We enjoy King Kong, the original 1933 monster movie, even after all these years. It stars Fay Wray (The Vampire Bat) as the Beauty who ends up being the death of the Beast. The special effects were ground-breaking.
4/7/2008: Edward Copeland has a review celebrating the 75th anniversary of the film's release. So does The Cinematic Art.
8/24/2008: The Listening Ear has a review for the Movies About Movies blogathon.
10/6/2008: We watched King Kong again tonight. Arbogast on Film explores one of the screams in this film, and not Fay Wray's. BBC's review is here. Roger Ebert has a review. The New York Times calls it "a fantastic film". It gets a 5 star rating from Moria, who says, "It is perhaps the greatest of all fantasy films, it is certainly the greatest monster movie ever made." 1000 Misspent Hours calls it "revolutionary".
The music in some of these horror/monster movies is dreadful, but I think the music in this one adds to the atmosphere.