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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 J. Gasparian ... Cop #1
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
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Brent Spiner ... Talkshow guest (uncredited)
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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
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)
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109 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Australia:MA (TV rating) | Finland:K-18 | France:-12 | Germany:BPjM Restricted | Iceland:16 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:18 (video premiere) | Norway:(Banned) (1990-2003) (cinema release) | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:15 | Sweden:(Banned) | UK:18 | USA:R | West Germany:18 (original rating) | West Germany:16 (video rating) (cut) (nf)
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Did You Know?

In Jonathan's second dream, he looks up at a street sign and sees the street names Maddalena and Wagner. Marianne Maddalena was a producer of the film, and the actor playing the executioner was Bruce Wagner.See more »
Continuity: When Jonathan first walks into the lake to look for the pendant, he walks in up to his waist. A minute later, when he walks away from the lake, the watermarks on his sweatpants only come up to his mid thigh.See more »
Horace Pinker:I eat this wimp's will power for breakfast, John-bo.See more »
Demon Bell - The Ballad Of Horace PinkerSee more »


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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
"We can't go killing people just to get Pinker out of their bodies"., 1 May 2011
Author: lost-in-limbo from the Mad Hatter's tea party.

Wes Craven's "Shocker" doesn't have much of a reputation, but I didn't mind it although I thought it just got too silly as it went along almost becoming a joke upon itself. However it does hark back to the surrealistic touches of Craven's "A Nightmare on Elm Street", as Craven recycles certain ideas (like the suburbia setting) and adds variations with no real narrative stringing them together. But with that in mind, I found it to be an mildly rousing, if unevenly confounded horror comedy with Craven's vivid direction (with characteristically free-flowing cinematography) and an amusing animated performance by Mitch Pileggi as a family serial killer who manages to survive the electric chair by body hopping to continue his vicious murder spree while also seeking vengeance against the teenager (a deadpan Peter Berg) that put him in the chair. I actually prefer it, before its gimmicky electricity angle kicks in and then it drags on for far too long. The story kind of reminded me of the similar themed "The Horror Show" (1989), but that one was much more serious. "Shocker" can be dark in spots (and surprisingly violent with its splatter), but its soften by its self-knowing dialogues (the killer's smart arse remarks), daft actions and goofy eccentricity. Some scenes are so ridiculous like something out of a cartoon, which can be its charm or Achilles heal. The special effects are clean and direct, while the score has a constant anxious drill to the cues. Performances are adequate with Michael Murphy showing up and there are some small parts for Ted Raimi and Heather Langenkamp. More so cheesy than electrifying, but unassuming entertainment nonetheless.

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