Director(s): Roberto Mauri
IMDB Rating: 2
A group of mad scientists travel to Kong Island where they implant receptors into the brains of gorillas planning to create a gorilla war for world domination. Out to break a few heads is a descendant of King Kong.
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Hungus-2 (12 May 2013)
I have seen the movie.Don't ask me why, how or when."Plan 9 from outer space", watch out, cus' here comes the worst movie of alltime. Hilariously bad music, bad acting and basically a very badidea.For making me and my friends laugh, I'll give it a 10!(Watch out for that catchy title tune!)
smittie-1 (12 May 2013)
A trashy Italian jungle adventure, with a mad scientist implantingradios into gorillas' brains, so they will do his bidding. The film issleazy and slow, a kind of scummy imprint of White Africa in the age ofdecolonization. The bureaucrats have fled the continent, and all whoare left are the mercs, the drunks, and the cranks. Too many scenes ina dive bar, too much footage from big game hunts, no point in the end.A perfect nihilistic Z movie.Any nudity has been edited out of the American cut, making this trashyfilm even more pointless. The film is still plenty sleazy, though.Everyone sweats and snarls their way across the frame, and each newlocation looks grimier than the last. I think I caught beri beri justwatching this movie.And yet, the whole time, I was happy. I was entertained. There isnothing so sweet as a movie that plays completely beyond the bounds ofgood taste. A movie that DARES you to watch.It deserves its rotten, budget DVD presentation.
Mondo_Giallo (11 May 2013)
I just don't get the full-on negativity that this film seems toattract. Sure it's shoddy and completely ridiculous. But it has acertain dumb charm and is a hell of a lot more entertaining than youwould think given its terrible rating. I mean honestly a jungleadventure featuring robot gorillas and a white savage-girl can't be allbad. The story is basically about a muscle-bound knuckle-head who issent into the wilderness to save his friends daughter from a madscientist and his robot apes. He comes into contact with a savage girlwho leads him to the baddies.This is certainly a cheap and trashy film. But there is enough action,laughs and general bewilderment to keep a bad movie aficionado happy.The title is meaningless Â there is no Kong and they are not on anisland. But I am guessing that 'Robot Ape Jungle' didn't cut themustard. The African setting was convincing enough until the sceneearly in the film when the characters visit a bar and everyone startsdancing to some ultra cheesy 60's Euro-Pop. Incidentally, you will bedoing extraordinarily well if you do not laugh at this point at ourknuckle-headed hero's dance moves. You may also get some amusement whenour heroes travel to the jungle down what can only be described asStock Footage Road. Or what about later when our hero and an incidentalcharacter - who serves absolutely no purpose by the way - are capturedby natives and then immediately set free to run away because, and Iquote Mr Knucklehead, 'they're savages, they expect us to run for ourlives!' Saves them the bother of actually trying to escape I guess. Ihave to also note that the score to this film is a very enjoyablecombination of distorted guitars, Euro-cheese, African drums and easylistening organs.Basically I am happy to say that this film is not nearly as bad as itprobably seems. I found it good fun and really can't see why it isranked so atrociously lowly. It's quite an enjoyable slice of nonsenseif you want to know the truth.
reptilicus (11 May 2013)
The Italian title for this film was EVE, THE WILD WOMAN which makes alot better sense than the one attached to it for foreign distribution,KING OF KONG ISLAND. There is no king, no kong, and no island! This isthe sort of plot that Republic might have made a 12 chapter serialabout. A mad scientist is performing brain operations on gorillas deepin the jungle (NOT on an island) to create an army of simian slaves.Why is he doing this? Because he is a MAD scientist and that is whatmad scientists do! Enter the hero (Brad Harris from several musclemanmovies) and the heroine (Esmeralda Barros as the Eve, the titlecharacter) to defeat the madman and restore the natural balance to thejungle.Eve the jungle girl is topless for the whole picture but her longflowing hair is strategically arranged except at certain dramaticmoments. Those gorillas with the stitches in their heads don't looklike gorillas at all to me, they look like stuntmen in costumes! Ittakes forever for the plot to get going; in fact it starts like anaction adventure with Harris' character as a mercenary looking forrevenge against the guy who double crossed him. The science fictionelement and the jungle girl subplot are introduced to wake the audienceup later on.Perhaps if they had thrown in a dinosaur or two and a nice bigexplosion at the end. Oh well. I am off to watch the old 1944 serialTHE MONSTER AND THE APE . . at least that one delivered what the titlepromised!
