Konga (1961)

Michael Gough's passing yesterday got me to thinking about this old movie. Konga is a wonderful King Kong ripoff.

I saw it for the first time when I was maybe 9 or 10 and I loved it. It had a hint of mystery, a lost in Africa back story, murder, man-eating plants and an ever growing ape. It lived in my memory as dreamlike images until a few years ago. I came across it on TCM and loved it once again.

Many aspects of the production are weak of course. The matte work and the ape suit are quite fake. Gough gives a great performance though and makes Konga more than worth watching. He was truly a marvelous mad scientist.

Check it out if you dare!


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