Friday, February 3, 2012

Night 3 of "The 14 Nights of Valentine's Day Giveaway"

Welcome to night 3 of "The 14 Nights of Valentine's Day Giveaway". Tonight we have our next featured shop from our Valentine Giveaway. We also have the review of the next movie on our Valentine Love Story Movie List. Take a look at the list and find some fun movies to watch this Valentine season. You'll even get the chance for 10 extra entries. It's also Friday so it's time for a Valentine themed Fear Friday. First lets get to our featured item of the night from Laughing Vixen Lounge.

Tonight's Featured Item - "Vintage Kiss - Style C" Silver Pendant

Vintage Kiss - Style C $12

Purchase this, or any other featured item, from Laughing Vixen Lounge through February 29th and get 10% off. Use code FEBRUARY10 at checkout.

The 14 Nights of Valentine's Day Shop Feature - Hell In A Handbag

Hell In A Handbag is run by Erin from Nowheresville, California. Her shop is filled with fabulous vintage finds and custom hand-painted designs.

Hell In A Handbag offers a wide selection of vintage finds such as clothing, housewares and other goods.

Erin is also an amazing artist and offers some great custom hand painted items. One of her popular designs are wedding toppers. Just send a photo and she will customize them to look like the couple to be.

You'll have a chance to win a $20 gift certificate from Erin to use at any of her three shops. Enter now on the main giveaway page.

Take a minute to stop by Hell In A Handbag on it's Web Site, Etsy Store or Ebay Store. There's lots of great vintage finds to tempt you.

To get in the Valentine spirit each shop was asked what their favorite love story movie is. Erin said "Let's see, I'm all over the map with my movie taste, definitely not much of a chick flick gal, so I usually take my romance surrounded by gunfire. True Romance would have to be my pick. That Quentin Tarantino written gem has everything, a cute white trash, Elvis-lovin' couple, hookers, cocaine, violence at every turn, and of course, true romance. ...not to mention Gary Oldman, Christopher Walken, and Dennis Hopper."

Now for tonight's movie. Anyone who leaves a comment, with their opinion of the movie, for each of the 14 movies will get an extra 10 entries in our Valentine's Day Giveaway. After you finish commenting on all 14 movies you need only leave 1 comment on the main giveaway page that says "I made it through the 14 Nights of Valentine's Day Movie Marathon with my heart intact!" That 1 comment will count for 10 entries.

Fridays at Laughing Vixen Lounge Blog are Fear Fridays where we review a different horror/scary/thriller/classic horror movie. Tonight our Fear Friday movie is also our Valentine movie.

Night 3 - King Kong

Tagline - The most exciting original motion picture
               event of all time.

Music selections from the movie on the jukebox -
Sorry. No big monkey music available for this one. Though how cool would a King Kong theme song be?!!

Directed by John Guillermin (Towering Inferno and Death on the Nile) and released on December 17, 1976 by Paramount Pictures (rated PG). Boy (Jeff Bridges) meets girl (Jessica Lange). Girl meets giant monkey (dude in a monkey suit). Boy and giant monkey fight over girl. Just in case you don't know yet, I won't tell you who wins! 8)

OK, go ahead and roll your eyes and mumble to yourself "Is she crazy?". I know the 1976 version of King Kong is the most hated version of this movie. Now of course the original 1933 version is the best. The little stop motion King Kong is the cutest looking and has one sassy attitude as he likes to cram people into his mouth. But I enjoy watching this 70's remake.

Jeff Bridges is cute with his scruffy mountain man look. Jessica Lange is pretty even if she does come off as about the worst actress ever. And yes, King Kong is a dude in a monkey suite, with a kind of creepy sometimes perverted look on his face, but it works for me.

The story is changed slightly to modernize it. The ship is going to Skull Island looking for oil as their was a huge gas shortage in the '70s. Also, King Kong makes his famous climb at the end up the World Trade Center instead of the Empire State Building. It seems really wrong for this to be changed but at the time the Trade Center was the highest building in town. And it is nice to see the Twin Towers have a moment of glory on screen that makes you smile instead of always feeling sad.

Rick Baker (effects wizard who did the make up for An American Werewolf in London) designed and wore the monkey suit. And if you are wondering if this really qualifies as a love story, AFI (American Film Institute) listed it as #24 on it's top 100 love stories of all time. So there you go 8)

Take a look at the original trailer...

Some trivia about the movie...
1. Carlo Rambaldi was to design a life-sized mechanical gorilla for filming. While the massive and expensive model was being constructed, makeup artist Rick Baker built a much cheaper gorilla costume to wear in some scenes. Sources differ as to what happened to Rambaldi's model.
2. Universal had originally planned to make a more faithful remake of King Kong to be entitled "The Legend of King Kong", which was going to be a period piece set in the 1930s. However, they backed out when this modern remake was announced.
3.  Hammer Studios had also intended to remake the movie a few years earlier, but it was scrapped after a few test reels were shot. However, some of the Hammer footage was used in a Volkswagen commercial.
4. Roman Polanski, Michael Winner, and Sam Peckinpah were offered the chance to direct, but all turned it down.
5. Bo Derek was offered the role of Dwan but turned it down.
6. Employees of the Empire State Building expressed their displeasure at the producers' decision to stage the remake's climax at the World Trade Center by picketing the 102nd floor of the Empire State Building dressed in monkey suits.
7. For shots of Kong holding Jessica Lange, the filmmakers built giant hydraulic gorilla arms. The hands were six feet across and the arms weighed 1,650 lbs. each. The design was complex, so the arms were not ready until shooting was well underway. When they were finally built, producer Dino De Laurentiis was invited to the set to witness a test. He walked into the studio, and the giant arm extended in his direction. Then the middle finger slowly uncurled and extended itself. De Laurentiis broke up. So did the arm. It was frozen, finger up, for a week.
8. Carlo Rambaldi's mechanical King Kong is the largest mechanical creature ever created, towering a little over 40 feet.
9. Four ape suits were created and worn by Rick Baker and realistically depicted the appropriate musculature beneath the fur through a special under suit with silicone-filled muscles. The hands of the costume used animatronic extensions, again controlled by operators off set, so as to give Kong appropriately gorilla-like long limbs.


  1. OMG! WHo doesn't Like King Kong????? This movies is a classic. Call me wierd but I absolutely LOVE this movie. Have it in my collection and watch it more than once a year :)

  2. King Kong, LOVE IT, LOVE IT , LOVE IT......... Great trivia about the movie.

  3. True animal magnetism in this romance!!


  4. King Kong is a wonderful adventure/romance/big creature movie!! My fave is the Jessica Lange version

  5. This movie just pissed me off...what with King Kong dying & all.

  6. I prefer Son of Kong.

  7. I don't like it when King Kong dies...

  8. It was beauty who killed the beast...
    Love it


  9. King Kong is a unique classic!
    True Romance was one of my favorite movies in the late 90's!