Monkey Shines (1988) Movie Review

Monkey Shines (1988) Poster

Monkey Shines (1988)

1988 | R | Horror, Thriller, Drama, Sci-Fi
113 minutes / 1h 53min

[ Movie Page: Monkey Shines (1988) ]
[ Trailer ][ Full Poster ]

Monkey Shines Plot Synopsis:

When Allan becomes a quadriplegic he loses all hope for living until he meets Ella - a monkey trained to fetch and carry for him around the house, obeying him in all things. But Ella is part of another experiment, and when she starts responding to Allan's underlying rage and frustration she has the ability to carry out her master's darkest wishes.

Monkey Shines (1988) Review

Monkey Shines (1988) is an American sci-fi drama horror movie that is also known as Monkey Shines: An Experiment in Fear (1988). Director and writer George A. Romero (Night of the Living Dead (1968), Dawn of the Dead (1978), Land of the Dead (2005), The Crazies (2010)) based the movie on Michael Stewart‘s novel of the same name. The movie contains thrills, suspense, a twist ending, sexual content with no nudity, a lot of monkey violence, bad language, tension and a science experiment gone deadly wrong.

Allan Mann (Jason Beghe - The Next Three Days (2010), Thelma & Louise (1991), G.I. Jane (1997), Chicago P.D. (2014)) was hit by a truck and became quadriplegic. Allan had a severely hard time adjusting to his new condition to the point where he was suicidal. Allan’s friend Geoffrey (John Pankow - Mad About You (1992), To Live and Die in L.A. (1985), Bride Wars (2009)) is a scientist. Geoffrey has been experimenting with injecting human brain tissues into monkeys and decide to give Allan a monkey named, Ella to help him. Allan’s life with the help of Ella (Boo) was easier at first, and things could not have been better. It did not take long for Ella to show rage, anger and for her sinister side to be revealed. Ella became jealous after Allan began dating Melanie Parker (Kate McNeil - As the World Turns (1956), The House on Sorority Row (1983), Sudden Death (1995)) who is a specialist in quadriplegia.

Allan received the good news that his disability might be reversible, but it just might be too late to save a few of his love ones from Ella’s deadly killing spree. I was in total aww as I watched Ella grotesquely murder the people she did, and I was still in awe of the final scene of her and Allan together. I could not believe my eyes, and I was in total dismay. Ella was one dangerous monkey that was not messed with but still felt she had excess baggage to get rid of. Some of the death scenes included setting a romantic hideaway on fire, electrocution in the bathtub, injection with Sodium pentobarbitone and lighting someone on fire. The final scene is a must see and was totally unexpected of Allan and Ella - It is not what you think - watch the movie to see. The main character discovers that his dream became reality when he woke up and watch the movie. I gave this movie a six because Ella gave the best performance on screen. The other actors did not deliver as well as Ella and at times appeared lost and unbelievable. The sets, special effects, lighting effects, sound, and makeup, was okay but could have been better. The screenplay was written beautifully and executed fabulously.

  • Monkey Shines Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 6
  • Overall Score: 6.13
  • IMDB: 6.2
  • MetaCritic: 7.1
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 5.3

About Monkey Shines 1988

Title: Monkey Shines
Year: 1988
Runtime: 113 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Drama, Sci-Fi
Score: 3 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.07/5 stars from 9,286 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 9,286
MPAA Rating: R
Monkey Shines Cast Starring: David Early, Stephen Root, William Newman, Stanley Tucci, Jason Beghe, Rik Billock, Christine Forrest, Debra Gordon, Patricia Tallman, Tom Quinn, Anthony Dileo Jr., Tina Romero, Robert Hendren, Boo, Janine Turner, Tudi Wiggins, Chuck Baker, Michael Naft, Mitchell Baseman, Lia Savini, Kate McNeil, Melanie Verlin, Dan Fallon, Alice Shure, Leslie Dane Shapiro, John Pankow, Christina Galesi, Kate English, Heidi Hinzman, Eric Morgan Stuart
Monkey Shines Writers: Michael Stewart, George A. Romero
Monkey Shines Director: George A. Romero
Production: MGM
Language: English
Country: USA