DirectorRoberto Mauri Music directorRoberto Pregadio Duration CountryItaly
WriterWalter Brandi, Ralph Zucker, Roberto Mauri Release date29 September 1968 Initial releaseSeptember 29, 1968 (Italy) CastBrad Harris (Burt Dawson), Esmeralda Barros (Eva, the savage girl), Marc Lawrence (Albert Muller), Adriana Alben (Ursula), Mark Farran (Robert), Miles Mason (Malik the Gorilla) Similar moviesSalt, Tarzan, Tad, the Lost Explorer, Daughter of the Jungle, Liane, Jungle Goddess, Jungle Girl and the Slaver
TaglineFrom the forest came the terror of...
Kong Island (Original Italian title: Eva, la Venere selvaggia; translated as Eve, the Wild Woman) is a 1968 jungle adventure film (with a science fiction element) directed by Roberto Mauri (billed as Robert Morris). The film was promoted in the U.S. as King of Kong Island.
The story takes place in the jungles of Kenya and its capital city Nairobi. Despite the title, there is no island (and no "Kong"). Mad scientist Albert Muller is experimenting with small radio transmitters implanted in the brains of gorillas that control their minds. These are test subjects with the ultimate goal of doing this to humans.
Diana, daughter of bar owner Theodore (no last name is mentioned) is abducted by apes under Muller's control during a safari. A rescue team led by mercenary adventurer Burt Dawson (Brad Harris) heads into the jungle to find her. Along the way his group is attacked by hostile natives and Burt is captured. After he escapes, Burt meets a legendary white jungle girl the natives call the Sacred Monkey (In the English dubbed version, he first calls her Eve, but later everyone refers to her as Eva).
Eva is a Tarzan-like orphan who grew up alone in the jungle. She wears only a leather loincloth and her waist-length black hair covers her breasts. She does not speak English but can communicate with animals and has a pet chimpanzee. She has one of Diana's bracelets and eventually leads Burt to a cave where she is being held prisoner by Muller. Unlike virtually every other film which features a jungle girl character, this story concentrates on Burt and his love interest Diana with Eva confined to a marginal supporting role.
Brad Harris - Burt Dawson
Esmeralda Barros - Eve
Marc Lawrence - Albert Muller
Ursula Davis - Diana
Contrary to popular belief, this film has nothing to do with King Kong and doesn't take place on an island. The film is in the public domain.
In 2014, the film was featured in RiffTrax where former Mystery Science Theater 3000 cast members mocked it.