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More fun than a barrel of monkeys!
The best stories are the simple ones. They’re the ones easily described. They can be summed up in one sentence. This one is about a quadriplegic man and an evil monkey. One thing that makes Monkey Shines fascinating is the mental state the protagonist is in. He’s suicidal. He’s angry. He’s not a plain victim. And the monkey, his tormenter, is entertaining, to say the least.
This is a slow-burn. Things take a while to pick-up. There is a ton of character exposition. Obviously, we can’t have a monkey killing a bunch of people for over an hour and a half. This must have been a difficult shoot. Having the monkey do what it does was probably no easy task. This was George A. Romero’s first studio film and he didn’t exactly appreciate his experience.
Monkey Shines is one of the best horror movies about an animal gone mad. It’s sad, surprising, it’s well done, it’s unpredictable and it has a good twist. Jason Beghe, the main actor, does a lot with the limited use of his body and while interacting with a trained animal. There is real proximity between us and the characters. The sequence of events is plausible and possibly a tad supernatural.