Thursday, May 7, 2009

Monkey Shines (1988) aka Ella

3.5 / 5
Tagline: See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil...
Directed by: George A. Romero
Written by: Michael Stewart, George A. Romero
Actors include: Jason Beghe, Kate McNeil, John Pankow
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
Length: 113 minutes
Banned: Nope
Country: USA

A runner ends up in an accident and becomes a quad. He just happens to have a relative who is a scientist on a lab doing tests to make monkeys superintelligent injecting human brains into the monkey. Well he decides his progress isn't coming along fast enough, so he sends the monkey to "helper monkey" school and then off with his crippled relative. Well at first things are going great! The monkey is a great helper, and it's catching on really fast...but she starts to become a little too close to her quad companion. The monkey starts doing his darkest bidding wether or not he desires for it to happen and of course the monkey begins to turn evil. There aren't a ton of killings here but a couple of clever things happen. This is clearly more of a "what if" sort of story and the fun is in the idea and the plot. It's actually executed quite well and they used real trained monkeys so it looks somewhat realistic. I guess this is just what I needed, a monkey horror film but although it's a good idea and well executed it could have still used a little pizzazz and parts of it were a little slow. Still worthwhile, especially when there isn't really another film out there quite like this.

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