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PODCAST 246: King Kong & King Kong Lives

This week the Horror Duo prepare for the release of Kong: Skull Island, by revisiting the Dino De Laurentiis Kong films. Forest compares King Kong to the '33 original, and Cory shares his thoughts on King Kong Lives...before he dies again.

Cory rants about the disappointing decision made by Amazon to remove hundreds, if not thousands of indie horror films from their streaming service, Forest bashes the Oscars for being run by confused old idiots, and the Duo discuss the more effective and more subtle elements of Jordan Peele's Get Out.

All this and they open a gift sent from regular listener, and filthy animal Anomalous Host. Thanks!


  • 00:00 Intro & News
  • 34:19 "King Kong"
  • 60:26 Know Your Horror Trivia
  • 61:10 "King Kong Lives"
  • 83:53 Comments & Conclusion



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Blake Matthews said...

About the 70s KING KONG, the man in monkey suit was none other than Rick Baker.

There was some Kongsploitation in the 70s trying to cash in on the remake. The Shaw Brothers in Hong Kong did GOLIATHON, aka THE MIGHTY PEKING MAN, which was released on video in the 1990s by Quentin Tarantino. The Italians did YETI: GIANT OF THE 20th CENTURY, which was sued out of theaters by Paramount. The Koreans did A*P*E, which features a man in a gorilla costume chasing a pre-Growing Pains Joanna Kerns around Seoul, South Korea. Also, the Spanish film WHERE TIME BEGAN, a surprisingly faithful adaptation of Jules Verne’s JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH, threw in a giant gorilla for no reason other than the fact that Kong had come out a year earlier.

Anomalous Host said...

Cory, you're not losing your mind, as much as I kinda hope you are. I didn't bring up a 2nd movie at the time. I couldn't think of one that was fitting for Slaughterfilm that I thought was good that followed the Slaughterfilm theme. There's Haxan, a silent film which was banned in the U.S. for a while due to nudity and depictions of witchcraft, but the movie is boring. I wanted to suggest The Path to 9/11, but that's probably too political for you. So I say go wild, make the 2nd movie whatever the hell you want. But try to keep it in line with the theme of "censorship".

Don't forget about Queen Kong.

Regarding Get Out, it's a movie with a very dark sense of humor, with a theme of a white family wanting to brainwash and exploit a black guy to take advantage of his physical prowess. The idea being that black people are physically stronger than white people. No argument here. That being said, I want to see a sequel that actually pushes the edge much further in this day and age. I want to see a movie called Get Out 2: White Man's Revenge, where some black family kidnaps and brainwashes a white guy to take advantage of his prowess, the prowess being white privilege and wealth. Let's see the racism accusations fly from that film.

And Forest, you're only going to bitch about senile old people at the Oscars making mistakes? How about the cocksucking Oscars being more political than ever? You can't just bitch about people bitching about Get Out, and not bitch about the political bitchiness at the Oscars where every other speech equated to, "Fuck Trump." You may fucking hate Trump, but I don't. That being said, I agree with you on the Net Neutrality thing.

I say keep politics out of the Oscars, but I think we all know that's not going to happen. Ironically enough, an explanation for that can be found in a certain Warren Beatty film I mentioned at an earlier time. It's not exactly Slaughterfilm material, but at least someone dies in it.

Fucking Amazon...

Oooohhhhhh. I can't wait for the Peter Jackson King Kong review.

Kenny Teeology said...

A similar legal cluster happened in 1960 when original stop-motion animator Willis O'Brien tried to bring Kong back in "King Kong Meets Frankenstein" and tried to get permission from RKO. RKO mistakenly thought that Universal held the rights to Frankenstein (actually only the monster makeup design) so the name was changed to "King Kong vs, The Ginko". No American studio wanted to produce the film due to the rising costs of stop animation. O'Brien finally began trying to market the idea overseas and Toho decided to celebrate their 30th anniversary by making "King Kong vs. Godzilla" in 1962. Merian C. Cooper apparently tried to stop the whole process but he was ruled against because he actually wasn't the sole legal owner of Kong. Universal eventually stepped in and released the edited English version in the U.S. in 1963.

Blake Matthews said...

Question: I first discovered the podcast in late 2015 when I was looking for Godzilla-themed podcasts and found some of your episodes on the Internet Archive. Of course, I was drawn in by your entertaining reviews, politically-incorrect humor, and witty banter and have now become a friend of the podcast.

If I started reviewing/rating the episodes at the Internet Archive, would that have any effect on encouraging those who frequent that place to check out the podcast? If so, I'll start doing so yesterday.

Anomalous Host said...

Wait! I've got it! The 2nd film you can review is:

Phase IV

That weird killer ants movie. But there's a catch. Since this is on the theme of censorship, it's not enough that you just watch the movie. Oh no. You also need to watch the original director's cut ending after watching the movie itself. Don't worry, it's not difficult to find anymore. The long lost ending is available on youtube.

And if you decide to watch the ending before watching the movie, then shame on you. You'll be going "What the fuck?" before watching the movie as opposed to going "What the fuck?" after watching the movie.