July 8, 2014 The Monkey`s Paw (Movie review)
Many fans of horror will be familiar with the story of the infamous supernatural monkey paw, which grants the holder three wishes although, as we all know, making a deal with the Devil is never what it seems. Such is the case in the 2013 movie by director Brett Simmons (Husk 2011, Animal 2014) titled The Monkey`s Paw.
Released by Chiller Films and based on the novel The Monkey`s Paw by W.W. Jacobs, this movie tells the story of Jake Tilton (C.J. Thomason: Transformers 2007, Husk 2011), a hardworking young man down on his luck, but who still helps his brother pay their dying mother’s medical bills. He has lost his girlfriend Olivia (Michelle Pierce: Transformers 2007, Play the Game 2009) to his annoying boss, cannot afford a car, and his only comfort is hanging out with his older work mate, the mysterious Tony Cobb (Stephen Lang: Avatar 2009, Conan 2011).
After a particularly tough work day, Jake and Tony head to a local bar where they soon see the owner Gillespie (Daniel Hugh Kelly: Ryans Hope 1975, Cujo 1983), drowning his sorrows outside. This prompts the men to go speak to him, where they find him starring wistfully at a dirty tattered monkey paw. Gillespie tells them the legend of the paw and insists that Jake take it. Jake feeling it is likely a ridiculous idea, makes his first wish, that the hot car he saw outside when they got to the bar, becomes his. When they are ready to leave the bar, Jake checks the doors on the car, and surprisingly they are unlocked with the keys in the ignition. He takes this as a sign its his and he and Tony both quite drunk take off for a drive, making a few stops along the way.
After hitting a tree at high speed, Tony is thrown through the windscreen ending in his crumpled bloody death. This event brings about Jake`s second wish, that Cobb was not dead and shockingly this wish is also granted. Tony`s dark side seems to be just under the surface, waiting to creep out, and is completely released by his undead status. He wants Jake`s last wish, and will do anything and kill anyone to get it. No flashes of lightning or anything similar mark the granting of a wish, it just seems to happen.
The Monkey’s Paw is a dark story that shows the wickedness deep within the depths of people’s souls. It is well acted and well shot. Set in the Bayou area of Louisiana there is a desolate feeling of isolation for Jake even when he is surrounded by people throughout this interesting film. The Monkey’s Paw is well worth watching more than once. CrypticRock give this movie 4 out of 5.