"...and Shakma! Shocking audiences everywhere! SHAKMAAAAAAARGHH!"
A 1990 horror film involving a killer baboon.
A group of nerdy medical researchers decide to stay overnight at their research facility and have a LARP
session. Using walkie talkies, they communicate with this professor, acting as the Game Master
and go about the lab collecting artefacts and spells from the different rooms, designated as caves, forests, etc. Unfortunately for them, Shakma, a baboon they have been experimenting on to see if they can control aggression, is on the loose and hunting them down.
- Animal Testing: Probably not the best idea to take an already aggressive animal like a baboon and screw around with its brain.
- Antagonist Title
- Casting Gag: Hmmmm, Roddy McDowall in a film where mutated apes hunt and kill humans. Where have I heard that before?.
- Closed Circle: The gamers are trapped inside the medical building.
- Idiot Ball: Gee Tracy, don't you think you could have just articulated to Gary that there was a dangerous lab animal on the loose and people are dead instead of just vaguely sputtering to him in sentence fragments and dramatic pauses not to go to the fifth floor?
- Kill 'em All: maybe even Sam dies in the end leaving only one minor character's girlfriend alive, who drives off in the middle of the movie.
- LARP: A rare pre-internet era example. The main characters are each assigned a character and the research building is their gaming area.
- Lowered Monster Difficulty: Shakma is all about ripping his prey to shreds for most of the movie, but during the final confrontation he briefly attacks Sam and then runs away.
- Maniac Monkeys: The titular primate is a genetically altered baboon with a murderous attitude.
- Murder by Cremation: Sam tricks Shakma into leaping into the specimen disposal crematory and torches the baboon.
- Pyrrhic Victory: Invoked. In the end, Sam, exhausted by his wounds, lays on the ground and finds it darkly humorous that he "won" the game.