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Monkey Shines - An Experiment In Fear [DVD]

Jason Beghe , John Pankow , George A. Romero    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jason Beghe, John Pankow, Kate McNeil, Joyce van Patten, Christine Forrest
  • Directors: George A. Romero
  • Producers: Charles Evans
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, German, French, Spanish, Polish
  • Subtitles: French
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Oct 2004
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002VF56Q
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,693 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Horror veteran George Romero (creator of 'Night of the Living Dead') writes and directs this psychological horror film starring Jason Beghe as Allan Mann, an embittered paraplegic. His fickle ex-girlfriend, over-bearing mother and mean-spirited nurse don't do much to comfort him, so he is relieved when the authorities provide him with Ella, a monkey trained to help him with every aspect of his daily life. But unbeknownst to him, Ella is also part of another, more sinister experiment, and what began as a convenience becomes a living nightmare as she starts to anticipate his darkest thoughts and carry out gruesome acts of revenge...

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Monkey does shine! 24 Sep 2005
Suspending disbelief for the frankly bizzare idea behind this gem George A Romero carries this off with aplomb and little of his signature black humour.
The plot develops quickly and in some respects you find yourself going along with Allen's anger and its results - especially with his ex-girlfriend and doctor. Some genuinely disturbing scenes - the finale for example is raw animal aggression and all the more powerful given the protagonist's disability.
Fans of Romero looking for a zombie movie will be dissapointed but this is a great movie in its own right and a fine example of what Romero can do.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By West25
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Alan Mann is an extremely fit, promising young athlete in a relationship with Linda, who he loves deeply. One morning whilst out running, a barking dog jumps out towards Alan, just as a truck is driving by. Alan is hit by the truck and wakes up in the hospital having had spinal surgery, but the surgery has left Alan quadriplegic. Upon returning home, it very quickly becomes clear that Linda is struggling with the change. When Alan is trying to read a book, it becomes a monumental effort and in a state of depression, he attempts to kill himself by suffocation. Luckily his best friend, Geoff, visits Alan and manages to stop him before he's successful, and Alan is taken to the hospital. Geoff bumps into Linda at the hospital and realises that she couldn't possibly know about Alan yet, she's begun an affair with the very same surgeon that saved Alan's life. Alan now back at home and completely dependant on his overbearing mother and a nurse she's brought in, Geoff who works in a lab dealing in experiments on animals, decides that one of his capuchin monkeys could be of great help to Alan. Geoff takes the monkey to a capuchin trainer called Melanie, who agrees to train the monkey that she calls Ella. When Ella is taken to Alan's home, she and Alan quickly strike up a strong bond. As weeks pass and Alan and Ella become closer, she becomes more than a help, she becomes his friend, his confidante. Being a George A. Romero film, events soon take a sinister turn. Geoff has been injecting Ella with human brain tissue attempting to make her smarter, but Ella seems to become a telepathic receptacle for Alan's anger at his friends and family who he believes have betrayed him, meanwhile Alan and Melanie begin a tentative relationship. Read more ›
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story 27 Mar 2010
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I only chose this film as I have read and really enjoyed Michael Stewart books in the past and I was not disappointed. This is a really unique tale,(pardon the pun!) was very enjoyable and definitely had you on the edge of your seat.
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