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Link (1986)



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Richard Franklin directed this horror film that plays like Jane Goodall in Gaslight. Elisabeth Shue is Jane Chase, a graduate student in zoology who volunteers to help Dr. Steven Phillip (Terence Stamp), a professor at the university, with his animal studies. Arriving at his mansion, she is greeted by Link, a orangutan dressed in a monkey suit. Jane gets to know Link and Dr. Phillip's other chimp charges, Imp and Voodoo. One day Dr. Phillip goes to town, supposedly to sell Voodoo, but instead, Voodoo is found dead at the mansion. Link then proceeds to ignore Jane's commands and starts pushing Imp around. When Dr. Phillip's friend Bailey (Kevin Lloyd) arrives to take Voodoo away, Link becomes aggressive and chases Bailey away from the mansion. Jane later realizes Link is holding her prisoner in the mansion, not allowing her through the door and keeping the telephone away from her. Link is now out for blood, and the blood belongs to Jane.


Terence Stamp
as Dr. Steven Phillip
Elisabeth Shue
as Jane Chase
as Imp
as Link
as Voodoo
Joe Belcher
as Taxi Driver
Geoffrey Beevers
as Mr. Miller
Linus Roache
as Uncredited
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Critic Reviews for Link

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (7)

Shue delivers her lines with the conviction of someone reciting her grocery list.

June 25, 2021 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

This picture merits a serious attention that its shoddy promotional exploitation will not encourage.

June 25, 2021 | Full Review…

Despite predictability and flaws, "Link" is surprisingly good. It's a tight, involving, "Beauty and the Beast" thriller, with more humor and intelligence than you'd guess.

June 25, 2021 | Full Review…

Perhaps, though, Link is a human comedy after all, showing us our not altogether elevated place on the evolutionary chain.

February 1, 2021 | Full Review…

The establishing section is long and tiresome; the denouement, with a tediously indestructible monster, seems interminable, and there is not much, apart from the apes' performances, to admire in between.

December 14, 2020 | Full Review…

Too much monkey business.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Link

Unfortunately it's never as creepy as the poster, but it does come close. Link sees Elisabeth Shue take a job minding Stamp's cottage where 3 apes live. An elderly domineering female, a youngling hat can communicate via a computer, and an old geezer dressed as a butler. The latter, known as Link, soon becomes a bit obsessed with his new female house guest. Mysterious goings on soon give way to extended chase scenes. It gets a bit tiresome as you'd think some competent person could take out an orangutan in this situation. The ape that plays Link is incredible. His facial expressions put the human cast to shame, and it looks like he does a lot of his own physical scenes. Enjoyable, and sometimes creepy, it can also drag on in places.

Luke Baldock
Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer


It's sort of like a prequel to Sunset Blvd. One of the most unusual creature features I've ever seen.

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

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