MONKEY FARM (2017) Reviews and overview

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‘Some stories should never be told’

Monkey Farm is a 2017 American found footage horror film written and directed by Ian Messenger (Friday the 13th: Legacy; Fireside Tales; The Hog). It stars Zach Etter, Justin Celani, and Acacia Makarewicz.

‘An exploration of what happens when human curiosity and animal rage collide. This low-budget, high-concept thriller presents a different kind of antagonist, and the same well-meaning-but-doomed kids you love to cheer for as they meet their grisly ends.’


Monkey Farm is far from perfect. But it’s got enough going for it on both the philosophical and “psycho chimp in a suit” levels to make it well worth a watch. If you can look past the found footage tropes and the limitations of low budget filmmaking, you’ll find it a tale that maybe should be told after all, despite what the tagline tells you.” Death Ensemble

“Sadly, the film isn’t as bloody as I would have liked. The carnage takes place off camera with the viewer just getting a glimpse of the red stuff. The effects are minimal with the exception of the chimp mask which was fantastic. Overall, Monkey Farm has a lot of potential but struggles with the pacing and length.” Horror Society

“The movie also uses as many as three cameras to keep things interesting. A found footage film is always more watchable when it has more than one point of view. Monkey Farm raises awareness about animal testing and frightens us on a primal level, all at the same time.” Indie Horror Online

Monkey Farm apes (ho-hum) The Blair Witch Project and Quarantine often and struggles sometimes to stand up for its own identity. The choice of locations are a marvel though, and the overall acting abilities are ranged from mediocre to okay, but never atrocious […] Don’t go in expecting a shining gem because there’s a lot of rough edges which certainly might have been avoided using some more thought.” Severed Cinema

Cast and characters:

Don Carlos … Doctor Randall Gomez
Justin Celani … Gunner
Tim Christie … Beckett
Chris Douglas … Tex Smalls
Zach Etter … Ryan
Acacia Makarewicz … Sienna
Austin Messenger … Jimmy
Ian Messenger … Samson
Christina Pflueger … Scarlett
Jake Pigman … Henry Miller
Aaron Ritter … Doctor Robert Reeves
Lawerence Rowe … Max
Heather Schilling …Doctor Jasmine Gertz
Rob Tenny … Roger Miller

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