THE LOWDOWN: 1955, Nevada Desert, Hydrogen Bomb Testing Site. Two young lovers Peggy (Stacy Edwards) and Brian (Brian Bremer) are thrust into a wave of radioactive mushroom flames as part of the U.S Government’s ‘Project Samson’ experiment designed to condition the human body to withstand nuclear power. The couple survive the trial with flying colours until it is learned that Peggy is pregnant with a young child and fears of radiation-related deformities begin to rise. When Peggy gives birth to a son, Sam (Brad Dourif), she and her husband suddenly burst into flames in the hospital, leaving behind two unusually charred corpses. Fast-forward to the present day as Sam, now a grown man at university, is living day dreams of becoming an actor while happily partnered with girlfriend Lisa (Cynthia Bain). However, when Sam begins to experience bizarre physical abnormalities and psychological trauma as a result of his parent’s military meddling, he soon questions the true nature of his past and the government’s growing interest in him as a curious killing commodity.
Dir: Tobe Hooper
Writer: Tobe Hooper & Howard Goldberg
Cast: Brad Dourif, Cynthia Bain, Jon Cypher, Melinda Dillon
Run Time: 97min