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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: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Jan. 15 2013
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0783232101
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #25,769 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jack Hoffman on Jan. 14 2004
Format: DVD
Wes Craven's renown for many of his classic horror films, but Shocker is one of his better movies, despite getting little accord from most critics. It's got great thrills throughout, especially considering that the psychotic Horace Pinker (played by then-unknown Mitch Pileggi) can transform his spirit into other people to do his bidding, including at one unnerving point a police officer. This is a horror film for sure, but there are also some elements of dark humor thrown in for good measure. As if Pinker's unhinged persona wasn't a captivating proposition enough, "Shocker" even features cameos by Timothy Leary, Eugene Chadbourne (of underground band Shockabilly, oddly enough) and the godlike John Tesh. I couldn't ask for much more than that.
The budget for this film, in retrospect, does appear to have been somewhat low, but it only enhances the experience, giving it a street-level power. It's like comparing a lean 1980s Megadeth album to a one of the more recent, bloated Metallica albums. (Speaking of which, Megadeth offers up a pretty rocking rendition of an Alice Cooper song in the soundtrack; Iggy Pop and Paul Stanley contribute some songs as well.) Those high-production 1990s weren't a very good time for horror films anyway. Although this is an oversimplification, consider "Shocker" to be an indie-ish alternative to the glossy self-consciousness that's marred the horror genre of late. It should also be noted that the 1998 movie "Fallen" lifted more than one plot device from this film, so it's not like this film went unnoticed upon release. I'd definitely recommend that you buy "Shocker," or, if you're unsure, at the very least rent it. You will then know your destiny.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Christian Pelchat on Nov. 28 2002
Format: DVD
There's a serial killer by the name of Horace Pinker (Mitch Pileggi), who enjoys stalking Famillies and then Kills them. When those heinous crimes are been going for months, a young Athlete named Jonathan Parker (Peter Berg) starts dreaming and having contact with the Killer through bizarre dreams. After Jonathan and his step-father (Micheal Murphy) caught the killer. Before the murderer dies in a electric chair, Pinker transforms himself into a terrifying energy source by Needing Power and Going into Human Bodies for his Immortality. Now, it's only Jonathan could him and fight this powerful demon.
Written and Directed by Wes Craven (Scream Trilogy, The Last House on the Left, The Serpent and the Rainbow) made a very entertaining supernatural thriller, which the Director actually basically remade his own-A Nightmare on Elm Street with Hi-Tech Visual Effects with a Heavy Metal score and also a Jolting dark sense of humor. Not many critics love this film (Expect for the late-Gene Siskel, who loved this movie) and this film has become a Cult Classic on Video. There's good performances from the Cast and an Neat Direction by Craven, makes this worth seeing. DVD has an fine anamorphic Widescreen (1.85:1) transfer and an good Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround Sound. There's not much extras but if you are a fan of Craven's, this is Worth Buying. Grade:A.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By chatchi on Oct. 22 2002
Format: DVD
Capital Punishment has always been a sensitive subject in the movie industry. Speak in favor of it, you alienate one audience - speak against it, alienate another. Wes Craven's "Shocker" decides (wisely) to walk the fine line between the two viewpoints. Yes, the electric kills our most evil criminals, but it doesn't kill them all!

Horace Pinker (Skinner from "X-Files") is sent to the electric chair, but this serial killer has other plans! Horace uses electricity to come back from the dead and carry out his vengeance on the football player (Peter Berg) who turned him in to the police. By traveling through electrical wires, Horace Pinker knows no boundaries - he is THE SHOCKER!

PIVOTAL SCENE: When Pinker and Peter Berg fight *inside* a television set, and jump from channel to channel. Brilliant!

Backed by Megadeth's admirable cover of Alice Cooper's "No More Mr. Nice Guy", this movie succeeds in every way that "The Green Mile" failed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 13 2000
Format: DVD
The soundtrack for this movie with ALL the songs on it isn't available anymore, it's out of print but..I found it in a cut out bin at Tower records so if your looking for it as I was..look there! It's awesome by the way and the movie is diffently a keeper!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tim on July 28 2003
Format: DVD
Shocker says "finger licking good" after he bites off the fingers of a security gurard. Now thats comedy!!!
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. Durham on Oct. 18 2003
Format: DVD
This 1989 horror flick directed by Wes Craven (Last House on the Left, Hills Have Eyes, Nightmare on Elm Street) is far from Craven's finest hour, but it is still worth a look for horror fans. The story revolves around a serial killer (Mitch Pileggi, Skinner from The X-Files) who is re-born as a spiritual, electrical force which can jump from one body to another. His target: a young athlete (Peter Berg from TV's Chicago Hope and the director of The Rundown) who shares a link with the killer. Full of uneven pacing and more than a few loose ends, Shocker still manages to be entertaining despite it's faults, and thanks to the oddball, colorful casting and Craven's directing, Shocker avoids being the piece of horror shlock it seemed destined to be. The film is backed by a rocking metal soundtrack, highlighted by Megadeth's headbanging cover of Alice Cooper's "No More Mr. Nice Guy".
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