The Legacy of Kong – Big Gorilla goes Ape! – movie reviews

I’ve been reading Michael Thomas-Knight – over at – for a while now, and I enjoy every post. When the following article showed up in his feed, I was especially impressed by the thoroughness of his work. I asked for permission to reblog it, and he said sure.

In the next few days, I’m going to spend as much time as possible banking some fresh posts and spiffing up the blog, so don’t be surprised if a few more reblogs pop up.

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The Legacy of Kong – Big Gorilla goes Ape!

A complete list and short reviews of giant ape films

King Kong (1933)
RKO Studios
Directed by Ernest B. Shoedsack & Merian C. Cooper

Fay Wray
Robert Armstrong
Bruce Cabot

The fact that this epic adventure is still watch-able today is a testament to its achievement. King Kong heralded the dawn of big special effects in Hollywood movies. Willis O’Brien’s use of stop-motion animation, which would dominate sci-fi and horror for the next fifty years, influenced a great many future filmmakers, most notably, Ray Harryhausen and Tim Burton.

King Kong also featured the most ferocious and authentic looking Tyrannosaurus Rex ever to grace the screen, perhaps only second to Steven Spielberg’s T. Rex in Jurassic Park. The snapping, hissing, fast-moving beast is still a marvel to watch in action, today.

Naturally, there is not much to say that hasn’t…

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2 Comments on “The Legacy of Kong – Big Gorilla goes Ape! – movie reviews”

  1. Hunter Shea says:

    I had my first monster love affair with old Kong. It’s an amazing achievement for its time.

  2. Kong is an easy monster to love, what with his mammalian-ess and his innate appeal to our sense of empathy. (Truth be told, though, I’m not drawn to apes; they are too much like us.)

    I’m trying to remember other monsters that inspire sympathy. Frankenstein’s monster, of course. Does E.T. count as a monster? The creature that keeps coming to mind is the Horta, from Star Trek.

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