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post #251 of 382

King Kong Escapes is a great kaiju film. Very colorful, and wonderful miniature work. Inversely, the Kong suit is terrible, as is the battle with the water snake. 

post #252 of 382
I hope you don't think it's too much of a cop out if I politely decline for now, not only is it getting a little late but I literally do have to go digging for it.
That and my teacher gave me a D on it and everyone just laughed at me when I presented it in front of the class that day...god why do I have to remember that crap?
In a nutshell I went on to wax lyrical about Paul Frees as an poetically evil Dr. Who, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea and Bondian femme fatales du jour...ok I really need to stop, till later folks.
post #253 of 382

Uh, ok.

 

While looking up vids for KKE, I came across clips for a Godzilla vs the Wolfman.  Apparently its some unfinished fan film that looks like it was made in the 70's.  It uses the suit from vs. King Kong, imo one of Big G's worst looks.  Frogzilla.

post #254 of 382
I once copied and pasted my college paper on Plato's theory of justified true belief and John Milius' Conan the Barbarian on this board.

So no peer pressure. But you'll be really cool with us if you share.
post #255 of 382
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oh no! 

he's bryan cranston from dullzilla all over again!

There will never be a situation like Cranston from Dullzilla again. John C Reilly isn't coming off a brilliant show as one of the greatest actors of our time, marketed as the lead, and shafted after about 20 min of his introduction.
post #256 of 382
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King Kong's the sort of creation that either captures your imagination or doesn't.  I've loved the character since childhood when my parents sat me down to watch the 1933 film.

 

Same. I distinctly remember seeing the 1933 film for the first time. I was maybe 5? My parents found out it was running late (I think on the local PBS channel of all things, but memory is hazy about that detail) and allowed me to stay up past bedtime to watch it.

 

And they told me NOTHING about the film. Just that I'd like it. I peppered them with questions but they remained strong and divulged no spoilers. And so we watched....

 

...and the scene when Kong first emerges from the jungle/forest to get Ann: life changing. At first I thought Kong was some kind of rock monster (lighting and stop motion effects) and then realized he was giant gorilla and it all became so perfect. And the movie also had dinosaurs. (Up until my teen years, I harbored dreams of being a paleontologist.)

 

Ever since then, I've loved Kong. 

post #257 of 382

I always liked the face on Mecha Kong a lot better than the one on the actual suit itself I wondered why Eji didn't just try to copy it? Other than that the only thing I've would change would be to shorten the arms a little a made it so the only way to turn the head was to your move the shoulders first, like in the Patterson-Gimli Bigfoot footage. In some weird ways Eji's suit always reminded me of that aborted Kong vs. Prometheus idea albeit with hair, with him being a O'Brien fanboy I'm sure it was more than coincidence though. And speaking of lost Kongs I really wish Cooper would have lived long enough to see his Kong is space come to life. While it would've have been not good it still could have been memorable ride, nowhere as batshit as A Space Godzilla, but still...

post #258 of 382

I grew up around hunters and fisherman, my family epecially, we used to go fishing alot when I was smaller.

Being decidely blue collar/lower class being able to provide for the family, ie self proficent, was a big thing back then.

Lost World/Imperial Romance has always had a special place in my heart, since we we spent so much time outside.

Tarzan, lost worlds and Kong especially is some ways were my first loves, my longest love, the truest.

post #259 of 382

And before anyone asks we only killed what we ate and only took one deer per season, we weren't trophy hunters, it wasn't about that for us.

That's kind of a sore spot with me, we're not all mindless, remorseless spree killers like some people like to paint us as.

post #260 of 382
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Why has this thread been so busy? I haven't seen the trailer, does it look that amazing?


The trailer made it look like a really good monster movie and John C Reilly's character looks like a fun one. Also the movie looks like it will give John Goodman another chance to show how good he is playing an intense/crazy person.

post #261 of 382
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King Kong's the sort of creation that either captures your imagination or doesn't.  I've loved the character since childhood when my parents sat me down to watch the 1933 film.

My aunt recently shared an anecdote about the original King Kong terrified her as a child. When she was little and heard news reports about the Vietcong waging guerilla warfare overseas, she went into hysterics, wondering how American G.I.s could possibly fight that.
post #262 of 382

Thanks a lot Reasor now I have to dig out my collection of Weird War comics from DC for my Gorilla warfare fix now. You know I just realized something. That big handprint on the side of the mountain, I take it that’s Kong's? If that's true I wonder if there is more skyscraper sized cave art on the rest of the island somewhere, that's a pretty cool way at abstract character building.

 

Or it could be what it is and after a particularly bloody battle Kong needed to sit a spell...either or really. Also I hope y’all don’t think I’m some kind of secret plant for Skull Island or anything like that, I know I didn't start posting till after the trailer came out but I assure you I’m just your average middle aged man-child with too much time on his hand and easy access to the internet.

post #263 of 382
In grade school, used to read the orange books about movie monsters, including Kong. That was my Internet. Tons of spoilers.
post #264 of 382

Those Crestwood Books, yeah, there used to be literal pull apart donnybrooks to be the first to read the latest copy on the self back at my ole elementry school.

post #265 of 382
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In grade school, used to read the orange books about movie monsters, including Kong. That was my Internet. Tons of spoilers.
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Those Crestwood Books, yeah, there used to be literal pull apart donnybrooks to be the first to read the latest copy on the self back at my ole elementry school.

I devoured those books as a kid!

