While it’s easy to assume Ray Morton’s ‘King King – From Fay Wray to Peter Jackson’ is a quick cash-in on the second big screen update of the giant ape’s romp, to do so would be missing out on what is easily the most complete collection of Kong-related trivia assembled. Morton digs into them all, including the much maligned King Kong Lives. This is information that’s never been featured anywhere.

In chronological order, Morton begins the cinematic history of the oversized simian where he should: the 1933 classic that set a standard for special effects. With exhaustive text, Morton pulls out no stops to deliver the story behind the film, the people who made it, and how each individual effects shot was accomplished. Behind-the-scenes photos are uncommon, scattered throughout the book. For most of these films, the material simply isn’t available. [More]

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