The movie Shakma (1990) is a horror film directed by Tom Logan and Hugh Parks, starring Christopher Atkins, Amanda Wyss, and Roddy McDowall. It follows a group of students and researchers who become prey for a deadly baboon let loose in a research building.
The movie Shakma (1990) begins with a research team conducting experiments on a baboon named Sam to test an experimental drug. The drug sends Sam into a murderous rage. After attacking a researcher, Sam is set to be euthanized. But a veterinarian student named Tracey convinces the head researcher to let her rehabilitate Sam instead.
When Tracey and her friends decide to play a fantasy roleplaying game in the research building one night, Sam escapes and goes on a killing rampage. The group struggle to survive and escape as the aggressive baboon viciously attacks them one by one. Many are killed in gruesome ways. Only Tracey and one other manage to make it out alive by trapping and killing Sam.
- Christopher Atkins as Sam
- Amanda Wyss as Tracey
- Richard Gilliland as Gary
- Roddy McDowall as Sorenson
- Robb Morris as Bradley
- Originally written as a pilot for a TV series that never materialized.
- The baboon Shakma was played by a male named Typhoon.
- Made on a budget of only $1.5 million.
- Director Tom Logan never made another film.