bensonmum2 (08 May 2013)
- I can sum up this movie in one word - trash. Everything about KongIsland is near the bottom of the barrel. First, let's look at the name- Kong Island - what a rip-off. When I see the name "Kong", I naturallythink of a very large gorilla. There is no towering ape in this movie.Instead, there are a few average size gorillas. The next word, Island,would seem to indicate that the movie takes place on a small piece ofland completely surrounded by the ocean. Unless you consider Africa anisland, there's not one to be found.- The acting is horrible. The female lead, Ursula Davis, is about aslow rent a heroine as I've seen. She doesn't act or look the part of abeautiful damsel in distress. I could go on, but what's the point. Noone comes out of this movie looking good.- The special effects, and I use that the term "special" liberally, areterrible. The opening scene of a gorilla surgery is obviously a mask.Then there are the gorillas themselves. I've seen better gorilla suitsin a local costume shop. Low budget doesn't begin to describe KongIsland.- I haven't even gotten to the plot, such as it is. It's a confusingstory of a mad scientist who puts electronic devices into the heads ofgorillas so he can control their actions. It's never made clear why hedoes this. The previously mentioned damsel's father is also involvedfinancially in this scheme. Why? I don't know. Most of it seems like itwas made up on the fly.- I could go on and on about the goofiness of Kong Island, but whybother. I'll end with one word of advice - AVOID!
wes-connors (07 May 2013)
"A diabolical team of scientists land on 'Kong Island' determined toimplant devices into the brains of the gorilla population that willtransform them into an unstoppable army. Their plan for worlddomination runs off the tracks when a descendant of 'King Kong' arrivesand the mayhem begins," according to the DVD sleeve's synopsis. Thepromised "descendant" of King Kong never arrived, at least not in mycopy of this film.Alternately dubbed "Kong Island" or "King of Kong Island" for Englishlanguage listeners, this cheap Italian production includes gunfire, twogorillas, plus three sexy women: topless "savage girl" Esmerelda Barros(as Eva), bikini clad Adriana Alben (as Ursula), and leggy Ursula Davis(as Diana). Star Brad Harris (as Burt) shows off his chest, too. Tunein to see how all this, with kidnapping and simian surgery, is madedull.** Eva, la Venere selvaggia (9/29/68) Roberto Mauri ~ Brad Harris, MarcLawrence, Esmerelda Barros, Ursula Davis
Woodyanders (07 May 2013)
Veteran character actor Marc Lawrence stars as your basic evilscientist who creates a dangerous, murderous, not-to-be-trifled race ofrobotic killer gorilla slaves. Lawrence's plans to overthrow the worldare thwarted by a musclebound lunk (stolidly played by former HerculesBrad Harris, who shows off his brawny chest as often as possible) who'sventured into the doc's remote corner of the jungle in order to rescuesome beautiful gal Lawrence has abducted. Seedy, grim, slow andhumorless, with only the lovely presence of bodacious jungle babeEsmeralda Barros walking around mostly nude and the sporadic cheeseballgorilla gore effects offering any slight relief from Roger Morris'static direction, a drab, talk-heavy script, uniformly stiff actingfrom an understandably uninspired cast, tatty production values, inertpacing, pathetically crummy and unconvincing ape suits, and a generalair of ponderous, unrelenting tedium, this flick overall sizes up as asleep-inducing dead slug of a stinker.
pellenase (07 May 2013)
This is bad.Horror? No.Funny? No.Drama? No.Garbage? Well, I'll take it out, dear.So bad its good? No. Its worse.Ever had guests that never leave? You invited to a party, 26 hours ago,and some snort-heads are still on their way up, you wanna sleep, butyou know that you'll wake up with a bottle of Absolute or somethingstuck up your ass if you fall asleep.... and you just cant takeanymore.WELL! This stinker is your solution: -Hey guys, I've got a really fatmovie here, just let me turn down that music, and... find my VCR.They don't just leave, they'll run. And they'll never come back. Its impossible to watch this... thing. Its so bad its fascinating, Ithink the best liner is: We'll make camp here. But don't make any fire.And thats not a killer line...Don't watch it, but if you can, buy it. It can be useful, as a part ofan anti-thief system, even the police will give up and run...1 is the bottom line, OK. If I could give it a -10.... No. Just leaveit there. Its a ... cant find the words. I guess Satan took them withhim when he fell down there. And some nut-heads still thinks plan 9 isthe worst movie ever? This is worse than Jacksons King Kong! AndWoooah, thats ugly...
