starring: William Smith, David 'Shark' Fralick and Christopher Ogden
With the Maniac Cop series, Relentless and Hit List, we can tell William Lustig's love for hybriding themes and genres from action to exploitation to horror. Though it's hard to point out whether his skills wavered during his later runs, I'm just glad to say that I can still fully respect the man who brought us the classic Maniac. This Fourth of July, I welcome you: Uncle Sam.
|Let sleeping soldiers lie|
However, after his patriotic senses picked up disrespectful teens burning the American flag, Sam gets up from his coffin at the eve of Independence day and exacts revenge against not only the teenagers, but to draft dodgers, corrupt politicians and tax evaders of his little home town, all underneath the disguise of America's Independence day mascot, "Uncle Sam".
|Pellet guns. who knew, right?|
|*insert Stars and Stripes theme song here*|
|I see more red in that Red, White and Blue.|
Nothing of the over-the-top gore fest, the murders of Uncle Sam were more in sync to the olden days of its genre, quick and simple, yet visually delicious, with hatchets to the face, a nasty live burial and, my favorite, a flag impalement that rings true to the movie's theme.
Much like Maniac Cop 3, Uncle Sam isn't trying to take itself seriously either and isn't afraid to take a few things on a sillier side; not a single explanation was made on the dead soldier's sudden resurrection save an idea linked to a phantom leg, and its finale confirmed this even more as it features the weirdest assembly against the dead, mainly Jody, his blind handicap-turned-psychic friend and Isaac Hayes as Sam's veteran friend against an undead soldier. It's not exactly Monster Squad but it's good while it lasts.
|Really wish Hayes stayed in South Park...|
2 males seen burned
1 male had his neck broken
1 male shot to death
1 male dies from burn wounds
1 male killed with garden shears
1 male buried alive in a grave
1 male hanged on a flag pole
1 male gets a hatchet to the forehead
1 male decapitated with meat cleaver
1 male shot on the head with pellet gun
1 female had her face forced into grill
1 male decimated by fireworks
1 male impaled through a flag
1 male found with throat cut