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Shocker (1989)

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After being sent to the electric chair, a serial killer uses electricity to come back from the dead and carry out his vengeance on the football player who turned him in to the police.

Director:

Wes Craven

Writer:

Wes Craven
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mitch Pileggi ... Horace Pinker
John Tesh ... TV Newscaster
Heather Langenkamp ... Victim
Peter Berg ... Jonathan Parker
Jessica Craven ... Counterperson
Camille Cooper ... Alison (as Cami Cooper)
Richard Brooks ... Rhino
Sam Scarber ... Cooper
Ted Raimi ... Pac Man (as Theodore Raimi)
Keith Anthony-Lubow-Bellamy Keith Anthony-Lubow-Bellamy ... Football Player
Virginia Morris ... Diane
Emily Samuel ... Sally
Michael Murphy ... Lt. Don Parker
Peter Tilden Peter Tilden ... Reporter
Bingham Ray ... Bartender
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Storyline

A murderous TV repairman, Horace Pinker is killing people in a small town left, right and center. He eventually finds the home of Lt. Parker, who is investigating his crimes, and savagely murders Parker's wife, son and daughter. His other son, Jonathan has a strange connection to Pinker through his dreams, and he directs his father to Pinker's business, where a small group of officers enter. Pinker escapes in a horrific spree, killing four officers and then targeting Jonathan's girlfriend, Alison. Another dream leads Jonathan and his dad to a residence where they catch Pinker in in the act of kidnapping. Pinker is arrested after a fight with Jonathan and sentenced to die in the electric chair. When executed, Pinker - who supposedly had given his soul to the devil in exchange for the power to come back as an energy source - takes over people's bodies and continues committing murders, until Jonathan devises a plan to bring Pinker into the real world, and then cut off his power source... Written by Derek O'Cain

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Now he's gone really mad See more »


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Trivia

Was the last film to be released on videocassette under the MCA Home Video banner before the name was changed to MCA/Universal Home Video. See more »

Goofs

(at around 57 mins) As the little girl rides away on her bicycle after talking to Jonathan, she rings her bicycle bell. However, as can be seen in the shots immediately beforehand, there is no bell on the bike. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Don Parker: This is screwball beyond belief.
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Connections

Referenced in Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Demon Bell - The Ballad Of Horace Pinker
Performed by Dangerous Toys
Courtesy of CBS Records
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Trust me, it won't shock you.
12 July 2003 | by SystemFreakSee all my reviews

Craven tried to create another great franchise to override the overwhelming success of "Nightmare". He made up a character with pretty much the same qualities as Freddy Kruger himself, a smart ass, show no mercy serial killer, with a pronounced limp. Well, as anyone can clearly see, there is no sequel, and no other movie portrays killer Horace Pinker. But, on a personal note, I did enjoy this movie - somewhat. The beginning is pretty decent, if somewhat standard. It moves at a surprisingly fast pace, making the middle of the film its best part, with Pinker moving from person to person. Only the ending is a let down. It moves slow and a horror flick with a male protagonist doesn't always go hand in hand...in this case, it really doesn't, basically because former teenage heart-throb Peter Berg is rather annoying. The sub-plot with Berg's former girlfriend coming back from the dead is also lame. For Craven's fan, I do recommend it, but only to understand what the director was trying to do with his career in the late eighties. Others need not bother.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 October 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Shocker: No More Mr. Nice Guy See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,510,990, 29 October 1989

Gross USA:

$16,554,699

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,554,699
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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