Link (1986) StudioCanal Blu-ray: Suspenseful killer ape film

StudioCanal (UK) will be releasing director Richard Franklin’s zoological horror film, Link (1986) on Blu-ray. Stars Elizabeth Shue, Terence Stamp.

Inspired by research on violence amongst chimpanzees, this chilling fantasy-horror from cult director Richard Franklin stars Elisabeth Shue (The Karate Kid) in an early film role, alongside fellow Oscar nominee and sixties screen icon Terence Stamp (The Collector) as a single-minded professor who sets in motion a terrifying chain of events. Link is presented here in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements, in its original aspect ratio.

Jane, an American zoology student, takes a summer job at the lonely cliff-top home of a professor who is exploring the link between man and ape. Soon after her arrival he vanishes, leaving her to care for his three chimps: Voodoo, a savage female; the affectionate, child-like Imp; and Link – a circus ape trained as the perfect servant and companion. Soon a disturbing role reversal takes place in the relationship between master and servant and Jane becomes a prisoner in a simian house of horror. In her attempts to escape she’s up against an adversary with several times her physical strength – and the instincts of a bloodthirsty killer.

Link (1986) Blu-ray
Image courtesy IMDB

 The gore level on this one is quite low, but it does contain a monkey in a suit smoking a cigar so I think we can look past that one…this one should be checked out!


Release date: January 25, 2021
Genre: Horror

DirectorRichard Franklin
CastTerence Stamp, Elisabeth Shue, Steven Finch
Production Year1986
Discs1 Blu-ray Disc
Run Time103 minutes
FormatsColor / 1.66:1
StudioStudioCanal (UK)

Here are the complete special features and bonus details from the StudioCanal Blu-ray edition:

Special features

New: Audio Commentary by Film Historian Lee Gambin and Film Critic Jarret Gahan
New: Interview with film programmer and horror expert Anna Bogutskaya
Deleted workprint scenes
Audio interview with director Richard Franklin
Jerry Goldsmith demo of the LINK theme
Original UK Theatrical teaser trailer

Link (1986) trailer

Notice: The picture quality of these videos do not reflect the picture quality of the Blu-ray or DVD in this package.

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