Trashy but funny B horror with bad acting, bad direction etc, you name
it, the 1980's style rock group with female singer performs a real stinker.
The make-up effects of gooey sores spreading on the infected by the
monkey virus were pretty good and made by Rambaldi Jr., Alex Rambaldi,
the son of Carlo and the brother of the director Vittorio. My guess
is that their famous father Carlo Rambaldi made the monkey, the baboon
and not much else ? He seems to have used a live Baboon and a prosthetic
one. The ST by Claudio Simonetti is late 1980's sucky, just as it should
for a trashy delight as this film and giving it that, almost impossible
to recreate today in neo-genre films, 1980's feeling.
Bo Svenson and Patrick Lowe
The film starts with a guy on a scooter driving around
the Campus taking pictures of girls in leotards exercising to the sound
of rotten 1980's disco
music. He's Sam Nash (Patrick Lowe, any relation to Rob Lowe?) and he's
a photographer for the school paper, The Independent voice.
Dr. Etheridge (Bo Svenson, swedish-american actor, mostly
in B movies and also in Swedish obscure and seemingly lost cult movie
Svenskarna" the Per Oscarson forever lost (?) project. Here, he
unconvincingly plays a scientist experimenting on animals, some ill-fated
injecting them with something that would heal damaged brain cells. But
something goes wrong and the baboons get agitated and aggressive.
Duffy (Mitch Watson) is the editor of the Campus paper and he sneaks
in into the secretive dr. Etheridge's lab to see what's going on, and
manages to agitate the ape and to get bitten by the Baboon (in the scene
probably a mix of a real one and the Carlo Rambaldi one).
Duddy's ape-scratch gets worse and soon he suffers from
rage attacks, and he manages to infect his girlfriend Debbie (Sarah
Duffy goes on a killing spree and soon the monkey virus
is spread among the students. Is it Good ? NO. But it's mildly entertaining
The short-lived monkey was the star of the film, the gooey make-up effects
were pretty good and the guy who played Duffy was OK, and the rest
sucked. Patrick Lowe, Cheryl Arutt as his GF Lauren and Mr. Bo were
This Spanish DVD is presented in a widescreen 1.85:1
ratio and with an english audio 2.0, region all, no extras