Reviewed by Danielle Thuen
Rating: 4 Beans
hat a movie. It's hard to describe the genre of this flick. We found it in the horror section, but it was anything but horrifying. It was cute. I enjoyed myself. But I was not scared at any point during this movie.
Brief plot: Jane (Elizabeth Shue) volunteers to help a professor (Terence Stamp) from the University. He asks her to do the housework at his home in the country, where he works with chimps. Jane arrives and is greeted by Link, an orangutan who likes to dress up as a butler. Isn't that cute. Jane does some housework, gets to know link and the other two chimpanzees, watches the professor do some tests with the critters. Then professor goes to town, supposedly to sell Voodoo, the female chimp. But -- it doesn't go as planned. Jane finds Voodoo's body in a cupboard, a strange man comes to take Link away to kill him, and the professor mysteriously disappears. Link begins to act more aggressive and keeps Jane from leaving the house or using the phone. The story continues, full of cute chimps, and only the slightest hint of horror.
Basically, this movie consists mainly of monkeys jumping around, being cute, and acting monkey-like. Link is cute when he plays butler, Voodoo is noisy and irritating, and Imp, the youngest of the three chimps, is adorable in his mischief. And, of course, all three are very smart animals. Very Disney. But not at all the horror film it claims to be.
It was not badly made, in that the film quality and directing were fine. However, the story definitely left something to be desired, as did some of the special effects. The falling chimp-doll, superimposed over a shot of some flames, did not even begin to look like an animal falling to its death.
If you're looking for a cute flick to share with some kids or someone who doesn't usually watch bad movies, this is a good choice. It's a nice way to ease someone into the world of bad movies.
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