“Shocker” has been the film I watched on repeat after Wes Craven kicked the bucket. Most people remember him for Elm Street, Ghostface or the litany of smaller films they claimed to see first-run, but you know they checked out on cable. I discovered Craven in that era between “Serpent and the Rainbow” and “A Vampire in Brooklyn”. The guy was breaking out into new supernatural horror fronts, while trying to break away from the franchise that made him. I loved every moment of it.
Mitch Pileggi stars as a recently executed man who returns as an electrical demon sent to terrorize young Peter Berg. If we all would’ve known that Battleship was on the horizon, I would’ve been cool with Pileggi finishing the job. Hell, an electrical demon could’ve only made “Friday Night Lights” that much more interesting. The film plays with its comedic elements in a way that best suits Wes Craven’s strong suits. A quick slash followed by a chuckle.
The Blu-Ray comes with two commentaries, interviews, featurettes, trailer, promo spots and tons of vintage material as the special features. The A/V Quality is strong for a film of its age. Scream Factory is killing it with the 1080p transfers for the Universal pick-ups. The DTS-HD 2.0 master audio track is true to its age. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.
Release Date: 9/8/15