In celebration of George A. Romero’s 73 birthday we decided to watch 1988’s Monkey Shines. I haven’t seen this movie since it was released originally and my memories of it were vague. Heck, I didn’t even know it was a Romero film until my friend suggested we watch it due to Romero’s already mentioned birthday. I’m glad I re-watched it.
Monkey Shines is the store of Allen Mann (played by Jason Beghe), a young man in the physical prime of his life who is rendered a quadriplegic when he is hit by a vehicle while jogging. Not taking the transition well, Allen’s friend, Geoffrey Fisher (played by John Pankow), arranges to have one of the monkeys that he’s been injecting with a formula to make more intelligent trained as a helper for Allen. At first this works great. The monkey, now named Ella bonds will Allen immediately and proves herself to be a great assistant and companion.Already bright, it soon becomes apparent (to Allen, at least) that Ella may be even more intelligent than she lets on. He believes that she may be getting out at night and somehow projecting her adventures into his dreams. Allen, too is changing: he becomes more angry and unforgiving. Soon things start happening to the people and things that anger Allen, and the only explanation he can come up with is that Ella is in tune with his thoughts and feelings and is acting on his dark thought. When Allen shares this belief everyone around him just thinks he’s imagining things. Ella works up a significant body count b at the time before anyone finally clues in that it is the monkey.
Back in 1988 when I first saw this film I didn’t really appreciate it, and remember being a little disappointed with the movie. I’m not entirely sure why, but I remember that is how I felt at that time. I don’t know what I was expecting, but perhaps the 18-19 year old me was a dumb-ass.
This movie was pretty damned good, and I definitely suggest it as a watch.
Check out the trailer below:
Holy freakin’ crap, what a wild ride this 1992 Peter Jackson film is! This is a Zombie movie that reaches new levels of gore that I have never seen before.
I really can’t describe this film other than using one word:
More blood and gore than I have ever seen in one movie, and yet, Peter Jackson made a good movie and not JUST a gorefest.
The film takes place in 1957 New Zealand, and involves some of the most decrepit, funny, violent and weird Zombies and Zombie action ever filmed. These are disease/plague Zombies and they spread through bites starting with the bite from an evil hairless rat-mokey in a Zoo (the movie starts with a Zoo official taking the
monkey from Skull island against the wishes of the angry natives of said island) – wait until you see the creepy monkey this – wow is all I can say about that freaky creature.
I’m not going to tell you any more about the story, because I want you to see this film. I will mention that this film has the greatest lawn mower scene ever… EVER!
It turns out that the whole damned movie is also available on Youtube, so if you are impatient, you can watch it there.
See this movie and then let me know what you think.
Here’s the trailer:
And here’s a link to the whole movie (for as long as the link lasts):