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1989 film directed by Wes Craven.

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Wes Craven's last hardcore horror film.

  • Aug 19, 2009
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Shocker was Wes Craven's last old school hardcore horror film (to date). I don't count New Nightmare because it wasn't that great and it's just a reworking of A Nightmare on Elm Street. Sadly the viewing audience didn't think that much of this Freddy Krueger clone and it never got the multiple sequels that I'm sure his producers were pining for. This is the Wes Craven the world needs, the director who creates hardcore horror films and not some cop out thrillers or teen films.

A convicted serial killer Horace Pinker (who loves to dabble with electricity) is executed for his horrific crimes. But before he dies, he makes a an unholy deal and comes back meaner, stronger and crazier than ever. Can the kid who survived his final encounter (Peter Berg) and his cop dad (Michael Murphy) stop this madman before he claims more victims? To find out you'll have to watch SHOCKER!!! Not a great movie but it's what Wes Craven does best.  The best part of the film is the director's homage to Buster Keaton's Sherlock Holmes Jr. 

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September 06, 2009
It did have Ted Raimi in a nice supporting role though.
August 19, 2009

Agreed!  I've seen a lot of Wes Craven movies (Chiller, Serpent and the Rainbow, Shocker, People Under the Stairs, et al), and when Scream entered the screens...too many movies were on the same run-of-the-mill idealistics.

You're also dead-on about New Nightmare (aka NOES7).  I didn't really care for this movie, b/c I felt like I was watching someone else's take on In the Mouth of Madness, only to conjugate Freddy Kreuger in the midst.  Whilst I'm uncertain which movie came first, they seem to play of each other's motives.  I left this movie, only to think "I've seen this done before"..  There's nothing new about this nightmare.  Just an embellished tune on an already-attempted slant.

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Wes Craven's attempt to start another horror movie franchise.  The lackluster box office numbers failed to produce a sequel.

The film was submitted to the MPAA several times in order to obtain an R rating.

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Director: Wes Craven
Genre: Horror
Release Date: October 27, 1989
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Wes Craven
Runtime: 110 minutes
Studio: Carolco
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