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.”
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.