Horrorfest 2021 Presents: Shakma (1990, Hugh Parks, Tom Logan)

Shakma was made at the end of the 1980s slasher craze so instead of a crazy person armed with sharp objects it’s a murderous baboon instead. Medical students screw with a monkey’s brains and so the monkey rises up to screw the students back in return. It’s not exactly high art, yet this flick had it’s fair share of decent moments.

Christopher Atkins, Amanda Wyss, Ari Meyers and Roddy McDowall headline a cast of victims I mean students who at least have a reason why they’re stuck in the facility they work at. They decided to play a game, not realizing that Shakma (boy is that name fun to say) is lurking around. The kills in this movie are brutal, sure, even if the characters are paper thin, which is to be expected in this kind of movie.

Even though I’m not sure if I liked this movie or not, I give it style points for how it ended. Killer animal movies are usually a mixed bag and often silly, and while this one has some cheese it’s definitely better than most similar flicks. This movie also has two good elevator scenes which has to count for something.

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