King Kong Lives (1986)

Genres - Action, Adventure  |   Sub-Genres - Creature Film, Romantic Adventure  |   Release Date - Dec 19, 1986 (USA)  |   Run Time - 105 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - PG13
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Review by Jeremy Wheeler

King Kong Lives is exactly the kind of 80's trash that could only come out of Dino de Laurentiis circa 1986. It clunks around with stale characters trying to make sense out of a movie that's got little else on its mind besides showing as much of the dreadful monkey suits as possible (in fact, it does score points for that!). The needless sequel of the laughable 1976 remake still could be considered a romance tale, though this time it ends not with tragedy but with a finale that features a little person in a zip-up Baby Kong outfit that's straight out of Land of the Lost. Linda Hamilton would be wise to forget this flop, as should acclaimed sci-fi movie scribe Ronald Shusett, whose name comes up once too many in the credits of this turd. On the plus side, the violence is hilariously gruesome, as when Kong kills a few hunters by literally breaking them in two or biting off their bloody limbs. Obvious cheese appeal is written all over King Kong Lives, which would be better news if it wasn't so daunting to have to sit through.