QUEEN KONG (1976 U.K. W. GERMANY ITALY FRANCE) D/W: FRANK AGRAMA W: RON DOBRIN/FABIO PICCIONI P: ANDRE GENOVESE
Dino De Laurentiis made sure that this spoof musical cash-in on his KING KONG remake (from the same year) stayed unreleased. It cropped up on bootleg tapes and amazingly had a brief theatrical run (big screen debut?) at a theatre in Tokyo in 2001! Seeing it on the big screen with a confused, slightly annoyed arthouse crowd (reading subtitles) was an unique experience. It`s pretty awful. Rula Lenska is the "sadistic" feminist film director who discovers Ray Fay (70`s sex comedy icon Robin Askwith) in Portabello Road, drugs him and takes him to "darkest Africa". After much (racist) nonsence involving a tribe of jungle women (led by Valerie Leon who speaks hilarious "ooga booga" dialect), we eventually get to see the man-in-a-suit Kong. It fights a dinosaur, a pterodactyl and does eventually go on the rampage in London (Big Ben stands in for the Empire State Building) and becomes a feminist icon. The FX are awful, as is the humour, although i did think the singing nun`s song was genuinely funny. With Linda Hayden, Roger Hammond, a Ronald Reagan film festival and The Orangutangs who pretend to play the catchy title song (we got a free flexidisc with our tickets!). After exiting the theatre feeling pretty mindfucked, Tokyo-ites could purchase soundtracks and t-shirts (with a grinning Robin Askwith print!) in the foyer before riding the elevator which had a big Queen Kong painted on it! Agrama also made DAWN OF THE MUMMY.

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