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King Kong 1933

The famous "giant monkey" film which combined adventure movie-making (the nascent location documentary genre was well established by 1933) with monster movies and in consequence birthed a whole new category that has been mined repeatedly ever since.

State-of-the-art 1933 stop-motion animation effects and a youthful Fay Wray astounded depression-era audiences which had King Kong running around the clock in many movie theatres during it's original release. Since then the film has been remade several times with expensive special effects and heavily written scripting that attempts to update and expand the tale of the bizarre love triangle between the girl, her boyfriend, and an infatuated three-story tall monkey. Most movie mavens agree that no one has topped the 1933 version yet.


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Frankenstein Island - 1981

Frankenstein meets the Wolfman - 1943

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