Watch This: In one of his least successful films, George Romero monkeys around with body horror

Every day, Watch This offers staff recommendations inspired by a new movie coming out that week. This week: It’s Pets Week here at The A.V. Club, so we’re recommending movies about the sometimes sweet, sometimes weird, always meaningful relationship between people and animals.

Monkey Shines (1988)

Films that fail uniquely tend to leave a deeper impression than paint-by-numbers successes. By that logic, George Romero’s Monkey Shines is one of his most memorable films. It’s not in the same league as his zombie-driven career pinnacles, and Romero has all but disowned the film, citing its chaotic, too-many-cooks creative process and failure to recoup its budget. But as “an experiment in fear,” as Monkey Shines is defined by its vestigial subtitle, it’s an interesting twist on body horror released at the height of the subgenre.

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