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Review by: 
Catwalk
Release Date: 
1984
Studio: 
Rhino
Genre: 
Horror
Format: 
DVD
Region: 
1 NTSC
Aspect Ratio: 
1.33:1
Directed by: 
George Gauge
Cast: 
Sonny Landham
Karen Carlson
Macon McCalman
Movie: 
1
Extras: 
0
Bottom Line: 
1

 All I wanted was a Pepsi, just one Pepsi, and she wouldn't give it to me. Just a Pepsi.


They give you a white shirt with long sleeves
Tied around you're back, you're treated like thieves
Drug you up because they're lazy
It's too much work to help a crazy


I'm not crazy - institutionalized
You're the one who's crazy - institutionalized
You're driving me crazy – institutionalized ”
 
-Psycho Mike-O, Suicidal Tendencies
 
Beware of crazy, gun-toting Indian guys when you sentence them to the funny farm. Chances are those crazy threats they're making might just come through. When said nutjobs happen to have military training, it's like Rambo meets Billy Jack.
 
Calvin Duggai (Landham) left his men to die in battle over an argument about religion. He was then sentenced to an institution by four psychiatrists upon whom he now seeks revenge. They say he's nuts, he says he was defending Indian withcraft. Now the Vietnam veteran grabs those who sentenced him and drops them in the desert while he watches them struggle for survival.
 
Once Calvin gathers his herd, he is reduced to looking stern for the majority of the film. In an effort to build up some interest, one of the psychiatrists is a good looking woman apparently ten years younger than the others. This succeeds in fitting much more comfortably into a formula of angry killer movie than if he'd only taken the guys.
 
The film turns its focus to the captives and their struggle, moving Calvin into much more of a background role, with even his killer trained falcon getting more screen time than he does for the next hour. Calvin is also psychically tied to the creatures, since he can make them attack from miles away and is hurt when they do. If Calvin is teaching everyone how to be an Indian, why then does he rely so often on guns to do his dirty work?
 
Eventually, it all comes down to alpha male Sam (Kanaly) and Calvin going at it. Sam catches war-hardened Calvin frolicking like an idiot in the river, and instead of shooting him, tries a magic act with a scorpion, a rock, and crappy dialogue. This leads to the extended fight scene, complete which huge sound editing every time someone throws a phantom punch.
 
The ending is a non-existent destination to the wandering train that the movie becomes. Stretched by long scenes of wandering desert and a useless montage, viewers should feel dissatisfied at the close. It comes off as if the studio disliked the original finish and just chopped it off, sending the movie out with no ending at all.
 
Landham is a veteran of a ton of films, including his roles as Billy Bear in “48 Hours” and Billy in “Predator”. This reviewer senses a theme. The majority of other actors have made their livings on TV  or in soft-core porn.

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