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Plot: A quadriplegic man is given a trained monkey help him with every day activities, until the little monkey begins to develop feelings, and rage, against its new master and those who get too close to him.
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not your typical horror flick
If you’re looking for body count, blood, or bogeymen, this film is not for you. It is more of a psychological thriller than a horror film, though it was billed as horror, likely because of the pseudo-science gimmick that provides the basis for the conflict in the plot.
While the film tends to wander a bit (i.e. a sub-plot involving the research head that gets dropped 3/4 of the way through) it stays fairly well focused on the main character and his problems. Aside from the lead, the most effective acting was done by the monkey(s), but the “real” actors do a pretty good job of carrying their own. It gives you a little insight into what it’s like to be quadriplegic. For a late 80’s movie, the style of filming was well done, there is very little cheese, and the special effects didn’t overreach.
The premise seems a bit farfetched to our currently more sophisticated and informed sense of what’s possible on the genetic engineering front. After all, this movie was made 15 years ago. If Romero had gone with either a supernatural cause or a plain animal jealousy angle, it might be less dated, but then again it might have been a little less believable to begin with.
Not very horrific, not startling or scary, but worth seeing if you don’t mind a slightly slow-paced thriller. I gave it a higher than average score (6 out of 10) just because it didn’t make me say “oh, please!” too many times unlike other movies from that time–particularly horror films–are prone to do. For example, the pivotal moment is fully supported by plausible input earlier in the film, it’s not one of those miraculous developments pulled out of nowhere in the last few seconds before the climax.
“Monkey Shines” is an honorable effort that doesn’t quite work. It deserves credit for originality, but falls short of the mark.
The concept is interesting, but the execution leaves much to be desired. A paralyzed man’s life is made easier with the help of Ellie, a monkey trained to help disabled people get by with their daily lives. However, she used to be a lab animal who has had human brain cells injected in experiments. A bond forms between the two, and she acts out his violent desires.
The final act does a good job in delivering the goods, but the film takes too long to get going, diluting the overall effect. In fact, at times one almost forgets it’s supposed to be a horror movie. When it gets going, it works, although the very ending is a bit much.
I’m still not sure the sci-fi gimmick was necessary. Surely they could have done pretty much the same things without it? Something more supernaturally orientated perhaps? Still, I admired Romero’s willingness to take chances and try his hand at a more subdued thriller. Jason Beghe does a credible job in the role, and we are offered a rare glance at the frustrations of the disabled. A tighter film would have better achieved the director’s goals.
**1/2 (out of ****)
An Orion Pictures release
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 53 min (113 min), 1 hr 45 min (105 min) (cut) (West Germany)
Genre Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Director George A. Romero
Writer Michael Stewart (novel), George A. Romero (screenplay)
Actors Jason Beghe, John Pankow, Kate McNeil, Joyce Van Patten
Awards 7 wins & 1 nomination.
Production Company Orion Pictures
Sound Mix Dolby SR
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Arriflex 35 BL3
Laboratory DeLuxe, Hollywood (CA), USA
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm