Monkey Shines: An Experiment In Fear
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Monkey Shines: An Experiment In Fear
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 to provide handicapped people with highly trained animal helpers. Soon Allan is bonding with Ella, an… More

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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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