Reviewed by Jason Bacon
Rating: 9 Beans
ell, cheesy movie fans, unite. I rented a horror film a few nights ago entitled Uncle Sam. Boy did this one bite the big one. It consisted of a dead "war" hero returning to his hometown after being badly burned in a helicopter crash in Kuwait.
First of all, the funeral is held in his nephew's (!) home, and the soldier awakens, kills a teen on stilts in an Uncle Sam costume, and begins methodically killing all of those who opposed him or disgrace the American name during his small-town's Fourth Of July festival.
Yes, yet another gory classic from our friends at A-Pix Entertainment, who, over the years have brought us such classic gems as Evil Ed (from Sweden, which I enjoyed immensely), Ice Cream Man (starring Clint Howard, another movie that was awful ) and Werewolf (starring Joe Estevez, and recently featured on The Sci-Fi Channel's Mystery Science Theater 3000.)
Uncle Sam was written by Larry Cohen, the man that brought us the 'It's Alive!' mutant baby trilogy and was directed by William Lustig. Featured in supporting roles are P.J. Soles, who was killed by phone strangulation in John Carpenter's Halloween, Isaac Hayes as a WWII vet, looking like he had nothing better to do than show up for a very small paycheck, and Robert Forster, slumming in a 15-minute role as a Congressman, far from his knockout Academy-Award nominated performance as bail bondsman Max Cherry in last winter's Quentin Tarantino epic, Jackie Brown.
The folks at MST3K could have a field day with this piece of crap, and if you're a fan of movie-making at its cheesiest (like I am), then rent this. Otherwise steer clear. All in all, a laughable 90 mins.
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