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Shocker -- Wes Craven directs this blend of special effects, jolting humor and an exhilarating soundtrack that portrays a mass murderer who harnesses electricity for unimaginable killing powers.
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Writer (WGA):
Wes Craven (written by)
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Release Date:
27 October 1989 (USA) See more »
On October 2, at 6:45 AM mass murderer Horace Pinker was put to death. Now, he's really mad. See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Michael Murphy ... Lt. Don Parker

Peter Berg ... Jonathan Parker

Mitch Pileggi ... Horace Pinker

Sam Scarber ... Cooper
Camille Cooper ... Alison (as Cami Cooper)

Ted Raimi ... Pac Man (as Theodore Raimi)
Keith Anthony-Lubow-Bellamy ... Football Player

Heather Langenkamp ... Victim

Virginia Morris ... Diane

John Tesh ... TV Newscaster
Jessica Craven ... Counterperson
Emily Samuel ... Sally

Richard Brooks ... Rhino
Peter Tilden ... Reporter

Bingham Ray ... Bartender
Sue Ann Harris ... Waitress
Eugene Chadbourne ... Man in Bar
Jack Hoar ... Sergeant
Stephen Held ... Rookie
Richard Gasparian ... Cop #1 (as Richard J. Gasparian)
Joyce Guy ... Cop #2
Joseph Roy O'Flynn ... Priest #2

Linda Kaye ... Woman at Stairs

Vincent Guastaferro ... Pastori

Janne Peters ... Doctor (as Janne K. Peters)

Bruce Wagner ... Executioner
Marvin Elkins ... Guard #1

Christopher Kriesa ... Guard #2
Bob Swain ... Priest #1 (as Bobby Lee Swain)
Michael Matthews ... Evil Mouth
Ricardo Gutiérrez ... Guard Sergeant

Ernie Lively ... Warden

John Mueller ... Fireman
Jonathan Craven ... Jogger (as Jonathan Christian Craven)

Lindsay Parker ... Little Girl

Dendrie Taylor ... Young Mother (as Dendrie Allyn Taylor)
Kane Roberts ... Road Worker

Stephen R. Hudis ... Officer Robinson
Gary Davies ... Cameraman (as Gary Michael Davies)
Christopher Keyes ... Bruno
Timothy Leary ... TV Evangelist (as Dr. Timothy Leary)
Marji Martin ... Woman Couch Potato
Ray Bickel ... Man Couch Potato
Mark Slama ... Kid with Crow Bar
Karl Vincent ... Kid with Mask

Wes Craven ... Man Neighbor

Holly Kaplan ... Woman Neighbor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Brent Spiner ... Talkshow guest (uncredited)

Directed by
Wes Craven 
Writing credits
Wes Craven (written by)

