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Let's get on with the killing.
~ Pinker before his execution.

Horace Pinker is the main antagonist of Wes Craven's 1989 black comedy film Shocker. He started out as a TV repairman who moonlighted as a family annihilator, but before his execution, he makes a deal with the Devil that grants him various abilities.

He is portrayed by Mitch Pileggi.


Horace Pinker was a TV repairman and satanist. He had a wife and son, whom he would regularly abuse, at one point, so bad that the son shot him in the leg in self-defense. The injury would cause Pinker to walk with a limp. It's unknown what happened to his wife, but it's implied that he killed her. His son was adopted by the Parker family. Using his job as a TV repairman, Pinker began killing families and animals for black magic rituals. Pinker and his son wouldn't meet again, until Pinker attacked and murdered Jonathan's foster family.

Pinker eventually gets caught, thanks to the help of his son. He is put on death row, but before he is executed, he performs a ritual and makes a deal with the Devil. As he is strapped into the electric chair, Pinker reveals that Jonathan is his son. He is then electrocuted, but unbeknownst to everyone, he possesses a doctor who checks his pulse. With his newfound abilities, Pinker tries to kill Jonathan for revenge by possessing numerous people. Though, this eventually ends when Jonathan traps him inside a television set and destroys it.

For more information, visit Horace Pinker's page on the Villains Wiki.

What Makes Him Pure Evil?

  • Abusing Jonathan and his wife to the fullest extent.
  • Killing animals and people for black magic rituals.
  • Before he got his powers, he murdered entire families, after getting his powers, he continued to murder families.
  • Murdering Jonathan's foster family.
  • Revealing his relation to Jonathan before his execution to spite him.
  • While he comes from a black comedy and he may have a sick sense of humor, he and his actions are taken seriously.
  • Gruesomely murdering Jonathan's girlfriend and leaving a taunting message for him written in her blood.
  • Abusing his powers, by using them to continue his murders and get revenge on Jonathan.
  • Having no remorse or redeemable qualities.
  • Possessing Jonathan's foster father and trying to use him to kill.

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