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Hugh Parks
Tom Logan (co-director)
Roger Engle (written by)
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Release Date:
5 October 1990 (USA) See more »
The world's most aggressive primate just got mad
A wild animal attacks people trapped in a large tower. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Vastly entertaining horror flick about murderous baboon. See more (44 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Christopher Atkins ... Sam

Amanda Wyss ... Tracy

Ari Meyers ... Kim

Roddy McDowall ... Sorenson

Robb Edward Morris ... Gary (as Robb Morris)
Tre Laughlin ... Bradley
Greg Flowers ... Richard
Ann Kymberlie ... Laura
Donna Jarrett ... Brenda
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Sandra Von Johnson ... Medical Student (uncredited)

Directed by
Hugh Parks 
Tom Logan (co-director)
Writing credits
Roger Engle (written by)

Produced by
Hugh Parks .... producer
Original Music by
David C. Williams 
Cinematography by
Andrew Bieber 
Film Editing by
Mike Palma 
Art Direction by
Edward Bennett 
Costume Design by
Leslie Gilbertson 
Makeup Department
Rick Gonzales .... special makeup effects
Lee Grimes .... special makeup effects artist
Christina Liczbinski .... key hair
Christina Liczbinski .... key makeup
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Rick Callan .... second second assistant director
Dwayne L. Shattuck .... assistant director
Art Department
Tim Garnier .... property master
Scott George .... prop assistant
Eric Gustafson .... assistant set dresser
Michael Larson .... set dresser
Terry Alan Meads .... assistant set dresser
Darin Raney .... art department assistant
Jane Wymore .... prop assistant
Sound Department
Carl Carden .... sound mixer
Kent Dyer .... foley artist
Fred Kupfer .... boom operator (as John Fred Kupfer)
Corey Pirrotta .... foley recordist
Corey Pirrotta .... sound effects editor
Jack Sherdel .... foley recordist
Jack Sherdel .... sound effects editor
Special Effects by
Mark Alfrey .... special effects technician
Dan Bedell .... special effects crew
David Goodell .... special effects crew
Jim O'Rear .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Beverlin .... second assistant camera
Andrew Bieber .... camera operator
Charles Bruno .... generator operator
Scott D. Davis .... gaffer (as Scott Davis)
Scott D. Davis .... second camera operator (as Scott Davis)
Anthony Diana .... still photographer
John Dodgin .... grip
Pete Esposito .... grip
Dale Greifenstein .... electrician
Kent Griffin .... electrician
Richard Ivanoff .... video assistant
Brian A. Pitts .... key grip
Troy Pressley .... first assistant camera (as Troy E. Pressley)
Alan Solomon .... best boy grip
Scott Stuart .... best boy
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Julie Nickol .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Ginna Bramlett .... apprentice editor
Erin Michelle Hopkins .... apprentice editor (as Erin Hopkins)
Thomas Jarvis .... assistant editor
Angelo Russo .... color timer
Patricia Sztaba .... negative matcher
Stan Sztaba .... negative matcher
Other crew
Mark Hershberger .... computer artist
Steve Martin .... assistant trainer
Cathy Morrison-Partridge .... animal coordinator (as Cathy Morrison)
Cathy Morrison-Partridge .... animal trainer (as Cathy Morrison)
Thom Rainey .... continuity (as Tom Rainey)
Gerry Therrien .... baboon trainer

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Also Known As:
"Panic in the tower" - Japan (English title) (video title)
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100 min | 101 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Finland:K-16 (video premiere) | Iceland:16 | Norway:18 (video premiere) | UK:15 | USA:R | West Germany:18

Did You Know?

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 »
Factual errors: 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 »
Tracy:You are soooooo male!See more »


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12 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Vastly entertaining horror flick about murderous baboon., 15 January 2006
Author: HumanoidOfFlesh from Chyby, Poland

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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