 

 

They had a surprising amount of solid information, despite being written for very young reading levels.  The Kong book is where I first learned there was a sequel to the 1933 film.

post #266 of 382
Yeah, I remember them covering not only the Universal movies, but the Hammer ones as well.
post #267 of 382
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Yeah, I remember them covering not only the Universal movies, but the Hammer ones as well.

Absolutely.  And silent-era stuff, too.  I recall being seriously unnerved by a picture of Lon Chaney from LONDON AFTER MIDNIGHT in the Dracula book.

post #268 of 382

Wait, is that Karloff as Fu Manchu on the cover of the Mad Scientist one?  We never had that one, sonuva...I missed one.

post #269 of 382
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In grade school, used to read the orange books about movie monsters, including Kong. That was my Internet. Tons of spoilers.

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I devoured those books as a kid!




They had a surprising amount of solid information, despite being written for very young reading levels.  The Kong book is where I first learned there was a sequel to the 1933 film.

I gotta figure every elementary school library in the country had that series in the stacks. Loved the hell out of those things.

Great. Now I'm off to find out if they can still be purchased somewhere. Thanks for the 'member berries, fellas.

And yeah, that mad scientists one is a new one on me too.
post #270 of 382
They're on eBay.
post #271 of 382

Sadly every time I've tried that route I've just ended up being outsniped at the last minute...and needing a new moniter the next business day.

post #272 of 382

Ironically enough I don't really remember that 70's Kong or the Henry Hull Wolf Man one neither.

Did they do a second printing with alternate covers or did they actually do story books for the different films?

post #273 of 382
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Ironically enough I don't really remember that 70's Kong or the Henry Hull Wolf Man one neither.

Did they do a second printing with alternate covers or did they actually do story books for the different films?


Crestwood House actually had two separate series about horror movies.  The first set - the one most people remember as having the orange back covers - are the ones I posted above (there are many others in that series, as well), and were the ones that took a broad look at their subjects.  The second series was comprised of straight re-tellings of specific films, and had purple covers...

 

 

And here's a four minute video talking about all the books...

 

 

post #274 of 382
The ones I remember reading were about Kong, the Gill-Man, Dracula, Frankenstein and the Invisible Man. I may have read some others, but the mad scientist one doesn't come to mind.
post #275 of 382

Those Crestwood books were a staple of my elementary school days. Along with regular showings of SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES in the school library they got me into monsters, ghosts, the supernatural and the weird at an early age.

 

I still remember programming a Star Trek game in BASIC on the Apple IIe at school and it was amazing.

post #276 of 382

I checked those Crestwood books out of my elementary school library a lot. Of course the Godzilla one was my favorite. Back then I thought the Creature from the Black Lagoon was good too.

post #277 of 382
I remember one for The Blob that I enjoyed.
post #278 of 382

Thanks for vid Belloq...Holy Hell is that Murders in the Rue Morgue, geesh they really did cover all bases!

Also I really blanked on the purple ones untill you brought them up...I know what I'm treating myself too this holiday season.

post #279 of 382

I still want my Peter Jackson Son of Kong sequel that was promised!

 

post #280 of 382
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I still want my Peter Jackson Son of Kong sequel that was promised!

 


I would have watched the hell out of this.

post #281 of 382

What did they make this video for?

 

A joke for a King Kong fan site?

 

I kind of remember seeing this a while back but I don't remember the story.

 

(The teaser, not Jackson's King Kong).

post #282 of 382

I think it's valid to ask why Jackson's Kong was made.

post #283 of 382
Why and when did they scrap production on that?
post #284 of 382
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Why and when did they scrap production on that?

 

I think the whole thing is a gag they made around the time the first film was made/released.

 

But there's footage for Predators in that video and that came out in 2010.

 

Someone must have re-edited it and added most of the mock trailer shots later on.

post #285 of 382

There was an April Fool's Day production diary that came out during production in which Jackson and Co. describe - at length - plans for two SON OF KONG films.  The video above includes portions of that diary, but also cuts in other footage.

post #286 of 382

Oh man, those books were fantastic.  They really did do everything "I walked with a Zombie"  which... Yikes.  "The Mole People" were much less terrifying when I finally saw the movie, however.

 

On Skull Island - I wish I hadn't watched the full trailer!  

post #287 of 382

This trailer played very well for my audience this past weekend.

post #288 of 382
Oh, yeah? Did you hand out comment cards afterwards or something?
post #289 of 382

I tried, but they batted them away. I surmised that it was received well because I heard several people say, "that looks good" to their respective groups.

post #290 of 382
Concerning Brie Larsons mute character were they:

Barely Intrigued
A Bit Intrigued
Fairly Intrigued
Totes Intrigued
Or
"Holy shit isn't she an Oscar winner?! STILL no trailer lines eh?"
post #291 of 382

I wasn't paying attention to their comments during the trailer.

post #292 of 382
Quiet as a theatre full of Brie Larsons they were!!
post #293 of 382

Wouldn't know that either. I was at an IMAX theater so it was damn loud.

post #294 of 382
I feel like her character has probably been mansplained into catatonia with all those Alpha dudes.
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Not excusing the actions of his flight companion, but Vogt-Roberts' willingness to basically stalk that guy's activity (and exhaustively Tweet the entire experience) feels super creepy to me.  Another example of why I don't use any devices on fights.  I stick with books, because I don't need people around me quietly (or not so quietly) passing judgment on my interests and tastes.

post #297 of 382

Oh, they're judging you on your book taste, make no mistake.

post #298 of 382
When I travel, I just read "Penthouse Forum."
post #299 of 382

Looks like almost all that conversation was deleted from twitter.

post #300 of 382

No doubt at the studio's PR firm's behest.

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