The Drudgeon reviews Shocker

Shockeraka Wes Craven’s Shocker
109 min., 1989
Written by Wes Craven
Directed by Wes Craven
Language: English
My rating: ★★★

A surprise or two and Mitch Pileggi.

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The movie begins with some guy limping around a room and working on some TVs.  We then switch to our main character; Jonathan Parker (Peter Berg) practicing football but his mind is on his girlfriend, Alison (Cami Cooper).  While showing off he ends up running into the goal post and Alison ends up taking him home.  While walking he sees his old house with a van in front of it with the name Pinker on it.  He ends up going in after Alison disappears.  Once inside he sees his foster brother dead with three broken fingers, then he hears his mother screaming upstairs.  He races up there and sees a man with a knife attacking his mom and foster sister.  The man approaches him and asks what he is going to do, which causes Jonathan to jump at the man.  That’s when he wakes up from a bad nightmare and the phone rings.  Apparently his family was just killed in the exact manner that he saw.  After finally catching the man, Horace Pinker (Mitch Pileggi), he is to be put to death.  The guards come to get him, but he is performing a strange ritual with his TV wherein he gets shocked.  He is finally led to the electric chair and the switch is pulled.  Is he really dead or has the chair now given him even more power than before?

This is probably the biggest problem with the movie.  The acting is just really terrible.  The only exception is Mitch Pileggi, but then again he is always really great.  He attacks the role with the conviction of a real killer and when he looks pissed you really feel it.  Peter Berg is extremely uneven in his performance and most of the time it seems that he doesn’t really know how to express the emotions that the lines call for and let’s not forget that his voice is always very nasally.

Another problem with the movie is the overall effects.  They aren’t the worst that have ever graced the screen, but then again they haven’t aged all that well.  There are tons of really bad blue screen scenes that are really painful to watch, but then you have the jumping from TVs which actually works really well.

There is some fun to be found in the movie, but the bad far outweighs the good.  Again Mitch Pileggi pulls in a phenomenal performance, but the others are very forgettable.  The script is also very forgettable with few memorable lines and very forgettable characters.  The plot is pretty cool, but it feels like it was the first draft of A Nightmare On Elm Street that no one liked so it was tossed under the bed to be forgotten about forever, which is where it should have stayed.  This is just a very poorly done movie with almost nothing to be seen.  Then again, what happens to Alison is actually pretty cool, but it’s not enough to save the movie.  If you do decide to watch this movie pay attention to the cameos that run wild through the movie which includes Ted Raimi and Heather Langenkamp among others.

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I don't remember my real name or where I came from. All I know is that I'm traped in an underground cave with nothing but a TV, DVD player and a notebook and pen. They keep calling me The Drudgeon, I don't even know what that means. Someone keeps dropping horror movies in and yelling at me to watch them and write about what I watch. Then I eat the DVD and case, because they tell me if I consume the horror I will understand the horror. I think there are three of them. So if you are reading this right now, HELP ME!!!!!!! OUCH!!!! Someone just poked me with a sea urchin attacked to a pool cue, what the fuck is going on?
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5 Responses to The Drudgeon reviews Shocker

  1. John Bruni says:

    You know, I’ve seen this movie several times, and not once have I seen someone pull the ol’ Two in the Pink, One in the Stink gag. Shocker, my ass . . . . Anyway, you and Jori have some Mitch Pileggi to look forward to (if you haven’t gotten to it yet) in STARGATE ATLANTIS.

    • Jori says:

      My good man, I have enjoyed Mitch Pileggi’s run on Atlantis especially the G’aould reveal. In other news Rodney McKay is my new reason for living 🙂

      • John Bruni says:

        McKay is one of my favorite characters in the STARGATE universe. How far are you in the series?

        • Jori says:

          I’m in the middle of season 2 (and if I get my way I may be able to reach season 3 by the end of the weekend). On a side note I can’t stop giggling at Rainbow Sun Franck. Super name. I had to pause just to make sure I wasn’t hallucinating. I kind of like Ronin a bit better than Ford though.

          • John Bruni says:

            Ronon Dex is waaaay more awesome than Ford. There is an episode where he teams up with Teal’c, and it is incredibly awesome, almost as awesome as my favorite episode of ATLANTIS which teams up Rodney McKay with Bill Nye.

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