Picks and Pans Review: New This Week on Video

updated 01/09/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/09/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST

>•TOP SCARE PICK: MONKEY SHINES When this stylish shocker opened last summer, it gathered potent reviews and a paltry box office, Shame. Now you can catch up on video with writer-director George (Night of the Living Dead) Romero's eerily enthralling tale of a quadriplegic law student (Jason Beghe) whose helping-hand monkey, played by a scene-stealing capuchin, turns amorous then lethal. Without resorting to his usual gore, Romero delivers giggles and goose bumps to the max. (Orion)

•OH NO NOT AGAIN: NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET IV Dream demon Freddy Krueger, "old razor glove" to intimates, outdid his three previous gross-out hits, unaccountably scaring $50 million out of gullible viewers. (Media)

•MORE OH NO NOT AGAIN: THE BLOB This 1988 version looks better and costs more, but the low-budget 1958 original with a young Steve McQueen taking on a lump of deadly Jell-O was more fun. (RCA/Columbia)

•SLEEPER HIT: THE THIN BLUE LINE Erroll Morris' acclaimed docudrama about the 1976 murder of a Dallas cop is more than a perversely fascinating look at the ways justice might miscarry; it helped win the man convicted of the murder a recommendation for a new trial. (HBO)

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