Konga (1961) - Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Hohum Score

41

Bearable

Dr.Decker comes back from Africa after a year, presumed dead. During that year, he came across a way of growing plants and animals to an enormous size. He brings back a baby chimpanzee to ...

IMDB: 4.3
Director: John Lemont
Stars: Michael Gough, Margo Johns
Length: 90 Minutes
PG Rating: N/A
Reviews: 11 out of 51 found boring (21.56%)

One-line Reviews (30)

Mildly Entertaining.

For anyone else, especially for lovers of giant gorilla movies, KONGA is an inept, tedious, insulting, illogical and under-budgeted chunk of merde.

Writing about the film in the indispensable "Time Out Film Guide," Geoff Andrew calls "Konga" an "inept, silly, and ludicrously enjoyable monster movie," and it is difficult to rebut any one of those three points.

For most of this film, when the wicked Dr. Decker, played with a giant side order of ham by Michael Gough, injects that poor Chimpanzee with his nasty super grow essence of hulk formula, it is just plain stupid, boring, ridiculous, and dumb.

Each of these outbursts is predictably followed by Teenage Konga offing the oppressors, the tedious police procedural thankfully held in check with sadly nothing else to support such a bare bones outline.

Still, this does remain consistently entertaining even though the special effects showing Konga's sudden growths are less than adequate.

The script, oh dear what terrible dialogue, every time Dr Decker speaks to his assistant / wife he calls her Margaret, no one talks like that, he does the same when speaking to Sandra, she also does that to him, it got every tedious.

Gough overacts shamelessly and copes with ridiculously bleached hair (in order to make him look older), the trendy teenagers are amusing (pop star Jess Conrad has a small role), and altogether this film is an entertaining and endearingly British slant on the KING KONG theme.

Dull King Kong knock-off isn't even fun on a camp level .

And, of course, the movie is most certainly enjoyable, with a juicy script and a Gough role that the beloved actor digs into with zest.

Konga is, for the majority of its running time, a mundane mad scientist movie; only in its closing moments does the film become the desperate King Kong rip-off that its derivative title suggests.

This *could* have been more of a campy delight, but too often it gets bogged down in story and becomes dull.

Silly, but sadly dull, story about a mad scientist who performs growth experiments on plants and animals, and eventually on his chimpanzee, Konga (you know, Konga/Kong, as in King Kong), who then grows to an enormous size to kill the scientist's enemies and eventually wreaking havoc on London.

You owe it to yourself to have a good laugh at one of the worst movies ever made.

I found it very enjoyable.

Giving The Phantom from 10,000 Leagues a run for its money as most pointless sci-fi horror schlocker going.

In fact I would say that this is one of the most enjoyable monster films I've ever seen.

This could have been a fun low budget monster film along the lines of "Them" or "Tarantula," but it's mostly just boring and didn't even entertain me on a camp level.

It's all a dull hybrid of HG Wells, Robert Louis Stevenson and KING KONG.

Bob, though bland has his struggles and is not dumb.

I find it really, really enjoyable...

The Rest of the cast, bland, aside from Bob and Sandra.

Cheap and boring film, not without moments of unintentional fun .

To be avoided, generally, but it is entertaining if viewed with complete detachment.

I very much enjoyed Konga when I first saw it in a theatre at about the age of nine, and surprisingly enjoyed it almost as much on television.

Then in close up its like they dragged him off the street, put the suit on him and he looks left and right like "What is going on?

""WATCH the dullest movie ever made about a giant ape!

Strangely enough, that climactic ending, which the sadly soon-to-be-defunct "Maltin Movie Guide" correctly deems an "exceptionally dull rampage," may be the single weakest segment of the picture, with Gough's role limited to close-ups of his face as he grunts "Konga...

Terrible but also terribly entertaining .

This British & American co-production was directed by John Lemont & is considered a real Turkey amongst film fans & to be fair Konga is bad but I had a good time watching it & thought it was reasonably entertaining in it's silliness, the whole film seems to have been made as a King Kong (1933) rip-off with a giant Ape that runs amok in a world famous city & is killed by a famous landmark in said city & taken as just a silly & cheap monster film there's some fun to be had here.