An experimental drug that is supposed to reduce aggression has the opposite effect on a baboon that is being experimented on by a group of medical students and their professor. While they are playing a fantasy role-playing game in their research facility, the baboon escapes and begins hunting them down. Written by
The title Shakma comes from alternate spelling of the word Chacma, which is a name of a baboon species - the Chacma baboon (Papio ursinus), also known as the Cape baboon. See more »
The baboon appearing in the movie is not a chacma but hamadryas - a different species. The chacma baboon (Papio ursinus) is the largest species of baboon, whilst the hamadryas (Papio hamadryas) is significantly smaller and easily recognizable by a mane around his face - the only baboon species to have such feature. See more »
Vastly entertaining horror flick about murderous baboon.
Roddy McDowall plays the professor Sorenson who juices up a baboon with brain serum so he'll be calmer,unfortunately he makes a mistake and instead of injecting the right serum,he injects the serum that turns him into a bloodthirsty predator."Shakma" is a much better film than Tom Logan's awful slasher "The Night Brings Charlie".It's full of violent animal action,mostly the baboon attacking and killing medical scientists and the other animals in the lab."Shakma" offers a nice amount of blood and gore and the killings are pretty brutal.The acting is solid,the score is amazing and the baboon is downright aggressive.Overall this is an immensely enjoyable animal-on-the-loose horror flick that should satisfy genre enthusiasts.Give it a chance.7 out of 10.
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