King Kong Lives (1986) - Rotten Tomatoes

King Kong Lives (1986)




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In Dino DeLaurentiis' sequel to his 1976 remake, Kong meets his ideal mate--a giant female gorilla. There's trouble in paradise, however, when the Army plots to exterminate both creatures.

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Brian Kerwin
as Hank Mitchell
Linda Hamilton
as Amy Franklin
George Yiasumi
as Lady Kong
John Ashton
as Lt. Col. R.T. Nevitt
Peter Elliott
as King Kong
George Yiasoumi
as Lady Kong
Frank Maraden
as Dr. Benson Hughes
Alan Sader
as Faculty Doctor
Lou Criscuolo
as Faculty Doctor
Marc Clement
as Crew Chief
Peter Michael Goetz
as Dr. Andrew Ingersoll
Larry Souder
as Reporter
Ted Prichard
as Reporter
Debbie McLeod
as Reporter
Mac Pirkle
as Surgeon
Larry Sprinkle
as Journalist
Rod Davis
as TV Reporter
David Devries
as Technician
Bonnie Johnson
as Technician
Robin Cahall
as Mazlansky
Don Law
as Security Chief
Jack Maloney
as 1st Wrangler
Jimmie Ray Weeks
as Major Peete
Jeff Benninghofen
as 1st Radioman
Jim Grimshaw
as Sergeant
Jimmy Wiggins
as Boyfriend
Mary Swafford
as Girlfriend
Leon Rippy
as Hunter
Hope Nunnery
as Lady in Phone Booth
Margaret Freeman
as Native Woman
Winston Hemingway
as Staff Sergeant
Tom Parkhill
as Radioman
Buck Ford
as Guard Sergeant
Gary Kaikaka
as Boat Skipper
Duke Ernsberger
as Cell Guard
Mike Starr
as Cell Guard
Shannon Rowell
as Woman in Crowd
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Critic Reviews for King Kong Lives

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (2)

King Kong Lives ... has a dull cast and a plot that's even duller, but the ape himself is in good form.

May 20, 2003 | Rating: 2/5

The problem with everyone in King Kong Lives is that they're in a boring movie... and they just can't stir themselves to make an effort. Even the lowliest extras in a 1950s' B picture would have been able to scream better and roll their eyes more.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

There's still far too much comedy; any sense of awe (of which terribly little exists) is drowned out by constant, immature, generic attempts at laughs.

June 27, 2021 | Rating: 2/10 | Full Review…

There's simply no reason for this movie to be this abysmal.

March 24, 2021 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

I have never seen a King Kong knock-off more lifeless and almost mean-spirited in its lack of narrative cohesion or functional human characters than this one.

September 17, 2017 | Rating: 0.5/5 | Full Review…


July 14, 2005 | Rating: 0/5

Audience Reviews for King Kong Lives

Quite possibly the worst film ever made with "King Kong' in the title. I can't say that for sure as I haven't all of the unofficial sequels and spin-offs. I'm trying to come up with something positive to say about the film and I just can't. I guess the star is for the presence of Linda Hamilton and John Ashton - neither of whom do any sort of good work here. Well, maybe John Ashton, who's real good at being a completely heartless asshole. Anyways, trust me, avoid at all costs. The 1976 remake wasn't a gold mine of greatness by any means, but the sequel makes it looks like Gone With the Wind.

Tim Salmons
Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer


I want to say that it's a worse film than the '76 remake, but at least this is so horrible that it's funny. The idea to have a love interest for King Kong has got to be one of the most moronic thoughts. The effects are completely horrible and all it has is one notable star, Linda Hamilton. Aside from it being a giant disaster, it is just hilarious to watch.

Conner Rainwater
Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

This is the stupid idea I ever heard and it's realized, make a sequel for King Kong! The story itself just get true at the ending of every King Kong movie, Kong gets killed by the beauty... But this movie, which is a sequel for 1976 King Kong, just get everything wrong.... The title itself just sound weird, King Kong Lives, it just make some stupid question about it like 'What movie is this?' or 'What? A sequel for King Kong?' and another question maybe... This movie made because they think they can make money again by resurrecting a death giant monkey, but that's all false... And shows up another Kong, the female one, then they have a baby, it just ridiculous... They didn't give a clue for the time, and amazingly the Kong have a baby! It really nonsense, it just that they really end up for ideas... The monkey itself stills looks like a toy, but still scary... Just this time, when Kong start eating human, it just makes me sick... Just a really wrong turn this time for Kong, one of the movie that should be never made...

Sanjaya  丘耀文
Sanjaya 丘耀文

Super Reviewer

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