Dead Ringers Episode 48: MONKEY SHINES + UPGRADE

Nolan is joined by Paul Farrell, Ben McBride, and Philip Yount to discuss George A. Romero’s Monkey Shines (1988) and Leigh Whannell’s Upgrade (2018). The crew catch up on new discoveries, rewatches, and recent releases — including a lengthy review of David Gordon Green’s Halloween Kills (2021) (Spoilers from 22:00 – 44:00) — before undergoing experimental treatments to extend their consciousnesses with disastrous results.

Other movies/TV shows discussed on this episode: The Seventh Curse (1986) (VOD), Night Of The Creeps (1986) (VOD), Last Night In Soho (2021) (VOD), V/H/S/94 (2021) (Shudder), The Car (1977) (VOD), Antlers (2021), Paranormal Activity: Next Of Kin (2021) (Paramount+), The Ranger (2018) (Shudder), Halloween Kills (2021) (Peacock), Troll (1986) (Hulu, Paramount+), Fade To Black (1980) (Shudder), The Dark And The Wicked (2020) (Shudder), The Vigil (2021) (VOD), Class Of 1999 (1992) (Tubi), Censor (2021) (Hulu), The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari (1920) (Shudder), Mad Love (1935) (VOD), What Happens Next Will Scare You (2020), Fright Night Part 2 (1988), Alone In The Dark (1982) (Blu-ray), The Night House (2021) (VOD), Monstrum (2018) (Shudder), The Legend Of The 7 Golden Vampires (1974) (Blu-ray), Chucky (2021) (Peacock).

As will always be the case with this show, please be aware that our discussion contains spoilers. If you want to watch the movies before listening to the show, there are a couple of ways you can do so. Monkey Shines is available to stream on Amazon Prime, and both it and Upgrade are available to rent or purchase via VOD and Blu-ray/DVD.

Download the episode here. (201 MB)

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Links of interest and/or sources cited for research on this episode:

Class of 88: MONKEY SHINES: The Strange Case of Two Jekylls and a Killer Monkey by Nolan McBride (Daily Dead)

Hammer Pub Episode 39 – Gettin’ Hammered with Hammer: Brides of Dracula (Scream Addicts) (podcast)

Why ‘Monster House’ is One of the Most Perfect Movies You Can Watch on Halloween by Paul Farrell (Bloody Disgusting)

Out of Order and Out of Time: How the ‘Halloween’ Franchise Was My Guide to Horror Movie Obsession by Paul Farrell (Bloody Disgusting)

The Brides of Dracula’ is a True Masterwork of the Macabre [Hammer Factory] by Paul Farrell (Bloody Disgusting)

‘The Witches’ Put an Academy Award Winning Actress Up Against the Dark Arts [Hammer Factory] by Paul Farrell (Bloody Disgusting)

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