Film Junk Premium Podcast #57: King Kong

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Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Kong, the Eighth Wonder of the World! With the recent release of Kong: Skull Island, we set out on the adventure of a lifetime to trace King Kong’s cinematic history from the original landmark 1933 film to the Jeff Bridges-starring 1976 version to Peter Jackson’s 2005 remake. In addition to the three different versions of King Kong, we also discuss the original sequel, Son of Kong. Topics of discussion include the unique approaches to special effects in each era, the underlying gender and racial issues, the evolution of the monster movie and Frank’s very first encounter with Kong. So are fans of the original Kong suffering from “classitosis” or does it still hold up after all these years? Is the 1976 King Kong a crime against cinema or campy fun? Does Peter Jackson’s King Kong earn its epic 3+ hour run time? There is still some mystery left in this world and you can have a piece of it for the price of this month’s premium podcast below.

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  • Lori Cerny

    Whoa, whoa, whoa. You guys effed up pretty bad, but I’m gonna blame this all on Frankie. :)

    I’m on chapter 3 of the podcast where you guys are reviewing “Son of Kong” and y’all mention the NRA as being propaganda for the National Rifleman’s Association.

    The NRA in the film stands for the National Recovery Administration, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Recovery_Administration, which was an agency established by President FDR in the 1930s.

  • Sean

    Huh. Well I guess we should have done our research on that. I did read a couple of other reviews of Son of Kong that also made this same mistake… the National Rifleman’s Association was certainly around at that time. If anything, the eagle only made me more sure that it was the NRA we know now.

  • devolutionary

    I always found the early RKO production notes and news clippings fascinating. Some even falsifying and exaggerating the process. Man in an ape costume?
    http://archive.org/stream/movieclassic04moti#page/n217/mode/2up
    http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/2690/King-Kong/tcm-archives.html#tcmarcp-182399
    http://cinefex.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/King-Kong-Screen-Book-2.jpg
    Earliest example of a movie studio spreading misinformation to maintain the illusion?

  • Indianamcclain

    Universal currently owns King Kong. Warner Brothers had to go to them for permission to use him in Skull Island.

    I know you guys already brought up the awful effects in the 1976 film but I’m surprised nobody mentioned the worst effect of all, which is Kong falling from the World Trade Center. It looks atrocious. Kong just appears out of thin air.

  • LordAwesome

    I would have paid $100 if Reed was on this!

  • Reed Farrington

    I was sitting in the room while they recorded this, if that counts for anything. :-)

  • Samb

    I found that comforting.

  • Kenneth Serenyi

    Coincidentally I’ve been watching Twin Peaks for the first time recently on Netflix and have been enjoying the Police Procedural aspects, the characters, and sometimes wackiness of the story. I’ve never seen a David Lynch movie though so a Premium would be very interesting, especially since I’m guessing David Lynch has less of a filter when he’s the sole creative force.

  • Samb

    I was 10 when the Di Laurentiis version came out, and I was all over it. Went to see it twice, and bought the novelization AND Dino D’s behind-the-scenes account of the making of (which was very Hollywood insider-y, and therefore over my head). The creepy sexualizing was not over my head, however. In one of the aforementioned books was a page consisting of four frame grabs of the infamous pawing-the-dress scene, and I perused this with unending interest….

    I’m disappointed but not surprised to hear the effects don’t hold up. The snake-ripping scene is seared into my memory — perhaps it’s best I don’t revisit.

  • Tommy

    Adrian Brody was banned for this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDXyaoL11UA

  • Indianamcclain

    That was the Kong film I grew up with, and I remember being heartbroken when Kong died. Unfortunately the feeling wasn’t replicated on a recent rewatch.

  • Kenneth Serenyi

    All the talk of jaw-tearing reminded me of this scene which shocked me as a kid:
    https://youtu.be/0Dtz2b16xFY

  • Newtman98

    They should let every actor host who thinks they’re funny have free reign over at least one sketch. It would be fascinating.

  • Newtman98

    Pay up LordAwesome

  • devolutionary

    Den of Geek just released an article highlighting the production hell King Kong 1976 went though. Unsurprisingly, De Laurentiis was rather bullish about getting this version out in the “wild”. Much to his detriment.
    http://www.denofgeek.com/us/movies/king-kong/250594/the-struggles-of-king-kong-76

  • Lori Cerny

    Kong dying is really good, but my heart will always be with the ending to 1967s Son of Godzilla. So corny, but so depressing, too.

  • Tim

    Sean, after buying the Premium the secret Godzilla download code is nowhere to be found. Help?

  • Sean

    If you bought it today it won’t be sent out until tonight. We have to send them out separately so we are doing them in bulk once a day. But if you don’t get it by tomorrow, let me know!

  • Tim

    Ok, thanks Sean!

  • David Criblez

    I purchased my King Kong premium but never got the code for the Godzilla premium. Sean? Jay? Frank?

  • Sean

    They are being sent out manually every 24 hours so keep an eye on your inbox and let me know if it doesn’t show up by tomottow.