Sonny Landham plays a Navajo Indian and Vietnam veteran who is sent to a mental hospital because he killed some people over an argument about witchcraft. He escapes, kidnaps the bozos who locked him away and dumps them in the middle of the desert and watches them weaken physically and mentally. Fleshburn
is cheap and some may even call it pointless, but I liked this embarrassingly low budget survival thriller. It’s far from great, but it has a very interesting story, a cool soundtrack, a gory bird attack – and Sonny Landham has the most evil grin in movie history! Landham was a true badass, both on-screen and off, and he was known to be rather short tempered. You might remember this big, scary mountain of a man as “Billy” in Predator, where a bodyguard was actually hired, not for his personal protection, but to protect the cast and crew. Anyway, Fleshburn is a bit uneven, and there are too many boring scenes of clumsy-looking people with the charisma of lobotomized apes just walking around in the desert. But the film is not a total waste – just don’t expect too much. The best part is in the first 20 minutes when Sonny Landham tracks down his victims.
Release year: 1984
Director: George Gage
Stars: Sonny Landham, Steve Kanaly, Karen Carlson
Style and coolness
Recently lobotomized actors walking around
Action and violent ass-kicking