King Kong Lives (1986)

35mm film, J-D-C Scope, colour, 2.35:1
Dolby Stereo, English

An American fantasy film directed by John Guillermin.

Plot Summary

Kong has survived his fall from a skyscraper, but is in a deep coma. He remains that way for a decade until a team of zoologists decide to try implanting an artificial heart. But to do so, they need to administer a blood transfusion and set off to the jungles in search of another giant ape. They find one, a female, and the operation is success. But Kong's passion is aroused and the reborn ape is soon on the rampage again…


Directed by: John Guillermin
© MCMLXXXVI [1986] De Laurentiis Entertainment Group, Inc.
De Laurentiis Entertainment Group presents a John Guillermin film
Executive Producer: Ronald Shusset
Produced by: Martha Schumacher
Story and Screenplay by: Ronald Shusset and Steven Pressfield
Based on the Character “King King” Created by: Merian C. Cooper and Edgar Wallace
Director of Photography: Alec Mills
Film Editor: Malcolm Cooke
Music by: John Scott
Sound Mixer: David Stephenson
Costume Designer: Clifford Capone
Makeup: Giannetto DeRossi
Hair Dresser: Grazia DeRossi
Special Effects Makeup: Dean Gates
Creatures Created and Constructed by: Carlo Rambaldi
Special Effects by: Special Effects Weaponry, Inc. & Special Effects Unlimited, Inc.
Supervisor Spevial Visual Effects: Barry Nolan
Production Designer: Peter Murton
Filmed on location in Tennessee [Fall's Creek; Fall's State Park; Pigeon Forge] and at DEG Film Studios, Wilmington, North Carolina

Brian Kerwin (Hank Mitchell)
Linda Hamilton (Amy Franklin)
John Ashton (Colonel Nevitt)
Peter Michael Goetz (Dr Ingersoll)
Frank Maraden (Dr Benson Hughes)
Jimmie Ray Weeks (Major Peete)
Peter Elliott ()
George Yiasoumi (Lady Kong)
Alan Sader (faculty dr. #1)
Lou Criscuolo (faculty dr. #2)
Marc Clement (crew chief)
Richard Rhodes, Larry Souder, Ted Prichard, Jayne Linday-Gray, Debbie McLeod, Elizabeth Hayes (reporters)
Natt Christian (surgeon #1)
Mac Pirkle (surgeon #2)
Larry Sprinkle (journalist)
Rod Davis (TV reporter)
David DeVries (technician #1)
Bonnie Cook (technician #2)
J. Michael Hunter (technician #3)
Robin Cahall (Mazlansky)

Alternative Titles

King Kong 2 – Brazilian, French, Italian, Spanish title
King Kong 2: A História Continua – Brazilian title
King Kong 2: I epistrofi – Greek title
King Kong elää – Finnish title
King Kong II – Uruguayan title
King Kong lebt – West German title
King Kong lever – Swedish title
King Kong visszatér – Hungarian title
King Kong Vive! – Portuguese title
King Kong yasiyor – Turkish title
King Kong živi – Croatian title
King Kong zyje – Polish title
King Kongas gyvas – Lithuanian title
A Volta de King Kong – Brazilian television title
Кинг Конг е жив – Bulgarian title
Кинг Конг жив – Russian title

Sequel to
King Kong (1976)

See also
King Kong (1933)
King Kong (2005)



  • Fangoria no.52 p.11 – article
  • Films and Filming July 1986 p.7 – review


  • Creature Features Movie Guide Strikes Again by John Stanley p.216 – credits, review
  • The Films of the Eighties by Robert A. Nowlan and Gwendolyn Wright Nowlan p.307
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films IV by Donald C. Willis p.273
  • Horror Films of the 1980s by John Kenneth Muir pp.517-521 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review
  • Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Film , Series, and Remakes by Kim R. Holston and Tom Winchester p.306-307
  • Variety Science-Fiction Movies by Julian Brown (ed.) p.63 – credits, review