Produced by
Warren Chadwick .... associate producer
Wes Craven .... executive producer
Robert Engelman .... co-producer (as Bob Engelman)
Peter Foster .... co-producer
Shep Gordon .... executive producer
Barin Kumar .... producer
Marianne Maddalena .... producer
Original Music by
Michael Bruce 
Alice Cooper 
William Goldstein 
Cinematography by
Jacques Haitkin 
Film Editing by
Andy Blumenthal 
Casting by
Gary M. Zuckerbrod 
Production Design by
Cynthia Kay Charette 
Art Direction by
Randy Moore 
Set Decoration by
Naomi Shohan 
Costume Design by
Isis Mussenden 
Makeup Department
Dee Dee Altamura .... makeup artist: second unit (as Rosalia Altamura)
David LeRoy Anderson .... key special makeup (as David I. Anderson)
Lance Anderson .... special makeup designer
David Atherton .... special makeup lab technician
Scott Coulter .... special makeup lab technician
Jeffrey S. Farley .... special makeup lab technician
Dan Frye .... makeup effects technician
Laura Gorman .... hair stylist
Laura Gorman .... makeup artist
Roger McCoin .... special makeup lab technician
Suzanne Parker Sanders .... makeup department head
A.J. Workman .... special makeup effects artist
Production Management
Warren Chadwick .... post-production supervisor
Barin Kumar .... unit production manager
Rick Reynolds .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert Engelman .... first assistant director
Mark S. Glick .... second second assistant director
Stephen Lofaro .... first assistant director: second unit
Stewart Lyons .... first assistant director: second unit
Jeffrey Wetzel .... second assistant director
Art Department
Marc Baird .... storyboard artist
Gene Bishop .... lead man
Jonathan Bobbitt .... set dresser
John Cales .... carpenter (as John C. Cales)
Rebecca Carriaga .... set dresser
David B. Clark .... paint supervisor
Glen Consbruck .... carpenter
Keith Cox .... carpenter
Dave Florence .... carpenter
Hal B. Forsen .... carpenter
Gary Gagliardo .... lead carpenter
Mark C. Haskins .... key set dresser
John M. Holliday .... carpenter
Thomas D. Krausz .... carpenter
Randy Moore .... art director: second unit
Esther Musatti .... consulting artist
John S. Reynolds .... carpenter
Michael Sapp-Chun .... swing
Johannes Spalt .... carpenter: second unit
Sound Department
Marty Church .... adr mixer
Robert Friedman .... foley artist
Darrell Hall .... assistant sound editor
Wayne Heitman .... sound re-recording mixer
Michael P. Redbourn .... supervising sound editor
Bill Rojas .... sound facility supervisor
George W. Scott .... boom operator
Richard Shorr .... sound effects
Richard Shorr .... supervising sound editor
Dan Yale .... sound editor
Ray Quintana .... commentary re-recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Larry Fioritto .... special effects
Christopher Gilman .... special effects makeup
Joe Heffernan .... special effects technician
David L. Hewitt .... special effects
Robert Phillips .... special effects lead (as Bob Phillips)
Visual Effects by
Alan Barnett .... digital visual effects (as Alan k Barnett)
Allen Blaisdell .... visual effects on-set coordinator
Jonathan Craven .... visual effects coordinator
Joshua Cushner .... motion control operator: The Chandler Group
Roger Dorney .... visual effects: Apogee, Inc.
Charles A. May .... visual effects technician and motion control assistant (as Charles May)
Jeffrey A. Okun .... visual effects wrangler (as Jeff Okun)
Mark V. Phillips .... assistant visual effects editor (as Mark Phillips)
Samuel E. Recinos .... technical animation supervisor
David J. Williams .... visual effects
Mark Zerate .... digital visual effects (as Mark Zarate)
Tom Jensen .... additional first assistant camera: visual effects unit (uncredited)
George Muhs .... visual effects (uncredited)
Kathleen Quaife-Hodge .... special effects animator (uncredited)
Robert Yamamoto .... visual effects editor (uncredited)
Charlie Brewer .... stunts
Anthony Cecere .... stunt coordinator
Laura Dash .... stunts
Oscar Dillon .... stunts
Dane Farwell .... stunt double: Peter Berg
Greg Gault .... stunts
Jeff Habberstad .... stunts
Ed Hamilton .... stunts
Stephen R. Hudis .... stunt driver: tanker truck
Gary Jensen .... stunts
Karen Laine .... stunts (as Karen F. Laine)
Al Lee .... stunts
Dennis Madalone .... stunts
Dennis Scott .... stunts (as Dennis R. Scott)
Charlie Skeen .... stunts
Patricia Tallman .... stunts (as Pat J. Tallman)
Tim Trella .... stunts (as Timothy P. Trella)
Steve Vandeman .... stunts (as Steve P. Vandeman)
Lee Waddell .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Mac Ahlberg .... director of photography: additional photography
John Bertram .... gaffer: second unit
Randall P. Bittle .... grip: second unit
Allen Blaisdell .... camera operator: "b" camera
Alan Brownstein .... gaffer
Stephan Collins .... first assistant camera: second unit
Rudy M. Fenenga Jr. .... first assistant camera
Robert N. Gersicoff .... first assistant camera
Peter Iovino .... still photographer
Tom Keefer .... key grip
Chris Moseley .... first assistant camera: second unit
Randy Nolen .... Steadicam operator (as Randy Nolan)
Mark O'Kane .... Steadicam operator
Randall Ott .... electrician
Steve Reinhardt .... best boy electric
Tony Varuola .... best boy electric
Michael Winterburn .... electrician
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kimberly Adams-Galligan .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Mark G. Coleman .... post-production coordinator
Jonathan Craven .... post-production apprentice editor
Mato .... color timer
Music Department
Desmond Child .... music supervisor
Stu Goldberg .... composer: additional score
Tom Lafferty .... composer: additional music
Laura Perlman .... music editor
Transportation Department
John P. Menese .... driver
Other crew
Bill Aylesworth .... production office runner
Susan Bierbaum .... script supervisor
John Bryant .... video research
Toby Forlenza .... assistant to director
Lori Gerson .... script supervisor: second unit
Eric J. Goldstein .... production assistant
Dan Gorman .... assistant location manager
David Grace .... production assistant
Kevin Hudis .... fuel truck
Stacy Ivers .... publicist
Kevin King .... financial controller
Tom Prince .... production executive
Hugh Ross .... production assistant
Tony Schwartz .... production assistant
David Topor .... production assistant
Catherine Webb .... production accountant
Daniel Wheatcroft .... studio executive

