Today: June 16, 2024


If you’ve a soft-spot for B movies, with lurid Technicolour  visuals, mad science, over the top performaces, and improbably-sized apes, then Network have a treat for you.

This August sees the release of 60s sci-fi horror, Konga in which Michael Gough turns in a memorable performance as a demented professor whose dubious experiments lead to madness, disaster, and terror.

The sole survivor of an African plane crash, noted scientist Dr Decker (Gough) is rescued from the jungle along with a baby chimpanzee, who he dubs Konga. But Decker’s sinister experiments cause Konga to grow to fantastic proportions.  Encountering opposition to both his research and a potential love affair, the unhinged scientist soon decides to put the supersized primate to terrifying use.

The theme is a familiar one, and those who know and love King Kong, will find Konga a poor echo. The storyline is often nonsensical, and the scriptwriters never quite manage to explain how a baby chimp transforms into a giant gorilla. However, let’s be honest, we don’t watch films like Konga for the plotting or sparkling effects. We watch them because there’s nothing more satisfying on a wet Sunday afternoon than settling down to a cup of tea and a slice of monster-fuelled silliness. 

Konga is classic cult kitsch.


• Theatrical trailer.
• Image gallery.

Paula Hammond - Features Editor

Paula Hammond is a full-time, freelance journalist. She regularly writes for more magazines than is healthy and has over 25 books to her credit. When not frantically scribbling, she can be found indulging her passions for film, theatre, cult TV, sci-fi and real ale. If you should spot her in the pub, after five rounds rapid, she’ll be the one in the corner mumbling Ghostbusters quotes and waiting for the transporter to lock on to her signal… Email:

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