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  • In the insect-pit scene, the various Big Creepy-Crawlies only start to attack when the flare goes out, presumably because they were held at bay by the bright light. This is excusable for the various arthropods, but why would the Carnictis worms that devoured the cook avoid light? They don't even have eyes to sense it with.
    • Sensing the heat?
    • Worms have receptors that can "sense" light so that they can avoid it. This is because light can dry up a worm (remember that they have to stay moist to survive). That is probably why these worms avoided the light.
    • Free-living worms do. But Word of God states that Carnictis are descended from gut parasites, which never encounter light.
    • It may well just be coincidence—the flare went out and, just then, the Carnictis roused themselves.
  • Denham claims seventeen of their expedition were killed, which doesn't add up. Three were killed by the natives, four were killed in the chase scene, half a dozen at least in the spider pit and a great handful more when capturing Kong. That is ignoring the deleted scenes including a journey by raft that kills at least three more sailors. The real bodycount should be closer to double.
    • That puzzled me too at first but maybe a lot of them weren't killed when they the captured Kong, yes they were thrown around and left behind when they ran but after Kong was caught the rest of the crew would have gone back for them and found most of them still alive.
    • From my memory, only one in the capture of Kong was definitively killed—the poor guy who got his head bitten off—and possibly two others were crushed when Kong smashed them against the cave wall, but the others could have conceivably only been injured when they tried to capture him. It's probably a case of Never Found the Body, but also probably would require some retcons.
    • Could be a case of Exact Words, and he's only counting the men who died after they set out specifically to pursue Kong. The three men whom the natives killed died before anyone but Carl had cause to suspect a giant ape was present; indeed, the first one expired before they even heard Kong's roar. So technically those three died in pursuit of the beast's island, not the beast himself.
  • King Kong's premiere presentation in New York takes place during what appears to be a snowy winter with the pond even conveniently frozen for the skating scene. But shouldn't Ann be suffering of hypothermia by the time the airplanes kill Kong, since she was wearing a light, sleeveless dress? And atop the Empire State building to boot!
    • Eight tons worth of tropical-primate body heat at her back might've helped a bit, plus the sun was coming up by then and probably brought the temperature up above freezing. She'd be cold, but not so much so that she wouldn't be more focused on the planes shooting at Kong (and her!), or on not getting swept off the roof by the wind, than on how she was shivering.
    • For all we know, she did keel over from hypothermia as soon as Jack got her back inside the building. Barring submersion in ice water, hypothermia is usually pretty slow to set in.
  • Why did one of the vastasauruses chase after Ann when it already caught its prey in the mouth?
    • In the companion book, it's stated that Skull Island is survival of the fittest taken to its most extreme: there's such high levels of competition for food that if you see something you can eat, you eat it—the book even has it that there are whole clades of smaller animals on the island living off all the carrion that's around because of this. The vastatosaur saw another animal in its immediate vicinity and acted—Ann could have been its last meal for all it knew (and in fact, that Foetoedon in its mouth really was its last meal).
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    • That particular lizard-creature was a Foetoedon, a really repulsive crocodilian scavenger and giant-bug eater. It's possible that although its tail was an acceptable morsel for the V. rex, eating its head and gullet - together with whatever noxious mess of rotten meat, toxic insects, and bone-digesting superacids they contained - would be too gross even for a neotyranosaur.
    • No reason why it couldn't kill her with a kick or stomp, then eat her after it finished bolting down the dead reptile. Which only took it a matter of minutes, from the time it killed the thing to the time it slurped down the tail and resumed its pursuit alongside the second vastasosaur.
  • How did they get Kong on the ship for the trip back to New York? For that matter, how did they keep him restrained, and where were they going to fit him on that boat? (Also, it's been a while since I've seen the film, but didn't the boat wreck on Skull Island? I can understand them getting it mostly operational again, but that just makes it seem even more dubious that transporting Kong would be at all possible.)
    • The boat didn't wreck. Possibly they found a couple of giant trees near the island's edge, knocked them down with powder from the harpoon cannon, and lashed them together as a raft they could drag behind the Venture.
  • While chained at the theater, Kong can tell that blonde actress wasn't Ann. Why'd he grab her and throw her away anyways?
    • Same reason why, when Ann refused to do any more pratfalls for Kong, he knocked over a pillar and chucked its base over a cliff. When Kong is upset and can't bottle up his frustration, he grabs whatever's handy and tosses it around.
  • At the end, Carl says it was beauty killed the beast. Actually, Carl's the one who brought Kong to New York as a publicity stunt. Ann had nothing to do with it. Wouldn't it be greed and animal cruelty killed the beast?
    • It's been a while since I saw the film, but I'm fairly sure nothing in Carl's characterization would let him make that kind of admission.
    • Or he's referencing how he'd never have been able to capture Kong in the first place if the ape hadn't pursued Ann to the island's shoreline.
  • In all the scenes where Kong thrashes Ann around while clasping her in his hands and feet, particularly the fight sequences against the V. rexes, how the hell doesn't Ann flat-out die of whiplash or sheer blunt force trauma? Kong must have a seriously steady grip.

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