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What a wonderful, pure Craven kind of movie. It aint perfect by any stretch--parts of it are down right silly--but its' got a strong heart and a powerful love story at its' center.
Telling the story of unrepentant serial killer, Horace Pinker, played with manic delight by Mitch Pileggi, who is tracked down by clairvoyant football player Johnathan Parker, Shocker then follows post-execution Pinker as he becomes a being of indestructible electricity. Initially, he is able to inhabit any body that he touches, and then later, he learns to simply travel directly through the airwaves. In the meantime, he manages to kill Johnathan's girlfriend in a a bloody bathtub mess that recalls Craven's early, darker, more visceral side
Alison, who is well-played by Cami Cooper, continues to visit Johnathan after she is killed, counseling him in all matters Horace, giving him tips for survival and helping him to combat what has now become an unstoppable being of pure evil. This is something I love most about Shocker, as Johnathan and Alison's relationship continues to grow after her death, culminating in a pretty strongly implied love-making sequence in the afterlife near the movies' end that is, well, beautiful. Seriously. A living person making love to his murdered girlfriend in some nebulous afterworld/limbo/dreamstate, It's certainly very gothic, something craven is all about.
Peter Berg, the movie's Nancy if you will, is fascinating. He's kind of strange looking, like a plastic mannequin, and he's crazy dramatic and has a bizarre voice. He's sort of the classic craven male hero, not easy to peg, and like any craven protagonist, male or female, he's smart, perseveres, driven by love--and a bit of vengeance--and very much anti-victimization.
The movie has its' goofiness--the papers very publicly crediting Johnathan for leading police to pinker before pinker is caught, essentially putting the nails in Alison's coffin; the tv hopping, which is cool, aware, insightful, and ridiculous all at the same time; one of the over-the-top-families whose living room Johnathan and Pinker tumble into; Johnathan's over-dramatic cop foster dad (I think his name is even Donald, but he aint no John Saxon)--but it all works, and adds to Shocker's funky, gothic, early nineties charm.
Horace pinker was created as a potential new franchise, and the movie did solidly--made 16 million on a five mill budget--but not enuf to merit more Horace episodes. But it stands alone as an amalgam of everything craven has done, bending reality, playing on family oriented vengeance, exploring gothic themes, and, above all else, showing us that true love never dies. I really said that.
Oh yeah, and the great Heather Langenkamp has a brief cameo as a corpse in a body bag. How cool is that?