Crap_Connoisseur (03 May 2013)
King Of Kong Island is a confusing piece of B-grade garbage that issaved from being completely unwatchable by the hilarious gorillaeffects and a couple of unintentionally hilarious plot twists. Thestrangest thing about this movie is its absolute incoherence; subplotsarise from nowhere and characters behave with all the logic ofintoxicated Lemmings. King Of Kong Island is definitely an acquiredtaste.Roberto Mauri's film could possess one of the most ridiculous plots inmovie history. This crap makes "Santa Claus Conquers The Martians" seementirely plausible by comparison. Basically, our hero Burt is shot andreturns to Africa to find the man responsible. In addition to findingthe time for some dubious psychedelic dancing, Burt also manages tofall in love with Diana. Unfortunately, Diana is kidnapped by a groupderanged mountain gorillas and Burt is called on to rescue her. If theconcept of brainwashed gorillas is not far fetched enough, Mauri throwsin a completely random subplot about a wild woman called Eva, who livesin the jungle and converses with animals. Eva is a brazen attempt tothrow in some eye candy and inject some much needed sleaze into thefairly tame proceedings. Eva leads Burt to Diana, who is being heldcaptive in a secret lair by a mad scientist.King Of Kong Island is really not a film that is overly concerned withthe smaller details. The gorilla effects literally consist of peoplewearing poorly made gorilla suits. Diana's kidnapping is hilarious dueto the painfully obvious gorilla masks and gloves. Mauri's inattentionto detail is further noticeable in the fact that for a "wild" woman,Eva has rather lovely hair and make-up. I pretty much expect (and hopefor) poor special effects and ridiculous plot developments in a RobertoMauri crap epic. However, King Of Kong Island is sloppy to an extentthat makes it basically impossible to follow. The film has also datedin the worst possible way. The treatment of the local population as"slaves" is distasteful and Burt's pseudo-comedic groping of Eva isjarring. Thankfully, there are enough stupid gorillas and crazy piecesof 1960s "technology" in the scientist's lair to overlook the generalincompetence.The film does have some impressive qualities. The jungle disco score isexcellent, the film provides B-grade icon Brad Harris with a rarestarring vehicle and Esmeralda Barros makes an alluring wild woman.King Of Kong Island is a complete mess, but it is a mess worth wadingthrough for fans of this genre. If nothing else, see it for thespectacularly unconvincing gorillas.
bkoganbing (02 May 2013)
Marc Lawrence who had blacklisting problems and was exiled for yearsfrom the USA had to take parts in a lot of really bad films. But Idon't think he sunk lower in his career than when he took the part ofthe mad scientist in Kong Island. At least Lawrence got to chew a set full of scenery and after that awhole jungle on this mythical tropical island where there are a wholelot of gorillas running wild. Lawrence thinks they'd make greatsoldier/slaves and he's invented a control device to implant in theirskulls so he can bend them to his will. Dr. Moreau on his island neverthought of anything this fiendish.Brad Harris who was one of many peplum heroes got to occasionally weara shirt in this, but we saw enough of his well developed torso andshoulders. It was a change of pace for Harris who is the hero, but thefilm belongs to Marc Lawrence though I'm sure he winced at the mentionof this one.
