Review: Shocker (1989)


I don’t ever want “ya dip” to be a part of my vernacular!

Written By: Wes Craven
Directed By: Wes Craven

There is a good idea, somewhere deep inside of Shocker. But, it’s like an apple wrapped in two pounds of dog crap, it doesn’t matter how good the idea is, everything on the surface is a bunch of shit. Not one of my best, but this movie isn’t worth my best. There were a few moments where I thought it might turn into a movie so bad that it’s good, but it remained woefully bad throughout.

Holy shit, it’s John Tesh!

Okay, now that my nerdgasm is out of the way, Shocker is chock full of overacting, a lead actor in Peter Berg who sounds like some sort of cross between a surfer and a New York mobster (he did go on to direct the exquisite Very Bad Things, so he gets a pass from me), no actual suspense or horror atmosphere to be found anywhere and an ending so ridiculous that Uwe Boll saw it and asked what the hell that crap was supposed to be.

Holy shit, it’s John Tesh again!

I could go on and on about how bad Shocker was, but there’s really no point, it’s a bad movie that’s all there is to it. Those who wonder why Wes Craven isn’t thought of that highly need only look at his resume that is filled with crap like this around some truly great movies and your wonder should cease to exist. But, I’m going to choose to focus on the few positives in Shocker. Like a guy somehow not hearing the bulldozer that is trying to run him over until it’s about to hit him. You don’t get that type of logic in just any horror movie, ya know?




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