HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
 
Newest Reviews
Godzilla Singular Point
Ace of Aces
Innocents, The
Beast and the Magic Sword, The
Last Hard Men, The
Found Footage Phenomenon, The
Night Trap
Skinny Tiger, Fatty Dragon
Benediction
Nezha Reborn
Evil Toons
Worst Person in the World, The
Whirlpool
Hunter Will Get You
Superman/Batman: Apocalypse
Revolver
Men, The
Parallel Mothers
Sadness, The
Bloody New Year
Faye
Body Count
Spider-Man: No Way Home
'Round Midnight
Wild Men
Barry & Joan
Wake Up Punk
Twin, The
Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy
One of These Days
Lift to the Scaffold
Savage Dawn
Rest in Pieces
Innocents in Paris
We're All Going to the World's Fair
Beyond the Door 3
Jules et Jim
Love Jones
Saint-Narcisse
Souvenir Part II, The
   
 
Newest Articles
La Violence: Dobermann at 25
Serious Comedy: The Wrong Arm of the Law on Blu-ray
DC Showcase: Constantine - The House of Mystery and More on Blu-ray
Monster Fun: Three Monster Tales of Sci-Fi Terror on Blu-ray
State of the 70s: Play for Today Volume 3 on Blu-ray
The Movie Damned: Cursed Films II on Shudder
The Dead of Night: In Cold Blood on Blu-ray
Suave and Sophisticated: The Persuaders! Take 50 on Blu-ray
Your Rules are Really Beginning to Annoy Me: Escape from L.A. on 4K UHD
A Woman's Viewfinder: The Camera is Ours on DVD
Chaplin's Silent Pursuit: Modern Times on Blu-ray
The Ecstasy of Cosmic Boredom: Dark Star on Arrow
A Frosty Reception: South and The Great White Silence on Blu-ray
You'll Never Guess Which is Sammo: Skinny Tiger and Fatty Dragon on Blu-ray
Two Christopher Miles Shorts: The Six-Sided Triangle/Rhythm 'n' Greens on Blu-ray
Not So Permissive: The Lovers! on Blu-ray
Uncomfortable Truths: Three Shorts by Andrea Arnold on MUBI
The Call of Nostalgia: Ghostbusters Afterlife on Blu-ray
Moon Night - Space 1999: Super Space Theater on Blu-ray
Super Sammo: Warriors Two and The Prodigal Son on Blu-ray
Sex vs Violence: In the Realm of the Senses on Blu-ray
What's So Funny About Brit Horror? Vampira and Bloodbath at the House of Death on Arrow
Keeping the Beatles Alive: Get Back
The Punk Rock Movie: Out of the Blue on Blu-ray
Yeah, Too Quiet: The Great Silence on Blu-ray
   
 
  King Kong Going Apeshit
Year: 1976
Director: John Guillermin
Stars: Jeff Bridges, Charles Grodin, Jessica Lange, John Randolph, Rene Auberjonois, Julius Harris, Jack O'Halloran, Dennis Fimple, Ed Lauter, Jorge Moreno, Mario Gallo, John Lone, Garry Walberg, John Agar, Kenny Long, Sid Conrad, Rick Baker
Genre: Action, Fantasy, AdventureBuy from Amazon
Rating:  5 (from 3 votes)
Review: Oil man Fred Wilson (Charles Grodin) is setting out on his latest expedition and this one he is sure is going to be big. He has planned a trip to a mysterious fog bank in the ocean around Indonesia, because from his research he has worked out there must be a large island there - and a great source of oil. What he does not know is that paleontologist Jack Prescott (Jeff Bridges) has stowed away onboard as he wants to ensure that there is no environmental damage being committed, but what they don't count on is finding a young woman adrift in a life raft...

And that young woman was Jessica Lange making her debut in this, what was planned to be one of the biggest blockbusters of all time. It certainly cost a lot of money, at any rate, but it wasn't long before this Dino De Laurentiis production was receiving some brickbats not only from the critics, but the public as well. This was largely down to the film taking a classic, which had justifiably been called a fairy tale for the twentieth century, and exposing its outrageous storyline as something incredibly stupid. You didn't come away from this in awe, you come away thinking, "aw, no!"

One of the problems is that Lorenzo Semple Jr's script saddles Lange with one of the most grating female leads of the decade, a beautiful woman sure, but also a complete moron - how can we feel any of the giant ape's depth of emotion when the object of his affection is such a shallow character. The reason she has been adrift is because the yacht she was on blew up and she managed to get to the raft after being on deck. Why was she on deck when eveyone else was below? Because they were watching Deep Throat and she didn't want to see it: this is the film's idea of humour. As if that wasn't bad enough, she introduces herself as Dwan, which she considers a more interesting spelling of Dawn.

As this was made in the seventies, it has one of the concerns of the era to the fore, no, not porno movies, but the environment. Our hero Jack is a green campaigner out to spoil weaselly Wilson's endeavours to secure oil wealth beyond his wildest dreams and the creature of the title embodied the nobility of mother nature and how it was exploited by humanity. Once we get to the island, things are considerably less action packed than the original, without the abundance of dangerous wildlife Jack and the sailors might have met when they go after Dwan when she is kidnapped by Kong; in fact, there is but one monster menace, and that is the world's least convincing rubber snake.

This King Kong owes more to the disaster movies of the day than it does any retelling of a modern myth, so Kong is that force of nature which places us in peril, only this time it's our own fault for allowing it to happen - even Jack takes the oil dollar when it comes to taking Kong from his island back to be put on display in New York, although he does have second thoughts. We're not supposed to be scared of this Kong, impressed by him yes, but this is no horror movie like its predecessor was, so with De Laurentiis' influence the massive ape is a tragic hero intended to leave the audience in tears. Alas, tears of laughter might have been their best bet, for this looks ridiculous, with the star a combination of a forty foot robot that didn't work properly and Rick Baker in an ape suit which the credits are curiously reluctant to admit to. There are signs this was intended to be a spoof along the way, but if true the lasting effect is of watching someone laughing at their own jokes for over two hours until the emotional switch in the last ten minutes. Music by John Barry.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 5121 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star probably has psychic powers?
Laurence Fishburne
Nicolas Cage
Anya Taylor-Joy
Patrick Stewart
Sissy Spacek
Michelle Yeoh
Aubrey Plaza
Tom Cruise
Beatrice Dalle
Michael Ironside
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Andrew Pragasam
Graeme Clark
Mary Sibley
  Desbris M
  Sheila Reeves
Darren Jones
Paul Smith
Enoch Sneed
   

 

Last Updated: