England, 1936. A storm rages in the night. Tucked safely in a cottage nestled deep within the fog of the Moors, the White family eagerly await the arrival of an old friend just returned ...
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Adapted from the story by W.W. Jacobs, this is a classic horror tale in which a monkey's paw holds magical powers and grants the bearer three wishes. Unfortunately, you get what you wish ... See full summary »
England, 1936. A storm rages in the night. Tucked safely in a cottage nestled deep within the fog of the Moors, the White family eagerly await the arrival of an old friend just returned from serving with the British Army in India. Sgt. Major Morris. His visit entertains them with tales of his adventures and of the mystical talisman discovered deep in the jungle. The Monkey's Paw. It was cursed by an sinister Fakir to grant its owner three wishes. The White family take possession of the paw and the wishes they ask bring terror and tragedy upon their lives. Written by
A father welcomes an old friend who bears a gift that puts the family in the path of deadly fate.
Straight telling of the original story, but without conviction. The CGI for the location is atmospheric, music is overbearing. Poor characterisation and overstuffed dialogue make the actors a bit wooden, and the son's performance is out of place. Too many formalities where true characters would react informally, and no real background for the meeting. Made me think I could do better - but they tried, so fair dues.
Not much to criticise as it's really low budget, but I enjoyed the cheese.
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