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(1989)

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According to Wes Craven, the film was severely cut for an R-rating. It took around 13 submissions to the MPAA to receive an "R" instead of an "X". Some of the scenes that were cut include; Pinker spitting out fingers that he bit off from prison guard, longer and more graphic electrocution of Pinker and longer scene of possessed coach stabbing his own hand.
Was originally intended to be the beginning of a three part trilogy much like "A Nightmare on Elm street" but after the lukewarm box office reception the idea was dropped.
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Was the last film to be released on videocassette under the MCA Home Video banner before the name was changed to MCA/Universal Home Video.
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The body of the jogger in the park that Horace takes over is Jonathan Craven, son of director Wes Craven.
Shocker was filmed in ten weeks and on a low budget. Craven said that this was achieve by having a small crew and little known actors.
The body of the male road worker with long black hair that Horace takes over is former guitarist for Alice Cooper, Kane Roberts.
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When Jonathan and his father enter the Tavern after the funeral of their family, a news program is playing on the TV in the background and discussing the murders. Someone immediately changes the channel and on comes (briefly) the 1986 concert footage of Alice Cooper's The Nightmare Returns tour.
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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.
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