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Part of the "Maneater Film Series," Blood Monkey is a terrifying thriller that follows six American grad students stranded in a jungle and left as prey to a remote tribe of killer chimpanzees. When Dani, Amy, Greg, Sydney, Josh, and Seth arrive in Africa to study apes, they are quickly assured by renowned Professor Hamilton (Oscar winner F. Murray Abraham, Amadeus) that this is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to witness a new species. But what begins as an historic revelation about animal instinct soon becomes an experiment in human nature when the wilds of Africa turn positively vicious. Now available for the first time on DVD, Blood Monkey delivers horrifying screams, gruesome deaths, and suspenseful chases that makes The Blair Witch Project look like, well, just a walk in the woods.
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Seriously, the dopey students had this old geezer and this tiny woman out numbered and yet they sat cowering like a bunch of babies, deserving what they got.
Mind you, Blood Monkey is not good. But Blood Monkey tries so hard that I can't help but admire its moxie.
Blood Monkey begins with the usual monster attack scene, but it doesn't show the monkey. Which is actually a gorilla. Scratch that, according to Professor Hamilton (F. Murray Abraham, lost in a jungle far away from his Oscar-winning role) it's more like a clan of sasquatches, the missing evolutionary link to humans and apes.
Anyway, Profession Hamilton is mad - quite mad! - and in his egomaniacal grab for fame ropes in a bunch of stereotypical graduate students into the jungles of Thailand. There's the jock (Matt Reeves), the hot chick (Laura Aikman), the nerd (Sebastian Armesto), the perky reporter (Freishia Bomambehran), the final girl (Amy Manson) and the serious guy (Matt Ryan). Hamilton thoughtfully provides a tracking bracelet so that he can keep track of their corpses as the bloodthirsty gorillas kidnap and dismember the grad students. This plan, if you can call it a plan, is doomed from the start.
Ironically, Blood Monkey is at its best when not showing any monkeys. The graduate students' fear is palpable even if they are a collective bunch of idiots there to die for our amusement and the monkey's pleasure. Abraham chews up the scenery more than the gorillas chew on their victims. If it weren't for the wooden acting, the long stretches of dialogue that amount to nothing, and the sheer stupidity of the students, this could actually be a pretty good horror movie. But then you get to the part with the pee.
Oh the pee! Monkeys, you see, pee on their prey. It's a form of dominance. And it's got to be the funniest thing ever to grace a horror movie.
These monkeys don't just pee...they PEE, unleashing a gout of urine that lasts for minutes on end, enough to make the hapless victims think its raining. There are ways to film this that might have been less chortle-worthy, maybe by not showing the streams pouring from off screen - actually forget about it, there's simply no way to have monkeys pee on you in a movie and not have it be side-splittingly hilarious.
The movie tries hard to recover from all the peeing, but any pretense of f horror is over. We end on a down-note inspired by the Blair Witch Project with a night vision camera and a final reveal of the aforementioned blood gorilla.
But all I kept thinking was: man those monkeys drank a lot. And you will need to if you want to enjoy this film.
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