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Shocker 
Written by: 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
Rating: R
Sound: Dolby Digital Surround English, Dolby Digital Surround French
Subtitles: Spanish
DVD Release: Universal Studios
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $14.98


Synopsis: After dreaming of his step-family’s murder, high school football player Jonathan (Berg) wakes up in horror to discover the death of his step-family has actually happened, in the exact same way as he saw in the dream. Upon telling his step-father (Murphy) the info, Jonathan believes he can trace down to where the killer is because in the van he saw the killer’s business van. After Jonathan, his stepfather, and some other cops go to the TV Repair business where he works, some officers are murdered and they find all this witchcraft in the back room. Upon not finding him there, Jonathan keeps trying to find him. Jonathan is really pushed over the edge when he discovers the killer has now killed his girlfriend (Cooper).
 
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:

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.

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