Kong: Skull Island from 2017 is the latest addition to the giant ape saga that began in 1933 with the classic monster movie King Kong, then returned in 1976 with the Dino De Laurentiis-produced remake and more recently took the form of Peter Jackson’s lovingly made 2005 iteration.
Kong: Skull Island delves deep into monster monkey mythos, adding a Ben Gunn figure (John C Reilly) who has been living on the island for 25 years and knows all about its terrifying ecosystem. The film is set in 1973 when a team of scientists and Vietnam War veteran soldiers travel to the uncharted Skull Island and encounter terrifying creatures before meeting the mighty Kong, a gigantic ape who is the last of his species.
The film stars Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, Brie Larson, Jing Tian, Toby Kebbell, John Ortiz, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Shea Whigham, Thomas Mann, Terry Notary, and John C. Reilly. It was directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts and written by Dan Gilroy, Max Borenstein, and Derek Connolly.
The team 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 and various other enormous ‘Kaiju’ creatures. Among those creatures are the ‘Mother Longlegs’ gigantic spider-like creatures that stand around 5 to 7 meters (18 to 23 feet) tall.
They possess incredibly long legs that resemble bamboo stalks, allowing them to blend in seamlessly with the surrounding forests, with their legs posing as plants and their upper bodies held high above the canopy. The top half of the Mother Longlegs are covered in leaves with 8 red eyes. In addition to their eight legs, Mother Longlegs possess two additional limbs located closer to their heads, which are equipped with pincer-like claws.
The Mother Longlegs strikes from above, using its mucus-like tendrils to pull its victims upwards towards its scorpion-like pincers at the front of its thorax. The Army forces of Lt. Col. Packard managed to kill a Mother Longlegs and were fortunate not to have encountered any more of them.