King Kong is a 1933 American horror film directed by Merian Cooper and produced by Ernest B. Schoedsack and James Ashmore Creelman. It stars Bruce Cabot, Fay Wray, and Robert Armstrong. The story of the film follows the titular creature, who tries to possess a young woman.
On March 2, 1933, King Kong opened in New York City. It has since been regarded as one of the greatest horror films of all time and the sixth greatest film of all time. In 1991, it was added to the National Film Registry.
In 2017, a follow-up film called Son of Kong was released. It was followed by several other films in the years that followed.
His fascination with animals began when he was a child. After reading Paul Du Chaillu’s “Exploration” in 1841, Cooper became fascinated with the African bushmen featured in W. Douglas Burden’s “The Dragon Lizards of Komodo.” He then created a scenario in which African gorillas faced off against dragons.
He then selected a ferocious, lizard-battling gorilla as his protagonist. He then included a lone woman on his expedition to appease his critics. The setting would be a remote island, and the creature would be killed in New York City.
In the 1930s, Cooper tried to get his idea made for a movie at Paramount Studios. However, the studio refused to finance the project due to its budget. In 1931, he was hired by RKO to make his own films.
He then hired Ernest B. Schoesack to direct “The Most Dangerous Game.” Fay Wray and Robert Armstrong would play the lead roles. Cooper then turned his attention to another project, which involved a group of people who were shipwrecked on an island populated by prehistoric creatures.
RKO’s board was initially reluctant to work on the project, but they eventually approved it after Cooper presented his ideas with the studio’s executives.
The film was a box-office hit, earning around $5 million in its first week. However, its earnings took a hit during the second week due to a holiday declared by President Franklin Roosevelt.
Before its re-release in 1952, the film had been rented for approximately $2,847,000 worldwide. It made a profit of about $650,000 during its first run. After the re-release in 1952, it was estimated that the film had made an additional $1.6 million in domestic rentals.
On Rotten Tomatoes, King Kong has an approval rating of 98%, with an average rating of 9. The site’s critical consensus states that the film explores the soul of a monster, and its special effects are responsible for making audiences scream. On Metacritic, the film has an average score of 90 out of 100, indicating universal acclaim.
Variety praised the film, and the New York Times gave it an enthusiastic review. John Mosher of The New Yorker also gave it a favorable review.
The New York Times called it one of the best thrillers of all time. The Chicago Tribune called it one of the most original and exciting movies to emerge from a studio.