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.
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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.
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.
So no peer pressure. But you'll be really cool with us if you share.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Epic read -- makes me want to buy an extra ticket for Kong out of principle.
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.