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KONGA (1961) – Episode 169 – Decades of Horror: The Classic Era

“Fantastic… there’s a huge monster gorilla that’s constantly growing to outlandish proportions loose in the streets!” Outlandish proportions, you say? Join this episode’s Grue-Crew – Chad Hunt, Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff, Doc Rotten, and Jeff Mohr – as they measure just how outlandish those proportions are in Konga (1961)!

Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 169 – Konga (1961)

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 Dr. Decker returns from Africa after being presumed dead for a year. During that time, he came across a way of growing plants and animals to an enormous size. He brings back a baby chimpanzee to test his theory and decides to use his growing chimp, Konga, to rid himself of his many enemies. Quickly, Konga grows to gigantic proportions and wreaks havoc on London!

Are you ready for the UK successor to King Kong? Are you ready for Michael Gough as a mad scientist pining over a young student while his jealous fiancé/assistant sabotages his life’s work? Are you ready for a young chimpanzee miraculously transforming into a giant building-sized gorilla? Are you ready for I Was A Teenage Gorilla … wait, no … Konga? Ah, bad movies. You gotta love ’em.

At the time of this writing, Konga is available for streaming from Amazon Prime and MGM+, and on physical media as a Blu-ray from Kino Lorber.

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Jeff Mohr
Jeff lives smack dab in the middle of the cornfields of Iowa and is a long-time horror fan. His first remembered encounters with the genre were The Wizard of Oz, Tarzan gorilla chases, and watching the first broadcast of The Twilight Zone episode, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge." While he now qualifies as an old fart, he strives to be an Old Boy. Paraphrasing Robert Bloch, he has the heart of a small boy. He keeps it in a jar on his desk. Jeff has written for and SQ Horror Magazine. He currently writes for Gruesome Magazine and is a co-host of the Decades of Horror podcasts - The Classic Era, 1970s, and 1980s - and the Gruesome Magazine Podcast.