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->''"I thought ghosts were supposed to come out in the dark, not in broad daylight on the Fourth of July!"''
-->-- '''Jed Crowley'''

''Uncle Sam'' is a 1997 SlasherMovie, created by the duo of Creator/LarryCohen and Creator/WilliamLustig.

During the UsefulNotes/GulfWar, sadistic mercenary door gunner Master Sergeant Sam Harper was killed along with his crew when their helicopter was shot down by friendly fire over Kuwait. Due to the seclusion of the impact site, Sam's charred corpse went undiscovered for three years, but when it was found, he randomly sprung to life and murdered two fellow soldiers, a sergeant and a major, before falling inert. After the double homicide was presumably blamed on enemy forces, Sam's body was collected and shipped to his hometown of Twin Rivers, where it was left in the possession of his family; his wife Louise (who is currently dating local Deputy Phil Burke) and sister Sally (whose son, an awkward and extremely patriotic boy named Jody, idolized Sam, unaware of his violent and troubled past).

As Sam's family and friends (which includes his mentor, former sergeant Jed Crowley, who regrets filling Sam's head with stories of the glories of war) pay their reluctant respects to the dead man, the town prepares for its Fourth of July celebration, which local (and extremely corrupt) congressman Alvin Cummings will be attending, in an attempt to salvage his public image. Unfortunately for Twin Rivers, Sam comes out of hibernation when the clock strikes midnight on July 3rd, kills a perverted man for his Uncle Sam costume, and sets about murdering all those he views as unpatriotic, including (but not limited to) flag burners, draft dodgers, tax evaders, stoners and slimy politicians. When Sam ultimately crashes the town's Fourth of July celebration, Jody (who had become disillusioned after learning about Sam's history) and Jed, with help from a crippled boy named Barry Cronin (who has an inexplicable connection to Sam) must work together to send the psycho soldier back to Hell.


!! This film provides examples of the following tropes:

