Combat Shock

1986

Drama / Horror

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IMDb Rating 6.4

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Reviewed by hellraiser40 8

where &quot;Requiem for a Dream&quot; was the best movie in the category &quot;drug movies&quot;, i think that this one certainly can competitor with other movies for best &quot;post-war drama&quot;.<br/><br/>not that this is a perfect movie. it is still a low budget movie, a very low budget movie in fact, but that gives this movie just that specific feel and gritty look. really nothing is uplifting here. it&#39;s a story about a man who has experienced Vietnam, where he was tortured and went berserk. now, back home, where he lives with his wife and his deformed son, thanks to the fact that he has been in touch with Agent Orange, he just cannot get his life back on the rails and this movie portrays one day where everything seems to get as worse as it can be. we follow him from the morning, where he has again a terrible nightmare about Vietnam (he has hallucinations and flashbacks throughout the day) until the evening, where the film ends in a shocking way.<br/><br/>the acting is maybe not always top notch, but every character in this movie feels totally believable. the special effects and gore are low budget, but again believable and effective. maybe that&#39;s why the Troma people decided to pick this movie up and started to sell this movie as a Troma movie. or maybe they were looking for at least 1 movie so that they could say &quot;hey, we are also producing serious flicks!!&quot; you can say what you want, but i think it was great to give this movie a chance, it deserves it.<br/><br/>not a commercial movie, no, a very dark, convincing story about a man who lives a life we all want to avoid. this is not going to appeal to every person, but please, give it a shot. when you do so, you&#39;re in for a movie experience you will remember.

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Reviewed by Captain_Couth 8

Combat Shock (1986) was a low budget film about a battle scarred veteran who just cannot erase the memories of his horrific experinces in Viet-Nam. He&#39;s also having a hard time adjusting to civilian life. The economy is in the dumps and unemployment is at an all time high in his area. With a family to support and no hope, the surrounding environment and his family&#39;s fianancial problems begin to take a toll upon his sanity and well being.<br/><br/>Buddy Giovinazzo has created a grim and gritty look about life in the inner city and for those veterans who were one of the few to escape from the bloody jungles of Viet-Nam seemingly unscathed. But he has wounds that are not visible to the naked eye. Abandoned by society and the government that he served, he represents a lot of people who were ignored when they returned back to the &quot;world&quot;.<br/><br/>I have to recommend this film for people who want to see a another side of life. One where people struggle to survive by preying on the weak. They can also bear witness to the life that surprisingly many Viet-Nam era veterans lived with when<br/><br/>their tour of duty and time with the military was completed. According to several interviews with the director, he has stated that he did a lot of research on the topic. A perfect companion piece to this film would be &quot;Deadbeat by Dawn&quot;.<br/><br/>A

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Reviewed by emm 8

What another guilty pleasure this is! And a truly incredible one! COMBAT SHOCK is not what you&#39;d expect from Troma, but it doesn&#39;t matter anyway. This is a strong and powerful account of Frankie, a former American P.O.W. in Saigon facing a harsh dilemma of society and family matters back home following the war. It&#39;s all based on true experiences with very disturbing levels of detail, and does become nerve-shattering. There possibly has never been a film that could deliver a high amount of intensifying power like this before, even outweighing its minimal plot and graphic violence. While some will find the infant looking like a stupid clone of E.T., others will worry about its povertic and dying state, but the character becomes a victim in its notorious shocking ending. This was the first &quot;Tromatized&quot; movie I&#39;ve seen, and it sure ain&#39;t like the rest of &#39;em! A rock solid independent outing from Buddy G, whose brother plays the leading role as Frankie. Low budget, but delivers powerful meaning. Asks the all-important question of the hour: &quot;Where will you be tomorrow?&quot;. Highly recommended!

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