Horror Review: Shakma (1990)

Students are trapped with a testy baboon while playing a fantasy game in a research building.

Who doesn’t want to watch a film about a rampaging Baboon?!

This is one of those films that I’d heard about for years but never got to see, that was until recently when I found a DVD of it and decided it was about time I got to see what all those people had been trying to get me to watch it for all those years.
From the off it’s very obvious we are dealing with a film on the lower budget scale and in all honestly it hasn’t aged well, as we’re shown scenes involving some very old technology but don’t let that bother you. I always feel things like this can add to a films charm.
The one thing that struck me about this film was how much I really got into it, It was more intense than I was expecting and that was a great surprise. I had to stop myself from shouting at the screen and I found myself laughing at the end, not at the film but at how I’d reacted to it.
I also thought that the features budget restrictions were more of a help than a hinderance because certain scenes are left up to the viewer to think what has happened and I miss that with modern Horror films. Also the Baboon itself, it’s a real one and not dodgy CGI, fantastic.
“Shakma” is a film some might consider to be ‘so bad it’s good’, personally, I loved every minute of it.
If you want to see the “Shakma” trailer then just click on the video below:

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