Despite some glaring flaws, Combat Shock is an unforgettable experience and possibly the best Troma product. Take Scorsese, Ferrara, Bunuel(in his 'realist' phase), stir them up in a sewer and you might get something like this suicide inducer. Shot on a used car budget in the wilds of New Jersey, this toxic little gem is widely considered the most depressing film ever made. I might not agree, but it's pretty damn bleak and uncompromising. The story concerns twin american bugaboos, poverty and the maltreatment of combat vets. The almost absurdly downbeat script pulls no punches. Considering half of all americans are three paychecks away from the protagonist's world, this will strike too close to home for some. Most won't enjoy this grimy, gory, spin down life's drain, but Combat Shock is the type of film that Hollywood could never produce. I, for one, wish Buddy Giovinazzo would make more movies.