King Kong is, quite simply one of the finest films ever made, horror or otherwise. Everything about this film works and works wonderfully. From a classic script to breath-taking special effects, it's still a wonder to behold nearly 80 years later.
Fay Wray is the quintessential blonde bombshell and the original "scream queen." Boy that girl sure does have a set of lungs on her! The rest of the cast does a fine job as well but, let's be honest, the star of this show is Kong!
The brilliant stop-motion animation work of King Kong is nearly flawless. I'm sure Kong's original audience screamed and gripped their seat cushions when Kong appeared on screen for the first time. Then, to up the ante, audiences were treated to a parade of dinosaurs that came next, some of whom wrestled with Kong in epic battle scenes.
When Kong reaches New York City, the effects kept coming as we watched Kong derail an above ground subway train and fight with airplanes while hanging from the top of the Empire State Building. The many hands it took to make all of this movie magic happen are too numerous to mention. Their combined efforts result is spectacular filmmaking.
If you've never seen the original King Kong, what in the world are you waiting for? Put this at the top of your list and prepare yourself for one heck of a ride.
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.