Sunday, October 23, 2011
10-21-11: Nobody puts Shakma in the corner!!
SHAKMA (1990) **1/2 D: Tom Logan, Hugh Parks. Christoper Atkins, Amanda Wyss, Roddy McDowall, Typhoon.
While playing a live D&D style role-playing game, med students and there teacher are trapped inside a building with an enraged baboon out for blood.
The plot device that finds all the students in the building is rather thin but once Shakma is unleashed this film turns into a fun little thriller. After accidentally giving the baboon the wrong serum, one that induces rage, Shakma attacks and kills anyone who has the misfortune of stumbling across his path.
The baboon is highly unpredicatable and can have you on edge. One moment he's just calmly sitting there and the next he's running down the hall with his teeth bared pouncing to attack. When he tries to get through the many doors that our heroes hide behind it's wild and scary. This baboon really wants to get through that door to kill you. Truth be told, the animal wranglers had a female baboon in heat on the other side of the door so he wasn't angry he was just beyond horny.
Needless to say, I recommend this film just to see Shakma. Unfortunately you have to sit through all the human stuff to get to them.