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Shocker

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Master of horror Wes Craven directs this exciting visual treat which introduces a diabolical mass murderer who harnesses electricity for unimaginable killing powers. About to be electrocuted for a catalog of heinous crimes, the unrepentant Horace Pinker (Mitch Pileggi) transforms into a terrifying energy source. Only young athlete Jonathan Parker (Peter Berg), with an uncanny connection to Pinker through bizarre dreams, can fight the powerful demon. The two dive in and out of television programs, chasing each other from channel to channel through stunning scenes of disaster, game shows and old reruns. A blend of dazzling special effects, jolting humor and an electrifying soundtrack, Shocker is an ironic tale of terror and madness in the video age.

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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

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    • Actors: Peter Berg, Mitch Pileggi, Michael Murphy, Cami Cooper, Theodore Raimi
    • Directors: Wes Craven
    • Writers: Wes Craven
    • Producers: Wes Craven, Marianne Maddalena, Barin Kumar
    • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
    • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
    • Subtitles: English, Spanish
    • Dubbed: French
    • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
    • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
    • Number of discs: 1
    • Rated:
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      Restricted
    • Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
    • DVD Release Date: March 16, 1999
    • Run Time: 110 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: 0783232101
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,378 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
    • Learn more about "Shocker" on IMDb

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    By DJamez on September 12, 2015
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    This is one of those you love it, or hate it Wes Craven(r.i.p) films . I always loved this movie, I think its Horace Pinker being a foul mouthed psycho that made it good to me. Hes really out there,and funny at the same time. I saw this when I was young, and it was just always one of my favorites. Over time I had the VHS, Laserdisc, DVD, and now this Collectors Edition Blu Ray. Now I haven't watched the extras on the Blu Ray yet , but I will tell you this is an awesome edition of the movie. In 1080P HD, sounds great. Overall just a great job. I like the new cover art, but sadly the slipcover is just thin cardboard. This really deserved a steelbox, or hardcase slip cover. That's the only knock Id give this , and its a small knock.

    If you're a Shocker fan this is hands down the best version to own. Id recommend it to anyone.
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    What a wonderful, pure Craven kind of movie. It aint perfect by any stretch--parts of it are down right silly--but its' got a strong heart and a powerful love story at its' center.

    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.
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    I really can't understand why some people insisted on giving this film a 1 or 2 out of 5 stars. It's mind boggling!

    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.
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    Oldschool movie from Wes Craven i enjoyed alot because i remember watching it with my mom,and it stuck out as a great movie.Crazy story a kid gets this psychic ability too see a sadistic killer,who jumps from 1 body to the next in the afterlife forever tormemting the kid who telepathically found the killer and got him.So they fry him in prison and it makes him stronger and invisible,giving him the upper hand to manipulate people.However the killer has a limp,goes after the guys girlfriend & family. His dads a cop and all his friends get taken out or involved as Horace Pinker jumps and cuts his way through tons of people. I enjoyed the story i thought it was odd but that is why i thought it was cool,it is original and unique in a good way. I recommend you give it a watch if you like crazy Wes Craven plots.
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