Thursday, June 26, 2014

Movie In-Jokes: King Kong (2005)

One of the fun games when watching movies is to spot references, secret messages and gags that filmmakers, film crews and actors can slip into movies to pay tribute to films they love, have a bit of fun with their previous work, or give the cinematic equivalent of a shout-out. Here's a spotter's guide to these inside jokes.

This time we swing back to Peter Jackson, who clearly decided one troublesome monkey wasn't enough for his epic remake of the classic monster movie King Kong.

As Jack Driscoll (Adrien Brody) tours his cramped quarters on the steamship the Venture en route to Skull Island, he discovers he's going to be rooming with a menagerie of animals captured during the ship's previous adventures. Among them is this conspicuous box:

...labelled "Sumatran Rat Monkey" with the added warning "Beware the Bite."

Fans of Peter Jackson known this isn't the only specimen of this dangerous creature to be taken from its native habitat as one also appeared in his previous film, the gleefully disgusting Braindead (aka Dead Alive).

There, the critter was taken from Skull Island itself and deposited in a Wellington Zoo, where a bite from him brought about a zombie infestation.

Isn't he cute?

Let's hope Jack kept well clear of that cage. I don't think even the beauty of Ann Darrow could calm down this beastie.

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