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When I heard about this film I remember something about a monkey's paw from a Simpsons Halloween special, where the paw has the ability to grant wishes. Turns out that The Monkey's Paw follows this exact story, and it’s worth watching mainly because of one man: Stephen Lang.
Lang plays Cobb, a machine operator in a New Orleans workshop. His younger friend and coworker Jake one day, after an unpleasant situation in their workplace, get an unusual gift. As soon as they see the paw and hear about its supposed power, Jake and Cobb decide to test it.
Lang (who is still best known for his amazing performance in Avatar) does the majority of the heavy lifting in this horror story. Director Brett Simmons intended to give the film a strong southern feel, and there are Louisiana style cemeteries, alligators and misty docks in many scenes. Jake even takes the New Orleans streetcar on several occasions. But, in spite of that, Lang is the one who delivers the film from a very forgettable place.