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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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
TV Newscaster
Jessica Craven ...
Camille Cooper ...
Alison (as Cami Cooper)
Pac Man (as Theodore Raimi)
Keith Anthony-Lubow-Bellamy ...
Football Player
Peter Tilden ...


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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Release Date:

27 October 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Shocker: No More Mr. Nice Guy  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)


$16,554,699 (USA)

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Shocker was filmed in ten weeks and on a low budget. Craven said that this was achieved by having a small crew and little known actors. See more »


When Jonathan and his father are in the bar, footage of a live Alice Cooper concert appears on the TV in the background. The song, however, is "Love Transfusion" by Iggy Pop. See more »


Horace Pinker: You like killing too, huh? There's nothing about it. We're killers.
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Referenced in Supernatural: Halt & Catch Fire (2015) See more »


Demon Bell - The Ballad Of Horace Pinker
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A great mix of action, comedy, romance, fantasy, horror and suspense
14 September 1999 | by See all my reviews

I simply can't understand, why did everybody vote this movie so bad? Personally, I liked it more than every one of the "A Nightmare on Elm Street" series. I know that the Nightmares have a better story (at least the 1st one), more gore and a better villain. Good old Fred Krueger is far more interesting that Horace Pinker, I can't argue with that. But "Shocker" has all the action and humor that misses on "A Nightmare on Elm Street". The characters are quite interesting, specially the lovely Cami Cooper's Alison. Great action and fight scenes, pretty good gags, touching romance, creative TV fiction and horror, less gory but with some good suspense makes "Shocker" a great movie to see, but without linking to the Nightmare series.

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