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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
Robert Rickman ... Sgt. Walker J. Jackson
John Manfredi ... 2nd Lt. David Miller
Timothy Patrick Quill ... LCpl. Tim Tyler

Sam Raimi ... Cult Leader
Cheryl Hausen ... Sally
Perry Mallette ... Otis
Dandy ... Whisky
Rick Hudson ... Kennel owner
Pam Lewis ... Mom
Jim Griffen ... Dad
Theo Kruszewski ... Kid

Connie Craig ... Bald cult girl
Ivitch Fraser ... Young cult girl
Terry-Lynn Brumfield ... Sleazy cult girl

Ted Raimi ... Chain Man
Kirk Haas ... The Stabber
Al Johnston ... Big Biker
Chuck Morris ... Puke Biker
Scott Mitchell ... Madhatter
Glenn Barr ... Archer
Marek Pacholec ... Bat Man
Danny Merritt ... Mirror Shades
Scott Spiegel ... Pin Cushion
Saule Jackunas ... Van Girl
David Gernaey ... Van Guy
Robert Rook ... Jart Crazy
Bradley Kahn ... Begging Camper
Kevin Jackunas ... Brainless Marine
Dave Hutzley
Krista Manfredi
Steven Benson
Dan Nelson
Kirk Nolan
Ray Lacelle
Ray Ketchledge
Gary O'Conner

Gary Jones ... Shotgun Biker
Debbie Napoleon

David Kelly
Pam Becker
Aimee Majdi
Linda Quiroz
Allison Reed
Jenny Thompson
Barbra Spiegel
Randy Mann
Nick Snover
Joe Toupin
Matthew Taylor
Matt DeWan
Danny Quill
Tom Bruny
Paul Grabke
Alex Macalinden
Barry Kahn
Stanley Need
Michele Poulik
Fran Robbins
Dave Gibson
Sam Yee
Lam Ngoyen
Sopha Ket
Hton Lorn
Chunli In
Hironao Sugiura
Bill Siegrest
Eve Nixon
Anna C. Webb
Kathryn Turnbull
Dwayne Hall
David Ivey ... Hostage with children
Paul Christy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Josh Becker ... Hood Crushed Under the Car / Shot Cult Leader (uncredited)

Bruce Campbell ... Video Newscaster (uncredited)

Don Campbell ... Marine (uncredited)
Michele Ivey ... Child hostage (uncredited)
Brian Schulz ... Jack Stryker (uncredited)

Directed by
Josh Becker 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Josh Becker  screenplay
Josh Becker  story
Bruce Campbell  story
Sheldon Lettich  story
Scott Spiegel 

Produced by
Arnold Becker .... executive producer
Pam Becker .... associate producer
Shirley Becker .... executive producer
Shirley Becker .... producer
Scott Spiegel .... producer
Original Music by
Joseph LoDuca 
Cinematography by
Josh Becker 
Film Editing by
Josh Becker 
Casting by
Jolie Jackunas 
Brian Lawrence 
Art Direction by
Scott Spiegel 
Costume Design by
Joan Dietrich 
Makeup Department
Gary Jones .... special makeup
Production Management
David M. Goodman .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ann Belanger .... second assistant director
Sheldon Lettich .... second unit director
Danny Merritt .... first assistant director
Art Department
Glenn Barr .... artwork
Steve Frankel .... carpenter
Jeff Ginyard .... carpenter
Michele Poulik .... props
Matthew Taylor .... carpenter
Chuck Winston .... carpenter
Sound Department
Robert J. Anderson Jr. .... sound editor (as Bob Anderson)
Craig Boyajian .... first sound editor
Bruce Campbell .... supervising sound editor
Mike Hoogenboom .... first re-recording mixer
Mike Ionascu .... sound editor
Peter Kelly .... second sound re-recording mixer
Scott Mitchell .... sound recordist
Wendey Stanzler .... sound editor
Josan Wright .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Gary Jones .... special effects
Brian Rae .... assistant special effects
David Wogh .... assistant special effects (as Dave Wogh)
Visual Effects by
Jeff Ginyard .... matte painter
Demaree Hoover .... titles and opticals
Camera and Electrical Department
Brigette Alexander .... assistant camera
Brian Belanger .... key grip/assistant editor
Daniel S. Noga .... lighting director: murder sequence
Doug Smith .... road runner camera cars
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Michele Poulik .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Paul Harris .... first assistant editor
Brian Papworth .... assistant editor
Bruce Schermer .... assistant editor
David Block .... colorist (uncredited)
Music Department
Dennis J. Tini .... conductor
Other crew
Jeff Bourgeau .... production assistant
Mike Ditz .... stills and lighting consultant
Herman Goldsmith .... owner, joe's army/navy surplus
John-Bruce Jones .... production assistant
Doug MacGeorge .... production assistant
Pat Madji .... signs
John Manfredi .... bar fight choreography
Randy Mann .... owner, victory inn
Debbie Napoleon .... production assistant
Sweet Rosie O'Grady .... owner, irish pub
Marek Pacholec .... production assistant
Linda Quiroz .... production coordinator
Brian Rae .... production assistant
Todd Schaeffer .... production assistant
David Standerfer .... production assistant
Roger White .... special hair appliances
Ron Teachworth .... special thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Thou Shalt Not Kill... Except" - USA (video title)
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84 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Distributor Irvin Shapiro decided to change the title from "Styker's War" to "Thou Shalt Not Kill...Except" to help sell the film to oversea markets.See more »
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Cult Leader:You can't shoot me. I am the Savior returned to Earth, The Messiah, come to lead the people to righteousness. I am Jesus Christ.
SSgt. Jack Stryker:No you're not - you're dead.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Stephen King's World of Horror (1986) (TV)See more »
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Surprisingly good and fun enough., 14 May 2012
Author: Boba_Fett1138 from Groningen, The Netherlands

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.


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