Horror Monkey Movies

By RodneyHatfieldJr for Movies

Who doesn’t like primates? Well except the ones hyped up on Xanax that rip people’s faces off like the one in Connecticut. Other than those, most people love our genetic relatives. So naturally, we would have to put these creatures as the antagonist in films. So let's look at some, as my grandfather called them “Monkey Movies”. 

I am basing this on animals, not the Planet of the Apes genetically altered/time travel animals. So no futuristic apocalyptic settings.



All bow to The King! It's right there in the title isn't folks. Without the success and popularity of the 80-year-old King Kong character, a trend that has endured through many incarnations, we might not have gotten the giant monster genre.  

Yea I know he is an ape. And I don’t care. 



First off, if you're wondering, the title Shakma refers to Chakma, a subspecies of baboon that is featured prominently in the flick. If you are wondering about the story; after a series of medical experiments go awry. The fevered, ruddy-eyed baboon goes on a ballistic feeding-spree through a downtown high-rise.

Like baboons are not dangerous enough, let's perform a bunch of experiments and see what happens. Science is not always smart.



Supposable based on the real events that took place in Kenya in 1984, in which, due to a massive continental drought, some 90,000 starving baboons went on a countrywide death march. Trampling, slaughtering and feasting on anything that happened to get in their way. They ate humans, other wild animals, whatever.  

Again, baboons are no joke. 

LINK 1986


When a young zoology student, is invited to assist anthropologist with his experiments involving chimpanzees, things begin to happen around super-intelligent simian servant, Link. 

HBO played this all the time back in the day. 

CONGO 1995


A group goes looking for another group looking for a diamond to use as a focus for a laser communication whatever. And they find a bunch of killer apes who are guardians of the King Solomon’s mine. 

For one, we have Tim Curry's. So that is worth watching it. And yes it is cheesy and campy, but it's a good cheesy and campy.



George A. Romero's most underrated flick. The nasty little monkey Ella is a menacing monstrosity! The little SOB goes berserk. Be it using scalpels, needles, fangs, he dominates his quadriplegic master. 

By the end of the movie, you want to kick the little furball off a cliff.



Teenager, Joan gets more than she bargained for when her workaholic dad buys her a cute pet monkey who grows wings, fangs, and an insatiable thirst for blood come nightfall. 

The bane of my childhood. The flying monkeys from the Wizard of Oz. For some reason, those things just creeped me out. This is one of those movies with a good concept, but effects are lacking. The CGI is not the best. This is one movie that could do with a remake.

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