13 Surprising Facts about Famous Movie Monsters

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King Kong and its sequel, Son of Kong, came out in the same year.


King Kong and its sequel, Son of Kong, came out in the same year.

Keep that in mind when you hear people complaining about Hollywood’s current bout of “sequelitis”. As it turns out, this problem has been going on for at least 78 years, if not longer.

Following King Kong’s initial success in March of 1933, RKO pictures immediately got the ball rolling on a sequel to come out in December of the same year. The film Son of Kong was written, produced, and released in time span of just 9 months. To do this, producer Ernest Schoedsack and special effects supervisor Willis O’Brien reused many of the same stop-motion models, music, and even some of the sound effects (including Fay Wray’s famous scream). The film features King Kong’s much smaller, friendlier, albino son, as well as the return of Robert Armstrong as the overly-ambitious, unlucky filmmaker Carl Denham (the character played by Jack Black in the Peter Jackson remake). The film plays out more like a comedy than a horror movie, as its creators had no intentions of surpassing the original. According to scriptwriter Ruth Rose, “If you can’t make it bigger, make it funnier”. The film did nowhere near as well in the box office as its predecessor.

Read more about Son of Kong at Turner Classic Movies.

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