OOM #24 – The Son of Kong (1933)

So, film lovers and horror hounds from all over the world, welcome to the last week (!) of October Overlook Madness, here we are, wrapping up the horror films that we’ve seen this year and already wondering what new horrific sequences we will see next year in the next edition. Yes! I swear! There will be a next year edition! And I will continue to write for this blog, even if it kills me! Well, enough about the future, let’s see what we have for today!

So, the movie today is the sequel to the great movie ‘King Kong’ (1933) that I saw in a Halloween Marathon a few years ago, and I found it good for its time, but I think it lacks something, I guess I won’t be the next Harryhousen or Peter Jackson or anything like that, but oh well. So, you can see here the video that James Rolfe did about it, very passionate, as everything that has ever done regarding this big monkey. And you can read my review of ‘The Song of Kong’ (1933) below.

This film has been culturally maligned for years because of coming out the same year as the original ‘King Kong’ (1933), but the film itself isn’t really bad. It isn’t really horror either, but we’ve come a long way in that discussion and we’re just not moving forward after those early discussions that tried to narrow down, while I’d like to widen the concepts of what a horror film truly can be. Anyway, back to the movie with the cute giant gorilla, because it is cute… the monster doesn’t appear until about 40 minutes into the movie, and we can only see a glimpse over a hill at first, and that’s all we need, if anyone wasn’t connecting with the deep plot featuring the guy who first brought Kong to land, a young woman, the captain of the ship that first went to Skull Island and the guy who sold them the map to the island in the first place, you could now thanks to the presence of the beloved monster.

But let’s be honest, if a 70 minute film where the first monster appears at 40 minutes in doesn’t have you hooked or interested, it’s probably shit, and this movie is not, because it handles the relations and the drama between the characters extremely well, all of them are related because of past battles, relations or even desires of revenge, they all have something on the other, yet they must all work together once they are stuck in Skull Island after they are left alone by the crew of the boat in which they arrived. It’s funny how at the time the sailors and other staff of the ship are constantly compared to Russians (communists) but almost as if it were a joke, but later we realize that their ideology isn’t far from that, or at least to the concept that the USA had of communism at the time, where they say that they don’t need captains or chiefs or any authority to run their own. And he’s right, but let’s keep the ideology discussion aside.

The film is good and remains watchable because of how well managed the human drama is and how well the monster work still is at the time the movie is made. The Son of Kong is a cutie and at times a silly model that remains interesting to see react at many of the new stuff that is happening around him. Maybe like the Son of Godzilla, this movie remains with its charm and overall well made structure, that is put back because of a messy structure and an overall sense that the movie lacks a lot of budget and a lot of reason of even existing.



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