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Blue Monkey

Blue Monkey

Steve Railsback
Director: William Fruet Cast: Steve Railsback
Steve Railsback
, Gwynyth Walsh
Gwynyth Walsh
, Susan Anspach
Susan Anspach
William Fruet
Blue Monkey

Blue Monkey

Steve Railsback
Director: William Fruet Cast: Steve Railsback
Steve Railsback
, Gwynyth Walsh
Gwynyth Walsh
, Susan Anspach
Susan Anspach
William Fruet


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This slick throwback to the giant-mutant-insect movies of the 1950's has built a small reputation solely on its irrelevant title -- the film contains no monkeys, blue or otherwise -- which confused both reviewers and viewers alike. (This dilemma was solved in its second video incarnation, under the more honest title Insect.) The story begins when a gardener becomes infected with a plant-borne insect larva, which he disgorges upon his arrival at the County Memorial Hospital. When the bug-baby ingests a large dose of growth hormone called NAC-5 (hospitals are always leaving that stuff around where bugs can get at it), it immediately bulks up to the size of a bulldozer. The plot quickly shifts into Alien mode, as scientists, police (namely wild-eyed cop Steve Railsback) and hospital personnel creep down the hospital's labyrinthine corridors in search of the insectoid monster, which they hope to destroy with conveniently-provided experimental laser equipment before it can test the capacity of the maternity ward with a few million larvae. Despite the lurid promotional materials (showing pretty nurses SCREAMING IN HORROR!!), the story is played quite straight -- more of an homage to films like Them! than a parody of same -- and benefits from good performances (John Vernon is great as the hospital director), a tight script and a strong emphasis on suspense and action from director William Fruet.

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Product Details

Release Date: 12/07/2021
UPC: 0738329256937
Original Release: 1987
Rating: R
Source: Code Red
Time: 1:36:00
Sales rank: 13,302

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Steve Railsback Detective Jim Bishop
Gwynyth Walsh Dr. Rachel Carson
Susan Anspach Dr. Judith Glass
John Vernon Roger Levering Hospital Administrator
Joe Flaherty George Baker
Robin Duke Sandra Baker
Don Lake Elliot Jacobs, Entomologist
Sandy Webster Fred Adams, Repairman
Helen Hughes Marwella Harbison Greenhouse Owner
Joy Coghill Dede Wilkens
Nathan Adamson Tyrone
Philip Akin Anthony Rivers
Ursula Balzer O.R. Nurse
Joanne Bates Lobby Nurse
Cynthia Belliveau Alice Bradley
Walker Bonne Johnson
Harry Booker Bill Clemmins
Michael Caruana Technician
David Clement Surgeon
Laura Dickson Desk Nurse
Jane Dingle Desk Nurse
Reg Dreger Policeman
Bill Lake Paramedic
Dan Lett Ted Andrews
Marsha Moreau Marcy
Sarah Polley Ellen
Ken Quinn Patient
Michael J. Reynolds Hooper,Albert
Don Ritchie Orderly
Allan Rosenthal Dr. Steinberg
Ivan E. Roth The Creature
Les Rubie Rollo Jordan
Karen Scanlan I.S.O. Nurse
Ralph Small Security Guard
Stuart Stone Joey
Peter Van Wart Oscar Willets
Gina Wilkinson Michelle Williams
Robert Wilton Orderly

Technical Credits
William Fruet Director
Paul Bengston Casting
Shane Cardwell Stunts
David Cohn Casting
Patrick Coleman Score Composer
Jill Compton Special Effects
Sirius Effects Special Effects
Tom Fox Executive Producer
Reuben Freed Art Director,Production Designer
Michael Freut Editor
George Goldsmith Screenwriter
Gina Kiellerman Costumes/Costume Designer
Paul Novotny Score Composer
Michael L. Roberts Special Effects
Urmas Rosin Sound/Sound Designer
John Ryan Production Manager
Brendon Smith Set Decoration/Design
Brenton Spencer Cinematographer
Anne Tait Casting
Cheree van Dyk Makeup
Martin Walters Producer
Mark Williams Special Effects

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