Sunday, July 14, 2013

Kong Island (1968)

Starring Brad Harris, Esmeralda Barros, Marc Lawrence, Adriana Alben, Mark Farran
Directed by Robert Morris
(actor & director credits courtesy

While a mercenary searches in Africa for the man who nearly killed him, that same man is engaged in experiments with savage gorillas.

Despite the title, there's no relation between the King Kong movies and this rather routine Italian action film featuring Brad Harris, better known for his sword and sandal films.  Although the gorilla experiments are the most interesting aspect of the movie, the focus is on the revenge quest of Harris' mercenary and some tensions between the supporting cast.  The introduction of the "sacred monkey," a native woman who can speak with the apes, seems rather tacked on, but would have made the film more intriguing had her character been better developed.

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