Monkey Shines: An Experiment In Fear
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Monkey Shines: An Experiment In Fear
A law student and sprinting star becomes a paraplegic after being hit by a truck. When he is finally taken home, he is nursed by an irritable woman (Christin Forest), but later turns to a chimp named Ella to assist him with his life. The monkey eventually becomes his best friend, but trouble results when the monkey takes over his revenge fantasies.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 52%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A befuddled story about a man constrained from the neck down told by a director confused from the neck up."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"A film that begins in sentimentality and ends in ludicrous melodrama."
‑ Caryn James, New York Times
"By the time the hilarious yet memorable Carrie-esque final shocker rolls around, Monkey Shines has established itself as a passable horror effort..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Terrifying psychological horror."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Lurid but entertaining -- go bananas and splurge on a rental, at least."
‑ Staci Layne Wilson,
"One of George Romero's most effective and interesting horror thrillers."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Somewhere within this movie's two hours or so is hidden an absolutely spellbinding 90-minute thriller."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A brilliant realization of a mind awakening to its animal instincts, expressed in satirical Hitchcockisms"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"A frightening and very effective psychological thriller."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Romero without zombies = boring."
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
"Romero's is a formidable talent which others can only hope to ape."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"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."
‑ Richard Harrington, Washington Post
"This intelligent, effective thriller is one of [Romero's] best films."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"It's not illogicality that dooms Romero's thriller but rather torpid pacing and a distinct lack of scares."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"Nothing special."
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson,
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