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Shocker
Directed by Wes Craven
Produced by Barin Kumar
Marianne Maddalena
Wes Craven (executive)
Written by Wes Craven
Starring Mitch Pileggi
Peter Berg
Michael Murphy
Music by Michael Bruce
William Goldstein
Distributed by Universal Pictures (USA)
Carolco International (overseas)
Release date(s) October 27, 1989
Running time 110 min.
Language English
Budget $5 million (US)

Shocker (aka Wes Craven's Shocker) is a 1989 horror film written and directed by Wes Craven. The relatively low-budget film has since become a cult classic. It starred Mitch Pileggi as the antagonist Horace Pinker. This role gained Mitch fame as Assistant Director Walter Skinner in The X-Files television series.

Both Wes Craven and Universal had hoped for the film to launch a franchise (Craven had particularly wanted to create a new series since he felt he had not been given due profits from New Line Cinema resulting from the Nightmare on Elm Street series). However, due to the middling commercial performance of the film, no sequel was made.

A special edition DVD was released in 1999.

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Plot

A serial killer is on the loose in a Los Angeles suburb, and a television repairman with a pronounced limp named Horace Pinker (Mitch Pileggi) becomes the prime suspect. When the investigating detective, Lt. Don Parker (Michael Murphy), gets too close, Pinker murders Parker's wife, daughter, and his biological son. However, his adopted son Jonathan (Peter Berg) develops a strange connection to Pinker through his dreams and leads Parker to Pinker's rundown shop. In a shootout in which several officers are killed, Pinker manages to escape. He targets Jonathan's girlfriend Allison (Camille Cooper) in retribution.

Another dream leads Lt. Parker and the police to Pinker, who is in the midst of a kidnapping. This time, just as Pinker is about to kill Jonathan, he is arrested. Pinker is quickly convicted and sentenced to die in the electric chair.

Prior to his execution, Pinker reveals that Jonathan is, in fact his son, and as a boy, Jonathan had shot him in the knee trying to stop the murder of his mother. But what they do not realize is that Pinker has made a "deal with the devil." When he is executed, he does not actually die but instead becomes pure electricity who is able to possess others (it is unknown if the possessed hosts live or die after Pinker leaves their body since some of them were shown to be lying motionless after being released) to continue his murderous ways. He soon possesses Lt. Don Parker.

Eventually, Jonathan, with the aid of Alison's "spirit," devises a scheme to bring Pinker back into the real world and accidentally discovers that he, as with all energy sources, is bound by the laws of the real world and uses this limitation to defeat him.

Music

Original musical contributions were made by Alice Cooper (who would later play Freddy Krueger's abusive foster father, Mr. Underwood, in Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare), Megadeth who covered Alice Cooper's 1973 hit No More Mr. Nice Guy. The movie's "title song" was recorded by The Dudes Of Wrath, which was composed of KISS' Paul Stanley and producer Desmond Child both on vocals, Def Leppard's Vivian Campbell and Guy Mann-Dude on guitars, Whitesnake's Rudy Sarzo on bass guitar, and Mötley Crüe's Tommy Lee on drums. Also backing vocals by Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony & Kane Roberts. The soundtrack was released on Capitol/SBK Records in 1989.

Soundtrack listing:
"Sword & Stone" – Bonfire
"No More Mr. Nice Guy" – Megadeth
"Shocker" – The Dudes Of Wrath
"Timeless Love" – Saraya
"Demon Bell - The Ballad Of Horace Pinker" – Dangerous Toys
"Love Transfusion" – Iggy Pop
"Different Breed" – Dead On

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