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  • Writer's pictureRob Freese

The Cutting Room with Uncle Dan

For the first three books of It Came From Hollywood, Uncle Dan has already watched and reviewed well over a hundred films for us. He's working on the next hundred, locked away in his Video Den with a stockpile of energy drinks and corn chips to keep him powering through.

We have asked our favorite uncle to start providing reviews for the website and while he is agreeable, he also gets a bit cantankerous when we ask, and he starts telling us how busy we already keep him and how all this movie reviewing is cutting into his other activities and whatnot. (We have ordered a fresh case of energy drinks and corn chips to be delivered to him immediately!)

While putting together Book 4, I noticed that one film review keeps getting bumped. There's no reason for it other than space, and it just keeps happening. It was bumped from Book 2 (as well as the magazine version before that), Book 3, and last night, when I was laying out the reviews for Book 4 I had to bump it again.

For the sake of no movie review being left behind, here is the one that almost got away, Uncle Dan's review for 1986 action-psychological thriller, Opposing Force.

Opposing Force (1986)

Scorpion Releasing

Soldiers sign up for an “Escape and Evade” exercise only to discover they are part of an experiment in conditioning them for the rigors of capture and torture in a POW camp. Tom Skerrit is trying to get out from behind a desk and Lisa Eichhorn is trying to prove she is as good as the male soldiers. Anthony Zebre is the ruthless commanding officer over “Camp Becker” and Richard Roundtree is his right-hand man who does not realize the commander is losing his mind. The torture and humiliation the soldiers endure is rough stuff, but everything changes when Eichhorn is raped. This is a top-notch action thriller, benefitting from all the war movies that came in the wake of Rambo: First Blood Part II’s success in 1985. There is a very real threat here, and the viewer is quickly caught up in it. It includes a commentary with director Eric Karson, an alternate ending, trailer and reversible cover art.

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