Monday, August 10, 2009
Tagline: An experiment in terror!
Directed by: Richard Franklin
Written by: Lee David Zlotoff, Tom Ackermann
Actors include: Elisabeth Shue, Terence Stamp, Steven Pinner
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Length: 103 minutes
Well monkey related horror and thrillers are not all that common, in fact I think the only one I have to compare this to that I've seen is Monkey Shines. I quite liked it, but I think this one is a little more fast paced and exciting! The idea is that a scientist/teacher has two chimps and an orangutan named Link. Link wears butler clothes and acts as a butler, he's also the "master of fire" as he lights matches and smokes cigars. The scientist takes on a young Elisabeth Shue as an assistant before he disappears leaving her their with the monkeys. Once she finds one of the chimpanzee's dead, Link microwaves the phone and she learns she can't escape because of vicious dogs so she's trapped! It's a pretty cool house on the water that this takes place in so the visuals are quite nice, the music is well pretty bad, very '80s in many ways. Still it's pretty cool to watch a woman duel with an out of control monkey! Interesting premise, good cast and loads of fun and cute monkey behavior (along with the evil). What's not to enjoy with this little known treat?
Availability: On DVD