick "Shocker" is cheesy fun. Starring Peter Berg (now a director), Michael Murphy and Mitch Pileggi ("The X-Files"), Craven demonstrates the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Wayne Klein
Mitch Pileggi is great. Fun film with lots of 80's music. Plus commentary and nice extras on the film.Published 8 months ago by Fred Godlash
Good special effects raise this horror story above normal what you might expect from a film like this.Published 8 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 9 months ago by lee w winters
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