* AgonyOfTheFeet: After accidentally knocking a picture of Sam onto the floor, Jody steps on the glass.
* TheAlcoholic: It is mentioned that Sam had a drinking problem. Clete's father also has it.
* AlienBlood: Sam's blood is black.
* AllPartOfTheShow: Presumably what was going through the minds of the audience, considering how little reaction there is to Congressman Cummings being made apart of the fireworks display (at least until he blows up).
* AmoralAttorney: Ralph, who is proud how he manages to screw the opposition over in his cases.
* AnAxeToGrind: Mr. Crandall's death comes in form of a hatchet that was meant to be wielded by a kid dressed as UsefulNotes/GeorgeWashington.
* AntagonistTitle: Sam Harper, who is also Jody's uncle.
* ArtificialLimbs: Jed's wooden right leg.
* AssholeVictim: Almost all the victims are given one or two (unpatriotic) KickTheDog moments.
* AutoErotica: A couple are briefly seen making out in an abandoned car.
* AxCrazy: Sam, even before he became undead. Even if he hadn't enlisted and been killed, he probably would've become a SerialKiller, a mercenary, a TerroristWithoutACause of the WesternTerrorists variety or something anyway.
%%* BadassGrandpa: Jed.
%%* BadassMoustache: The major.
%%* BaldOfAwesome: Jed.
%%* BitchInSheepsClothing: Sergeant Twining.
* BlackAndWhiteMorality: How Jody sees the world, until he's told how big a monster Sam was.
%%* BlindSeer: Barry.
* BodyHorror: When Sam's face is fully revealed at the end, he looks like a horrible, decayed swamp monster, not a charred corpse.
%%* BondOneLiner
%%* BoundAndGagged: Congressman Cummings.
* BrokenPedestal: Jody stops idolizing his uncle Sam after his aunt and mother tell him what he was really like.
%%* BrotherSisterIncest: It's heavily implied that Sam sexually abused Sally.
%%* BuriedAlive: Rick's death.
%%* ChaseScene: With stilts.
* ChekhovsGun: Along with Jed's cannon, there's also the spray paint cans Sam knocks Rick out with, and the meat cleaver he uses to kill Jesse.
%%* CigarChomper: The major.
* ComfortingTheWidow: Sergeant Twining enjoys informing soldiers' families of their deaths since it gives him a chance to do this.
%%* CoolShades: Congressman Cummings at least thinks so.
%%* CorruptPolitician: Congressman Alvin Cummings.
%%* CreepyCemetery
%%* CreepyChild: Barry, though Jody also has his moments.
%%* CruelAndUnusualDeath
%%* DaylightHorror: Jesse and Ralph's deaths.
* DeathByIrony: Ralph is shot in the head while dressed as Abraham Lincoln.
* DeathByMocking: Moral? Don't mock America... at least within earshot of a homicidal ghoul.
* {{Dedication}}: "For [[Creator/LucioFulci Lucio]]".
* DevelopingDoomedCharacters: They even admit in the commentary that things take a bit too long to get going.
%%* DirectToVideo
* DisappearedDad: Sally is apparently divorced.
%%* DomesticAbuser: Sam.
* DontGoInTheWoods: Jesse gets lost in them during the sack race, and meets Sam, who kills him for intentionally butchering the national anthem earlier.
%%* DraftDodging: Mr. Crandall.
* DreamSequence: Jody has a black and white dream in which he and Sam are marching in a Fourth of July parade.
%%* DullSurprise: Jody.
* {{Eagleland}}: America is a Type 2, as personified mostly in the CrapsackWorld town of Twin Rivers, due to Sam's bodycount being mostly {{Asshole Victim}}s who are completely corrupt Americans, the fact Sam died by being killed by his own men in a friendly fire and the AxCrazy SociopathicSoldier Sam himself being an American soldier.
%%* EvilIsDeathlyCold: Sam.
%%* EvilUncle: Guess.
* EyeAwaken: Sam does this inside his coffin when senses his grave being desecrated.
* {{Fainting}}: Mrs. Cronin's reaction to Sam massacring the Fourth of July celebration.
%%* FanService: Some brief T and A.
%%* FanServiceExtra: The woman Willie spies on.
%%* FingerTwitchingRevival: Sam likes fidgeting in his coffin.
%%* FriendOrFoe: How Sam died.
%%* GenderBlenderName: Jody.
* GoingPostal: "Way you shoot, you should get a job at the post office!"
* {{Gorn}}: It's a slasher movie -- comes with the territory.
* GroinAttack: There were plenty of rumors that said Jed didn't just lose a leg to a landmine.
%%* GrossUpCloseUp: On the more violent deaths, plus Rick's broken leg.
%%* UsefulNotes/GulfWar: Sam died in it.
%%* GutturalGrowler: Sam and the major.
* HilariousOuttakes: TheStinger shows the actor playing Willie trip while using his stilts.
* HorrorDoesntSettleForSimpleTuesday: Takes place during the 4th of July.
%%* ImmuneToBullets
