A mother's wish brings a Vietnam vet back from the war, but he doesnt come back alive..This dark retelling of the classic "Monkey's Paw" tale proves to be a biting social commentary on the devastating effect the war had on the soldiers returning home and being marginalized by the society they fought to protect. It touches on the psychological damage, drug addiction, and dissociative disorders that many of the soldiers were left with after experiencing the horrors of war, all cleverly told through the zombie metaphor. Though the film is very slow paced, it sets up for several genuinely terrifying sequences through its chilling score and an excellent performance by Richard Backus. I liked the film much, much more on the second viewing, having missed the clear intention of it originally. It is a smart, original zombie effort that transcends the genre, highly recommended!