King Kong is a movie that I'm sure everyone is familiar with. It's been spoofed so many times that even if you haven't seen it, you probably already know the plot. This 1933 original had some very pioneering special effects for it's time. Even though much of them seem very dated, you still get your share of suspense that moviegoers felt almost 70 years ago when the film was first released. The majority of the movie takes place on Skull Island where King Kong is worshipped like a god. The natives kidnap Fay Wray and King Kong likes her and takes her with him. Now Kong's prisoner, she is helpless to watch as he beats up dinosaur after dinosaur on the island. After watching a few of these, it becomes apparent that King Kong is quite self-actualized and moreover, the island bully.
A rescue party sets forth to find the kidnapped girl. Among then is the filmmaker who brought her aboard the ship to train her as an actress. There is also a rugged seagoing man who hadn't seen a woman in years and is now, oddly enough, in love with her. They are joined by other crew members but not for long because King Kong kills them all. The rescue party, now two finally get the girl to safety and throw some kind of bombs at King Kong and bring him back to the states for a Broadway show (hell, who wouldn't?). King Kong, like me, does not appreciate being photographed and lashes out. he then escapes and decides to run amok killing people (hell, who wouldn't?). He derails a train, grabs a woman who's sleeping and drops her out a six story window. I'd have to say that my favorite part of this movie is the way he likes to put people in his mouth and sort of chew them but not eat them. It reminds me of the way Cookie Monster eats.
The citizens are not too pleased with King Kong's deviant behavior and special forces are called in to put an end to his shenanigans. As King Kong climbs to the top of the Empire State Building he is met by three biplanes. Kong likes to smash things like a two-year-old and these planes are no exception. They shoot at him with an endless hail of bullets until he finally develops a large chest injury. It is at this point that King Kong gives, what is still to this day, the greatest claymation/puppetry death in cinema history. he grasps at his chest, occasionally writhing in pain, and finally falls, bouncing off the building a few times on his way down. Upon his impact with the ground, it is decided that beauty is what killed the beast. That and a 1,472 ft. fall.