The easiest way to get something done right is to know how to do it. That sounds like simple advice, but special effects artist Carlo Rambaldi and the people behind the misfire that was the 1976 King Kong remake decided to create a 40-foot-tall mechanical gorilla. That idea immediately hits the special part of a person's brain that senses when something feels like a plan could, and probably will, go awry. It sounds ludicrous, since that robot would have to match up with Kong actor Rick Baker's man-in-a-suit giant ape, but these guys never took knowing how to do anything correctly into consideration with Kong. It would all be fine.
Nah, those look basically the same.
The film, overall, cost about $24 million, and the mechanical ape, which weighed 3.5 tons and was filled with 4,500 feet of wiring, cost $1.7 million to make. That is one-twelfth of the entire budget dedicated to "f**k it. We're doing this." That's like if George Lucas had spent half the budget of Star Wars hoping that his set designers would complete a full-size, fully operational Death Star in time for the film's release. It seems like a fool's gamble to even consider thinking of something like that, but if you've ever seen this King Kong, which takes the original Kong's excitement away and replaces it with the dad from Beethoven telling Jessica Lange that Kong wanted to rape her, you won't be able to even consider logic when it comes to this movie.