Shocker

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Wholesome college boy Jonathan (Berg) is beset by nightmares, visions of mayhem which are subsequently enacted in real life by serial killer Horace Pinker (Pileggi). When his foster family and girlfriend come under the knife, the teenager uses his 'psychic bond' to facilitate Pinker's arrest and electrocution. The massive shock turns Pinker into a vengeful entity who can travel through bodies, televisions and household wiring with ease...After the uncertain cross-generic wanderings of The Serpent and the Rainbow, this finds Craven returning to his low budget origins, delivering straightforward kinetic horror with unapologetic brashness, his usual preoccupations to the fore: psychic dream states, parental guilt revisited upon children, the intrusion of a chaotic, alternative world into comfy suburbia. Problems arise from an uncharacteristically loose structure, which frequently brings the movie to the brink of narrative collapse; Craven's visual flair and enthusiastic pacing nevertheless deliver ample (if sometimes frustrating) rewards.

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Duration: 110 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Wes Craven
Screenwriter: Wes Craven
Cast: Mitch Pileggi
Peter Berg
Michael Murphy
Cami Cooper
John Tesh
Heather Langenkamp
Jessica Craven
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