Shakma

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“Delightfully stupid … a hilariously misguided, but sometimes kinda scary, killer monkey movie.” – 1,000 Misspent Hours

“The world’s most aggressive primate just got mad.” Things get pretty hairy when an angry, super-powered baboon named Shakma unleashes a load of pure primate whoop-ass on a bunch of nerdy college students who forgot that it’s not nice to fool with Mother Nature in this gory ‘90s shocker with a seriously simian twist. In Shakma, a group of university med students unwisely decide to lock themselves inside a campus research laboratory overnight so they can play a live-action, Dungeons & Dragons-esque role-playing game (complete with walkie talkies and capes!). What they don’t realize is that Shakma, a murderous, emotionally-unstable baboon who has been the subject of clearly-ineffective anti-aggression experiments, is locked in the building with them, and he’s royally pissed-off. Soon, the fur, fangs and feces are flying as Shakma sets out to dismember the nerds one by one, and it becomes clear to all involved that if this lame LARP game doesn’t kill them, then Shakma will!!! A fun, fast and occasionally frightening ride that’s like a slasher flick with a red-butted baboon replacing Jason Voorhees, Shakma features a borderline bizarre cast including Christopher Atkins (The Blue Lagoon), Ari Myers (Kate and Allie), Amanda Wyss (A Nightmare on Elm Street) and the great Roddy McDowall (Fright Night). (Dir. by Hugh Parks & Tom Logan, 1990, USA, 100 mins., Rated R)