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Shocker
Shocker
Actors: Michael Murphy, Mitch Pileggi, Peter Berg, Sam Scarber, Camille Cooper
Director: Wes Craven
Genres: Comedy, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
R     1999     1hr 49min

Bonus features: theatrical trailer film highlights talent bios production notes and web links. Studio: Uni Dist Corp. (mca) Release Date: 09/02/2003 Starring: Michael Murphy Richard Brooks Run time: 109 minutes Rating...  more »

     

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Actors: Michael Murphy, Mitch Pileggi, Peter Berg, Sam Scarber, Camille Cooper
Director: Wes Craven
Creators: Wes Craven, Barin Kumar, Marianne Maddalena, Peter Foster, Robert Engelman, Shep Gordon, Warren Chadwick
Genres: Comedy, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Comedy, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Universal Studios
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 03/16/1999
Original Release Date: 10/27/1989
Theatrical Release Date: 10/27/1989
Release Year: 1999
Run Time: 1hr 49min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 3
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish

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Member Movie Reviews

James B. (wandersoul73) from TYLER, TX
Reviewed on 6/25/2009...
Wow, I was really hoping to love this one. But it's a rather boring affair. Don't get me wrong some things in it are cool, but then it just drags on and on.
2 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

Truely one of Wes Craven's best films!
08/11/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I love the movie Shocker and feel it deserved a second chance. Though the serial killer character of Horace Pinker is not Freddy Krueger, he still is just as terrifying and the films is just as good as Craven's A Nightmare of Elm Steet(and definitely better than its sequels). Mitch Pileggi of X-Files gives a wonderfully scary performance as Tv repairman/serial killer Horace Pinker. I think it definitely deseres a look by Craven and just plain Horror fans alike. So in response to Mr. Horton's review above, I would love to get my hands on some Horace Pinker action figures. What a great idea!"
Finger licking good
Tim | Cambria Heights, NY United States | 07/28/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Shocker says "finger licking good" after he bites off the fingers of a security gurard. Now thats comedy!!!The Shocker gets the power to move his soul into different people's bodies. It becomes humorous when he goes into the bodies of a female doctor, and the body of a 10 year old girl. He also gets the power to tellepot through electric wires.This movie is good old-fashioned bloody horror, without the million dollar special effects that you see in movies nowadays."
An underrated classic!
Jack Hoffman | Cal-ai-forn-ai-aye | 01/14/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Wes Craven's renown for many of his classic horror films, but Shocker is one of his better movies, despite getting little accord from most critics. It's got great thrills throughout, especially considering that the psychotic Horace Pinker (played by then-unknown Mitch Pileggi) can transform his spirit into other people to do his bidding, including at one unnerving point a police officer. This is a horror film for sure, but there are also some elements of dark humor thrown in for good measure. As if Pinker's unhinged persona wasn't a captivating proposition enough, "Shocker" even features cameos by Timothy Leary, Eugene Chadbourne (of underground band Shockabilly, oddly enough) and the godlike John Tesh. I couldn't ask for much more than that. The budget for this film, in retrospect, does appear to have been somewhat low, but it only enhances the experience, giving it a street-level power. It's like comparing a lean 1980s Megadeth album to a one of the more recent, bloated Metallica albums. (Speaking of which, Megadeth offers up a pretty rocking rendition of an Alice Cooper song in the soundtrack; Iggy Pop and Paul Stanley contribute some songs as well.) Those high-production 1990s weren't a very good time for horror films anyway. Although this is an oversimplification, consider "Shocker" to be an indie-ish alternative to the glossy self-consciousness that's marred the horror genre of late. It should also be noted that the 1998 movie "Fallen" lifted more than one plot device from this film, so it's not like this film went unnoticed upon release. I'd definitely recommend that you buy "Shocker," or, if you're unsure, at the very least rent it. You will then know your destiny."