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    Konga





    REVIEW

    In Hollywood, producer Herman Cohen struck exploitation gold with I Was a Teenage Werewolf and its follow-up I Was a Teenage Frankenstein. He came to the UK and teamed with respectable stage actor Michael Gough to make Horrors of the Black Museum, and stuck around to make this mad science/giant monster movie which wags suggested should have been called I Was a Teenage Gorilla.

    Obviously influenced by King Kong, it spends an hour or so on mad scientist Gough’s experiments with carnivorous plants and unnaturally-enlarged primates – he bizarrely turns a chimpanzee into a gorilla, which he hypnotises into murdering academic rivals – before lab animal Konga grows to giant size and stalks through a scale model of London, threatening Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament as the army show the Blitz spirit by setting out to cut him down to size with anti-simian gun batteries and toy tanks.

    The effects vary from shoddy (the gorilla suit) to good (the miniature city), the dialogue offers high-flown ridiculousness in every scene (Gough seethes through everything) and the script’s lack of scientific logic or conventional drama (the ostensible heroine is forgotten, digested by a plant while the ape is on the rampage) is engaging and nearly surreal.

    Kim Newman

    Konga Pressbook

    PRODUCT DETAILS


    Cult-favourite actor Michael Gough turns in a memorably demented performance in this larger-than-life fantasy B-movie which takes a skewed look at the King Kong story, transposing the action from New York to London. Shot at Merton Park Studios for Anglo-Amalgamated, Konga was among the first of the ‘mega monster’ movies to be made in colour and is featured here in a brand-new transfer from original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio.

    Dr Decker, a botanist and university professor, is the sole survivor of a plane crash in Africa. When he returns from the jungle he brings with him a baby chimpanzee, ‘Konga’. During the course of his experiments, Decker discovers a serum that causes Konga to grow to the size of a gorilla – and, eventually, to obey his will. Encountering both opposition to his experiments and a potential love affair thwarted by a rival, he decides to put the supersized ape to terrifying use...

    SPECIAL FEATURES:
    [] Original theatrical trailer
    [] Image gallery
    [] Press material PDFs

     

    • Catalogue Number : 7953866
    • Available Since : 21/01/2013
    • Classification PG
    • Number of Discs 1
    • Picture 1.66:1 / Colour
    • Sound Mono / English
    • Subtitles None
    • Region 2 / PAL
    • Time 90 mins approx
    • Short Name Konga
    Grade 
    Mr Paul Welsby - Cornwall
    05/17/2013

    Kitsch Kong

    Fab ! - no really - I have always held a torch for Michael Gough - not that I am one of the villagers chasing him into the mire after his latest foray into the absolute extremes of hairbrained lunatic nonsenseness - nope - the man was utterly marvelous when playing a villain which is as far from his natural state as it is possible for an actor to be - he gives the lie to the 'demented' character in his affectionate handling of the tiny Konga in the arrivals lounge scene at the beginning of the film - throughout the movie it is possible to see a playful glint in his eye - I think he was enjoying himself immensely.
    The whole film is an homage to 50's sci-fi / Horror rounding the whole genre off nicely as Hammer was just getting into it's stride as the next generation - there's a good supporting cast and Jess Conrad at his most murderous ( bit like being savaged by a Hamster ) .
    I loved the 'Transistor Radio' that sounded like my Fergusson Yacht Boy - if only
    Regards Paul

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