This Southern Trapper Uncle Sam review is based on my personal experiences watching the film. I was a World War II veteran and a big fan of Altman’s previous work, but I was left unimpressed by this one. The story was anti-war, the characters were stereotypes, and the M-44 of the trapper was sprayed with cyanide! What could have been better?
The Southern Trapper is one of the most underrated horror movies of all time. It lacks the usual gore and cliches of a slasher but packs a lot of subtext despite its anti-war theme. While not exactly a political movie, Uncle Sam is far more sophisticated than the typical 90s installment. While the film isn’t particularly politically heavy, it doesn’t shy away from its anti-war message, and the characters have somewhat toxic personality traits.
Interestingly, Tremko, the mother of Sam’s wife, resembles his real-life sister, Louise. In a way, Sam’s viciousness towards her likely reflects his own desire to abuse her. However, his jingoistic mind is incredibly dangerous, and the abused women show just how vulnerable this mind is to manipulation. Isaac Hayes’ character discourages Jody from believing Sam’s lies and is blamed for his brainwashing.
Cyanide sprayed into trapper’s M-44
A boy who was in the area of a M-44 cyanide device near Pocatello, Idaho was covered in a cloud of cyanide powder. Fortunately, the boy was not seriously injured. The boy’s father contacted the Bannock County Sheriff’s Office, which determined the trap was placed by USDA Wildlife Services. However, the cyanide spray has killed two other animals and contaminated the ground near Pocatello.
After he had sprayed the boy, the trapper returned to his post. He confronted a stranger in a pair of jeans. He apologised and apologized. A woman in a red shirt questioned his motive. Another woman, wearing a white dress, was also seen approaching the trapper. A man posed as a trapper in order to attract attention.
The USDA would not comment on the issue. However, environmentalists have long pushed for a nationwide ban of predator killing cyanide traps. In Idaho, coyotes are the most common predator on livestock, and trapping and using guard dogs are among the options ranchers have for keeping their livestock safe. In some counties, the USDA has banned the use of cyanide traps on state and federal lands.
The Environmental Protection Agency has approved the use of M-44 cyanide bombs in five states. However, there are numerous concerns about the safety of these devices, which kill wildlife in less than five minutes. They can kill humans and pets. One teenager almost died from accidental poisoning by the M-44, while another young boy lost his dog to it. In Oregon, the device was banned and several Congressmen have reintroduced the legislation.
M-44s are used in the Northwest United States for the purpose of killing wild dogs, coyotes, foxes, and other animals. They contain sodium cyanide in capsules that break when the animal bites or pulls at a cloth. The hydrogen cyanide gas releases into the animal’s mouth, killing it within one to five minutes. In case of cyanide poisoning, a person will experience rapid breathing, nausea, vomiting, and severe headaches.
The government has not responded to a request for data on deaths caused by M-44 devices. However, the Center for Biological Diversity has compiled data on deaths by M-44 devices. The deaths occur in predominantly western states, including Wyoming and West Virginia. A man from American Falls, Idaho, wrote in the Idaho State Journal to protest the use of M-44s. Several bills to ban the use of M-44s in rural areas have failed to pass the committee level.
The numbers are low, but the death toll is undoubtedly under-reported. The USDA’s Wildlife Services recently released data on the number of M-44s used in the United States in 2016. The M-44 device killed more than 6,500 animals last year. Among the nontargeted species, M-44s killed foxes, opossums, raccoons, and even a bear.