Shocker [Collector's Edition] [Blu-ray] [1989]

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  • Release Date: 09/08/2015
  • Rating: R
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Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (7 out of 7)

Special Features


  • Audio commentary with director of photography Jacques Haitkin, producer Robert Pileggi, actress Cami Cooper and executive producer Shep Gordon
  • Audio commentary with writer/director Wes Craven
  • No more mr. nice guy - the music of "Shocker"
  • Still gallery and storyboard gallery
  • TV and radio spots
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Vintage interviews

Synopsis


Shocker
Wes Craven's Shocker takes media manipulation to a new level in this story of an evil force emitted from television sets that has the power to kill. The film centers on high school athlete Jonathan Parker (Peter Berg). His estranged father is homicide detective Don Parker (Michael Murphy), who has been working on capturing an elusive serial killer plaguing the town. One night, during a particularly vivid nightmare, Jonathan dreams that while Parker is away on an assignment, his family is murdered by the serial killer. In the dream, Jonathan can identify the killer -- local television repairman Horace Pinker (Mitch Pileggi). Amazingly, it turns out that Jonathan's nightmare was reality. Using Jonathan's dream as evidence, Pinker is brought to trail, found guilty, and sentenced to death in the electric chair. Before his execution, Pinker makes a pact with the devil so when he is electrocuted, the electricity from the chair will give his spirit powers of evil. At first, Pinker's murderous spirit travels in and out of people's bodies, prompting the host to commit murder. But when it seems more effective to communicate with people by television signals, the spirit is willing and soon people suddenly become possessed by Pinker's spirit through TV screens and engage in murderous atrocities. All this is done by Pinker to exact retribution upon Jonathan, who was responsible for sending him to his death. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Michael Murphy
    Michael Murphy - Lt. Don Parker
  • Peter Berg
    Peter Berg - Jonathan Parker
  • Mitch Pileggi
    Mitch Pileggi - Horace Pinker
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    Cami Cooper - Alison
  • Heather Langenkamp
    Heather Langenkamp - Victim



Customer rating

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    "Shocker" Gets a Shockingly Superb Blu-Ray

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    Screamz
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    Wes Craven was a prolific filmmaker. Most directors can only hope to make a small splash with their films, let a lone redefine a genre. Craven did it no less than three times in his career: “Last House on the Left” in 1972; “A Nightmare on Elm Street” in 1984; and finally “Scream” in 1996. With “Nightmare” in order to get it made, Craven had to sell off all of his ownership. He would see very little residuals from his most famous film, which, understandably, irked him a bit. So, in 1989 he released what he hoped would be a new franchise he could keep control of. “Shocker” tells the story of Jonathan Parker (Peter Berg) who has nightmares about a serial killer stalking his town by the name of Horace Pinker (Mitch Pileggi). Pinker murders Parker’s girlfriend, Alison (Camille Cooper) and is quickly apprehended. He’s sent to the electric chair and put to death. However, things go horribly wrong and the once-thought dead killer is out stalking again with the power to invade people’s bodies and use them like marionettes. Craven was experimenting with his craft at this point in his career. He spent most it trying to break away from the horror genre and one way, he thought, was to inject a lot of humor into his horror films to sort of drift away, at least for a while. While Craven would prove to be a master at combining comedy and terror in films like “Scream” here it was apparent he wasn’t quite sure how to do it. Several parts come off as goofy and downright cheesy (the lips coming out of the TV and saying, “You got it, baby,” in order to give Pinker his powers is particularly cringe-inducing). However, it’s this goofiness that gives the movie its overall charm. You can’t help but smile and even laugh at it, even though you’ll be doing it for the wrong reasons. Berg puts in a decent performance as our hero who must overcome his supernatural enemy, but let’s face it, this is Pileggi’s movie. He chews up all the scenery in every scene and relishes the role. This is someone having a grand time playing the big baddie. A lot of Wes’ cornball dialogue actually works when it’s coming from Pileggi’s mouth. The new blu-ray comes from the great folks over at Scream Factory, a division of Shout Factory, which means this thing is so loaded with special features it nearly bursts. First and foremost we get an older commentary from Craven that seems to have been ported over from possibly a U.K. release as he spends a lot of time clarifying the differences from British terms and slangs to American. A second commentary features Director of Photography Jacues Haitkin (who also shot Craven’s “A Nightmare on Elm Street”), producer Robert Engelman and composer William Goldstein. From there we get several interviews from Pileggi, Cami Cooper, and executive producer Shep Gordon. A featurette on the music, theatrical trailers, vintage interviews and still/storyboard galleries round out the features. Shout Factory has once again proven to be masters of bringing older, cult classics to blu-ray. If you’re a fan of this little gem, this is definitely the edition to pick up.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    shocker

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    tooshort74
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    well what can i say about shocker it is a good movie and well made movie too bad it was a box office flop bc this movie was mint to have a sequels and it is alot better than it gets credit for and it is sad that wes craven has pass away bc he is one of the best horror movie makers out there bc of what he has done over the years but shocker is well worth owning on bluray bc of how it looks and sound and a boat load of extras and it has some of the funnest one liners in it and if you watch it it reminds you of kinda like a nightmare on elm street so if you are a fan of wes craven than check this movie out now i just wish they would release deadly friend on bluray

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good

    Posted
    Spuds
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    Good movie. Remember watching it back in the high school years. Great watch for the Halloween season.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Classic Craven

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    Moviejunkie
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    This movie turned out great on bluray. If you love Wes Craven movies then this should be on the list to own.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    good movie

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    moviecritic77
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    One of my favorites from the mid eighties Horace pinker....good movie to watch on a Friday night

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Wes Craven

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    Gamer123
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    Great horror classic by the legend Wes Craven!!!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Bought as a gift

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    AThacker14
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    Bought as gift and was very pleased with delivery and delivery time.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Classic

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    moviewatcher
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    A classic movie to have in your collection. Excellent movie

    I would recommend this to a friend



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