Uncle Sam

1996 "I want you... DEAD!"
4.6| 1h30m| R| en

It's Fourth of July Weekend, and the recently discovered corpse of Sgt. Sam Harper rises from the dead to punish the unpatriotic.


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Also starring Leslie Neale


Vashirdfel Simply A Masterpiece
SpuffyWeb Sadly Over-hyped
Pacionsbo Absolutely Fantastic
Voxitype Good films always raise compelling questions, whether the format is fiction or documentary fact.
Sam Panico How does Jason discover his hockey mask? When does Freddy find his glove? And how soon can we get a cadaver dressed up as the personification of the American government? He stole it from Shelly Finkelstein. He made it himself in his boiler room. And around 39 minutes of so, give or take, in 1996's Uncle Sam.Directed by William Lustig (Maniac and the three Maniac Cop films) from a Larry Cohen script (It's Alive, The Stuff, God Told Me To and around ten more movies on our shelves), this slasher film concerns itself with a soldier killed by friendly fire in Kuwait. Upon inspecting the damage, a commanding officer concludes that they should hush it up, at which point Master Sergeant Sam Harper rises from the dead to kill everyone.Sam's body is finally shipped home to his family — wife Louise, sister Sally and her son Jody, who worships the fallen soldier. He also has a great GI Joe collection which has stayed in great shape for 12 years or so, a testament to teenagers. My thought — he is actually playing with Sam's old war toys as he dreams of joining him in the army one day. Sam's commanding office, Sergeant Twining even gives him Sam's old medals.During the funeral, Jody meets Sergeant Jed Crowley (Isaac Hayes, the singer of the Shaft theme, Chef from South Park and now dead Scientologist), who informs him that war is bad and that he should have never given Sam the idea to join the Army. Jody makes a big scene at the funeral and gets grounded from the fireworks the next day. Guess what? Fireworks suck. They've been the exact same since I was a child and fireworks technology has not advanced in forty years. You are missing nothing, Jody. Stay in your room and play with GI Joe's like I still do at 44 years of age.Read more at bandsaboutmovies.com/2017/07/03/uncle-sam-1996/
Michael_Elliott Uncle Sam (1996) * 1/2 (out of 4) William Lustig directed horror film comes from a screenplay by Larry Cohen. Sam Harper (David Fralick) is killed in the Gult War and after his body returns to his home he comes back to life to kill anyone who goes against America. His young nephew looks up to his uncle but he's not quite aware of his past or what he's presently doing. UNCLE SAM is a real disappointment and I think the majority of the blame goes towards the screenplay because for the life of me I couldn't understand what the writer was going for here. On one hand you're thinking this is just a good, old-fashioned "if you're against America then we're going to destroy you" patriotic movie and had it gone for this and really played up the flag waving it could have been interesting. Just as you think that's the type of movie you're watching you then get this entire backstory about Sam being a complete and utter jerk who was very abusive to his family and it seems no one who really knew him cares about him. So, if this guy is such a monster is the viewer supposed to hate him? The screenplay makes you hate him yet it then asks you to like him as he goes on this killing rampage. The entire film is just all over the map. It's clear that Cohen can write a terrific screenplay but there are times where his work just seems rushed and out of focus and this is such a time. Fans will get to see several familiar faces here including William Smith, Bo Hopkins, Isaac Hayes, Timothy Bottoms, P.J. Soles and Robert Forster. Lustig does what he can with the material and I'd give him credit because he really does capture the spirit and feel of an 80's slasher movie. Those expecting non-stop gore will probably be disappointed as there's really not too much of it. With that said, UNCLE SAM could have been an interesting film but sadly the screenplay just doesn't come together.
John Crane I have not seen this movie in such a long time, back when Hollywood Video was still in business by my house. I noticed that it had a picture of Uncle Sam and then when you turned the cover it would reform into a skeleton version of him with his skin falling off. This movie is brought to you buy the director of Maniac (William Lustig) and the writer of It's Alive (Larry Cohen), which were both very good horror movies with a great subtext entwined into it. This film would probably fit under my Guilty Pleasures of the horror genre next to C.H.U.D., The Rats and Sleepaway Camp. The first time that I saw this movie I laughed but the more and more look back on it, the more I have a certain respect for it. Sure the plot is thin and the acting is so-so but there is something about this movie that captures my eyes. Maybe it's the fact that it is a satire or maybe because it incorporated all the basic fundamentals of b-movies of the 80's and 90's. Either way, this movie was pretty okay, and put an emphasis on "okay." I will also give a big handshake to whoever thought up the way to approach the opening credits.I would recommend this movie, not as a key buy at Blockbuster or Wal-Mart, but as a DVD or VHS rental. This movie would especially satisfy the taste that so many B-movie connoisseurs want to quench. I found myself liking this movie to a point and I think that I always will.
DVD_Connoisseur "Uncle Sam" is a horror comedy from William Lustig, director of "Maniac", "Vigilante" and the "Maniac Cop" films. Sadly, it's not up to the standards of his best work but it does provide light entertainment for its 90 minutes' duration.Horror and film fans may spot a few familiar faces in "Uncle Sam" such as Isaac Hayes, Timothy Bottoms, P.J. ("Halloween") Soles and Robert Forster. Despite the wealth of talent involved in the movie, the results are uneven and cheesy. However, Lustig instills in the film a certain charm and, as a result, it isn't a total disaster.Although predictable, this is a movie that is worth viewing if you're in the mood for something light and fun.Fulci fans won't miss a nod to one of the master's classic movies somewhere in "Uncle Sam"! A thought-free 6 out of 10.