What follows are 10 films that deserve consideration alongside The Deer Hunter as Vietnam war greats.Notably absent from the list are any films from Vietnam itself.While the likes of Dang Nhat Minh’s When the Tenth Month Comes (1984) and Ho Quang Minh’s Karma (1985) have screened internationally to general acclaim, and offer valuable insight into the war from a domestic perspective, neither is currently available on DVD in the UK. Jacobs’ 1902 short story ‘The Monkey’s Paw’, the film depicts a small-town family struggling to cope with the bizarre and erratic behaviour of their soldier son Andy (Richard Backus), who arrives home from Vietnam shortly after being declared missing in action and presumed dead.This scuzzy 70s shocker is a bracingly inventive rumination on what would in years to come be recognised as combat-induced post-traumatic stress disorder. It soon transpires that Andy is more than simply war-weary – he can in fact only maintain the façade of humanity by feasting on flesh and blood.
The film was completed a full five years before the issue of US veterans reintegrating back into society would be tackled more directly in The Deer Hunter and Coming Home.Michael Moore has cited it as the biggest single influence on his career, and the parallels between this and his anti-Bush treatise Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004) are striking.While Davis’s technique may occasionally dilute the strength of his argument, by and large his footage speaks for itself.The soundtrack of 1960s rock brings the era to life although you may be too busy dodging traps and explosions to really appreciate the music.
View full description Battlefield: Vietnam is the second installment in the Battlefield series of historical first-person shooters.
Battlefield: Vietnam is the second installment in the Battlefield series of historical first-person shooters.