Shocker (1989) Movie Review

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Shocker (1989)

1989 | R | Horror, Thriller, Comedy
109 minutes / 1h 49min

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Shocker Plot Synopsis:

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...

Shocker (1989) Review

Shocker (1989) is an American horror comedy thriller that is 109 minutes long and was filmed in several areas of California, USA. Director and writer Wes Craven (Scream (1996), A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987), New Nightmare (1994), A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)) did not excel in writing and directing this film. The movie contains extreme violence, bad language, murders, electric chair, back from the dead, slasher killer, possession, minor suspense, and twist.

Shocker revolves around a serial killer that has killed over 30 people so far leading to Horace, who is a television repairman to become the prime suspect. We soon saw Horace Pinker (Mitch Pileggi - The X-Files (1993), The X Files (1998), Basic Instinct (1992), The X Files: I Want to Believe (2008)) killing Lt. Don Parker’s wife, foster daughter, and foster son after Don got to close to him. Don’s (Manhattan (1979), Batman Returns (1992), X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), White House Down (2013)) other foster son Jonathan got a weird connection to Horace. Jonathan (Peter Berg - Lone Survivor (2013), Collateral (2004), Battleship (2012), Friday Night Lights (2006)) somehow see’s what Horace is doing in his dreams and lead Don to Horace’s rundown shop. Horace, of course, escaped although there were several officers who ended up dead. Horace is not sick in the head or mentally ill because his next target was Allison (Camille Cooper - General Hospital (1963), Lawnmower Man 2: Beyond Cyberspace (1996), Like Father Like Son (1987)) who is Jonathan’s girlfriend.

Skip forward - Horace is captured and sentenced to the electric chair, and the movie takes a twist here with an unexpected truth that I did not see coming, and I cannot say. I will not name which two people but why do they come back as ghosts? I also did not understand how Horace was able to make a deal with Satan and then magically gain electrical powers. If that is not weird enough, Horace can now possess other people, I was just shaking my head and wondering what in the world did I just get myself into? I am a huge fan of Wes Craven, but this movie was a total waste of my time - it is one of Wes Craven’s worst movies where the only good thing is the soundtrack. The script was poorly written with huge plot holes and the scatter dialogue made the movie unwatchable because some scenes just do not make sense.

  • Shocker Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 2
  • Overall Score: 3.41
  • IMDB: 5.4
  • MetaCritic: 5.1
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 2.0

About Shocker 1989

Title: Shocker
Year: 1989
Runtime: 109 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Comedy
Reviewer: Score: 1 / 5 stars Avg. Rating: 1.7/5 stars from 13,043 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 13,043 MPAA Rating: R
Shocker Cast Starring: Ted Raimi, Wes Craven, Heather Langenkamp, Mitch Pileggi, Alice Cooper, Christopher Kriesa, Stephen R. Hudis, Brent Spiner, Michael Murphy, Richard Brooks, Boris Karloff, Ernie Lively, Holly Kaplan, Jonathan Craven, Fred Moon, Peter Berg, Lindsay Parker, Gary Davies, Camille Cooper, Dendrie Taylor, Vincent Guastaferro, Virginia Morris, Jessica Craven, Michael Matthews, Peter Tilden, Mark Slama, Bingham Ray, Karl Vincent, Bruce Wagner, Sue Ann Harris
Shocker Writers: NA
Shocker Director: Wes Craven
Production: MCA Universal Home Video
Language: English
Country: USA