Taglines: An experiment in terror!
Student Jane jobs as an assistant for the animal researcher Phillip in a lonesome old house. They live alone except for the chimpanzees and butler Link: a 45 years old very intelligent orangutan. Phillip wants to put Link to death. However before he can do this he’s vanished tracelessly one morning. Link starts behaving more and more aggressive and prohibits Jane from using the phone or reaching the next village. When she punishes him by locking him out, he becomes violent.
Link is a 1986 British horror film starring Elisabeth Shue and Terence Stamp. The title character, “Link”, is a super-intelligent yet malicious orangutan who lashes out against his masters when they try to have him euthanised.
It was directed by Richard Franklin and written by Everett De Roche from a story by Lee David Zlotoff and Tom Ackermann. The score was provided by Jerry Goldsmith. It was filmed in St. Abbs, Scotland. Shue and Goldsmith received Saturn Award nominations for their contributions.
Although the title primate is clearly an orangutan, he is referred to as a chimpanzee through the entire film, and his fur appears to have been dyed black (Orangutans have reddish-brown fur).
Directed by: Richard Franklin
Starring: Terence Stamp, Elisabeth Shue, Steven Finch, Richard Garnett, David O’Hara, Kevin Lloyd, Joe Belcher
Screenplay by: Lee David Zlotoff, Tom Ackermann
Production Design by: Norman Garwood
Cinematography by: Mike Molloy
Film Editing by: Andrew London, Derek Trigg
Costume Design by: Catherine Cook
Art Direction by: Keith Pain
Music by: Jerry Goldsmith
Distributed by: Cannon Films
Release Date: October 31, 1986