Monster of the Day #10

And the Prophet said – – And, lo, the beast looked upon the face of beauty.
And it stayed its hand from killing. And from that day, it was as one dead.

  • Ericb

    T Rex looked upon beauty that was Kong and was as good as dead.

  • Much as I adore the Tyrant King, Kong is the one T-Rex foe whom I do not object to seeing defeating my favorite saurian in a fight. Maybe because the fight is always a good one – Rex is no walkover, even for Kong.

  • Thad

    And what’s better than one T. Rex fighting Kong? Three of them fighting Kong!

  • Dr. Whiggs
  • Yes, I saw that, Dr. I was going to post on it, but it seemed a tad thin for a post on its own. Maybe when some other tidbits grab my attention.

  • Rock Baker

    Would I get much argument if I called this The Greatest Adventure Film Of All Time? I mean, sure there’s King Solomon’s Mines and Captain’s Courageous and films like that, but King Kong has everything from dinosaurs to airplanes buzzing around the world’s tallest building.
    First film I ever saw. Carl Denham was my first boyhood hero. I don’t like Peter Jackson because of this.

  • Dr. Whiggs

    It’s probably the best monster film, but adventure films include stuff like Lawrence of Arabia and Indiana Jones.

  • Yeah, Jackson destroyed Denham for no apparent reason (and I was weirded out by how flaccid the usually boisterous Jack Black seemed–was that the result of him trying to do ‘serious’ acting, and the splitting of John Driscoll into two characters is downright bewildering.

    And no, you wouldn’t get any debate from me.

  • PB210

    I should mention that King Kong took a lot from The Lost World (1925). Also, one of the Allan Quatermain novels feature Heu-Heu.

    H. Rider Haggard’s “Allan Quatermain” novel HEU-HEU: OR, THE MONSTER, published about a decade before KONG, also has elements that may have influenced the movie — the ritual sacrifice of a chained maiden to a giant gorilla god, etc.

  • PB210

    Incidentally, if you want to find Heu-Heu, Gutenberg and perhaps have it:

  • alex

    King Kong is my all time favorite film. I can’t imagine the audience reaction in 1933. Kong bursting throught the gates, the attack on the village, everything on Skull island was incredible. Heck, the whole movie rules.

    BTW I always get a giggle when the T Rex makes his first appearance. He screams at Kong and then scratches his nose. It’s weirdly funny. I don’t know why Willis O’Brien put that in there.

  • BobTanaka

    Well, I think it’s pretty clear why Jackson came down on Denham; he blamed him for killing Kong. Don’t know what they were thinking with Driscal’s character, though; removing pretty much all the tough-guy charm that made him so lovable.

    And in addition to Kong and the Rex we can’t forget the other great monster of the film; the meat-eating Brontosaurus.