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Thou Shalt Not Kill... Except (1985)

Stryker's War (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Thriller, Adventure | 13 October 1985 (USA)
Jack Stryker took two bullets in the leg in Vietnam and was carried back by one of his men. When he returns he tries to live a peaceful life in his cabin and resume dating his girlfriend, ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Rickman ...
Sgt. Walker J. Jackson
John Manfredi ...
2nd Lt. David Miller
Timothy Patrick Quill ...
LCpl. Tim Tyler
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Cult Leader
Cheryl Hausen ...
Sally
Perry Mallette ...
Otis
Dandy ...
Whisky
Rick Hudson ...
Kennel owner
Pam Lewis ...
Mom
Jim Griffen ...
Dad
Theo Kruszewski ...
Kid
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Bald cult girl
Ivitch Fraser ...
Young cult girl
Terry-Lynn Brumfield ...
Sleazy cult girl
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Chain Man
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Jack Stryker took two bullets in the leg in Vietnam and was carried back by one of his men. When he returns he tries to live a peaceful life in his cabin and resume dating his girlfriend, Sally. Meanwhile, a vicious cult let by Sam Raimi, who believes he is Jesus Christ, has been slaughtering people and doing blood sacrifices. When Stryker finds Sally gone, and her grandfather, Otis, used as a human dartboard, Stryker brings together his army buddies, gives them a stash of guns from under his bed, destroy an outhouse, and create a war zone not unlike Vietnam to destroy the evil cult. Written by Scott Hutchins <scottandrewh@home.com>

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...When Violence Demands Revenge.


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13 October 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Blood Bath  »

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$200,000 (estimated)
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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The film screened at the Harris Theater on the famed 42nd Street on a double bill with BLOOD DINER. See more »

Goofs

After killing the Chain Man, Stryker cycles his Winchester rifle twice. The first cycle should have ejected the last shell fired, but no shell was visible. See more »

Quotes

Puke Biker: Hop on.
[He is on a motorcycle]
Cult Leader: No... hop off!
[Stabs rider off motorcycle]
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References Knights of the Round Table (1953) See more »

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Love Transfusion
Performed by The Rockets
Written by John Badanjek
Publisher-Conquistador Music, Inc.
Dynamited Mice Music c 1977
Tortoise International c 1977
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Surprisingly good and fun enough.
14 May 2012 | by (Groningen, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

This is not simply an independent movie, it's an amateur movie! It got put together by a bunch of friends, with a passion for movie making but without a sufficient budget. It makes the movie quite awkwardly looking in parts but it doesn't prevent it from becoming a fun and still quite good one.

It is a pretty odd movie, that is hard to take seriously really but then again, not all movies are supposed to be taken serious. Sometimes movies can just offer you simple pleasure and the creators of this movie must besides had some pretty good fun with it as well, which can be seen back on the screen.

If it wasn't for Sam Raimi's involvement, this movie would had probably been lost into obscurity already. Raimi and director Josh Becker were friends at the time and most of the movie got shot in Bruce Campbell's backyard. All pretty awesome facts that don't help to make the movie any better but it is something that makes this movie a curiosity piece for a whole bunch of people out there.

And yes, the movie is actually worth watching. It's stupid, it's simple, it's cheap but it is fun as well! At first this movie didn't seemed like it would be a good one at all. For the longest time the story was going absolutely nowhere and was simply dragging on, no doubt to extend its running time. The real 'story' and fun kicks in during its second half, when the movie turns into a good old fashioned exploitation flick.

No doubt that the '70's exploitation genre formed the biggest inspiration for this movie. The second half of the movie is nothing but violence and gore. No nudity though, though the movie also easily could had gone that way. It's that kind of movie! The violence and gore isn't all that convincing and very over the top really but this all adds to the overall fun level of the movie.

There is no way that you could call this a great movie but it's one you can have a great time with while watching and having a couple of laughs at it while still being entertained by it all. It's not laughable bad, it's enjoyable bad! And the film-makers luckily had no problem with this and didn't took themselves very seriously to begin with.

6/10

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