Review: Monkey Shines (1988)

Never trust a gene manipulated monkey. Cute or not.

blu“MONKEY SHINES”
1988
Horror
USA

Director: George A. Romero
Stars: Jason Beghe, John Pankow, Kate McNeil
Distributor: Scream Factory
Runtime: 113 mins
BLU-RAY REGION A

“I don’t like the way you’re behaving, Allan. I don’t like it at all.”

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Allans life turn upside down after an accident. He gets crippled from his neck down. His wife leaves him for his doctor and he’s stucked with the help of a mean and bitter woman. His friend, which work with animal-testing, gives him one of his project-monkeys. The monkey gets trained to help the poor fellow. After a while the stuff that the monkey has been injected in the laboratory kicks in. Allan gets connected with the monkeys brain, and through this a murderous spiral takes form.

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George A. Romero is one hell of a director. He has always made the best out of every actor he has been working with. And even the monkey plays well in this one. Even though SFX-master Tom Savini is in on this, there’s not much in the gore department. A bit disappointing after the great “Day of the Dead” (1985), but this is not a splatter. Based on a novel. Don’t fuck with nature, nature might fuck back. Good job by the director, and pretty creepy at times.

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Loads of extras on this disc. Everything you ever want to know about the making of this movie is featured. Great job (again) by Scream Factory.

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