iago-6 (01 May 2013)
I found this movie as part of a 3-movies-on-one-budget-DVD set calledKiller Gorilla, and, having never considered the killer gorilla movieas a genre, thought that I should immediately fill this crucial gap inmy knowledge. I also am attracted to the brazen way which this movieattempts to cash in on the familiar name of a more famous movie: that'sright, Howard's End.Viewers will not be surprised to learn, however, that there is in factno king, no kong, and no island. We begin with what I can only assumeis the "Love Theme from Kong Island" as we have all this exotica loungemusic playing over the credits (by the way, this movie is just KongIsland in the credits). We are immediately introduced to our local maddoctor, who is performing a top-secret operation on a gorilla whilespooky "woo-ooo" music plays. This, I might as well just tell you now,is to implant a mind-control device, so the mad doctor can control thegorillas, raise an army, etc.Cut to hot bar owner Theodore, who likes his women the way he likes hisrocks: silent and still. He has this daughter Ursula, who is still inlove with this guy Burt, who I think may be the hero. One thing younotice right away is that the guys are pretty burly! They are allgathered in this happening exotic nightclub, where some hugger-muggeror other happens, I think telling us that Burt is on some mission ofrevenge or some such.Soon we are treated to some really low-grade kung fu, then they allhead off into the jungle, led by their guide Kaloomba. Unrelated naturefootage abounds as they turn left and right, pretending to be amazed bythe many wild creatures of the Congo. But soon, guys in gorilla suitsare gathering and they make off with Ursula.Burt, this muscleman played by Brad Harris, who apparently portrayedHercules in several movies, and was also in SS Hell Camp, as well asDallas and Falcon Crest, decides that he's feeling not so fresh, andlocates a stream where he strips his shirt off and runs cool water allover his heavily muscled body. It is total beefcake. He then sees thejungle queen, whose name is, I kid you not, the Sacred Monkey, and hesays the only thing his little mind knows how to: "HEY!" Then we rejoinTheodore and his wife as they have a fight. Theodore slaps the bejesusout of her, then throws her on the bed to ravage her, then we cut away.We next see the mad doctor in his poorly-conceived lab, where he tellsUrsula "Now you will have to serve me, like them!" (meaning like thegorillas. So, is he saying that the gorillas serve him sexually? Kinkydoctor.) Then the hero shows up, and there's some fights, then Theodoreand his wife are there, and the wife shoots Theodore right in front ofUrsula, his daughter! The mother turns around and tells Ursula: "Thisis all your fault!" Poor Ursula is really gonna have a few issues withrelating, closeness and intimacy, I'm afraid.Anyway, as has been signed into law, if a mad scientist has created and/ or controls a living thing, it is decreed that the animal or whateverrevolt and rise up to kill him at the end. The pattern is not reversedhere. Then they bid a bittersweet adieu to the Sacred Monkey, andUrsula is all perky and waving "bye!" mere minutes after watching hermother kill her father in front of her. Poor girl, her mind isirrevocably cracked.Overall, kind of fun, though it did get a little boring with all theinterminable walking through the jungle and gaping at inserted naturefootage. Though on the plus side there is all the hunky male beef andthe exotica bachelor den musicÂ it could be worse.------ Hey, check out Cinema de Merde, my website on bad and cheesymovies (with a few good movies thrown in). You can find the URL in myemail address above.
vitaleralphlouis (01 May 2013)
This 40 year old B-movie has absolutely nothing to do with either KingKong (1933) the greatest adventure movie ever made, or with the SkullMountain featured therein. It DOES have two or three guys in gorillacostumes causing mucho trouble under the influence of a mad scientist.Besides that, it offers a halfway decent plot, lots of African wildlifeshots, and three very pretty young women for us guys to gawk at. Forthe girls, both the hero and the bad guy are handsome and will show offenough bare chest to keep the females happy. What it DOES NOT have isanything to irritate the audience......... which brings me to compare it to Peter Jackson's $150 million 2006gorilla movie, wherein Jackson spent tons of money to make the moststupid adventure movie ever in history, and thus irritated thismoviegoer to the boiling point.In 1968, filmmakers knew that it did not take $ millions to make a goodmovie. In the post-2000 era, filmmakers have forgotten that fact, andwe the audience suffer their mistakes. Kong Island is offered as abonus second feature with the 1932 classic The Most Dangerous Game onDVD. The DVD is available with or without Kong Island. Take it with.
