The Mighty Gorga (1969)

Article 2201 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 3-26-2007
Posting Date: 8-22-2007
Directed by David L. Hewitt
Featuring Anthony Eisley, Megan Timothy, Scott Brady

A circus owner joins forces with the daughter of an explorer to find a secret treasure and a fabled giant gorilla.

Is this the worst giant ape movie ever made? Well, it wouldn’t be my choice, though it is perhaps the one with the chintziest special effects. The first part of the movie is mostly competent low-budget film-making that gets by on some fun use of zoo footage and the presence of Anthony Eisley. It then turns into a Double-Stuffed Safari-O, and this is perhaps the most difficult stretch of the movie. It’s not until the explorers reach the top of the plateau that its low budget really shows its weakness; Gorga is obviously a man in half of an unconvincing gorilla suit (notice how you get no shots of Gorga below the waist), and he’s even better than the obvious puppet dinosaur that threatens the explorers at one point. The appearance of Kent Taylor enlivens things a bit, but Bruce Kimball’s prayers as the Gorga-worshipping witch doctor is consummate bad acting. And, of course, we get to visit Bronson Caverns as well.

So what do I consider the worst giant ape movie of them all? We’ll get to that soon enough; let’s just say I’m sure that movie has its own circle in hell.



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