Uncle Sam (1996)

35mm film, colour, 2.35:1
Dolby Digital, English

An American horror film directed by William Lustig. It's dedicated to Lucio Fulci (“For Lucio”) and the final shot is not dissimilar to that of Fulci's Paura nella città dei morti viventi (1980).

Plot Summary

An American soldier killedin the Middle east during returns to life on 4th July to kill anyone he deems unpatriotic.


Directed by: William Lustig
© MCMXCVI [1996] Gable Productions, Inc.
Gable Productions presents a George G. Braunstein production. A William Lustig picture
Produced by: George G. Braunstein
Line Producer: Don Daniel
Associate Producer: Gina Fortunato
Written by: Larry Cohen
Director of Photography: James Lebovitz
Film Editor: Bob Murawski
Music by: Mark Governor
Production Sound Mixer: Jon Ailetcher
Costume Designer: Amy Wetherbee
Key Makeup Artist: Debi Davidson
Hair Stylist: Christine Steele
Special Makeup Effects by: Sota Effects
Special Effects by: Ultimate Effects
Production Designer: Charlotte Malmlöe
Casting: Karen Rea

William Smith (Major)
David Shark Fralic (Sam Harper)
Leslie Neale (Sally Baker)
Matthew Flint (Phil)
Anne Tremko (Louise Harper)
Tim Grimm (Ralph)
P.J. Soles (Madge Cronin)
Thom McFadden (Mac Cronin)
Zachary McLemore (Barry Cronin)
Morgan Paull (Mayor)
Richard Cuimmings Jr (Dan)
Robert Forster (Congressman Cummings)
Christopher Ogden (Jodie Baker)
Bo Hopkins (Sgt Twining)
Timothy Bottoms (Donald Crandall)
Isaac Hayes (Jed)
Frank Pesce (Barker)
Jason Adelman (Jesse)
Laura Alcalde (park mother)
Raquel Allessi (girl student)

Alternative Titles

Ekdikisi gia tin patrida – Greek video title
Mensageiro da Morte – Brazilian title
Muerto el 4 de julio – Spanish title
O Mensageiro da Morte – Brazilian title
Oncle Sam – French Canadian title
Setä Sam – Finnish title
Tío Sam, asesino diabólico – Mexican title
Uncle Sam – I Want You Dead – German title
Εκδίκηση για την Πατρίδα – Greek title
Дядя Сэм – Russian title

Extracts included in
Nightmares in Red, White and Blue: The Evolution of the American Horror Film (2009)

Includes extracts from
The Chow Hound (1944)

See also
Paura nella città dei morti viventi (1980)



  • Fangoria no.154 (July 1996) pp.26-29 – illustrated interview with William Lustig (Cry Uncle Sam by Marc Shapiro)
  • Fangoria no.175 (August 1998) p.28 – illustrated review (Uncle Sam)
  • Fangoria no.235 (August 2004) p.67 – illustrated DVD review (DVD Dungeon by Michael Gingold)
  • Starburst no.223 (March 1997) p.59 – illustrated video review (Videofile by David Bassom)