Saturday, April 1, 2017

Son of Kong (1933)

Director: Ernest B. Shoedsack

Starring: Robert Armstrong, Helen Mack, Frank Reicher

Run time: 1:10

Rant: Ol' Son of Kong. They really cranked this son of a bitch out. It's actually not a bad movie considering the time it took for them to make it, compared to the original Kong film. Not a bad movie, but not a great one either. Writer Ruth Rose is quoted saying "If you can't make it bigger, make it funnier." Pretty smart. This formula works for other more modern franchises as well like the Nightmare on Elm Street series (fuck, do I have to mention that shit in every review?).

In the original movie the scenes without Kong feel like a part of a story building to something you know will be exiting. The scenes without Kong in this movie feel like filler. Some parts are entertaining but just get to the fucking ape, you cunts. We don't have an hour and forty minute movie this time!

When we first see little Kong the silly goose has got himself trapped in some quicksand. Denham and friends rescue him but they're still scared to death he might murder them. Soon after our heroes are attacked by a giant bear and of course young Kong comes to the rescue. The effects are once again a lot of fun. We see a triceratops, a nothosaurus and an elasmosaurus. We're finally having a great time on this island and... there's an earthquake and the movie ends. It's a shame they had to rush this fucker out. The first 45 minutes feel like forever and the last 20 minutes fly by. That's what makes Son of Kong a frustrating awful horror movie. 

Fun Fact: The model of the Styracosaurus that appears in the movie is owned by Peter Jackson. 

Monster Appearances
Little Kong

             Film: 6
             Entertainment: 7
             Effects: 8
             Overall: 6.7