Shocker

  • 1989
  • Movie
  • R
  • Horror

SHOCKER, directed by the talented but highly erratic Wes Craven, seems to be something he had to get out of his system. A sloppy, often goofy chiller, the film is full of references to (and outright rip-offs from) other movies, especially those of New Line Cinema, Craven's erstwhile producer. The story concerns limping, psychotic TV repairman Horace Pinker...read more

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SHOCKER, directed by the talented but highly erratic Wes Craven, seems to be something he had to get out of his system. A sloppy, often goofy chiller, the film is full of references to (and outright rip-offs from) other movies, especially those of New Line Cinema, Craven's erstwhile

producer. The story concerns limping, psychotic TV repairman Horace Pinker (Mitch Pileggi), who kills entire families with a swipe of his hunting knife. When Pinker is sentenced to die in the electric chair, he becomes a burst of energy when the switch is pulled, and turns into a video spirit who

can possess anyone and turn them into limping killers intent on murdering Jonathan (Peter Berg), Pinker's long-lost son. Though frequently silly, SHOCKER has its moments. Craven combines elements of horror and satire perfectly, and the film is technically sharp, well-performed, and interestingly

photographed. Craven's (often satirical) raids of other films cannot substitute for the originality that has made his best work so influential, however, especially since his previous film, THE SERPENT AND THE RAINBOW, was a sharpest, most serious effort.

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  • Released: 1989
  • Rating: R
  • Review: SHOCKER, directed by the talented but highly erratic Wes Craven, seems to be something he had to get out of his system. A sloppy, often goofy chiller, the film is full of references to (and outright rip-offs from) other movies, especially those of New Line… (more)

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