Sunday, October 26, 2014

Konga (1961)

Director: John Lemont

Writers: Aben Kandel, Herman Cohen

Composer: Gerard Schurmann

Starring: Michael Gough, Margo Johns, Jess Conrad, Claire Gordon, Austin Trevor, Jack Watson, George Pastell, Vanda Godsell, Stanley Morgan

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Not since "King Kong"...has the screen exploded with such mighty fury and spectacle!

Plot: Dr.Decker comes back from Africa after a year, presumed dead. During that year, he came across a way of growing plants and animals to an enormous size. He brings back a baby chimpanzee to test out his theory. As he has many enemies at home, he decides to use his chimp, 'Konga' to 'get rid of them'. Then Konga grows to gigantic proportions and reaks havoc all over the city of London!

My rating: 3/10

Will I watch it again? Oh, gosh, no.

There is so much dialogue in this picture that if Gough was paid per word (just name your price) he could have retired and that's no exaggeration.  I kind of felt sorry for the actor.  It's like Shakespeare going cheesey.  Is it fun?  Not after ten minutes.  I'm not hating on this picture just for the sake of it but it's really tough to say much that's positive.  It's 90 minutes long and it felt like twice that.  It's cheesy and campy but that will only go so far.  You know relatively early on what's gong to happen for the rest of the film in regards to the titular character.  Knowing that brings more pain in suffering through dialogue filled minute after dialogue filled minute.   When the monkey action starts you don't care because you're so damn bored and when the giant monkey shit hits the fan (FINALLY the hilarity begins but it's not until the last 13 minutes!) it's too little, too late.  If you must watch this (it's currently on Netflix instant), seriously skip ahead to the last 15 minutes.  Twasn't beauty killed the beast, twas boredom.

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