The cast is a bit uneven in Shocker but this can be blamed on budget constraints. Veteran character actor Michael Murphy [Batman Returns, X-Men: Last Stand] is O.K. as Lt. Dan Parker but is nothing special. Thankfully Peter Berg [Friday Night Lights, Battleship] is spot on as Parker's son Jonathan. He makes us care what happens in this film and Shocker's success is mostly due to his performance. Mitch Pileggi [X-Files] takes on the role of serial killer Horace Pinker. He does a good job with this but his character feels a bit more like the Road Runner rather than a vicious killer.
Don't get me wrong, I like Shocker very much. However, my dream movie, combining the best of both films, would be Wes Craven's script and direction as well as Peter Berg as the son. Mix this with Horror Show's Lance Henriksen as the father, Brion James as the killer along with Harry Manfredini's soundtrack and it would be a total home run. [Craven opted for late 80's hair metal in Shocker which doesn't work for me to establish the right mood for the film.]
The overall story contained in both of these films is screaming for a remake. Since Craven has been redoing a lot of his early work, this may happen in the next few years. I'm still convinced that this story has not been told as well as it could be. Both films leave me wanting more.
RATING: Very Good.
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