Peter Berg
Director: Wes Craven Cast: Peter Berg
Peter Berg
, Michael Murphy
Michael Murphy
, Mitch Pileggi
Mitch Pileggi
Wes Craven

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Wes Craven's Shocker takes media manipulation to a new level in this story of an evil force emitted from television sets that has the power to kill. The film centers on high school athlete Jonathan Parker (Peter Berg). His estranged father is homicide detective Don Parker (Michael Murphy), who has been working on capturing an elusive serial killer plaguing the town. One night, during a particularly vivid nightmare, Jonathan dreams that while Parker is away on an assignment, his family is murdered by the serial killer. In the dream, Jonathan can identify the killer -- local television repairman Horace Pinker (Mitch Pileggi). Amazingly, it turns out that Jonathan's nightmare was reality. Using Jonathan's dream as evidence, Pinker is brought to trail, found guilty, and sentenced to death in the electric chair. Before his execution, Pinker makes a pact with the devil so when he is electrocuted, the electricity from the chair will give his spirit powers of evil. At first, Pinker's murderous spirit travels in and out of people's bodies, prompting the host to commit murder. But when it seems more effective to communicate with people by television signals, the spirit is willing and soon people suddenly become possessed by Pinker's spirit through TV screens and engage in murderous atrocities. All this is done by Pinker to exact retribution upon Jonathan, who was responsible for sending him to his death.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/16/1999
UPC: 0025192043628
Original Release: 1989
Rating: R
Source: Universal Studios
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Surround]
Time: 1:50:00
Sales rank: 26,216

Special Features

Production notes; Cast & filmmakers' bios; Film highlights; Theatrical trailer; Web links

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Peter Berg Jonathan Parker
Michael Murphy Lt. Don Parker
Mitch Pileggi Horace Pinker
Cami Cooper Alison
Richard Brooks Rhino
Heather Langenkamp Victim
Theodore Raimi Pac Man
John Tesh TV Newscaster
Bingham Ray Bartender
Keith Anthony Lubow-Bellamy Football Player
Janne K. Peters Doctor
Richard Price Actor
Dendrie Allyn Taylor Young Mother
Gary M. Zuckerbrod Actor
Jessica Craven Counterperson
Sam Scarber Cooper
Virginia Morris Diane
Emily Samuel Sally
Peter Tilden Reporter
Sue Ann Harris Waitress
Eugene Chadbourne Man in Bar
Jack Hoar Sergeant
Stephen Held Rookie
Richard J. Gasparian Cop
Joyce Guy Cop
Joseph Roy O'Flynn Priest
Linda Kaye Woman at Stairs
Vincent Guastaferro Pastori
Bruce Wagner Executioner
Marvin Elkins Guard
Christopher Kriesa Guard
Bobby Lee Swain Priest
Michael Matthews Evil Mouth
Richardo Gutierrez Guard Sergeant
Ernie Lively Warden
John Mueller Fireman
Jonathan Craven Jogger
Lindsay Parker Little Girl
Kane Roberts Road Worker
Stephen R. Hudis Officer Robinson
Gary Michael Davies Cameraman
Christopher Keyes Bruno
Timothy Leary TV Evangelist
Marji Martin Woman Couch Potato
Ray Bickel Man Couch Potato
Mark Slama Kid with Crow Bar
Karl Vincent Kid with Mask
Wes Craven Neighbor
Holly Kaplan Neighbor

Technical Credits
Wes Craven Director,Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Lance Anderson Makeup
Andy Blumenthal Editor
Keith Brian Burns Set Decoration/Design
Tony Cecere Stunts
Warren Chadwick Associate Producer
Cynthia Kay Charette Production Designer
Bob Engelman Producer
Larry Fioritto Special Effects
Peter Foster Co-producer
William Goldstein Score Composer
Shep Gordon Executive Producer
Jacques Haitkin Cinematographer
Barin Kumar Co-producer
Marianne Maddalena Co-producer
Randy Moore Art Director
Isis Mussenden Costumes/Costume Designer
Suzanne Sanders Makeup
Naomi Shohan Set Decoration/Design
Gary M. Zuckerbrod Casting

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter List
1. Main Titles [:14]
2. No Concentration [2:04]
3. Living Nightmares [3:41]
4. More Than a Dream [1:59]
5. Killer at Large [2:57]
6. Pinker's Revenge [2:34]
7. To Catch a Killer [2:23]
8. Death in the Face [7:15]
9. Shocker [:33]
10. "Stop Him..." [4:21]
11. The Faces of Death [3:27]
12. Back to the House [3:35]
13. A Matter of Will [4:24]
14. Pinker Plugs In [2:23]
15. The Killer Inside [4:59]
16. Fight the Power [1:37]
17. TV Battleground [2:20]
18. End Titles [3:49]

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