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Behold the Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day, the Eighth Wonder of the World!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes pic! Yesterday’s Ghostbusters pic got me all nostalgic for model work, so I took it a step further and chose to follow it up with one of the towering achievements in creature creation in the history of flicker shows. Below is Willis O’Brien’s Kong hanging out on a miniature cliff side. You can see the set above and to the left and I love the shot. Crisp, high contrast and it captures the real character of Kong as well as the loving detail Obie put into it. Not just Kong, either, but the miniature cliff. Even the rocks have a personality! Here’s the pic:

If you have a pic you think should be included email me. I’m looking for the iconic, the rare, the just plain cool behind the scenes shots to feature here. Tomorrow’s Behind the Scenes pic features a well known rebel. See ya’ then! -Quint Follow Me On Twitter

Previous Behind the Scenes pics: - Alien
- Big Trouble In Little China
- Clash of the Titans
- Dr. Strangelove
- Sesame Street
- The Birds
- The Dark Knight
- Batman (1989)
- Batman: The TV Series
- Stephen King’s IT
- Raiders of the Lost Ark
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
- Superman
- The French Connection
- Tron
- The Road Warrior
- Ghostbusters

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  • July 25, 2010, 12:39 p.m. CST


    by ORIONgods

    love this movie

  • July 25, 2010, 12:40 p.m. CST

    n it wasnt 8 hours long like peter jacksons

    by ORIONgods

  • July 25, 2010, 12:46 p.m. CST

    Gotta love '30s cinema...

    by TiVo1138

    ...what with talkies, King Kong, the rise of Hitchcock and Capra, Universal horror, and the Golden Age of Hollywood.

  • July 25, 2010, 12:47 p.m. CST

    Now that's truly vintage.

    by Mr Nicholas

  • July 25, 2010, 12:49 p.m. CST

    great pic

    by woozlewuzzle

    hope i'm not the only one who was thinking of andre the giant though. too much goofy pro wrestling in my younger days.

  • July 25, 2010, 12:54 p.m. CST

    Any Feedback to This Feature at the Con, Quint?

    by puto tenax

    Just wondering. Another 365 days would be cool. And speaking of models, any word on Metropolis at Con?

  • July 25, 2010, 1:10 p.m. CST

    looks like he's climbing a massive turd

    by JackGraham

    looks like one of mine.

  • July 25, 2010, 1:13 p.m. CST


    by RenoNevada2000

    And I don't think there were many behind-the-scenes pics taken as they wanted to preserve the mystery of how Kong was brought to life.

  • July 25, 2010, 1:14 p.m. CST

    I thought it was Andre also...

    by t_allen

    but woozlewuzzle beat me to it. I was thinking of a Princess Bride behind the scenes pic. Great stuff Quint, I love everything you've put here so far. Everything has been fun, informative,and well fun! Thank you for sharing!

  • July 25, 2010, 1:15 p.m. CST


    by disfigurehead

  • July 25, 2010, 1:27 p.m. CST

    A non-Walking Dead article.

    by Denty420


  • July 25, 2010, 1:31 p.m. CST

    One of the best movies ever

    by strosmer

    My father, a child of the 40's, used to "brag" to me how he'd seen it as a kid. For a quarter each, he and his friends could buy a single ticket, popcorn and candy, and stay to watch the movie as many times as they wanted. My how times have changed.

  • July 25, 2010, 1:31 p.m. CST

    Jackson's Kong was shit

    by Gorgomel

    There I said it!

  • July 25, 2010, 1:35 p.m. CST

    Any Kong is shit

    by DoctorZoidberg

  • July 25, 2010, 1:41 p.m. CST

    This is my favorite so far

    by JoeD

    so totally awesome. I liked Jackson's version. But it suffered from being the director's favorite movie. It needed a good deal more editing. Two hours would have been perfect.

  • July 25, 2010, 1:46 p.m. CST

    Jackson's Kong was a major conceptual disaster

    by SmokingRobot

    AKA 'shit'.

  • July 25, 2010, 1:50 p.m. CST

    I thought I'd seen just about every Kong photo..

    by RobinP

    ..but I've never seen this one before. Congratulations guys, great work, I'm loving this series.

  • July 25, 2010, 1:53 p.m. CST


    by fat_rancor_keeper

    kong rules

  • July 25, 2010, 2:01 p.m. CST

    The only real problem with Jackson's Kong is...

    by Royston Lodge

    ...the terrible mis-casting of Jack Black.

