If you saw 2005’s King Kong, you saw the great ape take on a giant T. rex. But did you know that scene was a close recreation of a similar battle in the original 1933 King Kong? In fact, both versions end with Kong playing with the jaw of the dead dinosaur. (Spoiler alert.) That’s just one of the facts featured in the newest episode of You Think You Know Movies!
The second King Kong was released in 1976. In its climax, Kong climbed the recently completed World Trade Center instead of the Empire State Building. That led to an uncomfortable situation after 9/11, because the DVD cover for the film featured Kong perched between the two Twin Towers, swatting at airplanes. Universal voluntarily recalled all the discs, and replaced them with a cover that didn’t feature the buildings. (You can often find the original version on eBay.)
You Think You Know Movies? is a ScreenCrush original series that dives deep into the cinematic worlds of your favorite movies and freeze frames a few tidbits you might not have known. We’ve already tackled Star Wars, The Avengers and Spider-Man, but this time we’re headed to the original Skull Island (and a few other versions too) for some behind-the-scenes secrets about King Kong. Watch more installments of ‘You Think You Know Movies?’ below and let us know in the comments what movies we should cover next.