Monkey Shines


Action / Drama / Horror / Sci-Fi / Thriller

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 52%
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IMDb Rating 6.2 10 8872


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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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Movie Reviews

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...)

Reviewed by Leofwine_draca 6 / 10

Romero's curiosity piece

For his follow-up to DAY OF THE DEAD, George Romero chose this adaptation of a novel which manages to be scary thanks to the fact that it's an extremely realistic film. I don't think the scientific experiments on monkeys portrayed here are that far-fetched, do you? Of course, it wouldn't be a very good film if there weren't some fantastic moments, but for the most part this is an accurate and bleak tale. It's also a rather unpleasant one, albeit a film without the graphic gore which Romero usually delivers. Fans of his zombie trilogy will probably be disappointed with the total lack of blood and guts on here, as instead we get a slow-moving, character-focused drama which runs for nearly two hours. Yes, there are a number of deaths, but most of them are off screen. Tom Savini is credited with effects but seriously, they're few and far between.

What makes this film an interesting one for me is the unusual story that it has. Monkeys have always seemed to be quite evil creatures (check out OUTBREAK if you don't believe me) and this film dwells on an evil monkey, called Ella. The nature-running-amok theme is handled quite well, leading to a lot of creepy moments amid the more typical shocks. The acting can best be described as adequate, seeing as this is a late '80s movie... although I rather liked Jason Beghe's Jekyll/Hyde routine as the lead. But the real star of the show here is Ella, the monkey, who frequently does astonishing things. Watching a monkey running around with a straight razor and stabbing needles into people is something I found to be quite disturbing.

Although the film is gore-free, it's also not for the squeamish, as lots of nasty things happen to people involving needles and implied violence (especially when that needle gets too close to someone's ear, ugh!). The climax is quite good, highlighting the shortcomings of Beghe's disability as he desperately fights for control against the monkey which is now openly murdering all and sundry. And I defy you not to be shocked by the ending, which sees Beghe literally biting and ripping the monkey apart using only his teeth (as he's paralysed from the neck down). All this and there's time for a happy ending too. MONKEY SHINES is a film with a great idea behind it, only let down by the long running time and slow pace which frequently mean scenes verge on boredom. I would call it an interesting curiosity piece, but not one to go out of your way to see and not one you would want to watch again.

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