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: Phil is run through with a flagpole.
* ImprovisedWeapon: The aforementioned flagpole, most prominently.
%%* InfernalRetaliation: Attempted by Sam.
%%* IronicNurseryTune: "The Stars and Stripes Forever".
* LickingTheBlade: Sam licks his cleaver after [[OffWithHisHead cutting Jesse's head off]].
%%* LoopholeAbuse: Ralph's specialty.
%%* MadeOfExplodium: Louise's house, apparently.
%%* MalevolentMaskedMen: A cheap Uncle Sam mask.
* ManOnFire: Turns out it takes two cannon blasts to kill an undead soldier.
%%* MenacingStroll
* MenAreTheExpendableGender: There's only one female victim.
* {{Mooning}}: After purposely singing the anthem poorly onstage, Jesse moons the audience, with his underpants still on unlike most examples.
* MoralityPet: Sam may or may not have actually loved Jody.
* MoreDakka: After a simple handgun proves ineffective against Sam, the characters upgrade to a cannon.
%%* NeckSnap: The sergeant's death.
%%* NiceHat: Comes with the costume.
%%* TheNineties
* NoNameGiven: For some victims like the sergeant, the major, the barbecue girl and the mayor.
* NoodleIncident: The fireworks-related accident that disfigured, blinded and crippled Barry.
* NothingIsScarier: We don't see how Sam kills Willie with the garden shears, only hear it.
* OffscreenTeleportation: When Sam is stalking Jesse. It's done in such an absurd way that it has to be parodying this trope.
%%* OffWithHisHead: Jesse's death.
* OhCrap: Jed's reaction when he spots Sam's discarded mask while trying to call for help.
%%* OminousFog: In the park and cemetery.
%%* OurZombiesAreDifferent: Type R.
%%* PatrioticFervor
* PeekABooCorpse: Jesse's severed head being found in the barbecue.
%%* ThePeepingTom: Willie.
%%* PreMortemOneLiner
* PrettyLittleHeadshots: Ralph's death. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], as Sam killed him with a BB gun.
%%* PunchedAcrossTheRoom: Happens to Jed.
%%* ReactionShot
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Sam has yellow ones in the film itself, but most artwork (like the above) depicts him with red.
%%* TheScourgeOfGod
* ScreamDiscretionShot: Willie and the barbecue girl's deaths.
%%* SealedEvilInACan
%%* ShellShockedVeteran: Jed.
* ShoutOut: Jed repeats the blind veteran's speech about being trapped under frozen bodies in a foxhole from ''Film/ManiacCop2'' almost exactly. The film [[FadeToBlack "shattering" to black]] is also reference to ''Film/CityOfTheLivingDead''.
* ShutUpHannibal:
-->'''Sam:''' Take a good look at me, soldier. You... [[NeverMyFault you made me into this]].
-->'''Jed:''' No... you never fought for your country. [[TerroristWithoutACause You just killed for the love of killing!]] You're nothing! So just die!
%%* SlashedThroat: Sergeant Twining's death.
%%* SleazyPolitician: Congressman Cummings.
* SociopathicSoldier: Sam was this before his death to a point he was more of a mercenary then a soldier, and he only got worse when he rose from the grave.
* SpiritualSuccessor: To the ''Film/ManiacCop'' trilogy, especially by how it shows Sam in his coffin. ''MC'' trilogy ended with Matt Cordell being inside his.
* TheStoner: The girl manning the barbecue, who tries to sneak away to smoke cannabis, but is caught.
%%* StuffBlowingUp: The fireworks show going out of control.
%%* SurvivorGuilt: Jed.
%%* TerribleTrio: Jesse, Clete and Rick.
* TitleDrop: Since the killer is named Sam, and he's the main character's uncle, this of course happens a lot.
%%* TitleIn: Done three times.
* TrashcanBonfire: Jody uses one to dispose of his toys right before the credits.
* UncleSamWantsYou: ... ''Dead!''
* UnnecessaryRoughness: It's just a sack race, Jesse.
* UnwillingSuspension: Clete is hung from a flagpole.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: After snapping a sergeant's neck, Sam shoots the corpse several times, killing the nearby major due to the bullets ripping through it.
%%* VaderBreath
* VillainOpeningScene: Sam killing the sergeant and major who find his crashed helicopter in Kuwait.
* WaitHere: Barry is in a wheelchair and all...
* WarIsHell: Jed tries to talks Jody out of his plans of joining the military by telling him how horrible war is.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: So, along with the sergeant and the major, did Sam kill the other soldiers who found him, or what?
* WhenTheClockStrikesTwelve: Sam rises from his coffin at exactly midnight.

--> [[Film/TeamAmericaWorldPolice AMERICA! FUCK YEAH!]]