  • July 25, 2010, 2:05 p.m. CST

    LOVE Willis O'Brien but...

    by mtoast

    ...don't forget that Marcel Delgado was a big part of actually creating the models.

  • July 25, 2010, 2:05 p.m. CST

    No, the problem with Jackson's Kong...

    by ATARI

    was Jackson's ego.

  • July 25, 2010, 2:17 p.m. CST

    I like these pics. Keep up the good work

    by _Venkman

  • July 25, 2010, 2:17 p.m. CST

    The REAL problem with Jackson's Kong..

    by jjwalrus

    was that he was creating it with a serious LOTR hangover. Tolkein's world is dense, interesting and invites the reader/viewer to soak up as much detail as possible. The problem is that Jackson tried to stretch a 90 minutes story and less then interesting characters into a 90 minutes epic. I don't hate Kong, but would like it much more with a shorter cut.

  • July 25, 2010, 2:18 p.m. CST


    by jjwalrus

    meant to say "Jackson tried to stretch a 90 minute story and less then interesting characters into a 3 hour epic."

  • July 25, 2010, 2:23 p.m. CST

    "Eighth wonder"? I was hoping for Jessica Alba's ass

    by Flip63Hole

    from Into the Blue

  • July 25, 2010, 2:25 p.m. CST

    yeah ,jack black in king kong

    by chainsaw1974

    amazing how that chubby actor was able to carry film equipment AND run from dinosaur's and not get squashed!amazing ,now that's the 8th wonder of the world!

  • July 25, 2010, 2:28 p.m. CST

    Never seen that before

    by Boba Fat

    Love it! Pic of the day has won me over.

  • July 25, 2010, 2:40 p.m. CST

    Anyone who thinks that Jackson's version

    by alan_poon

    is better than the original wants taking out back and shooting.

  • July 25, 2010, 2:44 p.m. CST

    AWESOME!!! Matte painting and all!

    by planetran_fan

  • July 25, 2010, 2:45 p.m. CST

    Even the pic quality is great! Fine grain B&W!

    by planetran_fan

  • July 25, 2010, 2:55 p.m. CST

    yes original Kong never gets old

    by Rupee88

    Jackson's version was ok..dumb in parts but got to give WETA credit for work on Kong himself (forget the dino stampede that they had no time left to refine).

  • July 25, 2010, 3:06 p.m. CST

    Very cool shot!

    by alienindisguise

    If the model still exists, I wonder who has it?

  • July 25, 2010, 3:07 p.m. CST

    Needs more wires.

    by RPLocke

  • July 25, 2010, 3:20 p.m. CST

    Faye Wray=hot

    by cylon_conspiracy

    Not that she's in this picture, but she's in the movie.

  • July 25, 2010, 3:30 p.m. CST

    Great movie!

    by Munro Kelly

    We have to remember that the vfx in this film, for a 1933 audience, was like watching Jurassic Park, when it came out 1n 93. At 100 minutes, it moves well. Jackson's version was way to long, some parts were miscast and one subplot(Billy), that went nowhere.

  • July 25, 2010, 3:32 p.m. CST

    I meant Jimmy

    by Munro Kelly

  • July 25, 2010, 4:20 p.m. CST

    There was gonna be Conan mvoies in the 30s

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    utilizing the stop-motion of king kong but it somehow never happened.

  • July 25, 2010, 4:20 p.m. CST

    Wow, That Is Really Great

    by LaserPants

    I love the expression on his face too; he looks hysterically happy. Original Kong is so great. King Long, on the other hand, was crap.

  • July 25, 2010, 5:12 p.m. CST

    Great shot which I've never seen before.

    by Cervantes

    The original will always have a timeless charm, while PJ's version was a real let down due to the poor miscasting of BRODY and BLACK...and it's overlong running time. Weta's work was great, but the movie really needed to get to the island an hour sooner! I still have a soft spot for the 70's remake too, especially John Barry's score.

  • July 25, 2010, 5:13 p.m. CST

    Nothing beats the 1933 version........

    by fat_rancor_keeper

    Jackson's version had it moments, I liked it when I saw it in the theater, but upon repeated viewings not as much. It's too long and over bloated. Awesome to look at though.

  • July 25, 2010, 5:33 p.m. CST

    I was almost hoping it would be a pic of...

    by HapaPapa72

    Jessica Lange in the wet dress barely held up as she is captive in Kong's hand. But this one's cool, too.

