Teenager, Joan gets more than she bargained for when her workaholic dad buys her a cute pet monkey who grows wings, fangs, and an insatiable thirst for blood come nightfall.
Gargoyles? Nope, it's a different breed entirely. One from the deep, dark parts of the jungle... from which a couple of pretty modern-looking Asian assassins who've been hunting down this special species for centuries appear and it turns out they speak pretty good English.
Maika Monroe is the lead star though, the girl who receives the monkey; up-and-coming actress who's about to star in a movie with Shia Lebouff. Honey Boy. I was just skimming through his filmography looking for American Honey, which this movie reminded me of. I was sure I recognized her too, and apparently it was from It Follows! Favorites all together now. She'll be playing lead role in Stockholm as well, a movie that, of course, a Swede like me is looking forward to seeing. Coincidences huh?
This movie isn't one of those but: she does her part alright. The other girl, btw? Machete! Grindhouse! The cast in this movie, if but a small part of it: off the charts! Or more like: on the charts? Movies considered? They're great.
So they have the cast bit covered, and the rest of the movie could've been good too with it's simple but appreciative plot, small bouts of action, relations and good filming, but unfortunately: the CGI. It was crap.
Take it for what it is though, which is an entertaining B-movie. No more no less. It just could have maybe been more because Maika Monroe! HELL YEAH! I think I might be a fan. Good watch.
rated 3/5: not bad