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Shakma (1990)

R | | Horror | 5 October 1990 (USA)
A wild animal attacks people trapped in a large tower.

Directors:

Hugh Parks, Tom Logan (co-director)

Writer:

Roger Engle
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Christopher Atkins ... Sam
Amanda Wyss ... Tracy
Ari Meyers ... Kim
Roddy McDowall ... Sorenson
Robb Edward Morris Robb Edward Morris ... Gary (as Robb Morris)
Tre Laughlin Tre Laughlin ... Bradley
Greg Flowers Greg Flowers ... Richard
Ann Kymberlie Ann Kymberlie ... Laura
Donna Jarrett Donna Jarrett ... Brenda
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Storyline

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 page8701

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The world's most aggressive primate just got mad

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

5 October 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nemesis See more »

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Shakma is played by the baboon, Typhoon (handled by Gerry Therrien). Typhoon also played the baboons in The Fly (1986) and Duncan Jax's baboon in Order of the Black Eagle. Order of the Black Eagle is also featured on Best of the Worst: Order of the Black Eagle, Wired to Kill, and Raiders of Atlantis (2016). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Tracy: You are soooooo male!
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Referenced in Best of the Worst: The Star Wars Holiday Special (2014) See more »

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Vastly entertaining horror flick about murderous baboon.
15 January 2006 | by HumanoidOfFleshSee all my reviews

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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