Just when you thought it might stay out of print….it’s baaack! Yes, a Blu-ray version of a minor cult classic has arrived. Sam Raimi (above) is the Charles Manson-like leader of a bloodbath cult. Killing people is his thing in “Thou Shalt Not Kill….Except.”
Most of this low-budget horror film from 1985 concerns a handful of Vietnam vets who get together for drinks and a few laughs. Scarred by a particularly bloody incident in Nam, the men want to check on the guy with the worst injuries from the war…Sergeant Jack Stryker (Brian Schultz).
After finding Stryker, the former Marines encounter and then go mano y mano with the cult leader and his murderous crew. But, it takes many scenes filled with horrible dialogue and mangled acting to get to the action. The first 40 minutes could have been trashed as a lame attempt to establish Stryker’s troubled past.
“Thou Shalt Not Kill…Except” has some comic value to be sure. One exchange between Stryker and the unnamed cult leader is priceless…in a cheesy, low-budget kind of way. It comes at the end of the movie, but let’s face it…you may ditch the film before getting to the final scene. Grade: F+