  • July 25, 2010, 5:52 p.m. CST

    Best. Pic. Ever. No hyperbole. Where did you get that?

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    I'm a hardcore classic horror/fantasy nut. I've seen pics from "War Eagles" test footage that only a few people have ever seen, and I've never seen that pic!

  • July 25, 2010, 6:15 p.m. CST

    by JohnIan

    You mean something like this HapaPapa72...

  • July 25, 2010, 6:26 p.m. CST

    Hey Quint, I love this feature, thank you!

    by heyscot

    It's so much fun to see these pictures. Great moments and just so cool.

  • July 25, 2010, 6:31 p.m. CST

    Great Picture!!

    by symon

    I love this column! Keep up the good work!

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    this is off subject but...

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  • July 25, 2010, 8:09 p.m. CST


    by relayer

    Really nothing more to say.

  • July 25, 2010, 8:09 p.m. CST

    dont forget King Kong vs. Godzilla

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    that was good too.

  • July 25, 2010, 8:47 p.m. CST

    Was that in the movie?

    by Yelsaeb

    I don't recognize that shot. And King Kong was just awesome. PJ's didn't disapoint either, but I HATE Dino's Kong from the seventies. I just HATE IT SO MUCH!!!!

  • July 25, 2010, 9:19 p.m. CST

    1976 King Kong better than PJ's King Kong for this reason:

    by jawsfan

    Jeff Bridges' character. Bridges' character was the voice of reason. "We stole their god. In a year that place will just be an island full of drunks". PJ's King Kong had no such character or gravitas. It was an overlong effects reel and not much else. I wasn't thrilled that the 1976 version was a man in a suit, but at least there was a human story underneath it all. I found PJ's version to be very tedious.

  • July 25, 2010, 9:33 p.m. CST

    Amazing picture!

    by redrain

    Right clicking my arse off! Thanks aicn.

  • July 25, 2010, 9:45 p.m. CST

    Good call Royston Lodge

    by redrain

    Not the right actor for that role.Actually,I like him in comedy( good voice work in Brutal Legend)But action hero? Adrien Brody was a little better casting(not much).

  • July 25, 2010, 9:47 p.m. CST

    oh, and one more thing

    by redrain


  • July 25, 2010, 10:07 p.m. CST

    Khloe Kardashian? How come?

    by Disgruntled_Chinaman

    I dinnae get it...

  • July 25, 2010, 10:23 p.m. CST


    by HapaPapa72

    Yeah...something like that! Thanks!

  • July 26, 2010, 6:58 a.m. CST

    I have on my wall in my computer room.....

    by sam jacksons wig

    ..... a huge framed fucking print of the original Kong ontop of the Empire State Building fighting the planes. This is sooo fucking cool I wish it was right next to it. <br><br> I think that one of the majorissues with Jacksons Kong is that he made it after LOTR and the expectations were SO fucking huge, it was a massive let down for all involved. Doesn't mean its a bad movie, just inferior to the original. <br><br> The 76 version with Jessica Lange sucked huge hairy donkey balls.

  • July 26, 2010, 7:03 a.m. CST

    Second Best Movie Ever

    by CuervoJones

    The first is The Quiet Man.

  • July 26, 2010, 8:14 a.m. CST

    Never really understood the love for KK.

    by Flibbertygibbet

    While I appreciate the visual FX work, at the end of the day, it's a film about a 50' gorilla. I mean, c'mon, you'd feel a little silly trying to convince the other half to sit down and watch it, wouldn't you? "What's it about?" "Giant monkey!" "Um, no thanks."

  • July 26, 2010, 9:34 a.m. CST

    GOD I hope

    by Series7

    Someone sends in a Howard the Duck photo.

  • July 26, 2010, 10 a.m. CST

    Whatever happened to Cinematic Shrimps??

    by HawtSauce

  • July 26, 2010, 10:12 a.m. CST

    yep, I agree...original never gets old

    by just pillow talk

    It's a great picture. I pretty sure that's the same mountain of shit that "Thor" is pounding with his hammer.<p>And fuck off spammer.

  • July 26, 2010, 10:22 a.m. CST

    great picture

    by Potatino

    is it just me or are old fashioned models as special effects a zillion times better than any of the CGI that is done a lot nowadays.

