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I caught this flick on cable one night and couldn't believe the sheer awfulness of it. Even if the borrowed footage and the cheap toy props were supposed to be tongue-in-cheek, it sure didn't work! And did anyone else notice that in the big "battle scene", they kept showing the exact same tank footage over and over and over and over and... well, you get the idea. Even if they had cast Leslie Nielsen, that couldn't have saved this mess. I gave this movie a rating of 1 only because zero wasn't an option. Don't say I didn't warn you!
You've never seen such a funny and cheesy monster movie at all! This is a must for all of you, who wants to see cheesy and funny movies!
Original ads warned, "Not the be confused with KING KONG." Not a problem
there, pals! This not only makes one yearn to see the original 1933 KONG
again, but it makes the Dino De Laurentiis remake look like a revisionist
masterpiece. The FX work (originally shown in 3-D) is even cheesier than the
old Toho GODZILLA movies as "ten tons" of simian fury (AKA - guy in monkey
suit) crushes a model city, sinks a toy ship and wrestles around with
"giant" rubber snake and shark creatures. It's all for the love of an
actress, played by Joanna De Varona who is actually Joanna Kerns, the mother
from the Growing Pains TV series!
APE sure is funny and worth watching, but going by the general rules of movie scoring, it's a...
Score: 1 out of 10
Truly awful King Kong rip-off that is so bad you have to see it to
believe it. The ape, said to be thirty-six feet tall, is just some guy
in a cheap gorilla suit that the filmmakers got at a costume shop or a
yard sale. This isn't even a full body ape suit. It's got sleeves with
gloves. There are several instances where you can see the skin of the
guy's wrists as he moves his arms about. That's the level of quality
we're talking here. That's how few *beeps* this movie gives. He's
filmed mostly from the chest up. When they do try to show you some
scale for the ape's size, they do it with cheap stuff like toy boats
and crummy miniature buildings. The ape also moves in slow motion
throughout the movie. Let me be clear: they didn't slow down the film.
The "actor" in the ape suit just moved really slowly to emulate slow
motion! Like a kid playing make believe.
The cast is especially bad. This is the film debut of Joanna Kerns, the mom from "Growing Pains." Her screams will haunt me for weeks. So unbelievably shrill. Be prepared to turn your volume down. Laughably, at one point while in the palm of the ape's hand, Kerns stops screaming and says "Be gentle with me, big guy." She returns to screaming almost immediately. Bizarre! Kerns has a romantic subplot with a very '70s-looking guy named Rod Arrants. They kiss a lot. Pretty much every time they are in the same scene, Arrants is all over her. Long-time character actor Alex Nicol plays a foul-mouthed Army Colonel here. I have to believe his performance is intended to be funny. It makes no sense any other way. Bruce MacRae is listed as responsible for the music. He should have been arrested and charged with assault. The score is relentless and will make your ears bleed.
As the helicopters approach the ape, he stands there and makes these wild gestures with his arms. For the life of me, it looks a lot like he's dancing. Was the guy in the ape suit inebriated? Very likely. Further evidence of this is the scene where the ape flips off the Army. Yeah. The guy in the ape suit was loaded for sure. It's so terrible. There are lots of pointless scenes. Such as when the ape pulls a snake off of a tree and throws it -- hitting the camera! This goes nowhere. It just cuts away to another scene and when it returns to the ape he's moved on to something else. The only reason I'm giving this a 2 instead of a 1 is because of the unintended comedy. It's one of the worst movies ever made.
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A giant ape escapes from a ship and destroys a city. That's about it.
I've read that this is a Korean made movie that tried to make money as a King Kong ripoff. Some of the stories about how this movie was made are more entertaining than watching the actual movie. Anyone who sits through this today could only be interested in the camp value, and there are a number of moments to laugh at. The movie has every problem that is generally associated with bad movies, such as bad dubbing, terrible dialog, stilted acting, and poor effects. What takes the fun out of the movie are the long stretches of repetitive or stagnant shots. For example, when the ape fights the shark, he swings it back and forth for what feels like five minutes straight. A guy in a bad ape costume with a dead shark. Swinging it around. Over and over. So for that reason, I would not want to sit through this one again. I had to watch it once, all the way through, just because of some strange fascination with how inept everything was. This might actually be the worst movie ever.
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My nephew and I get together every few months for a bad movie night. Boy, this is one. It is nearly too bad to be good. The plot(?) is simple, a 36 foot tall ape escapes from a freighter that was bound for Disneyland. At several points in the movie, by several people, it is pointed out that the ape is 36 feet tall. Not "around 35" or "about 40" but "36". There is no explanation as to where this large ape came from. The "fight scenes" are horrendous (the snake scene involves the ape taking the snake off of a tree and throwing it away, the snake then slitheres away). All of the scenes with the Asians running are virtually silent (without even the usual screaming), and the American scenes are obviously inserted. Truly awful, if you're going to abuse yourself by watching it make sure to do it with a friend who appreciates bad movies.
A*P*E is both stupid and follows the King Kong storyline, and is
probably the worst movie I have ever seen.
Everything from King Kong and even Godzilla is copied by A*P*E. 1 - The ape escapes from an oil tanker. 2 - Giant footprints are found. 3 - They want to show the Ape off to the public. 4 - Ape kidnaps girl. 5 - Girl feels somehow attracted to the Ape. 6 - Army attacks Ape.
Besides having a duplicate plot, A*P*E has many technical problems as well.
1 - The Ape is 36 feet tall, but the shark and snake are the size of him. 2 - He towers over buildings, but he's 36 feet tall. 3 - The Ape throws the snake at the camera, knocking it down. 4 - You can see the Ape actor's shirt underneath the costume. 5 - Tons of plastic toys in this film.
And you can tell the actor who played the Ape is pretty angry over him playing the role. He flips off the camera at one point.
A*P*E fails as a movie, but as a comedy, it's really good. Get a bunch of friends and do a MST3K kind of thing.
Despise the crappy special effects, the poor acting and the repetitive
stock footage Ape will always be a fun b-grade comedy that is crazily
enjoyable on so many levels. The story starts out on a toy boat with 2
sailors talking about what there going to do with this 36 foot tall
monster. We then see the Ape break loss and crash the boat, he then
swims out to the ocean and fights a giant shark but the shark doesn't
attack since its not really a shark its just a play toy in which the
Ape throws around and wrestle with. Ape then invades land and scares
children, fights a giant snake, and trashes down buildings oh and I
forgot to mention that he even give the finger to a plane oh and he
even dances to music for some strange reason. So as you can see there's
plenty of fun yet there's plenty of long, boring and pointless scenes
which might annoy the average viewers but hang in there, when Ape's on
screen nothings funnier..
Ape is also available in 3D so catch that version if you can..
This film was recently shown on the new C3D satellite channel in 3D. It is so cheesy and poorly acted that without the added 3D effect it would truly be a waste of time. Surprisingly though, it is a near perfect blend of bad acting, bad special effects and moronic story line. Unlike most other 3D films, the extra dimension is captured so well that the film is a lot of fun to watch.
This was intended to be a serious movie which came out at the same time
the big budget remake of KING KONG. I remember as a kid, reading the
in line at the theater which stated "not to be confused with King Kong",
which is hilarious in itself. I ended up walking out (after the dumb guy
the ape suit wrestles the plastic shark in the pool scene) near the
beginning and got a refund.
If they spent more than $50.00 to make this movie, they were fools.
You will be too if you watch this piece of crap.
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