King Kong

KongThe original classic American monster movie King Kong opened 2 March 1933. Based on the novel by Edgar Wallace. It stars Fay Wray, Bruce Cabot and Robert Armstrong, and has been ranked as the greatest horror film of all time. King Kong is especially noted for its stop-motion animation by Willis O’Brien and a groundbreaking musical score by Max Steiner. In 1991 it was deemed “culturally, historically and aesthetically significant” by the Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry. It has been remade twice: in 1976 and in 2005 by Peter Jackson and a sequel Skull Island is also being released in March 2017.

The film starts with renowned wildlife film-maker, Carl Denham, chartering Captain Englehorn’s ship Venture for his new project, but he is unable to secure an actress for a female role he reluctantly added. Denham searches the streets of New York for a suitable woman. He meets penniless Ann Darrow and convinces her to join him for the adventure of a lifetime. The Venture quickly gets underway. The surly first mate, Jack Driscoll, gradually falls in love with Ann. After weeks of secrecy, Denham finally tells Englehorn and Driscoll that their destination is Skull Island, an uncharted island shown on a map in Denham’s possession. Denham speaks of something monstrous there, a legendary entity known only as “Kong”.

When they find the island and anchor off its shore, they can see a native village, separated from the rest of the island by an enormous stone wall. A landing party, including the filming crew and Ann, witnesses a group of natives about to sacrifice a young maiden as the “bride of Kong”. The intruders are spotted and the native chief offers to trade six of his women for Ann. The crew refuse and return to the Venture. However that night, a band of natives kidnap Ann from the ship and sacrifice her to Kong during a ceremony.

The crew of the Venture realise Ann is missing and set off in pursuit encountering the angry natives and many prehistoric hazards including a Stegosaurus and a Brontosaurus which capsizes their supplies and kills some men. They eventually find Kong, who tries to stop them from crossing a ravine by shaking them off a fallen tree leaving only Driscoll and Denham, alive. Then A Tyrannosaurus attacks Ann, but is confronted by an angry Kong. Then Upon arriving in Kong’s lair in a mountain cave, Ann is nearly killed by a snake-like Elasmosaurus, then a Pteranodon tries to fly away with Ann. Driscoll finally reaches Ann and tries to rescue her. However this enrages Kong who pursues them through the jungle back to the natives village where Denham, Englehorn and the surviving crewmen are waiting. Kong, then breaks open the gate and rampages through the village.

Despite everyone’s serious misgivings Denham, then decides to bring Kong back alive to New York and present him to Broadway theater audiences as “Kong, the Eighth Wonder of the World”. Understandably Kong decides he doesn’t particularly like Captivitity and breaks loose causing absolute Carnage. An enraged Kong then pursues Ann and after finding her Carries her as he rampages through the city looking for a place of safety, wrecking a crowded elevated train in the process, before climbing up the Empire State Building with tragic results…

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