Apesploitation: Kongsploitation In The ’70s

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With KONG: SKULL ISLAND hitting theaters this past weekend, Jon Abrams, Freeman Williams, and Mike Vanderbilt decide to look back at APESPLOITATION in the ’70s when a slew of filmmakers attempted to cash in on Dino De Laurentiis’ 1976 KING KONG remake starring Jeff Bridges and Jessica Lange.

The Grindhouse squad discuss the Korean cheapie A*P*E, The Shaw Brothers MIGHTY PEKING MAN, and KING KUNG FU.

In addition to monkey movies, the guys discuss ASSASSINATION CLASSROOM, DANGEROUS MEN, HAP & LEONARD, and Ken Russell’s THE DEVILS which made its way to Shudder’s streaming service this past week.

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Mike Vanderbilt

Mike Vanderbilt

Mike Vanderbilt is a freelance writer and contributor based on the south side of Chicago. Mike has appeared on The A.V. Club, The Chicago Reader, Fangoria, and Consequence Of Sound tackling a variety of subjects ranging from Cheap Trick, George Lucas' Red Tails, and for better or worse knows a thing or two about online dating. A bartender by trade, he holds a degree in accountancy but he was never very good at it.When not mixing cocktails, Mike hosts and produces the Drinks On Monday With The Strike Team podcast, as well as Revenge Of The Pod People. He can also be seen performing with his power pop band The Romeros and punk act Modern Day Rippers.
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