Monkey Shines (1988)

Monkey Shines (1988)

Released: 1988
Genre: Drama, Genre, Horror, Sci-Fi
Director: George A. Romero
Starring: Kate McNeil, John Pankow, Jason Beghe, ,
Run time: 113 min
IMDb: 6.2/10
Country: USA
Views: 114147


When Allan becomes a quadriplegic he loses all hope for living until he meets Ella – a monkey trained to fetch and carry for him around the house, obeying him in all things. But Ella is part of another experiment, and when she starts responding to Allan’s underlying rage and frustration she has the ability to carry out her master’s darkest wishes.
Written by
David Carroll <[email protected]>
User Reviews: This film has been described as a "horror film for people who don’t like horror films." That’s an apt description for this underrated psychological/supernatural thriller from Pittsburgh’s master horror director, George A. Romero. To date, this is Romero’s only studio film, and he had to make numerous compromises to the finished product. (The originally intended ending would have been a killer.) That said, the film still comes off as smart and sharp, with some very good casting. (John Pankow, recognizable from "Mad About You," is really excellent here, and there are nice early performances from Stephen Root, Stanley Tucci, and Janine Turner.) And check out the amazingly good editing in the last 10 minutes. Overall, while this is not first-tier Romero, it’s a terrific little horror film.

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