Groan Of The Day: Wes Craven Wants To Remake ‘Shocker’

Well – the one time great Wes Craven has announced that he would like to remake his 1989 ludicrous electric chair killer/body transferring flick, Shocker. Groan.

Yes, Craven told Crave Online in a recent interview:  “I’d like to redo Shocker just to get the special effects right because we had a real special effects disaster on the film.  The guy who was doing all the visual effects kind of flamed out, had a nervous breakdown because he was attempting more than he could actually do. When he told us towards the end of the movie that not a single one of the special effects was actually working, he was working on a new technique, my son’s job specifically became just to find all the negative. It was all around town in unmarked boxes and under people’s editing [benches]. It was a nightmare itself. We pulled every favor in town to get all those special effects done very quickly and some of them are pretty sketchy.

*you put your left leg in and you shake it all about….*

Right.  Because the special effects were the only problem with that movie.  Not the script or anything.  I’m still trying to figure out how the hell Horace Pinker got all of that gear into his jail cell to perform his ritual and transfer all of that electricity into his body without anyone noticing until it was too late.  But whatever, Shocker is pure 80’s cheese, and it delivers on that front.  I can think of worse things I’d rather spend 90 minutes on.  So, I welcome the remake because it is a movie that can be improved on, which is the reason that remakes should happen anyway.  Let’s hope that we get a soundtrack equivalent to the late 80’s rock version that they gave us for the original movie. Dangerous Toys was on that one.  Remember them?  They had an awesome creepy ass clown logo and a song called “Sport’n A Woody”.  Needless to say, they didn’t live up to that creepy ass clown logo.

Ummmmmm: Rawhead Rex (1986)

Sometimes you’re watching a horror movie and something happens where you just kind of pause and say “ummmmm…..”.  That’s the best way to describe it when I was about 11 years old and my Dad brought home the Clive Barker helmed, Rawhead Rex.  It’s your standard ‘demon resurrected to bring hell on earth’ type story with a guy running around in a pretty bad costume and makeup taking out the townsfolk left and right.  Oh, and he also stops by the occasional priest to piss on him for a baptism ritual too……

Ummmmmmm……yep – he just pissed on that priest.  And the priest liked it.  And what a stream on that Rawhead Rex, huh?  Impressive.  I remember arguing with someone later in life that this scene actually did occur.  Now thanks to the wonders of Youtube, it’s proven!  Rawhead Rex has some decent gore and I do highly recommend reading the original story by Clive Barker to get a better sense of what they were going for here with this ho-hum of a horror movie.  This is one film that would definitely benefit from a remake by the way.  Unfortunately, this cult classic is not available on DVD, unless you want to pay a ridiculous amount, but we can only hope that one day soon we’ll be able to view this wonderful pissing display in high definition Blu-Ray!  So here’s to you Rawhead Rex, and your monumental piss…….

*We’re still gonna spoon later though, right?*