Chris. (29 April 2013)
While there's something for everyone (almost) in this action sci-fi,it's unlikely to be your most memorable movie experience. Amiablehe-man Brad Harris stars as a mercenary soldier who's double crossed byhis medic companion (Lawrence) in a bungled heist, but survives to seekrevenge upon the mad doctor now experimenting on gorillas with mindcontrol programming.Aside from the shirtless Harris, flexing his body-built physique as hecavorts in a jungle pool, Tarzan style, there's also the scantily cladtrio Esmerelda Barros (as a fabled native girl accompanied by theubiquitous cheeky chimp), Adriana Alben (as Harris' sultry, formerflame) and Ursula Davis as the short-shorts wearing pawn in Lawrence'sdiabolical plan to lure Harris to his lair for the purposes ofprogramming him for mind control. There's a great dancing scene to showcase Harris' moves, a couple ofviolent ape attacks, some safari wildlife-spotting, and the promise ofmuch more that never really eventuates. Like an early James Bond filmmeets "King Kong" or "Planet of the Apes", it has camp moments, but ismostly just clichÃ©d and boring with an anti climax that's disappointingand uninspired.
BertCat (28 April 2013)
Just plain bad. I'm no movie producer, nor will I claim to beproficient with anything beyond a digital camera. But given a minorbudget even I could have done better. The wildlife scenes while whilewe travel with Diana out on the safari look more like discards fromsome tourist footage -- out of focus and wobbly distant shots. The plotis all too predictable. Add in the very poor dialog between thecharacters, and we have a bad show.On the plus side, the women are not un-attractive. One watches inanticipation when Diana undresses in the tent. Or wakes up when Ursulais in the bath tub. Or does a frame by frame to catch you know whatwhen Eva is on the screen.The final show down was just a let down, full of impractical plotdevices. We all knew Burt would somehow overpower Turk, who wasfighting in the close confines of a cave with a rifle. Then we haveUrsula and her husband arriving to the cave to squabble with Albert(clearly they knew some shortcut shaving days off the trip!). Oh andthen Burt is somehow able to disrupt the "controler" by simply bustinga light! BTW, Marc Lawrence, who played Albert, appeared in "The Man with theGolden Gun" as the mafia hit man in the pre-credit sequence. Wasn'tuntil near the end I made the connection. Still I was happy to see the closing credits, being able now to brag Isuffered through one of the worst movies ever made.
gavcrimson (25 April 2013)
An Italian Spanish Co-production with America's own Dick Randall involvedinthe Âpresenting'-King of Kong Island mixes horror movie, nudie-cutie and jungle adventurewith toppings of NationalGeographic stock footage- all set to a jungle beat of exotica. Amercenarie's life is a tough one- atleast for Burt Dawson (Brad Harris) shot in the back by his ex-friendAlbertMuller (MarcLawrence) and left for dead. Albert retreats deep into the jungle where heperforms brain operationson man sized gorillas and makes them his robot like slaves. Burt survivesthe shooting and vowsvengeance, tracking down his Âmad Doctor friend' in Nairobi. Reacquaintinghimself with his buddyTheodore, Burt is drawn back into Albert's orbit when Theodore's thrillseeking daughter Diana iskidnapped by the gorillas while on safari. Although forewarned that Âyoumay find that it's actuallydangerous to violate ancient taboos' macho Burt cannot be stopped andbeforeyou can say Âlet'sgrow a hairy chest, write books and shoot some elephants' Burt is venturinginto the dark continentto put an end to Albert's monkey business. Amidst an almost comical amountof double crosses,secrets and revelations Burt has to fight off attacks from Albert's simianheavies, get his collar felt bya tribe of savages and also finds time to befriend Eva The Wild Woman (TheDevil's WeddingNight's Esmeralda Barros). As Burt's guide explains Âshe is the daughterofthe forest, sheunderstands the language of the trees and the wild beasts, she appears inthe morning with the sunwho is her father, she has always existed like the forest itself with itsancient mysteries she iseverywhere and nowhere'. And its the jungle woman with her power over theanimals who proves tobe the spanner in the works for Albert's plan to take over the world withhis gorillas (as well as hiskinky sideline in experimenting on women and locking them in cages). IntheSixties Italian cinemawas going through a Golden Era and became a retreat for Americans and Britswho were eitherbeing kicked out or couldn't get a foot in the door of their native filmindustries. Dick Randall (1926-1996) was no exception and by the time of King of Kong Island he was livingLa Dolce Vita in Rome.Randall a chubby, small guy with glasses, a pencil thin moustache and apenchant for huge cigars- isvividly remembered by friends and associates for his keen business sensematched by an equal senseof humour. Randall was never it seems above sending himself up either-witness his tour de forceperformance as a Âpig with binoculars' in Bava's Four Times that Night orhis cameo