Monkey Shines

1988

Action / Drama / Horror / Sci-Fi / Thriller

35
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 52%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 41%
IMDb Rating 6.2 10 8975

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Cast

Stanley Tucci as Dr. John Wiseman
Jason Beghe as Allan Mann
Stephen Root as Dean Burbage
Janine Turner as Linda Aikman
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1hr 53 min
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1hr 53 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by ctomvelu1 6 / 10

Capuchin antics

Offbeat horror film has a paraplegic being given a capuchin monkey named Ella as a companion. Only problem: the cute little monkey has been subjected to genetic experimentation, and has a mind of its its own. Pretty soon, the monkey is up to no good, and the paraplegic is becoming telepathically linked to the increasingly evil simian. George Rnmero made this little gem. The cast is largely unknown, although watch for a young Stanley Tucci as one of the paraplegic's surgeons and John Pankow as the paraplegic's buddy (and mad scientist). A weird little tale that takes its time to get to the nasty stuff, which is just fine with me as the killings are pretty routine.

Reviewed by DeuceWild_77 7 / 10

Unsettling and nightmarish, a very underrated entry in Romero's resumé

George A. Romero's first big studio film (from Orion Pictures), shows a more restrained direction from the man who brought us such horror cult movies as "Night of the Living Dead" ('68) or "Day of the Dead" ('85), "Monkey Shines", based on the novel by Michael Stewart, is an atmospheric suspense / thriller flick, intriguing & captivating to follow, creatively directed & photographed with some interesting camera angles and well-staged scenes giving a sense of eerie and paranoia.

Jason Beghe (who looked a lot like Ed Harris) stars as Allan Mann, a handsome and healthy young athlete that becomes paralyzed after an accident, losing in the process his girlfriend Linda (Janine Turner) who can't handle Allan's new special condition. After a failed attempt to commit suicide, Allan is convinced by his best friend, Geoffrey (John Pankow), an unorthodox scientist, to adopt a monkey, named Ella, as a helper. This newly-acquired relationship gives Allan a new hope in life, both sharing everything together and facilitating his day-to-day, but soon their interaction will take an unexpected sinister turn...

Beghe and Pankow are both good (especially Pankow who looks and acts like he was sleepless for the entire shoot), but all the glory goes to the little monkey Boo playing Ella with special kudos for his personal trainer and the camera tricks & movie magic techniques which turned the innocent and cute animal into a vicious stalker turned sadistic killer on-screen. His close-ups and interaction with the human actors are amazing and a must-see.

Lower points are that the studio toned down the violence and cut some sub-plots' resolutions, trimming the picture in the cutting room floor and some scenes doesn't even make sense (suddenly the action jumps from Allan's home to a farm miles away without explanation).

Romero's fans felt disappointed when this movie came out, because of the lack of horror, gore and violence, but it shows another side of the Master of Horror, that he can handle storytelling and delivered a picture, that besides its flaws, denotes a deep respect for the quadriplegic (the sex scene between Allan and Melanie Parker, Ella's trainer, was meaningful and poignant) and at the same time, keeps the viewer glued to the screen involved in this unsettling, spine-chilling & nightmarish tale of a disturbed attraction...

Reviewed by poe-48833 10 / 10

Romero shines...

As with most of what he's done, George Romero's MONKEY SHINES focuses on Human interaction(s)- to the Nth degree, one might say (thanks to telepathy). Not unlike many of the low budget sci-fi and horror movies of the 1950s and '60s, MONKEY SHINES presents its concepts in a straightforward fashion, without the often off-putting tongue-in-cheek attitude of filmmakers whose attitudes suggest they're just slumming in the genre(s). It would be interesting to find out if Romero's decision to direct this one had anything to do with the monkey that he once owned (see the NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD filmbook by John Russo or THE ZOMBIES THAT ATE PITTSBURGH by Paul Gagne). (One of my many misadventures driving a cab involved a monkey: I was sent to pick up "the monkey lady." When I asked what that meant, I was told, "You'll see." It turned out that the woman had a pet monkey on a leash. The little guy was only about ten inches tall- if that. He was wearing a little black leather jacket. I made the mistake of smiling at him. He clutched my forearm with both hands, bared his fangs, and BIT me. His teeth didn't penetrate my jacket, but I felt as if I were being pinched very, very hard. The woman pulled him off of me and explained that looking a monkey in the eyes and "flashing my fangs" at him was an "act of aggression." Suffice it to say, I don't own a monkey...)

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