Written by: Ken Potocki on May 15th, 2011
Theatrical Release Date: USA 1989
Director: Wes Craven
Writers: Wes Craven
Cast: Peter Berg, Mitch Pileggi, Cami Cooper, Michael Murphy
DVD released: March 16th, 1999
Approximate running time: 110 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Surround English, Dolby Digital Surround French
DVD Release: Universal Studios
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $14.98
The murderer is eventually traced down as Horace Pinker (Pileggi). After a pretty decent fight on the rooftops of the city, the police eventually catch Pinker. He is taken into the police station and fried. But not after chewing off a guards finger, and the others lower lip. After Pinker is murdered, strange possessions occur, people are being murdered under mysterious circumstances, leading Jonathan to believe that Pinker is somehow still alive.
Wes Craven is one of the most popular horror directors out there. Working on such titles as The Nightmare on Elm Street series, Serpent & The Rainbow, People Under the Stairs, amongst others. Shocker is the outcast of all these movies. This is the film out of Wes Craven’s movies that hasn’t gotten as critically acclaimed as some of his other titles. But I liked “Shocker”. This movie is pretty much divided into two parts. The first half of the movie is when they are trying to catch the murderer, and the first half is just way more darker of an atmosphere. But the second half, when people are strangely being possessed and Jonathan plans to stop all of the killings once and for all, is alittle lighter toned. The ending finale of the film is one of the most fun scenes of a movie I’ve ever sat through. So, I just thought Shocker was fun. Watch it with the friends on Saturday night, and just have a good time.
The DVD for Shocker was released by Universal. The DVD has no real features besides a trailer and talent bios. Menu’s are cleverly designed with pretty cool pictures from the film. Picture of the DVD is nice and clear, no sound or video problems. The picture & sound were nice & clear all the way through. The film is in 16:9 widescreen, not too big of a problem there.
The soundtrack to the film I thought was amazing. They took some of the biggest rock stars in the ‘80s, and put them in bands together to perform the soundtrack. The bands are “The Dudes of Wrath”, plus actual bands like “Megadeath” & “Dangerous Toys”. I’d recommend getting the CD soundtrack if you could find it. So Shocker in closing, is a fun film. It’s a film to watch and just have a good time watching it, don’t take it all seriously. The first half is pretty scary & dark, but the second half is a fun ride.