In 2012 they resurrected Godzilla. Now the same team bring back movie monster royalty, and promise to remain true while delivering the biggest Kong in history with Kong: Skull Island.

Take a look at King Kong and how he has evolved through the years.


KING KONG (1933)

The original and the best – both the movie and Kong. Willis O’Brien’s incredibly expressive stop-motion creation remains the most endearing of all screen Kongs, which makes his fall from the Empire State all the more tragic.

KING KONG (1976)

The combined efforts of makeup maestros Rick Baker and Carlo Rambaldi can’t save this Kong from looking like the mechanical beast and man-in-a-suit he obviously is. “When monkey die, everybody cry!” Or not.


Another dodgy Kong costume derails this risible sequel to the 1976 remake, but that’s the least of this film’s problems. “Only a miracle can save Kong now” and it’s not the heart transplant that brings him back to life.

KING KONG (2005)

The motion-capture Kong is incredibly lifelike, but Peter Jackson’s remake is bloated and mawkish, with an interminable trip to Skull Island and too many tender moments with Naomi Watts. The double dinosaur fight in the chasm is cool, though.