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This film begins with an obvious toy boat being destroyed by a guy in a
cheap gorilla suit--the sort you'd rent for just a few dollars at a
costume shop. Then, he proceeds to destroy a bunch of buildings that
look even cheaper and sillier than those found in the Japanese giant
monster films from Toho Studios! Most of the time, he moves about in
super-slow motion and does a whole lot of nothing. And, as he does not
much at all, you hear circus-like music. This time, however, the movie
is a bit different, as the extras are all Korean AND their command of
English is amazingly bad--so bad that it's rather funny to hear some of
them stumble over even the simplest words.
Sadly, however, as the movie progresses, you learn that the cheap sets and guy in the gorilla suit and Koreans who can't speak English are the BEST aspects of the film!! That's because the acting is abysmal, the editing was done by a chimp, many scenes featuring screaming Korean peasants went on too long, the music highly inappropriate as well as annoying and the dialog is among the worst I've ever heard. Believe me, Ed Wood couldn't have made a gorilla film any worse than this (including his own BRIDE AND THE MONSTER).
There are unnecessary subplots involving a rather bland-looking actress and her boyfriend as well as a Colonel who is a total idiot (and needs a good haircut to even remotely look military) and curses CONSTANTLY--possibly more than any character in the 1970s. Aside from these stupid subplots, the rest of the film is essentially KING KONG but set in a Korea that is chock-full of crappy sets.
Overall, there really is nothing to recommend this film--unless you really need to see a guy in a gorilla suit flipping off the army (I kid you not--this REALLY happened in the movie). It's so bad, that it's a film almost exclusively for bad movie fans. It's also a great film for Jeff Bridges, Jessica Lange or Dino De Laurentiis to watch so that they can see that by comparison, the poor 1976 KING KONG film is like a Merchant-Ivory production! However, I do NOT recommend that Kim Jong-Il see the film--he might be tempted to nuke South Korea, since they were responsible for this atrocity of a movie!
At first glance, A*P*E* would appear to be the worst movie in
Perhaps this is true. I mean, everything about this movie sucks. The ape
looks fake, the acting is virtually non-existent, the music is something
would hear in a bad porn movie, and the special effects (if that's what
want to call them) look as if they were done by 6 year old kids. What
possibly save this movie?
What saves this movie is the fact that it was SUPPOSED to be this way. Anybody could have made a realistic movie with great special effects and talented actors, but that would be boring. I'd much rather see a piece of crap film like this one and laugh my ass off at it. This movie reminds me of Ed Wood's Plan 9 from Outer Space. It is one of the cheesiest movies ever made, and yet it has a cult following. In other words, it made its mark by being terrible. Let's face it, some movies just shouldn't be good, and A*P*E* is one of those movies. It's a special talent to be able to make a bad movie that is fun to watch, and the makers of A*P*E* definitely have that talent. That is why I give this movie a 10, because it was made exactly how it was intended to be made. Sadly, this talent is not recognized in hollywood, and not many bad movies of this caliber are made anymore. Truly a tragedy. Check out A*P*E*, though, and you won't be disappointed. I mean, you will be, but it will be a good disappointment...nevermind, just watch it.
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It's not because of the plot. It's not because of the special effects. It's not because of the acting. It's not because of anything you can imagine. This movie goes beyond your imagination and your mind capabilities. It's worth seeing it just for the sake of it. Don't take it too seriously, don't panic after 5 minutes of footage and give it a chance. Please, be gentle and open minded. It is probably one of the most exhilarating, fresh and funny movies I've ever seen ( and I've seen a lot of crap). To be honest, even though I love Bergman (for example), not everybody is ready to watch his films and prefers very "light " movies like this masterpiece. Believe it or not. A*P*E* rocks!!!!!
As a big fan of giant monster movies from the orient such as Godzilla and
Gamera I had a to check out APE, the film that has so many alternate titles
which in My opinion is hilarious such as APE: Attacking Primate Monster,
Super Kong, and The New King Kong. I have seen most giant gorilla films and
from viewing The original classic King Kong, The Son of Kong, the 1976
remake of King Kong, it's sequel King Kong Lives and ToHo's King Kong vs.
Godzilla and King Kong Escapes and the Q.T. flick the Mighty Peking Man. I
can tell you that APE is the most different of them all and the most
horrible one of the lot but I really don`t mind the fake looking ape with
the zipper on the side of the costume which sometimes they forgot close it
the way, the really bad dubbing, the stupid dialogue, the paper thin
buildings (I say paper thin because when the buildings are on fire it
sounds like paper burning!), the toy vehicles, the toy cow, the pool that is
supposed to be the ocean, the rubber shark, the maximized snake, the army
and the people running over and over and over again
and such and plus what made it even better was it was filmed in 3D! I don`t
mind this terrible stuff in APE because it makes the film funny and even
better than what it supposed to be.APE is so dumb that I couldn't stop
Minor briefing on the goings on in APE:
In the beginning of APE it starts out with a bang with the boat and we are introduced to two workers on the freighter (shouldn't the film have begun and told how the APE was captured and where he came from?). They have the slowest conversation and it really helps with the very out of place dubbing. In this conversation they talk about the big guy and that he is going to Disney Land and all of a sudden the toy boat is blown up out of proportion. The screen is black and all you see is fire and the pool that is supposed to be the ocean for several seconds. Then immediately we see APE fighting with a giant great white shark that in My opinion resembled more of a basking shark. The shark never fought back and APE just thrashes him back and fourth a dozen times. This was an excellent seen for what it was. Through out the film we see Ape dance, gave the finger which was an awesome excellent experience to view and he never makes any roars and I noticed that there were no stomping sounds whatsoever! The character Colonel Davis was hilarious! he said lines such as "to hell with the press, I'm going to smoke this cigarette"! The film is a total laugh fest and I think people who love horrible movies with many mistake and fake looking stuff this is THE FILM for you!
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