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King Kong Lives

King Kong Lives (1986)

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Pandering über-producer Dino De Laurentiis followed his unnecessary 1976 remake of King Kong with this even more pointless sequel ten years later. Though the colossal ape Kong took a half-gainer off the World Trade Center for Jessica Lange at the previous film's climax, we are told at the sequel's outset that Kong survived and is being kept alive through artificial means by a secret scientific team (headed by Linda Hamilton in her pre-action-heroine days) dedicated to designing a synthetic

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King Kong Lives ... has a dull cast and a plot that's even duller, but the ape himself is in good form.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Embarrassing

July 14, 2005
Juicy Cerebellum

Why?

June 26, 2003
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

But, oh, how I laughed.

February 6, 2003
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Audience Reviews for King Kong Lives

Not to be taken seriously but much like its predecessor, it's seriously entertaining. Okay, the original wasn't great in the classic sense but got by on 'So bad it's good' credentials although not without it's own credit. King Kong Lives is all out B-Movie 'So bad it's fantastic'. Yes, it's badly written, has a terrible story and poor performances but the scenes in which King Kong flirts with his newly found mate are hilarious and make the film worth watching alone. You also have the 'King Kong escapes' scene, the 'King Kong' steps on suburbia' scene, 'King Kong has a heart transplant' scene and my favorite, 'King Kong bites a group of camping red-necks in half' scene. It's B-Movie gold and quite frankly, what is King Kong if not the ultimate B-Movie? People say that producer Dino De Laurentiis was a mad man with unrealistic visions but I totally disagree. All good B-Movies should be played straight and all should give the people what they want. If you want to watch a serious film then a movie about a 100 foot Ape probably isn't for you anyway!

http://cinephilecrocodile.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/king-kong-lives-dir-john-guillermin.html
July 21, 2014
SirPant

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I want to say that it's a worse film than the '76 remake, but at least this is so horrible that it's funny. The idea to have a love interest for King Kong has got to be one of the most moronic thoughts. The effects are completely horrible and all it has is one notable star, Linda Hamilton. Aside from it being a giant disaster, it is just hilarious to watch.
December 5, 2009
ythelastman89

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This is the stupid idea I ever heard and it's realized, make a sequel for King Kong! The story itself just get true at the ending of every King Kong movie, Kong gets killed by the beauty... But this movie, which is a sequel for 1976 King Kong, just get everything wrong.... The title itself just sound weird, King Kong Lives, it just make some stupid question about it like 'What movie is this?' or 'What? A sequel for King Kong?' and another question maybe... This movie made because they think they can make money again by resurrecting a death giant monkey, but that's all false... And shows up another Kong, the female one, then they have a baby, it just ridiculous... They didn't give a clue for the time, and amazingly the Kong have a baby! It really nonsense, it just that they really end up for ideas... The monkey itself stills looks like a toy, but still scary... Just this time, when Kong start eating human, it just makes me sick... Just a really wrong turn this time for Kong, one of the movie that should be never made...
August 3, 2008
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