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Shocker (Widescreen)


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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
  • 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: Mca (Universal)
  • Release Date: Sept. 2 2003
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0783232101
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #35,445 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)


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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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2 of 2 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 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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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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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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