King Kong! Godzilla! A giant octopus! This was my first exposure to all three of those monsters and I was hooked for life. Granted, I don't care for most ape movies that much, but I love Kong, so I love this movie and this version of the movie. Without it, there probably wouldn't be much of a US fanbase here now.
I've certainly written about this movie a lot. And with August's recent post about a possible remake I thought I'd post this again. I have huge doubts about any remake of this movie, and since the last two movies called King Kong and Godzilla were adequate at best, I am inclined to think this will be about the same.