The Monkey’s Paw, film review by Jessica Swafford

Be careful what you wish for…

The Monkey’s Paw, is a rendition of a short story by W. W. Jacobs. This SiFy horror, thriller directed by Brett Simmons is set in a modern day Cajun city. The cast includes a wide range of charter actors including C.J. Thomason, Stephen Lang, Daniel Kelly, Corbin Bleu, and Michell Pierce.

A boy down on his luck acquirers a talisman from an ex-coworker. The trinket gives the owner three wishes of what ever he desires, but little does Jack (Thomason) know the wishes are tainted, and come at a price. Jake makes his first 2 wishes and notices things are beginning to change, so he throws the paw away. Than along comes a villain who wants Jake’s last wish to fix everything the first two wishes ruined. Scared and worried for the peoples lives around him he warns them of the danger and even includes the police. After learning a little about the curse and getting guidance from a friend, Jake decides how to defeat the villain and the curse in the final battle.

One of the aspects of filmmaking that stood out in this movie was the place setting. Filmed in New Orleans this classic horror story had a strong wonderful feel of deep, Cajan, voodoo mystery. I believe that the southern setting was perfectly effective telling this story of a mysterious dark magic monkey’s paw.

Another aspect that stood out was the language both music and dialect. In the bayou setting having a bunch of yankees with rap music would not have done for this voodoo story. And the directors agreed. With the use of creole style music and most of the actors having the deep cajan accents this movie nicely portrayed the voodoo mystery that comes with a legend as old and thrilling as The Monkey’s Paw

I grew up with the story of the monkeys paw and this is the first movie I have seen on this subject. It was a thriller for me I hang on the words and storyline, and I was pleasantly surprised with this movie of a legend that I grew up listening to. I would recommend this movie to anyone who likes SiFi or thriller movies. Be careful what you wish for…. HAHAHAHA


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