Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Review: King Kong (1933) - Directed by Merian C. Cooper & Ernest B. Schoedsack! (March 2017)

"Classic Monster Action in King Kong (1933)"
The black and white classic Monster Film in King Kong (1933) was released during the great depression in Hollywood. The film was a GIANT HIT thanks to ground-breaking stop-motion effects by Willis O'Brien. Many classic giant monster films would follow in Godzilla (1954) (which used suit-motion) and The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953) - which also used stop-motion effects. Kong 1933 is considered the Grandfather of them all, though!

The story of Kong features an actress named Ann (played by Fay Wray) from New York. She meets a film-maker who sets sail on a ship with it's crew to uncharted Skull Island! The native people on the island decide to kidnap her and attempt to sacrifice her to an island god-monster in King Kong! He appears from out the jungle and carries her away, leaving the ship's crew to rescue her and the film-maker continues to film his epic documentary about the mysterious island of doom!

Kong is soon captured later in the film and bought back to New York to be put on display on Broadway. However, first he fights off huge dinosaurs and monsters to project the ill-fated Ann who is screaming for her life!

The ending comes when Kong climbs the Empire State Building with Ann in his grasp, before being shot down by fighter planes! "It was Beauty... Killed the Beast!".

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