in 1986'sSlaughter High where he lampoons his B-movie King image. As in TheBogeymanand the FrenchMurders here Randall surrounds himself with a journeyman director hidingunder a phony name, amemorable cast, and a crew well versed in the ways of them exploitationfilms including Bloody Pit ofHorror's Ralph Zucker and Walter Brandt. If Italian horror films were thenew rock n roll, Zuckerand Brandt would have been the equivalent of first rate session musicians.The actual music itself byRoberto Pregadio is suitably ÂCongo Psychedelia', wildly inappropriate forany movie apart from onewhose curious geography believes go-go discotheques can be found in themidst of a jungle (eventoday Pregadio's score still haunts the tracks of lounge musiccompilations). In retrospect King ofKong Island could be considered a throwback to jungle adventure movies ofyore but perhaps only asRandall's doorman character in Four Times That Night might have rememberedwith every situationsubverted to its sex-charged, exaggerated extreme. The introduction of Evathe Wild Woman is set toher running naked in the wilderness (in slow motion no less) to stress herÂnaturalness' a sequencereprised for the finale but not even this can match the priceless Âva-vavroom' moment when thegorillas seemingly ogle Diana- watching her strip down to pea greenunderwear before letting theirpresence be known. Curiously many of these elements were downplayed on itsItalian release whichsold it on the value of matinee idol Harris with not a gorilla in sight,butas connoisseurs know allmanner of insanity could and usually does happen in Italian movies of theperiod and King of KongIsland is hardly a sober exception to the rule. With its hodgepodge ofoversexed women, Interpolagents, remote controlled primates, catfights and mad scientists conductingstrange experiments inthe jungle this was exactly the sort of Âfantastique' escapism audienceswould flock to in less cynicaltimes. Today King of Kong Island is one of several Dick Randallproductionsjust ripe forrediscovery. Fun, endearing and with as much God given trashyness asanything else Randall everput his name to, King of Kong Island will have you mourning the era in theItalian film industrywhen vivid imaginations and spectacular traders ran amok.
Michael_Elliott (25 April 2013)
King of Kong Island (1968) BOMB (out of 4) A mad scientist puts the brains of humans into the body of apes. Onanother part of the island a girl might be the long lost gorilla woman.This is an incredibly bad Italian production, which has to be one ofthe worst that country ever sent over to America. The title sticks outon a video store shelf but that's about the only thing going for thismovie. The performances are all terrible and the dubbing is even worse.The film doesn't contain any of those "so bad it's good" laughs, whichmeans you just have a lifeless film where suicide might be better thanactually watching.
classicsoncall (23 April 2013)
If the handful of postings from prior reviewers haven't been enough,let me chime in with my two cents for "Kong Island". In the traditionof hundreds of 'B' Westerns of the Thirties and Forties, the story hasabsolutely nothing to do with the title, which on the surface, looks tobe cashing in on the gorilla frenzy of those prior eras. To be sure,there are men in monkey suits, but there is nothing of King Kongstature in size or excitement to hold this turkey together.Brad Harris portrays adventurer Burt Dawson, on the trail of the manwho crossed him in an East African payroll robbery. So just for therecord, the lead character is really no better than the goon he setsout after. Allowing for the redemption factor, a mission to rescue thekidnapped daughter (Ursula Davis) of a wealthy financier, Dawson setsout to confront the guy who double crossed him. Harris, a veteran ofseveral Hercules movies, gets to do the obligatory shirtless sceneabout halfway through in a jungle pool. He's observed by Eva of theItalian title for this gorilla trek, who's long flowing hair isstrategically aligned to cover her, well shall we say coconuts.Mark Lawrence, who appeared in well over two hundred films primarily asa heavy, is the lead villain in this piece. He's the mastermind behinda scheme to control gorillas with implants that receive theirinstruction from a transmitter housed in a giant brain. You can seewhere this is going can't you? It will be up to anti-hero Dawson tofoil Albert Munier's (Lawrence) plans, through plot twists that pile upalong the way involving his benefactor Theodore (Aldo Cecconi) and wifeUrsula (Adriana Alben). Since I'm on the subject, why are there so manyTheodore's and Ursula's involved with this project? "Kong Island" is beset by poor lighting, uneven and shaky camera work,and distracting color rendition. Depending on your point of view, thisactually might add to the unique character of the film, not to mentionthe soundtrack that's keenly out of sync with events on screen. But whoam I to tell you to stay away from this atrocity? Probably the bestrecommendation for the monkey shines here is an actual quote from BurtDawson early in the movie - "It's hard to believe a story like that".
