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'''''Shocker''''' is a horror film directed by Creator/WesCraven which was released in 1989.

The film centers around young Jonathan Parker, who starts having [[DreamingOfThingsToCome prophetic dreams]] of SerialKiller Horace Pinker after he kills most of his foster family. Seeking justice, Jonathan turns to his police officer foster father and convinces him that he can track Pinker through his dreams. With Jonathan's help police are able to capture Pinker, who is sentenced to die in the electric chair. However, before the moment of his execution Pinker makes a DealWithTheDevil and becomes one with the electricity after his execution. This gives him the ability to possess the bodies of others, allowing him to continue his killing spree from beyond the grave.

The movie were supposed to launch a new VillainBasedFranchise akin to ''Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet'', but low sales ended the plans for further installments.
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!!This movie provides examples of:

* AndThisIsFor: Jonathan lists Pinker's victims as he forces him to thrash around with a remote control.
* ArchnemesisDad: Horace Pinker reveals during his execution that Jonathan is actually his son and that he killed his mom. For trying to stop him, Pinker has apparently made it his life's goal to destroy his son and brutally murder everyone he loves, including his adoptive family and his girlfriend.
* AxeBeforeEntering: Pinker, while possessing coach, goes through two doors to get to Jonathan.
* BackupFromOtherworld: Alison gives assistance from the realm of the dead.
* BaldOfEvil: Pinker.
* BatterUp: Jonathan arms himself with a baseball bat to defend himself from Pinker.
* BehindTheBlack: Jonathan is unable to hear a bulldozer driven by Pinker when it is offscreen.
* BodySurf: Pinker's special powers. He's very bad about selecting bodies with bad hearts, though.
* ButThisIsRidiculous: The Rosanne Barr {{Expy}} makes a crack of this nature.
-->I have heard about audience participation, but this is ridiculous!
* TheCameo: [[CreatorCameo Wes Craven]] appears near the end of the movie. [[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet Heather Langenkamp]] appears briefly as a corpse.
** Music/AliceCooper cameos in yet another Wes Craven film!
* CassandraTruth: Averted and played straight: Jonathan's friends immediately believe him when he says that Pinker is still alive, but [[PoliceAreUseless the police]] do not.
* ChekhovsGift: The necklace that Jonathan gave to Allison before she was killed, comes back from the afterworld as means to stop Pinker.
* CouldntFindAPen: Pinker leaves messages written in blood to taunt Jonathan.
* DealWithTheDevil: Pinker does this before going to the electric chair, and his new powers are given to him by a [[AnimateBodyParts disembodied mouth]] appearing from a television screen.
-->'''Pinker''': Come on! Give it to me!
-->'''Mouth''': You got it, baby.
* DisneyAcidSequence: The final chase scene, which takes place ''[[TrappedInTVLand through the medium of television itself]]!'' Jonathan and Pinker weave in and out of the [[UsefulNotes/ColdWar riots in Berlin,]] a boxing match, an Music/AliceCooper concert, ''Series/LeaveItToBeaver'', stock footage of Atomic Bomb testing (with Pinker as ''the explosion''), ''Film/{{Frankenstein|1931}}'', a live Newscast (to the shock of the anchorman), World War II, and into a Series/{{Roseanne}}-{{Expy}}'s house.
* DreamingOfThingsToCome: While Pinker is still alive, Jonathan can predict the next victims with the help of his dreams.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: Played with... the necklace Jonathan wears (a token that he [[ThePowerOfLove gave to his girlfriend]] at the beginning of the movie) affects Pinker the way a Cross would affect a Vampire - badly. It can weaken Pinker's hold on [[BodySurf the person he is "wearing" at the time,]] and when he is corporeal it can destabilize him enough to drive him back into the airwaves.
* EvilLaugh: When not taunting, Pinker's laughing.
* FakingTheDead: Pinker pretends to have died from his deal with the devil to hurt two guards.
* {{Fingore}}: Pinker bites off a prison guard's finger.
* GlamourFailure: Even when Pinker has a new body, he continues limping on his bad leg.
* HandyRemoteControl: Jonathan manages to get his hands on a TV-remote control during the final ChaseScene through the television world, and uses it to mess with Pinker for a while.
* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: Jonathan does this twice to people possessed by Pinker.
* ImColdSoCold: Allison says this when she appears in Jonathan's dreams for the first time.
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: Pinker's aim is horrendous.
** He's likely [[GenreSavvy aware of this]], given his usual means of murder involves knives and tearing people apart with his ''bare hands''.
* ImpersonatingAnOfficer: Pinker puts on a police uniform to evade the cops at his workplace.
* InCaseYouForgotWhoWroteIt: This movie is often called ''Wes Craven's Shocker''.
* ItAlwaysRainsAtFunerals: Jonathan's foster family's funeral is accompanied by rain.
* KnifeNut: Pinker prefers knives, even in undeath.
* LukeIAmYourFather: At the moment of his execution, Pinker reveals to Jonathan that he is his father.
** Hinted at all of a couple minutes earlier during the arrest. "It runs in the blood" indeed.
* MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning: It may actually be half of the movie rather than its beginning, but it is the beginning of what Pinker thinks will be the fulfillment of his plans.
* NeckSnap: When possessing the prison doctor, Pinker snaps a cop's neck before possessing the other.
* NighInvulnerability: After Pinker is granted his powers, he is as vulnerable as any human... but if something happens, he'll just switch bodies.
* NoBodyLeftBehind: After Pinker's now electrified soul leaves from his body, the corpse turns into ash.
* OffingTheOffspring: Pinker's main goal.
* OhCrap: During the first BodySurf chase scene, when Pinker leaps from the body of a small woman... into a massively muscled Construction Worker. Cue SlasherSmile.
* OneWordTitle
* PeekABooCorpse: Pinker's soulless corpse gives one last scare before burning away.
* ThePowerOfLove: Allison's love for Jonathan enables her to help him from the other side.
* PsychoElectro
* ReligionOfEvil: Pinker worships the devil. [[FauxSymbolism Or the television.]]
* ResurrectiveImmortality: Pinker's ultimate reward granted by Satan. Or by television, whichever happens to be more evil.
* RideTheLightning: Pinker uses electirc sockets and television sets for travel.
* ScaryBlackMan: Jonathan's football team-mate who seems to have a thing about breaking people's necks.
* SerialKiller: Who could it be?
* SlasherSmile: Pinker gives one to Jonathan while possessing the body of his stepfather.
* StuffedIntoTheFridge: [[KillTheCutie Allison's fate]] early in the movie.
%%* ThisIsForEmphasisBitch
* TrappedInTVLand: The last ChaseScene between Jonathan and Pinker takes place between television programs.
* VertigoEffect: Used on Jonathan when Pinker causes an explosion outside the prison.
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