King Kong (1933)

"No chains will ever hold that." Captain Englehorn

"No chains will ever hold that." Captain Englehorn

☆ Iconic 

King Kong (1933) is by far the best monster film ever made.


Directed by Ernest B. Schoedsack and Merian C. Cooper.


Starring Fay WrayMerian C. CooperRobert Armstrong and Bruce Cabot among many others.

The 1933 version of King Kong is by far my favorite, because the filmmakers kept it simple. King Kong's performance is as simple and as heartfelt as Sylvester Stallone in Rocky (1976) . Show me one CGI monster with the humanity that King Kong exhibits throughout the film. Kong is a monster who cares and protects his captive blond female.

The flawed FX is way better in my eyes than the flawless, sterile CGI used in present day blockbusters. Kongs jerky motion rendering gives him a creepy feel that is lacking in modern CGI. I love the way King Kong's height changes from 18 feet when we first see him to 24 feet on the NYC stage and finally 50 feet at the top of the Empire State building.

The scene below made Fay Wray's screams Iconic. Watch how Kong when he scares Fay treats her really gently. Kong seems as confused as any male is when a woman rejects their manly chest poundings. I really believe Fay is terrified of Kong and I really believe Kong is bewilder at Fay's non-stop screaming. Why is there a big wooden door to the massive stone wall?


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Trivia - Merian C. Cooper came up with the idea when he had a dream about a giant gorilla attacking NYC.



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