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Shocker: No More Mr. Nice Guy" - USA (alternative title)
"Wes Craven's Shocker" - USA (complete title)
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109 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

One of the bodies that Horace took over (the "Jogger" in the park) is Jonathan Craven, son of director Wes Craven.See more »
Continuity: Jonathan's friend breaks the back passenger side window of the police car, but it is soon repaired.See more »
Lt. Don Parker:This is screwball beyond belief.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Electric Dragon 80.000 V (2001)See more »
Timeless LoveSee more »


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21 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
One of Craven's best., 14 July 2005
Author: Lucien Lessard from Canada

Jonathan Parker (Peter Berg) is been having dreams of a psychopath serial killer Horace Pinker (Mitch Pileggi). When Jonathan sees his step mother and his family are murder in his dream that turns into reality. Jonathan could also identity him with the help of his step-father (Micheal Murphy), who is a Police Detective. When his father finally caught Pinker. Pinker is sent to prison to the electric chair. But before Pinker dies, He is into the black magic. Pinker has the power to transfer his could into different human bodies for a brief moment at the time. Which Pinker is making more victims faster than ever. Making Jonathan more difficult to destroy Pinker.

Written and Directed by Wes Craven (Scream Trilogy, Cursed, Red Eye) made an absolutely entertaining supernatural horror thriller. Craven for better or worse, he re-imagine his "A Nightmare on Elm Street" with a bigger budget and talented cast. Craven has some fresh ideals but also he uses some elements from Jack Sholder's The Hidden. Which The Hidden and Shocker were later borrow to the extremely flawed but watchable "Fallen" and the campy "Jason Goes to Hell:The Final Friday".

This film has excellent use of Special Effects, this film was shot on a low budget. Shocker was shot in ten weeks, giving Craven enough time making the film look professional. This film is violent, it has some scares and it contains a memorable gross-out scene, which it was also later used in Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill Vol.1. Which it is the infamous lip biting stretching scene.

DVD has an sharp anamorphic Widescreen (1.85:1) transfer and an good-Dolby 2.0 Surround Sound. The DVD only has an Original Theatrical Trailer and Production Notes as Extras. The film features an Heavy Metal soundtrack by Megadeth, Alice Cooper, Iggy Pop, Dangerous Toys and Others. The Heavy Metal soundtrack of the film is good. This horror film is well photographed by Jacques Haitkin (Wishmaster). The film has good performances by Berg, Pileggi and Murphy. The film also stars:Cami Cooper as Jonathan's Girlfriend and Victim of Pinker's, Richard Brooks and Ted Raimi. Peter Berg is now a filmmaker (also actor), he has directed the underrated "Very Bad Things", an enjoyable action adventure "The Rundown" and the true life football drama "Friday Night Lights". This is One of Craven's best and One of the most Underrated horror films of the 80's. Watch for Reporter turned Pinalist John Test in a bit role as a T.V. News Archorman. Look fast for Heather Langerkamp in the opening scene as a victim. (**** ½/*****).

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