Link (1986)

35mm film, Technicolor
English, Dolby Stereo

An American/British horror film directed by Richard Franklin.

Plot Summary

Student Jane begins a new job as a research assistant with Dr Steven Philip, who is conducting experiments with at his remote country home. But when Philips vanishes, Jane is left at the mercy of intruders, three dangerous chimps – and she only has ape butler Link to help her.


* = uncredited

Directed by: Richard Franklin
© MCMLXXXVI [1986] Cannon Films, Inc. and Cannon International B.V.
The Cannon Group, Inc presents a Richard Franklin film. Made by Link Films Ltd. in association with Cannon Screen Entertainment Limited
Executive Producer: Verity Lambert
Produced by: Richard Franklin
Co-Producer: Rick McCallum
Associate Producer: Selwyn Roberts
Written by: Everett De Roche
Based upon the story by Lee Zlotoff and Tom Ackerman
Director of Photography: Mike Molloy
Edited by: Andrew London
Music by: Jerry Goldsmith
Sound Mixer: David Stephenson
Costume Designer: Catherine Cook
Make-up: Pat Hay
Hairdresser: Meinir Brock
Special Make-up: Yvonne Coppard
Special Effects Supervisor: John Gant
Animatronics Designer: David White
Production Designer: Norman Garwood

Elisabeth Shue (Jane Chase)
Terence Stamp (Dr Steve Phillip)
Steven Pinner (David)
Richard Garnett (Dennis)
David O'Hara (Tom)
Kevin Lloyd (Bailey)
Joe Belcher (taxi driver)
Geoffrey Beevers [Mr Miller] *
Caroline John [Mrs Miller] *
Daisy Beevers [Becky] *

Alternative Titles

Link, der Butler – West Germany



  • American Film vol.12 no.1 (October 1986) p.67 – review
  • Cinefantastique vol.17 no.1 (1987) pp.36-39 – illustrated article (Link by Alan Jones)
  • Cinema Papers no.72 (March 1989) p.40 – article (Box four: Richard Franklin & Link by John Baxter)
  • City Limits no.271 (11 December 1986) p.27 – review
  • Écran Fantastique no.6 (March 1986) p.8 – review
  • Films vol.5 no.3 (March 1985) p.5 – article
  • Films and Filming no.387 (December 1986) pp.36-37 – review
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.294 no.2 (6 October 1986) pp.3 , 17 – credits , review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.53 no.635 (December 1986) pp.376-377 – credits , synopsis , review (by Philip Strick)
  • Première March 1986 p.13 – review (by Philippe Salanches)
  • Screen International no.488 (16 March 1985) p.1 – note
  • Screen International no.494 (27 April 1985) p.19 (UK) – credits
  • Screen International no.509 (10 August 1985) p.26 – review
  • Soundtrack!: The Collector's Quarterly (6 Mar 1987) p.16 – soundtrack review (Link/Jerry Goldsmith by Kevin Mulhall)
  • Starburst vol.9 no.4 (December 1986) p.13 – review
  • Starburst no.100 (1986) – note
  • Stills no.20 (June/July 1985) p.30 (UK) – credits
  • Time Out no.851 (10 December 1986) p.35 – review
  • Variety 8 October 1986) p.29 (USA) – credits, review


  • The New York Times vol.136 (24 April 1987) p.C10 – review (Link , a chimp with a roving eye by Walter Goodman)


  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.398-399
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films IV by Donald C. Willis p.290
  • Horror Films of the 1980s by John Kenneth Muir pp.521-523 – credits, synopsis, review
  • English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.281