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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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Mass murderer Horace pinker was put to death. Then he really got mad. See more »


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27 October 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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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Shocker was filmed in ten weeks and in a low budget. Craven said that all this savings are in a small team work with talent and low known actors. See more »

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TV Newscaster: [Jonathan and Pinker are fighting through several channels of televison] Well we still have no word from our reporter at the home of Lt. Parker. However, incredibly, we have begun to receive unconfirmed reports of unexplained "appearances" of Jonathan Parker and a man who looks very much like executed mass murderer Horace Pinker, fighting at least what appears to be...
Horace Pinker: [during a boxing match, to boxer] Kick his ass!
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More socially conscious horror from Wes Craven
18 July 2007 | by (Hellfudge, Pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

"Shocker" once again shows writer-director Wes Craven in prime pundit form. The central target of his half-satirical attack this time is one of America's favorite anomalies: television. Horace Pinker (a pre-"X-Files" Mitch Pileggi) spends his evenings slaughtering families, returning to his dungeon-like TV repair shop after (he apparently gets the Vietnam War Atrocity Channel); one night, Jonathan Parker (Peter Berg) has a vision of his family being killed by the madman, and finds himself psychically linked to Pinker. Caught and sentenced to die via electric chair, he makes a pact with 'the God of TV' that allows him to cheat death, invade dreams, and 'channel surf' human bodies with his homicidal presence; late in the film, he chases Jonathan from station to station after literally plunging INSIDE a television. Got all that? While the performances are quite good and Craven rations out a considerable amount of gore to accompany the dark humor, "Shocker"'s wealth of ideas become muddled and confused--while a fine specimen for a film student's deconstruction, it isn't as entertaining as it should be. That being said, I enjoyed Craven's playfulness with the material--the seriousness of the first half eventually becomes surreal, bizarre, and very Monty Python-esquire, with Pinker becoming a zany anchor to the proceedings (at once loathsome and pretty darn funny). "Shocker" may be a mixed bag, but it's still worth a gander.


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