Combat Shock (1984) User Reviews
Combat Shock What another guilty pleasure this is! And a truly incredible one! COMBAT SHOCK is not what you’d expect from Troma, but it doesn’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’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 “Tromatized” movie I’ve seen, and it sure ain’t like the rest of ’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: “Where will you be tomorrow?”. Highly recommended!
where “Requiem for a Dream” was the best movie in the category “drug movies”, i think that this one certainly can competitor with other movies for best “post-war drama”.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’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.
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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’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 “hey, we are also producing serious flicks!!” you can say what you want, but i think it was great to give this movie a chance, it deserves it.
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’re in for a movie experience you will remember.