Friday, September 7, 2012

A Garage Sale Classic- 'A*P*E' Movie Review

April Barkley 
WCB Movie Writer 

Director- Paul Leder
Starring- Rod Arrants, Alex Nicol,
Joanna Kerns
Summertime means garage sales, which means old VHS tapes for 50 cents. Recently, I saw a movie called A*P*E on VHS at one of the garage sales and the cover looked like a King Kong type movie. I had to have it. I watched it the other night and I have to say that was the best 50 cents I have ever spent.

It’s an American/South Korean movie from in 1976 and directed by Paul Leder. It stars Rod Arrants, Alex Nicol and Growing Pains’ Joanna Kerns. It is such a dumb film but that’s what makes it great. It was purposely made to be stupid because if you see it, you’d understand. It has been called one of the worst movies ever made according to sources. It’s so bad, it’s good.

It follows a 36-foot-tall gorilla, which is basically a man in the worst gorilla costume ever made. The ape escapes from an oil tanker in Korea and heads for land. In his journey to the city, he fights a shark, which many say is like Jaws. The scene of him fighting the shark is like 15 minutes long and such bad acting you can’t help but laugh. He starts kicking down buildings, smashing everything in sight. The set is dollhouses and the man in the ape suit is stepping on small children’s dollhouses, it’s fantastic. Like King Kong, an actress (Kerns) in Korea is filming a movie and Ape finds her and kidnaps her. The best is when Kerns is in his hand, the trademark for King Kong. It’s a blonde Barbie doll in his hand. The fight scenes are so terrible. The acting is atrocious. You have to see it to believe it.

Its poor special effects make it hilarious and actually keeps your attention. It’s just a cheap and cheesy rip-off of King Kong with a little Jaws. You cannot take it seriously. Just laugh and enjoy.

If you are looking to have a bad movie night, rent this. You can actually get it from Netflix.

For a movie that was just so bad, it was good; I give it 4 out of 4 stars. It’s the greatest new addition to my monster movie collection. 

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