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The Monkey’s Paw – 5

Director – Brett Simmons

Cast – C.J. Thomason, Stephen Lang, Michelle Pierce, Corbin Bleu, Daniel Hugh Kelly, Charles S. Dutton, Tauvia Dawn, Jessica Garvey, Andy Favreau, James Minor III

Release Year – 2013

Reviewed by John of the Dead

The Monkey’s Paw marks the first time I view a Chiller film, and while the flick had a few positives this was one experience I wish I could take back. When Jake is given a monkey’s paw that grants three wishes to its owner, his first two wishes leave his good fried Cobb a member of the undead, forcing him to go to drastic measures to keep from making his final wish.

I really enjoy films that center around supernatural objects, and the film centering the horror around a creepy monkey’s paw had me hooked. Things start off rather quickly and before long Jake’s wish to bring back Cobb from the dead leaves him regretting his action to save his dead friend after a terrible accident. With these types of films you already know that the wish is going to come at a cost, and the undead Cobb makes Jake pay for his wish by killing everyone around him. The overall story is an OK one, but it does rely heavily on Cobb’s killing and that held it back. Most of the story centers on the conflict Cobb causes for Jake and while the murders were enjoyable and sometimes brutal this emphasis on Cobb kept the story pretty flat. It does not happen often, but by the end of the second act I was wishing for this story to end.

Brett Simmons’ direction is OK in this piece, relying heavily on the kills to sell the horror. Aside from the kills his execution falls flat towards the middle of the film, and this was worsened by the story coming to a standstill and not progressing. The acting performances are so-so, but Stephen Lang (Terra Nova) kicked ass as Cobb and definitely stole the spotlight from his cohorts. I did expect better from Simmons though after the positive look and feel of his previous flick, Husk, as this really looked and felt like a lesser experience.

Overall, The Monkey’s Paw is a film I really wanted to like more but sadly came with a story that became stagnant and ultimately lead to a very mediocre, if best, film.

Rating: 5/10

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