  • July 26, 2010, 10:39 a.m. CST

    Now that is very cool

    by Abominable Snowcone

    Long live stop motion, OBrien and Harryhausen

  • July 26, 2010, 10:49 a.m. CST

    Too Bad

    by Aquatarkusman

    The eighth wonder of the world title was ganked by the Astrodome.

  • July 26, 2010, 10:49 a.m. CST

    Too Bad

    by Aquatarkusman

    The eighth wonder of the world title was ganked by the Astrodome.

  • July 26, 2010, 11:13 a.m. CST

    I agree Quint, model making is fascinating

    by SithMenace

    That's one of the reasons I'll pop in the Lord of the Rings docs on the extended editions more often than the films. It's also one of the big reasons the original Star Wars trilogy holds up and the prequels don't.

  • July 26, 2010, 11:26 a.m. CST


    by BurnHollywood

    You don't have to like KK, but you're obliged to *say* you like it in order to be a "cinephile" (whatever that is)...

  • July 26, 2010, 11:55 a.m. CST

    Best Picture Yet

    by Kentucky Colonel

    I'm gonna put this one on an iron on decal and let my little boy Miles (all of 2 1/2) wear it with his other King Kong shirts. His favorite things in life are King Kong (1933), Dinosaur Train & UH-OH juice (trans: Apple Juice).

  • July 26, 2010, 11:59 a.m. CST


    by just pillow talk

    My daughter (four and a half) absolutely loves Dinosaur Train. Thanks to that show she'll ask "why aren't we nocturnal?" or "T-rex's have forward looking eyes". And of course correct me when I say a dinosaur's name wrong.

  • July 26, 2010, noon CST

    1976 Kong, while not great, is one of my guilty pleasures

    by Kentucky Colonel

    Remember folks, it won a specail Oscar for it's effects which were truly amazing at the time. It would be another year before "Star Wars". One of my favorite childhood memories is of going to the Kenwood Drive in and seeing King Kong, Star Wars and Superman one one screen. I think my mom took us every night for a week. Kudos to whomever did the programming back in tha day!

  • July 26, 2010, 12:04 p.m. CST

    Pillow Talk...

    by Kentucky Colonel

    My son dosen't know Frog from Toad, but he sure knows what a Paleopatrachius and a Therapod are! I have to admit, I love it, too. Learned more about Dinos there than in school. If you have DirecTV the is a great show that runs occasionally on HD net callede "Dinosaur Planet" that will get her attention, too. And it even has segments featuring Dr. Scott (in his real lab setting). My favorite character in "Mr. Buzzkill" ("Dinosaurs did not sing rock and roll...thank you, thankyouverymuch"). And the Tank Triceratops is just a big whiner. I know they are teaching kids manners & all, but Tank is just a pud. I think I could hang with Don & his collection. He's make a dino-poop if he saw my collections.

  • July 26, 2010, 12:33 p.m. CST

    I too am a sucker for KK '76

    by Abominable Snowcone

    I mean c'mon, Jeff Bridges and Jessica Lange? <p> Speaking of which, hey pillowtalk, I'm sending Jess over to your place when she finishes vaccuuming up over here.

  • July 26, 2010, 6:25 p.m. CST


    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    if your son at that age already likes king kong 33 than that is a good start. i remember around taht movie too.

  • July 26, 2010, 9:25 p.m. CST

    King Kong ain't got nothing on me!!!!

    by Tikidonkeypunch

  • July 27, 2010, 6:01 a.m. CST


    by Flibbertygibbet

    Yeah, I was assuming as much. I'm actually surprised that nobody has at least tried to defend it as some sort of sharp metaphor, in the same way people perpetually do with Romero's zombie films.

  • July 27, 2010, 7:37 a.m. CST

    The stampede sequence

    by I AM ROCKO

    In the 2005 iteration of King Kong was one of the WORST effects sequences I have ever seen on film. Did they even try and fix it for the DVD?

  • July 27, 2010, 7:40 a.m. CST

    ah, I'll have to search for that then Kentucky...

    by just pillow talk

    Hey, there's always got to be a douche around, so they created Tank.<p>Abom, thanks. She had to do some dusting and laundry over here.<p>Emily Blunt will be over soon. She likes to bark like a dog.

  • July 27, 2010, 7:41 a.m. CST


    by just pillow talk

    Only if they cut it out would it be fixed. Useless scene.

  • Aug. 1, 2010, 5:35 p.m. CST

    Excellent shot

    by Teddy Artery

    Even after Star Wars came out in '77 I still used to love to watch King Kong whenever it was on TV.