Film / King Kong Lives

A sequel to the 1976 remake of King Kong, released in 1986. It was directed by John Guillermin and produced by Dino De Laurentiis.

Despite being riddled with bullets and falling over 1,000 feet from the World Trade Center, Kong survived, but now resides in a coma. Thanks to the efforts of Dr. Franklin (Linda Hamilton), it is restored with an artificial heart and a blood transfusion from a female Kong, recently discovered by adventurer Hank Mitchell (Brian Kerwin).

Kong and the female Kong are immediately drawn to each other when the former wakes up, and break away from their keepers to the wild. The U.S. Army, led by Lt. Col. R.T. Nevitt (John Ashton), is then sent to capture them.

There was also two Japan-only licensed games based on it, both released by Konami.

This film has the examples of:

  • Bittersweet Ending: On the one hand, Kong meets his final demise as he protects Lady Kong, who's gone into labor. On the other, he gets to see his child before he expires, and mother and baby live out their days in peace at a wildlife preserve.
  • Blood Is Squicker in Water: Kong is thought to be dead when he disappears under the river, and some of his blood spurts to the surface.
  • Bullying a Dragon: After a group of hunters manages to trap Kong, they immmediately begin to mock and taunt him with torches. This ends about as well as can be expected when Kong breaks free.
  • Defiant to the End: Gotta give it to Nevitt: even when he's reduced to only his Colt .45 sidearm and it's pretty obvious Kong is gonna smear him all over the ground with his fist (which he does), he doesn't stops shooting and calling him every insult he can think of.
  • Every Car Is a Pinto: Tanks and cars catch on fire by getting flipped over and thrown around.
  • Eye Awaken: Used when Kong awakens from his coma.
  • Fire-Breathing Weapon: Some of Nevitt's men are armed with flamethrowers.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: Kong grabs one of the good ol' boy hunters and rips him in half.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: ...and eats another one of the ol' boy hunters.
  • Man on Fire: One soldier is shown running around on fire during Kong's last fight against Nevitt's men.
  • Multiple Gunshot Death: Even if it takes him a while to finally bleed out (and destroys everything that gets in the way), Kong finally dies when the Army unloads everything it has on him.
  • Never Smile at a Crocodile: Kong captures a bunch of alligators for dinner while he wades through a swamp.
  • Numbered Sequel: The film was released as King Kong 2 in some countries.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Kong's eyes on the poster above. In the film itself, they are brown.
  • Self-Destructive Charge: Kong kills all of the army men that were gonna kill his mate and child on the final battle, but unfortunately he had to wade through a massive torrent of gunfire to get to them, and they kept shooting to the last.
  • Sequel Escalation: Now there are two giant apes to deal with.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: The music cue when Kong eats one of the hunters is...oddly heroic-sounding.
  • Yawn and Reach: Done by Kong to Lady Kong.