• Shocker (1989)


Release Date: 1989

DVD Release Date: March 16th, 1999

R |1 hr 51 min

Plot Summary

After being captured for a series of gruesome murders, Horace Pinker (Mitch Pileggi), a television repairman, faces execution by the electric chair -- but a deal with the devil allows him to come back as electricity. Once he changes into his new form, Pinker goes after the detective that brought him down, Lt. Don Parker (Michael Murphy), as well as Parker's adopted son, Jonathan (Peter Berg). However, Jonathan's mysterious connection to Pinker through dreams might help track the killer's moves.

Cast: Michael Murphy, Peter Berg, Mitch Pileggi, Camille Cooper, Richard Brooks, Ted Raimi, John Tesh, Timothy Leary

Director: Wes Craven

Genres: Horror

Production Co: Carolco Pictures Inc., Alive Films

Keywords: Los Angeles, Suspenseful, Amusing, 1980s, Prison, Pursuit, Rescue, Girlfriend, Revenge

Ratings & Reviews

  • 50

    At first glance (or at least for the first 40 minutes) Shocker seems a potential winner, an almost unbearably suspenseful, stylish and blood-drenched ride courtesy of writer-director Wes Craven’s flair for action and sick humour. As it continues, however, the camp aspects simply give way to the ridiculous while failing to establish any rules to govern the mayhem. The result is plenty of unintentional laughs. show more

  • 60
    Stephen HoldenThe New York Times

    With its freewheeling mixture of gore, surrealism and Freud, it will do almost anything to grab attention. If the movie's metaphors are as obvious and as portentous as the heavy metal music that punctuates the action, Shocker at least has the feel of a movie that was fun to make. show more

  • 50
    Time Out

    Problems arise from an uncharacteristically loose structure, which frequently brings the movie to the brink of narrative collapse; Craven's visual flair and enthusiastic pacing nevertheless deliver ample (if sometimes frustrating) rewards. show more

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