It's unrivaled in its sheer cinematic quality, and one of a kind.
The story, like Frankenstein and Dracula, has taken on the significance of a modern folk tale, layered with obvious moralizing and as familiar as personal history.
| Original Score: 5/5
Arguably the monster movie of all time, this abiding take on Beauty and the Beast has a mythic power that belies its years.
"King Kong," as spectacular a bolt of celluloid as has thrilled audiences in a couple of sophisticated seasons, is the product of a number of vivid imaginations.
Unfortunately, it was thought necessary to mitigate some of the predominant horror by introducing a human, all-too-human theme.
The grand-daddy of all monster movies.
...throbbing with metaphorical implications. The riveting, stop-motion battle between the great ape and a T. Rex is just a bonus.
| Original Score: 4/4
One of the best adventure horror films ever made, an icon of pop culture with truly erotic and emotionally touching scenes between Fay Wray and the massive gorrilla
| Original Score: A
Violent but beloved old-school monster movie.
| Original Score: 4/5
All these years on from its original release, King Kong still has a great claim to being the eighth wonder of the world.
Kong mystifies as well as it horrifies, and may open up a new medium for scaring babies via the screen.
Willis O'Brien did the stop-action animation for this 1933 feature, which is richer in character than most of the human cast.
The throbbing heart of the film lies in the creation of the semi-human simian himself, an immortal tribute to the Hollywood dream factory...
'King Kong died for our sins.' It's a T-shirt seen recently in Seattle, worn by a teenager and illustrated with the original vintage image of the monster ape atop the Empire State Building.
One of those mad movies, like Moulin Rouge! or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, that fully justifies and deserves all the best and worst that can be said for or against them.
| Original Score: B
It's one of the rare, great works of art that stands up to endless repeated viewings, each time revealing something new.
charming fantasy continues to hold up and is a treasure trove of special effects that continue to inspire
This movie is part of why I'm so twisted today, and not just because of how that door and the hellish promise of what it hid teased its way into my kiddie brain.
It is a remarkably universal appeal.