Kongo w/Special Feature: Untamed Africa
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Some eight months after the release of Freaks, another bizarre and unforgettable movie stunned screen audiences – the feverish tale of black magic and sadism called Kongo. Reprising his stage role, dynamic Walter Huston stars as wheelchair-bound Flint, a ruthless, would-be jungle chieftain who uses the bullets of “boom sticks” and the deception of parlor magic he calls juju to keep African locals in his thrall while he carries out a long-festering plan of revenge against the man who beat and crippled him. Brutality, sexuality, depravity – all are at the forefront of this disturbing yet transfixing pre-Code shocker previously filmed as the Lon Chaney-Lionel Barrymore silent West of Zanzibar.
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I completely understand that obscure movies like this do not economically justify pressing a disc. However, I would've gladly paid a dollar more for a disc that would last forever. Instead, they burned the movie on the old-fashioned, purple dye type disc that are only good for around 5 - 7 years. M-Disc last 100s of years.
Rather scary. Great Movie !!
I would not classify Kongo as a "horror" movie (though I'm sure that's how it was sold back then), but instead a "forgotten horror" (see Forgotten Horrors: The Definitive Edition. The name of the game here, as in many forgotten horrors, is atmosphere. Kongo is steeped in swampy, steamy mist and darkness; I don't think there is one sliver of daylight in this film. If you love classical Hollywood cinema, then between these two elements - the acting and the atmosphere - this film is well worth 90 minutes of your time.