The Monkey's Paw 2013 4 out of 10
The classic story about the Monkey's Paw gets a movie adaptation that falls short of its potential. The original short story written by W.W. Jacobs has been adapted many times before in short form. It has appeared in Tales from the Crypt, The Simpsons and Ripping Yarns. This movie version falls short of all of those previous versions. The main story of the Monkey's paw is that the person possessing it gets three wishes. The problem is those wishes always come with a price and like a in traditional Genie stories don't turn out as planned. It is a cool concept that was misused in this dull telling. A guy is given the Monkey's Paw and after wasting his first wish for a sports car that he quickly crashes uses his second wish to bring his co-worker that died in the crash back to life. The rest of the movie follows the reanimated co-worker killing people around him trying to get him to use his final wish to get his son back that he lost in a custody battle. The cool concept of the Monkey's paw is basically discarded for a dull killer movie.
Skip this Monkey and search out either the original short story or one of the better versions.