I found this little gem while going through some old posters…what is SO creepy about this smiling monkey face?! Monkey Shines is a George A. Romero film, so the poster should be creepy, but for some reason this one just stuck with me.
If you’re not intimately familiar with the film (and why would you be?), Monkey Shines came out in 1988 with the full title Monkey Shines: An Experiment in Fear. Creepy, no?
It was Romero’s first film after he put the “Dead” series on hold for 20 years. It was also his first studio film and he was forced into many concessions during the editing process. (This may have lead to the abysmal box office results)
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 our her master’s darkest wishes.
Stanley Tucci and Stephen Root (King of the Hill) are about the only cast members who went on to any sort of real career, although you will see the star of Monkey Shines – Jason Beghe – in The Next Three Days alongside Russell Crowe and Elizabeth Banks in November.
Perhaps the best part about this film is how strongly the viewer actually *wants* the monkey’s victims to die. As one reviewer put it, take Kathy Bates in Misery and make her all the other characters. Evil monkey or not, you’re on his side!
This really isn’t your typical horror/gore/slasher film and is perhaps one of Romero’s most underrated works. And it sure has one hell of a creepy movie poster!