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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.

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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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On October 2, at 6:45 AM mass murderer Horace Pinker was put to death. Now, he's really mad. See more »


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27 October 1989 (USA)  »

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Shocker: No More Mr. Nice Guy  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

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$16,554,699 (USA)
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One of the bodies that Horace took over (the "Jogger" in the park) is Jonathan Craven, son of director Wes Craven. See more »

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When Jonathan's father is possessed by Pinker and Jonathan is arrested and placed in the squad car, his friend breaks the back passenger window to free him. When Jonathan's father gets in the car to chase him, the window is up and intact as he speeds away. See more »

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Demon Bell - The Ballad Of Horace Pinker
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Plenty of Potential If They Had Toned Down the Cheese
28 September 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A young man (Peter Berg) dreams of a killer... and the dream is real, with his mother and sister left dead. From there, his dreams are connected to the killer, but that's just the beginning. Once captured and executed, the story is just beginning!

Peter Berg makes a strong lead, acting as the poor man's Christian Slater. Mitch Pileggi is also excellent, though a bit campy, and it's nice to see him in a tougher role than FBI Director Skinner.

Mike Mayo says, "Wes Craven creates a fierce satire on television and the way the medium distorts our view of reality." Not sure I agree. If this is a "fierce satire" of anything, it's hidden well. I didn't see a critique of television or the media in here at all.

Mayo continues, saying, "the film is just another derivative exercise in obvious special effects, borrowing liberally from Craven's own work", including the fact Pinker "becomes a channel-surfing Freddy Krueger who returns to attack his enemies." This is absolutely true... aside from showcasing bland effects, this film offers little new.

But Timothy Leary and Ted Raimi show up, so that's a plus.

Wes Craven fans will need to see this one, but don't expect much. Some parts, such as the possessed girl, are entertaining. But don't expect this to appear on any "best of" lists.


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