The quote on the poster sums up Combat Shock perfectly. The film has been described by films makers such as John McNaughton (Henry Portrait Of A Serial Killer), Richard Stanley (Hardware), Scott Speigel (Evil Dead 2) and William Lustig (Maniac) as one of the most influential films of the 80s. There is no denying its impact. Its one of the bleakest and most depressing films there is. It tells the story of a Vietnam vet who has returned to America as a destroyed man. He has been affected by Agent Orange which has caused his child to be grotesquely deformed, he lives in extreme poverty and is haunted by tormenting flashbacks of atrocities he's committed in war. So utterly grim is this film that no distributor would dare release it except for Troma who even had to trim it down drastically. Fortunately some 20 years later it was given a deluxe dvd re-release which includes the original uncut version which is harrowing and ugly. It's difficult to watch with gruesome acts of barbarity and matricide and one hell of a powerful ending that leaves the viewer gutted... and after all of this it makes you wonder WHY is this film worth watching? Good question and I guess it's because it feels as though its an important and personal film from a director who had something to say at the time. It sure has influenced a lot of film makers over the years and I reckon its a belter!