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  • Actors: Michael Murphy, Mitch Pileggi, Peter Berg, Sam Scarber, Camille Cooper
  • Directors: Wes Craven
  • Writers: Wes Craven
  • Producers: Barin Kumar, Marianne Maddalena, Peter Foster, Robert Engelman, Shep Gordon
  • Format: NTSC
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Mca (Universal)
  • VHS Release Date: Aug. 28 2001
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6301603389
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #22,070 in Video (See Top 100 in Video)

Product Description

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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

3.5 out of 5 stars

Most helpful customer reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Aug. 11 1999
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 1 1999
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Nov. 3 1999
Format: VHS Tape
This is an awesome movie with a great soundtrack to go with it. Great special affects and a good storyline.
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By S. Calabro on Sept. 9 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Wes Craven's shocker may look good, but it isn't! The movie is nearly 2 hours long and is so drawn out that interest will fade in about half an hour. The Gore factor is almost non-existant: unlike Wes' Nightmare on Elmstreet, Shocker cuts away right when the person is being killed and then cuts back when the job is done. Another irritating thing is that every ten minutes someone says "No more mister nice guy" which makes absolutely no sense in the movie considering that Pinker has always been a killer. The only reason why I gave this movie 3 stars is because of Mitch Puligi, because he gives a great performance and speeds the movie up.
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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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