YMMV / Uncle Sam

  • Anvilicious: The heroes are a crippled veteran who regrets his service and a draft-dodger. The villain is the reanimated corpse of a Sociopathic Soldier (who's actually more of a mercenary then a soldier) who is so hyperpatriotic that he dresses as a national symbol and kills anyone he feels disgraces the nation. It's obvious how the filmmakers feel about political stances.
    • And in just in case you somehow managed to miss the obvious messages, the kid burns his army figures at the end.
  • Complete Monster: "Uncle" Sam Harper is an undead Sociopathic Soldier who murders anyone he deems even remotely unpatriotic. In his early years, he repeatedly molested his younger sister, Sally, and while he was in high school, he was an intimidating presence to everyone around him. When a girl named Louise was attracted to his bad boy image, the two started dating and eventually married, only for him to beat her frequently, leaving her living in fear of him. Some time later, Sam enlisted in The Gulf War as a mercenary door gunner and was shot down by friendly fire. A group of soldiers found him dying in the desert, and he killed two of them before succumbing to his wounds. When he returns to life, Sam starts killing the unpatriotic in gruesome ways, including live burial, flagpole lynching, frying a woman's face, and turning a corrupt Congressman into a human fireworks display. His nephew, Jody, lures him outside to be destroyed for good, and Sam was ready to ensure he dies with him. A sadistic, deranged psychopath from the start, Sam filled his nephew's head with lies about "the American way" that he didn't even believe in and only used his alleged Patriotic Fervor as an excuse to exercise his violent urges.
  • Critical Research Failure: School, in July.
    • Could be summer school.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Post-9/11, the film's themes became quite relevant again.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Timothy Bottoms plays a character who fled the country as a protest of The Vietnam War. Bottoms would later play George W. Bush (who was famously pro-war) on That's My Bush! and the TV movie DC 9/11: Time of Crisis.
    • He also played the lead in the film version of Johnny Got His Gun, which was made to capitalize on the popularity of the novel during the Vietnam War.
  • Memetic Molester: Sam; there's an even an Easter egg in one of the DVD releases that shows a montage of his more... dubious moments.
  • Narm Charm: Sam shuffling after Willie (the Uncle Sam on stilts) in the middle of the night.
    • Really, the whole idea of a guy dressed as Uncle Sam on a murder spree would be ridiculous were it not for the Uncanny Valley nature of his costume, or his disturbing backstory.
  • Squick: Sam pinning his medals to his rotted flesh.
  • Uncanny Valley: The Uncle Sam mask is even more unsettling than Sam's actual appearance.
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