A*P*E is a 1976 monster movie. It was an American/South Korean co-production produced by Kukje Movies and the Lee Ming Film Co. (South Korea) and Worldwide Entertainment (USA) with 3-D effects.
Directed by Paul Leder and featuring special effects by Park Kwang Nam, the film stars Rod Arrants, Joanna Kerns and Alex Nicol. It was released to cash-in on Dino De Laurentiis‘ 1976 remake of King Kong and mockingly includes a character named “Dino”. In later years the film was also released as Attack of the Giant Horny Gorilla and Hideous Mutant.
On February 28 Kino Lorber is releasing A*P*E on Blu-ray. Both the 2D and 3D versions are included, restored in 2K by the 3-D Film Archive. Special features include trailers and an audio commentary by horror film historian Chris Alexander
A 36-foot-gorilla escapes from an oil tanker off the coast of Korea. After battling with a giant great white shark, the ape reaches land and destroys several buildings before finding and kidnapping an American actress named Marilyn (Joanna Kerns). The military eventually corners and kills the ape, prompting one observer to comment, “He was just too big for a small world like ours!”
“Amazingly the guys behind this hysterically bad movie even had the gumption to go for 3D, which only adds to its mystique. The writers of A*P*E were either satirical geniuses who loaded the film with postmodern humour or completely incompetent.., It’s genuinely quite difficult to work out which.” Deadly Movies
“The acting is uniformly awful; from the blank expressions of the American extras, the thickly Korean-accented Nak-hun Lee as a military Captain, Alex Nicol as a perpetually angry American Army colonel, Rod Arrants as a smug guy who acts smugly and wanders around whenever the script calls for him to, and then down to the aforementioned Joanna Kerns (credited as Joanna DeVarona) as an actress who apparently is a big deal in South Korea but is filming a cheap little exploitation film where she is sexually assaulted – twice.” Mecha-Blog-Zilla
“The moron plotting, the nonexistent production values and the barely even trying direction all add up to something special, to me at least. Sure I’m laughing at the movie and not with it. I’m sure that the people who made this movie were laughing at it too.” Chuck Esola, Musings of a Cinematic Obsessive
Watch the whole film online at viddler.com