Monkey Shines: An Experiment In Fear (1988)
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A quadriplegic former athlete finds his darkest urges being acted out by an animal familiar in this psychological horror film. When Allan Mann (Jason Beghe) loses the use of his legs and arms in an accident, he becomes bitter -- no surprise given that his girlfriend dumps him for his surgeon, his new nurse (Christine Forrest) is a shrew, and his smothering mother (Joyce Van Patten) keeps threatening to move in and take care of him. Enter Kate McNeil (Melanie Parker), a scientist who is working
Jan 1, 1988 Wide
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Leslie Dane Shapiro
A befuddled story about a man constrained from the neck down told by a director confused from the neck up.
One of George Romero's most effective and interesting horror thrillers.
Somewhere within this movie's two hours or so is hidden an absolutely spellbinding 90-minute thriller.
There was a time when Romero would have used these elements for pure shock effect, but the horrors in Monkey Shines are more internalized, which make them all the more scary.
A brilliant realization of a mind awakening to its animal instincts, expressed in satirical Hitchcockisms
It's not illogicality that dooms Romero's thriller but rather torpid pacing and a distinct lack of scares.
Nothing to go ape over, that's for sure.
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