Before you delve into this review, be sure to take a look at the rest of the Halloween marathon!
Day 5: Shocker
Wes Craven. A name as synonymous with horror as his movies were. The creator of some of the most famous movies and franchises of all time: The Last House on the Left, The Hills Have Eyes, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream. He managed to create not just one, but two horror icons in Freddy Krueger and Ghostface. So how he managed to create this monstrosity is beyond me.
Everybody gets one, I guess.
With Shocker comes Wes Craven’s worst movie by far. The story follows Horace Pinker, television repairman by day, murderer by night, who is executed by way of the electric chair. Horace comes back in the form of electricity due to a pact with the devil (who makes no physical appearance in the movie but at one point claims Horace has “got it baby“). Horace goes after the cop who took him down, Lt. Don Parker, so Parker and his adopted son Jonathon must get Horace before Horace gets them.
A pretty lame idea, all things considered, made lamer by the fact that when Jonathon falls asleep, he arrives at Horace’s crime scenes as they are happening. Essentially a total rip off of A Nightmare on Elm Street but reversed in the hopes that no one would notice.
Shocker could have been saved. There are many elements to all films, sadly this one fails in all of them (except for the music, the music kicks ass). All three leading characters do a terrible job of holding up the film with their performances, Mitch Pileggi as Horrace besting his co-stars, which is saying a lot. This isn’t helped by (and it hurts to say this) Wes Craven’s god awful directing. It honestly feels like he couldn’t have cared less about this film. How on earth some takes made it into this film is beyond me.
I could go on all day about what this film does wrong, but frankly, that would be exhausting to both the reader and myself.
Shocker is shockingly bad.
If you thought that pun was bad, watch the movie.
Rating = 1/5 flicks