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The following reviews were extracted from a database and formatted for this book. Tales of Terror (www.terror.ca) is a “gamified” tool designed for horror fans, students, authors and filmmakers. “Gamification” is the transformation and adaptation of tangible concepts into empirical games. This book covers franchise and public domain horror movies only. This rule ensures that each movie can be logically related and compared to another or grouped by similarity. Movies can therefore be classified, and sorted according to inherent properties.

Monkey Shines

A quadriplegic man's trained monkey becomes psychotic.

 

United States
1988
Feature Film
Realism: 
Plausible
Animals: 
Bird
Monkey
Relative: 
Mother
Psychics: 
Telepathist
6
More fun than a barrel of monkeys!
6
6
7.04
7.04
3
4
3
Plot
Pace
Performances
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.
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