How to tell you’re a nerd: Method 169 (or monkey movie madness)


Whenever the 1988 George A. Romero film Monkey Shines is on television you find yourself compelled to watch it.  After all, who doesn’t enjoy a movie about a paralyzed man who is tormented by a scientifically altered helper monkey upon its developing a possessive attachment to the man it is intended to assist?

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Posted on June 12, 2012, in Comedy, Films, Mind Drippings, Nerd Odyssey, Nerds, Television and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. That final battle scene where the guy in the wheel chair battles the monkey and bites him…. cinematic magic, one of the best scenes ever committed to celluloid.
    Wheelchair guy is kind of an extreme dick too. He’s got some funny ass lines.

    • I love the climax of that film. I mean, just the idea, “paralyzed man vs psychic monkey” is so awesome in and of itself that to see it pulled off on screen is priceless. Plus, I love the casting… early Stephen Root as the rival scientist, is one such example. The main character does tend to be rather dickish. I admit, though my own physical disability is not anywhere as severe as the main character’s, I can sympathize with the frustration he feels. However, even I found myself responding to some of his more amusing rage-filled tirades with, “Damn dude, that was harsh!” LOL. I totally hated the nurse’s bird, by the way.

  2. this is too random for me my friend… this is the one that made me go “huh?”

    • MONKEY SHINES is an awesome George A. Romero film from the late 1980s. I discovered it a few years back after I started investigating Romero’s catalog of works beyond his more famous zombie films like NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, etc. This particular film is about a law school student and track star who gets paralyzed and his best friend gets him a helper monkey to assist in taking care of the newly-disabled man’s daily needs. However, the monkey is more than she seems…

      We are totally checking this out soon. I’d be interested in your opinion of the film.

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