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The Monkey's Paw (2013)

Not Rated | | Horror, Thriller | 8 October 2013 (USA)
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Jake is given a monkey's paw that grants three wishes. After the first two wishes leave his friend Cobb undead, Cobb pushes Jake to make a final wish.

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Jake Tilton
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Tony Cobb
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Olivia
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Catfish
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Gillespie
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Detective Margolis
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Abby
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Kevin
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Charlie
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Sandy Tilton
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Fortune Teller
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Kathleen
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Young Gillespie
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Gillespie's Father
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The film centers on Jake Tilton, who acquires a mystical "monkey's paw" talisman that grants its possessor three wishes. Jake finds his world turned upside down after his first two wishes result in co-worker Tony Cobb being resurrected from the dead. As Cobb pressures Jake into using the final wish to reunite Cobb with his son, his intimidation quickly escalates into relentless murder-- forcing Jake to outwit his psychotic friend and save his remaining loved ones. Written by monkey

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One Wish. A Thousand Regrets.

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Horror | Thriller

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Loosely based on the short story by W. W. Jacobs of the same name. See more »

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Version of The Monkey's Paw (1933) See more »

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Decent enough and quite watchable
4 June 2015 | by (Los Angeles, Ca) – See all my reviews

After receiving a mystical paw from a friend, a man's life is turned upside down finally culminating in his best friends' resurrection from death and his continual stalking of his friends to get the powerful object.

On the whole this one was quite a decent enough effort without too much really affecting it. One of the few positives on display here is the rather demented manner in which this one goes about the resurrection of the friend, slowly but surely turning him away from the calm and level- headed friend into a gleeful and inhuman slasher that takes advantage of numerous opportunities to really get some great suspense in this. Not only is the behavior change here responsible for that but also the rather obvious physical changes abound as there's plenty of different marks and scars that give away his appearance quite readily that makes the slow transition all the more obvious and creepy to match that newfound psychotic behavior. The scenes where he gets to show that off, mainly the stalking scene in the grocery store, the freeway chase after his friends and the final brawl in the house all manage to get some nice action in here as well as allowing for the performance of superhuman feats which is quite a bit of fun and really manages to get that transformation across as best it can here with a lot to like. Finish it off with some solid gore and it manages to come off nicely, but still flawed as there's a few rather distressing elements present. The biggest issue here is easily the fact that there's just no way to take the plot seriously or even find a great deal of creepiness from it as the majority of the time here is spent on doing nothing but the two arguing over whether or not the resurrected friend should have the paw in question, resorting to bullying and tormenting tactics to get it but never showing anything that deserves why he should have it. That really tends to force him into being far more psychotic than he really should've been and tends to render a vast majority of the scenes here into a repetitive manner of requesting it, denial and then a vicious murder only for it to start back up again which gets very old very quickly. It doesn't do anything for the pace of the film and none of these scenes are different from the previous ones only the location has changed and the people still alive in that world. The last problematic effort here is the fact that there's never any real back-story on the paw as for how it got it's powers from in the first place, really tending to just be around and never really offering anything on what it is or how it got that way which was all given in the original story but dropped here which is quite confusing. Otherwise, this one wasn't all that bad.

Rated R: Graphic Violence, Language, sexual content and children-in- jeopardy.


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