A Closer Look at the Giant Monsters in Kong: Skull Island


King Kong finally showed himself in all his chest-beating glory last night when Jimmy Kimmel debuted the full-length Kong: Skull Island trailer. This latest footage arrives a few months after the teaser debuted at Comic-Con this past summer, in San Diego. And the first thing that becomes immediately clear is that Kong isn’t the only giant on this seclude tropical island.

There isn’t a T-Rex in sight as Samuel L. Jackson leads a crew of soldiers to Skull Island, where one of their army helicopters is immediately taken down. While King Kong does some big damage to this expedition team that also includes Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson, it appears that he might not be their biggest threat. A grizzled old John C. Rilley, struggling hard to supress the Dr. Steve Brule that lives inside him, warns of a creature he calls ‘The Skull Crawler’. Though he admits that name sounds a lot dumber when spoken out loud.

It’s obvious from this new footage that these Skull Crawlers are nasty and not to be messed with. We have a closer look at them, with images taken from the trailer last night. They appear to be reptilian, with their skulls breaching the skin on their heads to give them a truly ominous look. They mean serious business, and will kill and eat everyone who has arrived unwelcome here.

One scene even finds Boardwalk Empire war Shea Whigham ready to sacrifice himself and save his men as he attempts to blow up one of these nasty looking beasties. While King Kong appears to be a bad guy, by the time the trailer ends, it would appear that he is actually more on the side of good, and is most likely being set up as humanity’s only hope in fighting off Godzilla in the upcoming Vs movie.

Not everything on Skull island is as deadly as the Skull Crawlers. There is a gentle looking tree dwelling creature that shows up at one point, which you can check out in the images below, though he does have some pretty good camaflauge. This little guy might be more dangerous then he looks. But the giant Ox apppears to be something that won’t cause much carnage. That can’t be said for the giant Spider, a staple of previous King Kong movies. This one looks a little more likely to kill you on contact.

In the film, a diverse team of explorers is brought together to venture deep into an uncharted island in the Pacific, as beautiful as it is treacherous, unaware that they’re crossing into the domain of the mythic Kong. To fully immerse audiences in the mysterious Skull Island, director Jordan Vogt-Roberts and his cast and filmmaking team filmed across three continents over six months, capturing its primordial landscapes on Oahu, Hawaii, where filming commenced on October 2015, on Australia’s Gold Coast, and finally in Vietnam, where filming took place across multiple locations, some of which have never before been seen on film. You can take a look at the official trailer along with some of the deadly beasts that will challenge both human and kong alike. All hail the King, indeed.