Nick Duretta (22 April 2013)
Okay -- terrible movie, horrible concept, inept concept, blah blah blah-- but this piece of garbage does have at least one raison d'etre forthose of us who are into the masculine form. Leading man Brad Harrisindulges in a blatantly homoerotic river bath about halfway through theflick, with the camera lovingly gliding over his sculptured body. Hispost-gladiator movies (mostly pathetic German 007 rip-offs) alwaysfeatured an excuse for him to strip down, and this turkey is noexception. For lovers of softcore beefcake porn, this is almost (butnot quite) worth the price of admission! But you can stop watchingafter that point.
Hitchcoc (20 April 2013)
One of the things I've discovered as I make my way through a bunch of B(or C), movies, is that they seem to plod along forever. We enter thisfilm with a group of crooks turning on each other over some stolenmoney. As things unwind, we are introduced to a mercenary who waswounded by a man he trusted during the opening scene. He obsesses overrevenge. We have a couple of women. One a kind of Rita Hayworth typewithout the good looks (no offense), and a sixties kind of go godancing looking type, who can handle a rifle. Her father, who is theErnest Hemingway type, and her brother live with these people. Anyway,there is a subplot of a mad scientist (why are they always mad?) whohas done things to affect the brains of gorillas. They can then becontrolled by the scientist (the odd thing is that it also transformsthem into upright creatures that look like skinny men in cheap monkeysuits). Through a series of convoluted plot developments and somedeaths, some tribal unrest, a few organized gorilla attacks, the younggo go dancer girl ends up in the clutches of the mad scientist. Somehowshe ends up with less clothes on than she used to. The scientist oglesher and has future plans which we can only imagine. There's also anative woman who is a kind of queen of the gorillas. They love andrespect her, and she always was able to talk to them and get them to dowhat she wants. Unfortunately, the brain thing messes this up. Need Igo on, There is some ridiculous finale with people exchanging the upperhand. The only thing missing is the word "Aha!" My poorly writtenexplanation actually makes the movie sound better than it is. Sorry!
Humphrey Fish (19 April 2013)
Roll up! Roll up to see a science fiction film that's an excellentpicture! Roll up!...or not.Eve is a jungle girl brought up by apes. She is captured with a numberof apes by a mad scientist, conducting mind control experiments onthem. Eventually she is liberated by a young explorer. King Of KongIsland is a horrible, horrible movie. It's cheesy, it's predictable,it's nonsensical, it's badly acted, it's badly directed, andespecially, it's badly written. No kidding, this movie really is thatterrible, it's probably one of the worst movies ever to play on mytelevision set. I'd give this film a zero or lower if it was an option,but as for ranking it according to this website, it gets an absolutelyabysmal one.The actors in this film seen to have gotten their talents from threeyear olds. In fact, I believe that a bunch of three year olds couldhave done better jobs than these lousy characters. I don't know whoauthorized the making of this picture, but they must have not been intheir right mind, because this is definitely not a plausible idea for afilm! The gorilla costumes are cheap and cheesy looking, you canobviously tell that they are actually just actors in gorilla suit, notreal gorillas. I could just go on and on, but I won't, because I mightoffend somebody who actually does like this movie, I don't know whothough.Bottom line: this movie is beyond terrible, you should avoid it. Youthink that I'm exaggerating about this? I'm doing no such thing, see itfor yourself, but that's only if you want to see just how bad a moviecan get! This movie is pretty terrible, and when I say that, I don'tmean terribly pretty either! If you do decide to watch this film, thenall I can say is be prepared to see the absolute worst, in alldepartments, even the music was bad. How do movies like this get made?Why can't they do something creative, like make good movies. That's agood idea, make good movies, not terrible ones like King Of KongIsland.1/10
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