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Shocker is one of the most memorable horror films in Wes Craven’s filmography. The formula is very similar to A Nightmare on Elm Street’s, but it’s more chaotic. There are plot holes from beginning to end, but it doesn't matter. It’s a tragic love story, it’s about nightmares, premonitions, and witchcraft. The hero is one of the strongest and most resilient we've seen in horror cinema.
This is a very cool film. The introduction sequence is amazing. The score and soundtrack are exciting. Horror movies are rarely so action-oriented. It has a subplot about college football, a bunch of fist fights and a couple of chase scenes. It is edited very tightly, giving it a quick pace and good rythm. It has a style that is reminiscent of commercials and music videos.
The worst part of Shocker has the antagonist, a TV repair man, use television to travel. What this entices makes no sense, even in a fantasy film like this one; even if we were prepared. If there is one thing this story does well, it’s making us feel sad every time someone dies, regardless of how long they were exposed. It is as frightening as it is sorrowful. This is one of Craven's best.