Monkey Shines

Monkey Shines

Director: George A. Romero Cast: Jason Beghe, John Pankow, Kate McNeil

Blu-ray (Wide Screen)

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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 adorable Capuchin monkey, who, unbeknownst to him, has been injected with human brain tissue by drug-addicted scientist Geoffrey Fisher (John Pankow). At first Allan loves little Ella, but the monkey seems to grow jealous as Allan slowly develops a romance with the beautiful Kate. Meanwhile, Allan begins having strange dreams in which he experiences the world from a monkey's-eye point of view. These visions culminate in a fiery nightmare -- the same night Allan's ex-girlfriend and her new lover die in a house fire. Realizing the growing link between his own inner demons and the violence occurring around him, Allan tries to sever the connection with Ella. But the limitations of even his high-tech wheelchair give the psychic primate the upper hand. Written and directed by horror veteran George Romero, Monkey Shines re-teams the filmmaker with his frequent collaborator, Christine Forrest.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/18/2014
UPC: 0826663153811
Original Release: 1988
Rating: R
Source: Shout Factory
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:53:00
Sales rank: 25,579

Special Features

Audio commentary with Writer/Director George A. Romero; An experiment in fear ; The making of "Monkey Shines" - an all-new retrospective with George A. Romero, stars Jason Beghe and Kate McNeil, Executive Producer Peter Grunwald, Greg Nicotero and Everett Burrell, Editor Pasquale Buba ; Alternate ending; Deleted scenes; Behind-the-scenes footage; Vintage epk; Theatrical trailer; TV spot

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jason Beghe Allan Mann
John Pankow Geoffrey Fisher
Kate McNeil Melanie Parker
Joyce Van Patten Dorothy Mann
Christine Forrest Maryanne Hodges
Stephen Root Dean Burbage
Stanley Tucci Dr. John Wiseman
Janine Turner Linda Aikman
William Newman Doc Williams
Boo the Monkey Ella
Tudi Wiggins Esther Fry
Tom Quinn Charlie Cunningham
Chuck Baker Ambulance Driver
Patricia Tallman Party Guest
David Earle Anesthetist
Michael Naft Young Allan
Tina Romero Child Playing
Mitchell Baseman Child Playing
Lia Savini Child Playing
Tim Dileo Vandal
Melanie Verlin Vandal
Dan Fallon Allan's Friend
Alice Shure Nurse
Leslie Dane Shapiro Nurse
Christina Galesi Nurse

Technical Credits
George A. Romero Director,Screenwriter
Cletus Anderson Production Designer
Barbara Anderson Costumes/Costume Designer
Alan Brandt Songwriter
Pasquale A. Buba Editor
James A. Contner Cinematographer
Dianne Crittenden Casting
Raymond B. Egan Songwriter
Charles Evans Producer
James C. Feng Art Director
John Mark Harrington Art Director
Bob Haymes Songwriter
Brenda Hoffert Musical Direction/Supervision
Paul Hoffert Musical Direction/Supervision
Jeannee Josefczyk Makeup
Steve Kirshoff Special Effects
Peggy Lee Songwriter
Nick Mastandrea Asst. Director
Peter R. McIntosh Associate Producer
Tom Savini Special Effects
David Shire Score Composer
Diana Stoughton Set Decoration/Design
John Sutton Sound/Sound Designer
Hubie Wheeler Songwriter
Richard A. Whiting Songwriter

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