Shocker was one of my favorite films back in 1989 when it was released. In my first place in college I had the movie poster taped to a window, making the blue electricity glow around Horace; it was so cool. While seeing it now brings back nostalgia, I see the cheese thicker now than I remembered it.
It tells the story of a serial killer that after being caught electrocutes himself in his prison cell to reduce the chances of being put to death by means of the electric chair; he of course does this in a Satanic type ritual. But how in the world did he get jumper cables in prison? Once he’s dead, his spirit can jump from person to person, possessing them, giving him the ability to continue his killing spree. Somehow, his son, Jonathan Parker, who doesn’t know Horace is his father at first, has a psychic connection to him, and after killing his girlfriend, uses her heart pendant to force his spirit out of people he’s possessed.
Those are only some of the awesome things that happen, and that’s all I’m going to say about the details, if you haven’t seen this thrilling movie, I don’t want to spoil it for you. The reason this movie fits in to my favorite list is because of the cheesy one-liners sure to make you groan. I recently watched this movie again for (I don’t know how many times I’ve seen it, but I know it’s more than five) and it all came back to me. The special effects are amazing for 1989, proving that Wes Craven was way before his time. And let’s not forget the soundtrack, the theme song by The Dudes of Wrath was comprised of some of the greats of Hair Bands; Paul Stanley, Desmond Child, Rudy Sarzo, and Tommy Lee to name a few.
Shocker is a great movie, I give it 4 out of 5 Stars, and I totally recommend it, so check it out, I’m sure you can find it streaming somewhere.