Uncle Sam

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"I want you... dead!"
  • R
  • 1997
  • 1 hr 29 min
  • 4.5  (2,432)

Uncle Sam is a horror-comedy movie, released in 1996, and directed by William Lustig. The film stars William Smith, David 'Shark' Fralick, Christopher Ogden, and Leslie Neale. The movie begins on the Fourth of July, where Sam Harper (Michael Rooker), a patriotic soldier, dies serving his country. Years later, his body is flown back home to his small hometown in the United States, where his young nephew Jody (Christopher Ogden) sees his burial from his window.

Throughout the movie, Jody starts experiencing weird hallucinations of his Uncle Sam, who he believes is coming back to life to protect him from the people he believes are disgracing his name and country. As these hallucinations become more real, a group of teenagers, including his stepdad (David 'Shark' Fralick), his mom (Leslie Neale), and a local congressman (William Smith), decide to conduct their own secret Fourth of July celebration in their creepy mansion, which leads to an unexpected encounter.

Uncle Sam stands out from its genre peers with its black comedy themes that cover topics such as military patriotism and American exceptionalism. The movie brilliantly satirizes the idea of America as a superpower, using Sam's character as a metaphor for blind nationalism.

The cast does a great job in bringing the story to life. William Smith plays the greedy politician who uses his military service to secure votes, while David 'Shark' Fralick is the all-American hero archetype who later reveals his true colors. Leslie Neale, as Jody's mom, delivers a great performance as a suffering single mother who's stuck between her son's imagination and her husband's sins. Christopher Ogden captures the innocence and vulnerability of the young boy who lost his father to war but ultimately learns the dark side of his country's past.

The movie's cinematography reflects the B-movie style of the '80s and early '90s, with over-the-top colors and lighting effects that serve the horror genre well. The special effects are practical but effective, especially during the movie's gory scenes.

The film's score by Frederic Talgorn also deserves praise. Instead of relying on orchestral sounds or heavy metal tunes, Talgorn used traditional military tunes mixed with hints of dark ambience to create a haunting and surreal mood.

There are few minor flaws in the pacing of the film, as some scenes could have been executed better. The movie also suffers from a weak script, especially when it comes to the characters' backstories, which could have been explored more in-depth.

But overall, Uncle Sam is a fun and engaging horror-comedy that makes viewers think twice about America's self-proclaimed honor and privilege. The film's themes are timeless and relevant, making it a must-watch for fans of the genre and for anyone looking for a good laugh.

In conclusion, Uncle Sam may not be a perfect movie, but it's still an entertaining horror-comedy that delivers laughs and scares in equal measure. It's a fun tribute to B-movies of the past, and its take on American nationalism is still relevant today. A definite recommendation for fans of the horror and comedy genres.

Uncle Sam is a 1997 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 29 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 4.5.

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    4.5  (2,432)