Link (1986) from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)
|Tuna's comments in white:|
|Link (1986) is half horror
and half thriller. Student Elisabeth Shue takes a job as research
assistant with a anthropology professor who works out of his remotely
located home with chimps. Before long, she finds herself cut off from
everyone, and alone with the chimps. The highlight of this film was
the animal work, which was top-notch, but the film never really built
any suspense or terror.
Maltin says BOMB, and Tuna agrees with Maltin.
comments in yellow:
Nothing much to add. It's boring. Skip it, or watch the animal performances and fast forward through the humans.
The script was written for three chimps. It was inspired by Jane Goddall's work, reported in National Geographic in 1979, which showed that chimps shared many of the worst forms of our human behavior: jealousy, bullying, and ferocious cunning. The director was persuaded to use an orangutan to play the part originally written for an old, evil chimp, simply because orangutans are easier to work with.
Terence Stamp seems at first to be the star, then mysteriously disappears. He's an eccentric scientist who does his clandestine animal research in a remote country estate, where the isolation provides an ideal setting for the story. Shue shows up as his summer intern/assistant, the doc disappears, one chimp appears to have been murdered, and she is left in a desolate part of England with two apes, one of whom may be a killer.
weren't bad: deserted country estate, pretty young woman trapped with
a powerful killer orangutan (who also shows some interest in
inter-species sex!). Unfortunately, the original premise disintegrated
into the usual "the maniac is after the woman, the boyfriend
shows up" story, except that the maniac had to talk with a
push-button machine instead of his vocal chords.
The main chimp was just sorta cute, but that was one smart orangutan, and his performance was the only reason to watch the film. It is one of the better animal performances ever recorded on film.
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